Ramadan: Thousands Of Muslims Pray For Nigeria, Break Fast Together

About 3000 Muslims have gathered in Lagos State to pray for the progress of Nigeria and also broke their fasts together.

The Muslims converged at a free feeding programme tagged ‘Iftaar 5000’ at the Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, according to a press release by the organisers on Thursday.

The programme, which held amidst euphoria and excitement, saw the Muslims had a special prayer session tagged “Prayer for the Nation,” where they jointly supplicated for sustainable peace in Nigeria.

Dr Saheed Ashafa Amir (President) of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit, who organised the programme, urged Muslims to dedicate few minutes of their time to intercede for Nigeria before breaking their fast daily.

Ashafa said the feeding programme was intended to inculcate the culture of charity, welfarism and love in Muslims.

He urged Muslims to imbibe the spirit of good neighbourliness in their daily engagement with people.

“Good welfarism will solve many socio-cultural problems confronting the masses in the country. Islam prioritises welfarism of the masses and workers in a social system. The concept of welfarism is an indicator to nation building,” he added.

Noting that welfarism and charity were major lessons of Ramadan, he urged Muslims to sustain the culture even after Ramadan.

Delivering a lecture on the theme of the programme, ‘Towards a good living in Nigeria’, an international scholar, Sheikh Abdul Ganiy Abdul Ha’di, urged Muslims to be politically conscious and keep up with happenings in national and global politics.

He, however, called on the government to establish a synergy with religious leaders in order to ensure a crisis-free society.

“As Muslims, our responsibilities are enormous. People have expectations for us and that’s why we have to be models for people in the society by way of doing the right things at all times. We have to live to expectations. We’ve got to be tolerant of adherents of other religions. That’s how we can be better as a people and nation,” he added.

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Feeding The Poor And The Needy In Ramadan, By Imam Gusau

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

Assalamu Alaikum/Barkan mu da shan ruwa

Ramadan is the month of reflection, soul searching and refreshing our Iman. It is also the month to try to save ourselves from the hellfire. One of the acts prescribed by the Prophet (Peace be upon him) for this purpose is sadaqa (charity).

According to the Prophet (Peace be upon him):

“Charity extinguishes the sin just as water extinguishes the fire. The man’s prayer late at night has the same effect.”

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Every day the sun rises, charity (Sadaqa) is due on every joint of a person: you administer justice between two men is a charity; and assisting a man to mount his beast, or helping him load his luggage on it is a charity; and a good word is a charity; and every step that you take (towards the Masjid) for Salah (prayer) is a charity and removing harmful things from the road is a charity.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

During Ramadan, the generosity of Prophet (Peace be upon him) knew no bounds. Narrated by Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him):

“The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was the most generous of people. He used to be the most generous in Ramadan when he would meet with Angel Jibril (AS) and study the Quran with him. Angel Jibril (AS) would meet with the Prophet every night in Ramadan to teach him the Quran. The Prophet was so generous when he met with Jibril (AS), more generous than the wind that brings rain.”

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) said:

“When Ramadan would start, the Prophet would release all prisoners of war and fulfill the need of every person who would ask him for something.”

Wassalamu Alaikum

~ Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. +2348038289761. Tuesday, Ramadan 13, 1439 AH (29/05/2018)

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Ramadan: FRSC Urges Drivers To ‘Pull Over In Case Of Fatigue’

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to pull over in a safe place and take a rest in case of fatigue during the Ramadan fast.

The FRSC official said taking few minute rest as a safety measure, should be adhered to by drivers as it would relieve them of the usual fatigue associated with fasting.

Mr Philip Ozonnandi, the FRSC Unit Commander in Ore, gave this advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ore, Ondo State.

He appealed to motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations, adding that using the Ramadan period as an excuse to flout traffic rules would not be tolerated by FRSC officials.

“I will advise motorists especially our Muslim brothers to pull over and take some rest in a safe place on the highway when fatigue sets in as a result of the Ramadan fast.

“I think this is one of the safety tips against road crashes, fatigue is likely to cause sleep while on the wheels.

“Drivers should also obey all traffic rules on the highway as using Ramadan period to violate traffic rules will not stop the FRSC officials from performing their lawful duties,”Ozonnandi said.

The FRSC boss also urged all Muslim faithful to use the Ramadan period to pray for accident free period and the peace of Nigeria.

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Felicitates With Muslims On Commencement Of Ramadan

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, felicitates with the entire Muslim community in Nigeria as they join other faithfuls across the world to commence Ramadan – the holy month of fasting and prayer.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the acting President implores Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period by replicating the teachings of the Holy Prophet in all their engagements; private and public.

