n Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem has admonished Muslim parents and participants at the 2019 edition of the Faith Unites Muslims Charity Initiatives, FUMCI children award for excellence in Quran recitation and Islamic practice to be dutiful to their Creator.
Speaking on the topic, relevance of good companionship in Islam, the Lagos former Commissioner for Home Affairs, disclosed that the kind of friends tells a lot about how steadfast one is in the practice of Islam.
“What kind of friends do you keep?” Abdul-Lateef quizzed.
He stressed that “The kind of friends we keep tells a lot on how steadfast we are about our religion. If you discover that those friends you walk with are devilish in nature, are liars, back-bite and have no fear of Allah in them, ensure you move away from such people. True believers rely solely on Allah. I want to implore every one of us to choose companions that will lead us to the path of the righteous.”
In his remark, Chief Imam of Abdul-Azeez central mosque, Ebute-Meta area of Lagos state, Sheik Muhammad Mahmud Yaqub commended FUMCI for promoting Islam and Qur’an knowledge through its various programmes.
While charging parents to invest more in Islamic and Qur’an knowledge of their children, Imam Yaqub appreciates winners in all the five categories particularly in the Qur’an and hadith categories for exceptional display of talent in Quran recitation and commentary on Hadith.
Having spent 17 years of his life learning and teaching the glorious Qur’an in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Mahmud Yaqub, who showered cash gifts on the winners, said the competition could be likened to the ones he had attended in Makkah.
He said: “In the last 17 years, I have not had the opportunity of attending Qur’an competition that has substance and is well-organised like the FUMCI’s children award. Reciters in the Qur’an and Hadith categories are superb. They remind me of my days in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
“I am really touched by their performance especially the winner of the Qur’an and Hadith category – Nuroh Nasir. She and Umar Akinola really impressed me. I am so overwhelmed by their performances. Nuroh exhibited high level of confidence in her recitation. I pray Almighty to continue to guide and guard them.