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‘Why Muslims must intensify charity during the holy month’

By Shakirah Adunola
08 April 2022   |   2:30 am
Muslims have been enjoined to embark on charity in the Holy month of Ramadan, as the acts of charity are obligatory on those who are able to do so as a means of getting to Allah (SWT).

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Muslims have been enjoined to embark on charity in the Holy month of Ramadan, as the acts of charity are obligatory on those who are able to do so as a means of getting to Allah (SWT).

During the yearly Ramadan lecture organised by NTA 10 Lagos and Uzamot Communication, participants were not only empowered with tools, but were also given food items as a means of charity.

Speaking during the event, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, urged Muslims to intensify the teaching of the holy month of Ramadan, saying they should endeavor to maximise the benefits.

He prayed for peace to reign in the country. “ Most Nigerians don’t want to pray for their country, some don’t want to hear the name of Nigeria. We have to be careful with the trends of things,” he said.

He assured that 2022 hajj would be free of manipulation as Islam frowns against it.

“We have missed hajj consecutively for two years. We don’t know the number of slots that will be given for this year’s hajj but I can assure you that those who pay first will be admitted first. This month is a month in which we cannot manipulate things.

If manipulation is allowed in Islam, the Holy Prophet, who have change so many things. In the Quran.”

The Director of Uzamot Communication, Alhaji Tajudeen Uzamot, said the lecture was aimed at educating people on the merits of Ramadan and after.

“We want people to know the importance of charity during the Holy month of Ramadan and encourage people who are rich to do good to the lessprivileged. This year’s Ramadan lecture is unique than previous ones because we incorporated empowerment and we have selected six people who are vulnerable that are going to be empowered.”

The guest speaker, Dr. Mustafa Adebayo Bello, admonished Muslims on the virtues of the holy month, saying that it is a month of mercy, forgiveness and transformation for the Muslim.

He emphasised good neighborliness in the face of insecurity in the country now.

“Muslim should show more empathy, kindness to others. Be good to your neighbours.”

Not just being good in an abstract time, we should cultivate the habit of feeding the less privileged by providing food items and ensuring those in your neighbourhood have something to eat.

He suggested that to reduce insecurity, maladies prevailing the country, Nigerians prioritise kindness.

“Those who are privileged should show kindness to the less privileged, let us make it a habit to provide food for indigents not only in the holy month of Ramadan.

“We have people in our neighborhood that need mentorship. That is what some of the miscreants need to be a better person. Some of them are misguided or yearning for guidance. Let us provide guidance for them in terms of mentorship, if we are able to rescue one soul from the street that means our level of security will be reduced to the barest minimum because whether you like it or not, injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere.“

He urged Muslims to extend hands of fellowship to others. “When we do that Nigeria will be a better place, there will be no crime and there will be less insecurity and people will not be engaging in ritual killings,” he said.

A-list actor, Lateef Adedimeji , advised the youth to fear Allah wherever they find themselves.
“Whatever you do as a youth, do it with the fear of Allah, with that you will excel in this life and the hereafter,” the actor said.

He urged the youths to go for mentorship as this will make you accountable.

“It is very important you must have a mentor, you must have somebody you fear. The moment that you don’t have such a person in your life, you will not go astray.”