“Prof. Osinbajo appeals to all Nigerians especially Muslims to also use the period of Ramadan for reflection on our national challenges and join forces with the Buhari administration to overcome them.

“Being a period of spiritual perseverance, temperance, introspection and retrospection with the Almighty Allah, the Acting President urges Muslims to use the Ramadan to renew their commitments to the virtues of love and peace taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and also work towards achieving them.

While calling on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, and the nation in general, Prof. Osinbajo urges Muslim faithfuls to also remember the less privileged in the society during the special period and wishes all Muslims a blessed Ramadan,” the statement reads.

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Muslims, Beware Of Ramadan Termites By Rashidat Ajuwon

Termite is a group of social insects that cause gradual degradation of wood. The soft-bodied insects are feast on wood without knowing the damage they cause to it. Any wood infested by termites are usually considered bad or unsuitable for use.

Ramadan is a holy month in lunar calendar during which Muslims must compulsorily abstain from food and other activities of pleasure. The month is regarded as a period of uncommon blessings and magnificent rewards. Therefore, Muslims are expected to step up their faith and engage in periodic prayers to become beneficiaries of Allah’s blessing and mercy. For fasting to be accepted by Allah, Muslims must keep to the guidelines of Ramadan.

However, there are some factors that can hinder us from receiving the full blessings that accompany the holy month. Those things that can make Muslims not to be beneficiaries of Allah’s grace can be likened to “termites”. For the purpose of this piece, let’s call them “Ramadan termites”.

The term “Ramadan termites” refers to acts by Muslims, which are done intentionally or unintentionally during the period of Ramadan. They are mostly acts or actions that are forbidden by Islam and which Muslims must not engage in at all times, and especially during this holy month.
Those observing fasting should always strive hard to safeguard their fast from what may reduce their rewards or deny them the reward completely. Those despicable acts, such engaging in backbiting, erotic chatting, falsehood, mockery, trick, dishonesty, false witness and cursing, among others are forbidden in Ramadan.

According to Hadith quoted by Al-Bukhari, Prophet Mohammad, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Whoever does not give up false statements, that is telling lies, acting upon it and intolerance, Allah will not be in need of his [fasting] leaving his food and drink.”

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) also said in Al-Buhkari and Muslim: “Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is fasting, he should neither indulge in obscene language, nor raise his voice, or if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say ‘I am fasting’.

Therefore, Muslim brothers and sisters, Allah recommends fasting for us to attainTaqwa (piety), not only by giving up food and drinks, but by also refraining from odious acts that make us to transgress against the warning of Allah.

Some people see Ramadan as a period to lose weight. We shouldn’t just lose weight, we must also burn sins by renouncing immoral acts during and after Ramadan. This way, we would receive full reward from Allah.

Since we have exceptional grace to witness this Ramadan, we should strive to have our share in the blessings that accompany the holy month. Let us do away with actions that will reduce or deny us the Barakah(blessing) of Ramadan.

We must know that sin is like a fire that consumes blessings, just as termites consumes wood. Allah forbids that seeing His blessings being lost. Let us share this message with other Muslims.

Allah knows best and may He accept our act of Ibadah

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@SpeakerDogara Holds Special Ramadan Prayer Session For The Country

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday evening organised a special Ramadan prayer session for the restoration of peace, stability and economic prosperity of Nigeria. A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the speaker, Mr. Turaki Hassan, said the prayers were held at the National Assembly complex during Iftar with members from the North West and South East geo-political zones.

Speaking during the prayers, Dogara said  it was necessitated by the fact it is a  holy period; one of abstinence, self denial and sacrifice with holiness which the month calls for. “For us to assemble here in this Holy month and miss the opportunity to call on God to help us with the challenges that we are facing in this nation, would not be right. That was why we deemed it necessary to utilize this opportunity of self denial to call on God to intervene in the affairs of our nation.”

” For every one who is a man or woman of faith, prayer is central. The reason why prayer is necessary is because although we all call on Him via different religions; God is all seeing, God is all powerful, but He will not intervene in spite of His many powers in our affairs, until  we give Him permission to do so.”

“If God can just on His own decide to intervene; there’ll be no need for prayers, why would you pray if you can go directly and get it? He has said that He has put the power in our mouths, that whatever we go through, be it as individuals or a nation, if we can call on Him, He will respond, and I believe that is the essence of prayer.”

Dogara maintained that without prayers, things could have been worse in Nigeria.

