Cleric charges women on impartation of virtues
Women in the country have been charged to live according to injunctions of God and be models of virtues as a means of upright upbringing of younger generations of women, and by extension, the society.
Being models of virtues, Lagos State Missioner of Ansarul Deen Society, Imaam Zakariyah Thanni, said, is a strong and potent weapon for moral rectitude in a society bedeviled by morally offensive behaviour and cultural perversions.
The cleric, who spoke on “Role of Virtuous Women in Moral Rectitude” during the 80th birthday of Alhaja Tamuriat Ayinke Afolabi, held at Ronnie De Event Centre, Agege, on Wednesday, said God has designed roles to be played by men and women in the home, community and society, and neglect of such roles has brought moral decadence.
Part of the role of women, he explained, includes being a model, mentor and advocate of morally sound behaviour, culture and virtues and passing such to younger generations for godliness in society, order and progress.
The cleric added that Islam delivered women and girl-child from infanticide associated with girl-child in the ancient cultures, and added that there were devilish women and every woman should desist from evil.
“Every woman that is virtuous would be prosperous and fruitful,” he said.
Virtues expected of good and religious women include fidelity, humility, hard work truthfulness and courtesy/self-respect, among others.
“Virtuous women take care of the home,” he emphasised. Mr Fatai Afolabi, a nephew-in-law to the celebrant and Consultant to the Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria (POFON), said Alhaja Tamuriat Ayinke Afolabi; the 80-year-old celebrant has been a virtuous, God-fearing and accommodating woman who brought up family members as her biological children.
He said: “I have known and been associated with you as soon as you met my uncle, the late Alhaji Jimoh Ayinde Afolabi, in 1965 at Ebute Meta. I was a small boy of seven years old then.
“I have watched and monitored your trajectory as you navigated through life from the gait, immaculate, beautiful, talented and humble young lady that you were then in the 1960s.
“It is amazing that you have not dropped any of these qualities. Rather, you have added more values and virtues as occasioned by the demands of adulthood, motherhood, family and other societal demands.”