Islamic Education initiative buoys reading skills with new library
The Islamic Education & Faith Initiative has floated a new library to boost the reading culture of Nigerians.
The library facility, initiated in honour of the founder of Islamic Mission Organisation (IMO), Alhaji Ayo Adeyemi was recognition of his important contribution to the organisation.
Adeyemi was a prominent Islamic cleric, a writer and publisher with his own unique style of propagating Islam. As an accomplish writer, he has propagated Islam for the past 60 years.
Adeyemi describes the honour as a great gesture and he donated 20 titles of his published books to the library.
Adeyemi describe the current problems of the Muslim world as a form of extremism militancy, misplaced religious arrogance and Arab imperialism, emphasizing that the solution to the current crisis should begin with critical introspection and in providing continuous quality Islamic and secular education for non-Muslims who are woefully ignorant of Islam.
The President Islamic Education & Faith Initiative, Alhaji Lookman Adebiyi said the organization decided to honour Adeyemi who assisted in setting up IEFI in Magodo, 22 years ago.
He eulogized Adeyemi as a “bold and purposeful cleric, an inspirer who helps people to appreciate Islam, he preaches what he practice and very dynamic. We gained a lot of things from him”.
Adebiyi said “the major problem for children is the advent of television, before Television came to Nigeria in 1960, children were very studious but now children of nowadays spend a lot of there time on television that takes lot of their time. For you to be able to read and progress you have to restrict from television and read books. It is not magic unless you read you cannot move. You have to spend sometime in reading”.
Adebiyi said: “What parent should do is to minimize the time spent by their children watching television because is not kindness to allow children to spend all their time watching television instead of reading. You have to let your children know the number of hours they are allowed to spend watching television and how long they should spend reading”.
He urged the government to make books available in schools for children that will replace watching of films.
“Government should publish, print books and distribute to children to encourage reading culture in schools,” he said.
The Vice President of Islamic Education & Faith Initiative, Alhaji Olaide Oshikoya said other clerics should emulate Alhaji Ayo Adeyemi in the quest for propagation of Islam.
Oshikoya lamented that, “the youth of today have deterred themselves away from reading, due to the advance technology. This has brought in all source of media, report, information such that the youth believe that is not necessary to read books again because You can read whatever you need from the Internet or joining of group and that will be enough.”
We need to make the youth realize that they should go beyond information they collect from social media, they should endeavor to imbibe the reading culture because that is the only way we can set up the advancement of youth education.