‘Why religious education is desirable’
The Director, Right Path Arabic Institute, Ustadh Yunus Al-Imam has called on government at all levels to encourage religious education in the country.
Al-Ìmam, who made this call at a press briefing to announce the forthcoming annual haflah (graduation) ceremony for students in the intermediate and advanced classes of the institute, said institutions of learning across the country should be made to teach from scriptural perspectives dangers inherent in terrorism and preaches peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups in Nigeria.
He said the graduation ceremony would hold Sunday 31 at the Lagos State New Secretariat Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos with Sheikh AbdulMajeed Imran Eleha as the guest lecturer.
Al-Imam asserts that no nation or individual can attain peace without the adequate understanding and adhering to the teachings of the noble Qur’an and hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).He said “The knowledge of the Qur’an and hadith instil morals in a Muslim. It tames and guides him to the right path and it prepares an individual to be useful to himself, his family and the society.
“It is only by adhering to the words of Allah and the teaching of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that a Muslim can find peace in this world and the hereafter.”
“No true Muslim will kill fellow Muslims in the name of driving home his point. Terrorism is alien to Islam. This is our focus at Right Path Arabic Institute. We train our students to be good moral agents, to be dutiful to themselves, their families and the society they live in”.
therefore if the government could give adequate support and encouragement to religious learning by way of investing and prioritising it, the society will be the better for it as cases of youth restiveness, terrorism and other vices will be a thing of the past.
“If the government know the value and importance of religious institutions to the society, they will support its cause and invest in them to promote peaceful and secured environment,” he said.
Commenting on the recent killing of over 50 Muslims in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Al-Imam said “As regards the killing of Muslims in New Zealand, the perpetrator of the terrorist act is not a Muslim and this tells us that violence doesn’t have a place in Islam. If you are a Muslim and you understand the Quran and hadith very well, you wouldn’t want to harm anyone either they belong to your religion or not.”
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