“That is why we want to utilize this opportunity and this event to call on God for the affairs of this nation, pray to God to intervene in the land, pray for God to give us wisdom as leaders; from the President, the Vice President, leaders of the National Assembly, even Membership, all of us here, Members of the National Assembly, Governors, State Legislators, Local Government Chairmen, down to Councilors, because we believe that if the leadership does well, the country will do well.”

“If there should be a first level of intervention, it should even be among the leaders, because it is said “any time you see a rotten fish, check the head”. There is no way the head will be alive and the fish will rot, it is not possible, so the first level of intervention that we will ask for is for God to begin to intervene through the leaders in the affairs of the nation.

We will pray for Mr. President, pray for his good health, pray for long life, pray for the Vice President and then all other leaders in the the country, our nation.”

The prayer session was led by Hon. Balarabe Abdullahi Salame from Sokoto State and it will continue next week Tuesday and Wednesday with members from North East, North Central, South West and South South zones.

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A Guide To Ramadan – The Islamic Holy Month, By Usama Dandare

As the holy month of Ramadan begins yesterday, Muslims all over the world embarks on a 29-30 days fasting, from waking up in the early morning hours at dawn for breakfast, to waiting until the call to prayer at sunset for launch and dinner. It’s imperative to shed more lights on why Muslims fast and what the month of Ramadan stands for, at least for the emphasis of educating our brothers and sisters from other religions. This piece will attempt to discuss in brief the concept of Ramadan fasting, its religious benefits, and perhaps medicinal importance:
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, it’s the month in which the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to the last prophet of Islam after Jesus Christ (PBUH) – Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Being the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, or the Hijri calendar based on the lunar cycle, Ramadan began when Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina in AD622, and return once annually about 11 days earlier than the previous year. It sometimes falls in winter months when the fasts are short, and in summer months when the fasts are long. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and this annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, other pillars include shahadah, which is the declaration of faith; salat, the five daily prayers; zakat, or almsgiving; and the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinks, smoking, backbiting, long arguments, lying, fighting and engaging in sexual relations; Muslims are also mandated to refrain from other behavior that could be perceived as sinful, such as swearing, engaging in disagreements, and unnecessary noise-making.
Several Muslims around the world observe fast between dawn to sunset in the month of Ramadan, they do so not for losing fat or any medical value, but for spiritual benefits as it is ordained by the Holy Quran:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you, as it was prescribed for those before you (i.e. Jews, & Christians) so that you may (learn) self-restraint.” (Q2:183)
Fasting does not mean Muslims retreat from their daily routine, rather they are encouraged to continue as normal in their work and usual activities. In fact, this is where the challenge of patience and endurance comes in, because fasting isn’t merely a physical ritual, but primarily a time for reflection and spiritual recharging. During the fast, Muslims believe that their desires are curbed and that they can gain understanding of how those who are less privileged than them feel. It’s also considered a ‘temptation free month’ – as both Satan and the evil spirits are chained and incarcerated by God throughout the holy month – to increase one’s patience, closeness to God and generosity towards others. The month of Ramadan is also a time of unity; it is the custom for Muslims to invite their neighbours and friends to share their evening meal – iftar – and recite special Tarawih prayers in congregation. It is also a time for Muslims to reconnect with the Qur’an, which is the word of God.
Fasting during Ramadan is fardh (“obligatory”) for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travellers, the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those going through menstrual bleeding. Healthy Muslim men and women are required to fast during the month according to Islamic teachings. People exempt from fasting during Ramadan can make up the missed fasts later. But if a person is not able to fast at all – particularly if that is for health reasons – one can compensate by feeding a needy person for each of the day they do not fast. It’s worthy to note that Muslims do not fast continuously throughout the month, they eat before dawn and break their fast at sunset each day.
While fasting during the holy month of Ramadan remains an avenue for introspection and spiritual renewal for all Muslims around the world, scientists have found that short periods of fasting – if properly controlled – can have a number of health benefits, as well as potentially helping overweight people. Medical experts encourages fasting Muslims to keep hydrated and have the right proportion of carbohydrates, fat and protein in between fasts, however tempting, but may in fact lead to gaining weight. So with prolonged fasting of many days or weeks, the body starts using protein for energy, and after a few days of the fast, higher levels of endorphins – hormones related to mood – appear in the blood and can make a person more alert and give an overall feeling of general mental wellbeing. Fasting has been proven to be an effective detoxification therapy as toxins will break down and pass out of the body. Also, it is ideal for both the overweight and underweight: for the overweight – deposited fat gets used and burns down, facilitating weight loss. While for the underweight – fasting normalizes the digestive system and equip the body to digest and assimilate nutrients.Fasting can also clear many skin problems due to the elimination of toxic materials, and has advantages in getting rid of addictions and habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.
Depending on which part of the world, Muslims have varying Ramadan customs, based on their cultures, but, the Islamic injunctions remained the same and unchangeable across the globe, which include: Eating and drinking at sahoor, the pre-fast meal, just before dawn; not delaying breaking the fast at sunset, which is iftar time; breaking the fast with an odd number of fresh dates, or dried dates if none are available, or a few sips of water; searching for the “Night of Power” or Laylat al-Qadr – a blessed night which according to Islamic tradition was the night when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God, and falls within the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
Ramadan begins when a crescent moon is sighted on the last day of Sha’aban (the 8th month in the Islamic calendar), but in a situation where the moon was not sighted for lack of visibility or other factors, the month of Ramadan automatically begins the following night whether or not the crescent moon is seen. Do you know that the month of Ramadan starts on different days across the world?  This differences over the start and end dates of Ramadan from one country to another, are basically as a result of variations in the sighting of the moon due to time differences between one country/region to the next. In places where it is not possible to see the crescent moon, Muslims begin fasting according to the closest place where the moon has been sighted, while other scholars rely on the calculations of astronomers. However, some Islamic scholars have called for Muslims to be united, and start the month of fasting based on sighting of the moon in the holy city of Mecca, which several other scholars rejected.
In places with no sunsets, like in the Arctic Circle and in Northern Finland where the sun remains visible at midnight and doesn’t set at all for 60 days during summer, Muslims in those places are permitted to follow more reasonable dawn and sunset times of other countries, likewise Muslims living in the most northerly regions of Alaska can use the dawn and sunset times of another part of America where “day is distinguishable from night”.
Reykjavik, Iceland, has the longest hours of fasting in the world where the fast will be about 21 hours 57 minutes long in the beginning of the month of Ramadan, with a fast starting at 2:03am and finishing at midnight. While Sydney, Australia, has the shortest hours of fasting in the world where a fasting day will be about 11 hours 24 minutes long at the start of Ramadan, with a fast starting at 5.29am and finishes at 16:53pm.
The month of Ramadan ends on the 29th day if a crescent moon for the month of Shawwal (the 10th month in the Islamic calendar) is sighted, in a situation where the moon of Shawwal was not sighted, Ramadan automatically ends on the 30th day. The next day after the month of Ramadan becomes the first day of Shawwal: a day when Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking of the fast, which marks the end of Ramadan. According to Islamic tradition, the angels call it the day of prizegiving because all those who fasted are rewarded by God on this day, and so it is common to hear Muslims greet each other with Eid Mub?rak (Happy Eid) and it is forbidden to fast on this day. It is Islamic to celebrate Eid with a small sweet breakfast, and to give charity before Eid prayers in congregation, and many Muslims celebrate by giving gifts, wearing new or clean clothes, and visiting friends and family. It’s simply a day of love, unity, peace and a day to put smiles on the faces of the needy and the vulnerable ones among the society and give them a sense of belonging. This marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the end of the Ramadan fast.
In a nutshell, understanding what Ramadan is and the sanctity of the fast is of paramount importance to both Muslim or non-Muslims, for the goals of fasting is to teach patience, discipline, modesty and spirituality. Whoever is observing a lengthy period of fasting must stay healthy, eat wisely and sleep enough.
Conclusively, there are practices or habits that all Muslims observing the Ramadan fast need to adopt in order to maintain a balance and healthy life throughout this holy month and beyond:

