New dawn for Lagos Muslim community
THE emergence of the Muslims Community of Lagos State (MCLS) apparently marks a new era of unity among Muslims and Islamic organisations in Lagos and its environs, as high expectations trailed the inauguration of the body at the Lagos Central Mosque, Lagos last weekend.
The MCLS, which was officially inaugurated by the President-General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Saád Abubakar, is expected to serve as veritable voice of the Muslim Community in Lagos State and encourage Muslims to be active participants in the general well-being of the society, among others.
Abubakar, who is also the Sultan of Sokoto, however urged the members to be diligent and work vigorously towards uniting the Muslims in the state and environs.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Muslim Comunity of Lagos State, Hassan Fasinro, said the emergence of the body marks, “a new dawn of a new era for Muslims of Lagos State. It is a new beginning of a new consciousness, the return to a new order, new value where the unity of the Muslims Ummah will be taken to the next level,”
The Chairman, of the occasion, Alhaji Musiliu Adeola Smith, who was optimistic about the new development, said the although the efforts to bring Muslims in Lagos State under one umbrella organisation has taken a long time to materialise, the emergence would enhance unity among Muslims in the state.
He said: “There is no dispute in the fact that the absence of the body like MCLS has been costing us a lot as a group inspite of not only numerical strength but also our position in all spheres of societal activities. I expect that from now on we should be at the vanguard of adequately protecting our members whenever necessary. With a group like MCLS, our voice should be loud enough in regularly conveying well thought views to government at all levels,”
He however urged the leaders to be mindful of their divine duties and responsibilities.