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All Progressives Congress (APC) Ogun State Deputy Governorship candidate, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele (third right) with Al-Mu’minaat National Amirah (President) Alhaja Nimatullahi AbdulQuadir (middle); Naibatul Amirah (Communication) Hajia Mutiat Olusesi (third left); Chief Building Officer Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning, Hajia Jelilat AbdulHamid and members of the association during the formal closing of Al-Mu’minaat National Annual Training Forum (ATF) at Vanguards Academy, Odosengolu in Ijebu, Ogun State.<br />

Al-muminat (The Believing Women) Organisation, has urged politicians vying for various offices in the country to respect the right of female Muslim on the use of hijab.

The National Amirah, Hajia Nimatullah Abdullateef, who stated this while addressing Muslim women during the closing ceremony of 23rd National Convention and Annual Training Forum held at Vanguard Academy, Odosenlu, Ogun State, said the believing women would only vote candidates who respects their inalienable rights to use hijab.

The Deputy Governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress, (APC), Engr. Naimat Salako-Oyedele was a special guest at the occasion.

It will be recalled that the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit had also recently declared that its members would only vote any candidate who will support the use of hijab in schools.

Abdulateef said: “We are not political organisation, but all our members across different zones in the country will not vote any candidate who refuses the right to use hijab. So, no hijab, no vote.”

Lamenting how the society is drifting towards moral decadence, she said shameful acts in various forms have become the order of the day, and until mankind revert to the Creator, solution to the challenges will remain elusive.

“Today, man is in a state of confusion, social vices and moral decadence have become the norm in the society, music has become the order of the day and musicians are using their medium to promote all sorts of atrocities, evils and social vices. Our Muslim women cannot freely use their hijab, our young girls are not safe, our women at homes have become victims of battering, and rape.

“Apart from the prevalence of moral decadence and social vices in the world today, there is also a disheartening situation of economic recession and depression and political instability, war, insecurity, insurgency and natural disaster. The situation is so terrible that suicide has now become the order of the day, as suicide rate keeps increasing at alarming rate daily,” she said.

Abdulateef however stated that efforts made by mankind to proffer solution to these problems would only amount to futility if recourse is not made to God.

“Allah enjoins mankind to keep a steady and constant relationship with Him for proper guidance. So, any attempt by man to run his affairs by himself without the guidance of the creator will only put him terrible situation. The only hope is to revert to Allah and adopt the pristine teachings of Islam.

“This proposition is not merely hypothetical as its actual manifestation can be seen all around us. A very good example is the recent trend in the financial sector globally on the adoption of the Islamic Non- interest Banking” she added.

On the forthcoming general elections, Abdullateef urged the Federal Government and the electoral body to adopt the Islamic principle of Justice, equity, fairness and truthfulness in the conduct of the February general elections.

She also advised the electorates not to show apathy, but actively participate in the process without fear or favour.

Also, in a lecture titled ‘Islam the only Hope’, Hajia Idiat Jumah, a seasoned teacher in the state, advised women to remain steadfast in their prayers and unflinching in their relationship with God, adding that Prophet Ibrahim and others relied unto Allah in the face of challenges.

She advised leaders to make available interest-free loans arguing that the subsisting interest based loan is capable of exacerbating the economic condition of the borrower.

Deputy Director, Ministry of Physical Planning, Lagos State, Alhaja Jelilat AbdulHameed, thanked the organisers of the event, adding that the forum has helped a lot Muslim women to rediscover themselves in their spiritual and economic pursuit.


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