Islam abhors tribalism, nepotism, says cleric

NASFAT promises to continue to foster peace and unity among the Ummah and the entire Nigerians

Islam is distinct as a religion because of its abhorrence for nepotism, favouritism and all forms of tribal or ethnic affinities.

Renowned Cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who stated this, maintained that there is no dichotomy between Muslims from the North and their brothers from the South.

He declared this in Lagos, according to a statement, during a visit to Nasrul Lahi – L- Fatih Society, (NASFAT) as part of the special programme marking the 57th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.

Sheikh Bauchi, one of the renowned clerics from the North, was at the headquarters branch of the society in Alausa, Lagos State last Sunday where he delivered a lecture.

Speaking in both Hausa and Arabic languages, the cleric said in the lecture, which was translated into English that his visit to NASFAT in Lagos was an indication that there is no dichotomy between southern and northern Muslims.

The cleric therefore advised those present and the entire Ummah to further seek unity, love and collaboration with Muslims irrespective of their tribal or ethnic affinities.

He poured eulogies on NASFAT for using the platform to enhance the image of Islam within and outside the country while praying fervently for Nigeria’s unity, growth and development.

Acting Chief Missioner, NASFAT, Imam Mahroof Onike AbdulAzeez expressed the society’s appreciation to the erudite Islamic cleric for accepting NASFAT’s invitation.

He assured Sheikh Bauchi that NASFAT will continue to foster peace and unity among the Ummah and the entire Nigerians.

The highlight of the special event was the presentation of the society’s prayer book and other souvenirs to the highly revered Sheikh by the leadership of the society.

Meanwhile, pilgrims who have just returned from this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia have been enjoined to let the spiritual exercise have positive impacts in their lives.

This is contained in a statement in Ibadan by the Chairman, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN, Oyo State Chapter, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi.

Alhaji Fasasi said the new pilgrims should intensify efforts in doing good to complement Allah’s reward that those who successfully performed hajj rites would be like new born without any sin. 

He noted that the sacrifice and stressful activities embarked on while undertaking the hajj rites were enough reasons the new pilgrims should avoid acts that would vitiate their hajj.

The MMPN Chairman emphasised that activities such as Friday outing as well as Sabaka night organised by or for the new pilgrims are innovations that have no basis in Islam and could easily lead to making the hajj exercise a fruitless effort.

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