Istijabah Sisters celebrate silver jubilee in grand style
Istijabah Sisters of Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria, Ebute-Metta Branch, Lagos, marked its 25th anniversary with a special lecture and investiture of matrons and patrons recently.
Perhaps more fascinating with the celebration was the week-long activities which were solely for spiritual uplift, and visitation to the hospital.
Speaking during the special lecture and launch of the Dawah bus, the President, Alhaja Saidat Gbadeyan said the group was established on September 20, 1998, solely to empower Muslim women spiritually and foster their steadfastness on the righteous path.
“The major objective of the association is developing Muslim women spiritually and prevent them from drifting away from Islam. Seven lovely sisters with like-minds flagged off the forum, under the co-ordination of Alhaji Ustaz Mohammad Tajudeen Abolaji Jamiu, with weekly Asalat prayer.
“In leaps and bounds, the sisters forum progressed consistently and steadily in its various programmes and activities such as special prayer and lecture, empowerment, welfarism, Islamic children fun fair and Istijabah day, among other activities,” she said.
She noted that the impact of prayers and supplications made is felt in the lives, affairs and homes of members of the group.
“Without any gain saying, Istijabah Sisters are making fast progressive strides. I seize the opportunity of this joyful occasion on behalf of the entire members and myself to express our profound appreciation and thanks to all our patrons, matrons, advisers and numerous admirers.
“I pray that Allah in His infinite mercy will reward our matrons and patrons abundantly and accede promptly to their prayers and needs. They stand as the bedrock of our performances and achievements, we are proud of them,” she said.
Gbadeyan stated that the group has contributed in no small measure to the progress of the branch and the society at large. “We provided the first set of computer accessories for the use of administrative work of the branch, renovated the female ablution place and toilet, painted the branch fence and gate to the tune of N600,000.00, refurbish the public address system in the Mosque hall with additional four powerful state-of-the-art speakers, visit hospitals and support orphanage homes among others.”
The chairman of the occasion, MD, Bolamark Group of Companies, Alhaji Fatai Bola Azeez, ably represented by the CEO, Uzamot Communication, Alhaji Tajudeen Uzamot, commended the group’s doggedness toward the part of the deen, advising them to also extend the teachings of Islam to their children.
“The work done on earth for the sake of Allah is reaped in the hereafter. Endeavour to pray for the nation and also take your kids to your programmes, so that they will also be firm on the path of Islam.”
The Guest Lecturer, Alhaji Tajudeen Bolanle, while delivering his lecture on ‘Causes and solution to the growing number of Muslims marrying non-Muslims’, said Islam forbids Muslims from marrying non-Muslims except if the person is ready to convert to Islam.
“Allah says, in the holy Quran chapter 2 V221 ‘Do not marry a polytheistic woman until they believe; for a believing slave-woman is better than a free polytheist, even though she may look pleasant to you.”
He noted that Islam forbids this because Muslim women may end up not getting Muslim suitors and children from such marriages may not have the proper teaching of Islam.
CAPTION (Istijabah sisters)
CEO, Uzamot Communication, Alhaji Tajudeen Uzamot (right); Awardee, Alhaja Idayat Bola
Muse; Vice Chairman, ADSN Ebute Meta, Mallam Isiak Alabi and wife of Ansarudeen President, Alhaja Latifat Sanni Omiteru during Ansar-ud-deen Ebute Meta Branch, Istijabah sisters 25th Anniversary in Lagos
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