  • Avoid eating an excess of carbohydrates.
  • Avoid an intake of excessive sugary and spicy food, and also stay away from caffeine drinks such as coke, coffee or tea.
  • Avoid snacks high in salt like chips or nuts.
  • Take dinner only before Ishaa and after Taraweeh prayers, so the time afterwards is spent in Ibaadah, prayers and dhikr.
  • Women should not be made to cook all day: hence, keep the meals simple and humble, so they too can get the time to engage in equal Ibaadah and prayers, during their day, and post-Iftaar as well.
  • When considering dinner, it’s very important to include food varieties like: Meat/Bean, Bread/Cereal, Milk, Vegetable, Fruits among others.

In this holy month of love and peace, permit me to end with an apology to whomever I have offended in one way or the other either knowingly or unknowingly through the course of my work or interactions with folks both online and offline, please accept my unreserved apologia. And at the same time wishing all my readers, friends, well-wishers, colleagues, family, and the entire Muslim umma a blissful, bountiful, glorious, and a happy Ramadan fast. May the Almighty Allah – the God of Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W), the God of Prophet Jesus Christ (PBUH), the God of Prophet Moses (PBUH), and the God of Prophet Abraham (PBUH) accept all our worships during this holy month and beyond, and spare our lives to witness more and more Ramadans ahead.

