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Yar’Adua: Muslim Groups Grieve, Organise Special Prayers


AS part of their brotherhood responsibilities, Islamic groups in the country have organised a special prayer for the departed soul of the immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua.

In particular the prestigious Markaz Arabic and Islamic Learning Centre, Agege, has announced a two-day prayer session for the late former President.

Among the groups was The Lagos Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), which described Yar’ Adua’s death as “God’s Will”.

A statement jointly signed by the President, Qasim Badrudeen and the Public Relation’s Officer, Hakeem Ogunmuyiwa said: “We commiserate with the family of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Lagos State government and Nigerians in general over the death of the nation’s number one citizen. God’s will has eventually come to pass!

“His death has greatly confirmed the helpless nature of man in the hands of Allah. Despite adequate healthcare he received, and prayers from many Nigerians, his Creator (God) has decided to summon him at His appointed time.

“MSSN realises the good intentions of the late President at contributing to the nation’s growth, especially through his seven-point agenda. His sincerity is also reflected in his recorded anti-corruption stance, rule of law and patriotism, financial modesty and selflessness. We miss him!

“According to Islam, the pains and agonies he underwent through the protracted illness before his eventual death will be used by Allah to cleanse his sins. We thus pray Allah to overlook his shortcomings while on earth and admit him into paradise (Ameen)

“On this note, we also encourage all public officers to learn from his death. God has made us to understand that death can come any time, especially when one least expects. Nigerian leaders and rulers should, therefore, remember death, which suddenly turns happiness into the opposite. We implore them to always remember the masses that also have portion in the nation’s wealth.”

Meanwhile, Markaz Agege, an Arabic and Islamic learning Centre headquartered in Lagos, yesterday held Solatul Ghaib in honour of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who died on Wednesday night after a protracted illness.

Solatul Ghaib is prayer conducted for the dead without his body present at the scene of the prayer. The one held in Katsina was Solatul-Janaazah with the President’s remains on the ground.

The founder of the institution, Sheikh Habeebullah Adam, said Yar’Adua was a devout Muslim, and Markaz’ prayer satisfies Islamic requirement to honour fellow Muslims alive and pray for them in death.

“The entire congregation of Markaz receives the death of the President with great shock, but from Allah we come and to him is our return,” he said.

“The prayer is in accordance with the Shariah of Islam in honour of our departed brother Umaru Yar’Adua. We pray Allah the exalted to forgive his shortcomings and grant him Al-Janah firdauz. We also seek Allah to give his family, the entire nation, the Muslim ummah worldwide, and the entire human race the fortitude to bear this great loss.

“We pray Allah to keep Nigeria together after his death as well grant the country the much-sought peace and development. We also pray Him to give our politicians the foresight to remember God always and the heart to deliver on their promises to the masses,” he said.

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