Usama Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto. Reach me on mail via osadaby@yahoo.com or on twitter @osadaby or on Facebook via facebook.com/usama.dandare?
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Ramadan: Sokoto To Feed Less Privileged Free Of Charge

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We Didn’t Give Saraki Money For Ramadan

The Kwara State government has denied giving Senate President Bukola Saraki any money for the forthcoming Ramadan celebration.

An online newspaper had reported that the Senate President demanded and received the sum of N300m from the STate Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

But the State Government in a statement posted on it facebook page denied such occurrence, describing as the latest in the serial campaign of falsehood against Saraki.

“it has come to our attention that Sahara Reporters has published a story claiming that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki demanded and received N300m from Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed for the Ramadan.”

“We regard this as the latest episode in Sahara Reporters’ serial campaign of falsehood against Dr. Bukola Saraki and the state he once governed.”

“It is certainly inconceivable that a state government that received N800m in statutory allocation in May but requires N2.1b to monthly for salaries alone will indulge in such act.”

“Kwara State Government, like other governments across the country, is focused on overcoming current economic challenges, upholding the people’s welfare and delivering pledged infrastructure. We, therefore, refuse to be distracted by Sahara Reporters’ antics.”

“At this critical time in our national life, well-meaning Nigerians are preoccupied by vital issues of how Nigeria will be navigated out of the current crises.”

“We therefore urge Nigerians to focus on the more important tasks at hand.”

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Felicitation And Moonsighting For Ramadan By The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs

The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. present at his home), he must observe fasting that month… (Q.Al-Baqarah 2:185)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President General, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto, congratulates the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on the auspicious occasion of Ramadan, 1437 A. H. The Council prays that Allah make the month a positively new beginning in our individual and national lives in terms of spiritual excellence and national development.

The Council appreciates the educative release from National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA) on crescent sighting, which was meant to provide just the scientific explanation concerning sighting of the crescent. We urge the NASRDA to make it a monthly affair for public awareness and education. One of the beauties of Islamic calendar is its being natural, based on a monthly phenomenon as created by the Almighty Creator of both humanity and nature.

It is also instructive that the findings of NASRDA agree with those of the Islamic Scholars on when and where the conjunction of the new crescent would take place. The only difference is that mere conjunction without its physical appearance (after sunset) is not enough for the commencement of the Ramadan except on the 30th of the receding month when its existence is certain.

Since the last Ramadan fast, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA, under the leadership of Mallam Hafiz Wali and Prof. Usman El-Nafaty, assisted by Bro. Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen, advises the President General of the NSCIA on the commencement of every lunar month. The President General, as advised, always makes monthly declaration of the commencement of every lunar month.

The NMSC had advised the President General that the crescent of Ramadan should be searched for on Sunday, 5th June, 2016 equivalent to 29th Sha’ban 1437 AH. If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Sunday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would declare Monday, 6th June, 2016 as the first day of Ramadan. If, however, the crescent is not sighted on the night of Sunday, Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1437 AH.

Muslims all over the Country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President General of the NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1437 AH Ramadan fast.

In addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee who can be contacted for information and clarification are:

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Mallam Hafiz Wali 08036009090 hafizswali@yahoo.com
2 Sheikh  Tahir Bauchi 08032103733

08033058201

Sayyadibashir26@yahoo.com

Usmanusman9280@gmail.com

3 Sheikh  Karibullah Kabara 08035537382  
4 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010 simwaljibril@yahoo.com
5 Sheikh  Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231 Salihumy11@yahoo.com
6 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075 jaafaraabubakar@yahoo.com
7 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607 waziringwandu@yahoo.com
8 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641 Jmkaura56@yahoo.com
9 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363 Baumar277@gmail.com

 

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Sheikh  Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory 08023126335 habibelilory@ymail.com
2 Sheikh  Jamiu Kewulere 08033881335 pgsouthwest85@gmail.com
3 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333 muhammadrabiusalahudeen@gmail.com
4 Sheikh  Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448

08051111063

hustaz@yahoo.com

sheikh@al@abrartravels.com

5 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804 jentleasad@yahoo.com
6 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463

08057752980

Ganiy.agbaje@nasrda.gov.ng

gagbaje@yahoo.co.uk

7 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208 kuforijiabdulwasiu@gmail.com

 

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892 elnafaty@gmail.com
2 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu 08038522693 zubairusalisu@yahoo.com
3 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku 0805 704 1968 udukku@yahoo.com
4 Imam Manu

Muhammad

08036999841

 

limaminmisau@gmail.com
5 Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque 08035914285  

 

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431 oseni@unilorin.edu.ng

wazzioseni@gmail.com

2 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012 hamdallah1999@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Sheikh  Bala Lau 08037008805

08052426880

balalaujibwisnigeria@gmail.com
2 Sheikh  Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545

 

 
3 Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi 08065687545

08024333381

ustaznasirabdulmuhyi@yahoo.com
4 Sheikh  AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752 aahmadimam@yahoo.co.uk
5 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 07032558231 info@bmics.com
6 Sheikh  Lukman Abdallah 08037861132  
7 Sheikh  Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153 ssgummi@gmail.com

 

S/N NAME PHONE NO. E-MAIL
1 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892 imamcentral@yahoo.com
2 Alh. Yusuf Nwoha 08030966956

08026032997

yusufnwoha@gmail.com
3 Mal. Isa Okonkwo 08037861407

 

isaokonkwo@gmail.com

 

As soon as the NMSC, based on the verified information, confirms the sighting of the crescent, the committee will advise the President General of the NSCIA, who will announce the commencement of the month of Ramadan.

While we are wishing all Nigerian Muslims happy Ramadan in advance, we urge each and every Muslim to remain faithful to the true teachings of Islam in all its ramifications, by being his/her brothers’ keeper, peace loving, peace keeping, peacemaking and being an advocate of peaceful co-existence for accelerated development of our troubled nation.

We urge all of us to seize the opportunity of Ramadan to pray for our leaders; Political, Religious and Social, so that the nation can be properly guided to greater development.

Ramadan Kareem!

signed

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, OFR, FNAL,

Secretary General,

NSCIA.

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Muslim Scholars Fault NASRDA On Commencement Of Ramadan

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(Friday Sermon) Ramadan Has Come By Imam Murtada Gusau

All praises are due to Allah, we praise Him we seek His assistance and we seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from our evil deeds. Whomever Allah guides there is none who can misguide him, and whomever Allah misguides there is none who can guide him. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone without any partners, and I testify that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is Allah’s slave and Messenger.

“O you who have believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except in a state of Islam (as Muslims with complete submission to Allah).” (Ali Imran, 3:102)

O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, who created you from a single person (Adam) and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve) and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights, and do not cut off the relations of the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-watcher over you.” (An- Nisaa’, 4:1)

O you who have believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement (saved from the Hell fire and enter paradise).” (Ahzaab, 33:70-71)

As to what proceeds: verily the best of speech is the book of Allah and the best of the guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace be upon him). The worst of affairs are the newly invented affairs in the religion and every newly invented affair in the religion is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Hell fire. As to what proceeds:

O Servants of Allah! O Muslims!

You are facing the great sacred month of Ramadan; the month of Sawm (Fast), the month of Qiyam-ul-Layl (optional prayer at night), and the month of recitation of the Qur’an. In this month, Allah opens the door of forgiveness and sets His pious servants free from the fire. Ramadan is the month of giving sadaqah (voluntary charity); a month of feeding the poor slaves of Allah; a month, in which the doors of Paradise are open, the doors of Hell are closed, rewards of deeds are multiplied, hardships are removed, supplications are answered, ranks are elevated, and sins are forgiven. During this month, Allah (Glorified be He) provides His Servants with all kinds of bounties and showers His Awliya’ (pious people) with blessings.

A month in which Allah has made fasting it one of the pillars of Islam and in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) observed sawm and commanded the people to do the same. He (peace be upon him) informed us that whoever observed Sawm in Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping for Allah’s Reward, their previous sins shall be forgiven; and that those who observe Qiyam-ul-Layl (night prayer) in Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping for Allah’s reward, their previous sins shall be forgiven. In this month, there is one night that is better than thousand months (i.e. Laylatul Qadr).

Muslims who deprive themselves of its good are really in loss. Honour this month, May Allah forgive you, by having good intentions, doing your best to observe Sawm and Qiyam-ul-Layl, competing to do good, and repenting sincerely from all sins and misdeeds. Do your best to advise one another and cooperate in doing good and being pious. Advise one another to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, and invite one another to everything that is good to win dignity and great rewards.

Sawm (Fast) has many benefits and great wisdom:

Some of these benefits are: Purifying one’s soul; disciplining it; ridding it of bad traits and evil attributes, such as insolence, ingratitude, and miserliness; accustoming it to adopt good ethics, such as patience, forbearance, and generosity; and struggling to please Allah and draw closer to Him.

Other benefits of sawm: it makes us know humble selves, our needs, our weaknesses and our dependence on our Lord. It reminds us of Allah’s blessings and of the needs of the poor; thus, driving us to be grateful to Allah (Glorified be He). We ought to employ Allah’s blessings in obeying Him and in consoling and helping our poor Muslim fellows.

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) refers to these benefits in the following Ayah (Qur’anic verse):

“O you who have believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious).” (Qur’an 2:183)

Allah (Glorified Be He) points out that Muslims are commanded to observe Sawn to fear Allah. This indicates that Sawm is a means to become pious and fear Allah as He should be feared which would result into obeying Allah and His Messenger. In this way, servants will be saved from Allah’s punishment and Wrath.

Brothers and Sisters!

Sawm (the Fasting) diminishes one’s sexual desire and is a way to help one remain pure and chaste. Satan runs in our bloodstream and Sawm (the Fasting) narrows the veins and reminds one of Allah and His Greatness and, thus, the power of Satan diminishes and one’s faith is strengthened. Sawm encourages good deeds and dissuades bad ones.

Other benefits of Sawm: it purifies the body of toxins, making one healthy and energetic, as confirmed by many reliable and educated physicians.

O respected Muslims!

Sawm is a good deed for which there is enormous reward, especially Sawm in Ramadan which Allah has made obligatory for His Servants and made it a means to be granted success.

On the authority of Ubadah Ibn As-Saamit (may Allah be pleased with him) who reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Ramadan came to you as a month of blessing in which Allah spreads His Mercy, forgives sins, and answers supplications. Allah (Exalted be He) sees your competition and speaks proudly of you to the angels. So show Allah that you are doing good as the deprived one is who deprives himself of Allah’s Mercy (in this blessed month).” (al-Haithami in his Majma’ az-Zawa’id 3/142 number 4783, ascribed this to Al-Tabarani in Majma al-Kabeer 13/37 number 13655)

Also on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah has enjoined you to fast the month of Ramadan and I have made it a Sunnah (a commendable act) for you to observe Qiyam-ul-layl during it. Whoever observes Sawm and Qiyam-ul-Layl during its nights out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not for showing off); they will emerge as sinless as a new-born child.” (Related by Al- Nasa’i)

Muslims should know that it is prescribed, when observing Qiyam-ul-Layl in Ramadan or offering any other Salah (prayer), to offer Salah with tranquility and submissiveness when standing, bowing, prostrating and reciting Qur’an.

Many people who observe Qiyam-ul-Layl, Tarawih in Ramadan do so without contemplation or tranquility. Rather, they only hit the ground and this is not permissible. It is Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect) and renders Salah null and void since tranquility is a pillar in Salah.

It was also authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded the one who knocked the ground while performning his Salah in haste to repeat it.

My respected people!

Glorify your Salah by performing it as Allah commands; and seize the opportunity to gain every benefit from this great month of Ramadan by performing good deeds and all forms of worship.

Hasten to obey Allah as it is a great month in which Allah gives His Servants a chance to compete in doing good deeds in obedience to Him. May Allah forgive you and have mercy on you! Offer as much Salah as you can, give Sadaqah, feed the poor and orphans, recite the Qur’an with contemplation and thought, glorify Allah, praise Him, say Takbir and Tahlil (sayig: “La ilaha illa Allah [There is no god except Allah]”) and ask Allah for forgiveness.

Send peace and blessings to Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as much as you can and do good to the poor, needy, and orphans. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) was the most generous of all people and was even more generous during Ramadan. So follow in his footsteps, imitate and emulate him, may Allah have mercy on you, by increasing your Sadaqah and good deeds in Ramadan. Help your poor brothers to observe Sawm and Qiyam-ul-Layl, and hope for Allah’s Reward, the King and All-Knower.

Guard your Sawm from what Allah forbids. It was authentically reproted that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting accordingly, Allah does not need them to leave their food and drink”. He (peace be upon him) also said: “Sawm is a shield (from the fire and from committing sins). When one of you is observing Sawm, he should avoid intimate relations (with his wife) and quarreling, and if someone insults him, he should say, ‘I am observing Sawm.” {Sahih al-Bukhari 1904}

It was also reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Sawm is not only abstinence from food and drink, but (true) Sawm is abstinence from empty talk and bad language.” [Reported in Al-Mustadrak of al-Hakim number 1604]

Ibn Hibban reported in his Sahih Book of Hadith on the authority of Abu Sa’id (may Allah be pleased with him) who narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever observes Sawm in Ramadan knows its ordinances and observes what should be observed during it will have all their previous sins forgiven.”

Also, Jabir ibn Abdullah Al-Ansary (May Allah be plesed with them) said:

“When you observed Sawm, let your ears, eyes and tongue abstain from lying and other unlawful acts. Do no harm your neighbours. Be characterized by humility and calmness. Let there be a difference between the days of observing Sawm and the days when you are not observing Sawm.” [Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah number 8981]

Servants of Allah!

In this blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims, and all our 3 tiers of governments, (Federal, state and local governments) should fear Allah and be generous and spend as much as they can, paying much attention to the poor and those who do not ask for charity. Wealthy Muslims and governments should help them observe Sawm and Qiyam-ul-Layl, following the way of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to please Allah (Glorified be He) and as a way of thanking Him for His Blessings. Allah (Glorified be He) has prosmised His Servants who spend their wealth, a great reward and many blessed children.

Allah (Glorified be He) says:

“And whatever good you send before you for yourselves, (i.e. Nawafil non-obligatory acts of worship: prayers, charity, fasting, Hajj and Umrah), you will certainly find it with Allah, better and greater in reward.” [Qur’an 73:20]

Fellow Muslims!

Beware, may Allah grant you mercy, any sins that might affect your Sawm negatively, diminish your reward, or incur Allah’s Wrath such as usury, adultery, theft, looting the public treasury, murder without justification, unjust consumption of the property of orphans; and all forms of injustice against persons, money, or honour. You shold also avoid cheating in dealings, not keeping trusts, being ungrateful to parents, and severing ties of kinship. Enmity and hostility without a just cause; intoxicants and drugs, such as Marijuana, Indian hemp, and Tobacco; backbiting and slander, lying, false testimony, false claims, and perjury should all be avoided.

People should not act pridefully, or make envy (Hasad) against each other. Muslims shoud not listen to songs and music in the blessed month of Ramadan. Muslim women should abstain from Tabarruj (dressing immodestly in violation of the Islamic dress code) and imitating disbelieving women in wearing revealing clothes or other things that Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have forbidden.

These sins are forbidden at all times and all places, but are more forbidden during Ramadan and more grievous because of the sanctity of this month.

O Muslims! You must fear Allah and avoid what He and His Messenger have forbidden. Be steadfast in obeying Allah in Ramadan and in other months as well, advise one another to do that. Enjoin others to do good and forbid evil to gain honour, happiness, and dignity, and to be saved in this world and in the Hereafter.

Brothers and Sisters!

Ramadan is like a rare flower that blossoms once a year and just as you begin to smell its fragrance, it disappears for another year. Try to make this Ramadan, the month of mercy and blessings, the turning point in your life. Break free from the deceptions of Satan and this world and indulge into the sweetness of true Imaan (faith). In the blessed month of Ramadan we have 4 weeks of Barakat (blessings), 30 days of forgiveness, 720 hours of guidance, 43200 minutes of purification and 2592000 seconds of Nur (light). Try as much as possible to enjoy them and  benefits from them.

My respected Muslim Brothers and Sisters!

As usual, let’s fear Allah (SWT) for the unity of Islamic ummah. Let’s fear Allah so that we obey our leaders. Let’s fear Allah so that we have patience and wait to hear from them (our leaders) for the commencement of Ramadan fasting. The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, as the overall leader of Nigerian Muslims and the President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic affairs (NSCIA), is going to announce on the proper date to start the fasting, as good Muslims, we must obey. I pray may Allah the Almighty grant our leaders success and provide strength, assistance and tawfeeq to them, ameen.

May Allah protect you, us, and all Muslims from that which brings His wrath! May Allah accept our sawm and Qiyam-ul-Layl and rectify the affairs of Muslim leaders and make them a means to defend Islam and Muslims! May Allah guide us all to comprehend Islam, hold fast to it, and judge according to it in all our affairs! Allah has power over all things.

O Allah! Preserve us until Ramadan comes and make Ramadan easy for us, and accept it from us with total acceptance. O Allah! Let us reach the blessed month of Ramadan. May this coming Ramadan be the best (Ramadan) for all of us.

O Allah! Safeguard us for the month of Ramadan (by sparing us to witness the blessed month of Ramadan healthy and fit), and safeguard the month of Ramadan for us (by making the conditions in it such that we can take maximum benefit from it) and accept it from us.

May the Peace and blessings of Allah be upon His beloved Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and upon all his family and Companions and whoever follows his way until the Day of Resurrection.

 

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Sha’aban 20, 1437 AH (May 27, 2016), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’at Mosque and Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosque, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: +23480382 89761.

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