Group holds spe­cial Maulud

Daily Trust - - TRUST ISLAMIC FORUM - By Umar Rayyan

Ahli Tawas­saliyya As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (ATAN), an Is­lamic non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion seek­ing to pro­mote unity among Mus­lims, or­gan­ised a spe­cial gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate the birth of Prophet Muham­mad (SAW), re­cently, at Gamji Gate, Kaduna.

The main speaker at the oc­ca­sion, Sheikh Muham­mad Mahi Jibia, called on Mus­lims to deepen their love and af­fec­tion for the Prophet, par­tic­u­larly through em­u­lat­ing his ex­cel­lent con­duct and be­hav­iours.

He said: “We con­verged here in or­der to ex­press the deep love that we have for the prophet. In event like this, it is rou­tine to hear schol­ars nar­rat­ing the mar­velous his­tory of the prophet. This is be­cause his story is wor­thy of telling and retelling as its en­tails supreme qual­i­ties like pro­bity, dili­gence, love, com­pas­sion, gen­eros­ity, hu­mil­ity, tol­er­ance, right­eous­ness, tran­quil­ity, per­se­ver­ance, for­bear­ance, pas­siv­ity, sage­ness and mag­na­nim­ity, to men­tion but a few. But the most mys­te­ri­ous thing oc­curred im­me­di­ately af­ter par­tic­i­pants left the Maulud venue. There, you will see our ac­tions and in­ac­tions con­trary to what we heard. This Ummah is grap­pling with thorny chal­lenges sim­ply be­cause few of us ad­hered to the teach­ing and prac­tices of the prophet. It is very com­mon to see us telling lies, reneg­ing on pledges and be­tray­ing those who en­trusted us. Ac­cord­ing to one Ha­dith, the afore­men­tioned are char­ac­ter­is­tics of the hyp­ocrite. Still part of it says, if any of you should bore at least one of these fea­ture, he will still be qual­i­fied to be one.

“There­fore, ATAN is ap­peal­ing to the gen­eral pub­lic on the need for at­ti­tu­di­nal re­form and this will hap­pen by sup­port­ing and en­cour­ag­ing one an­other in the supreme habit of pur­su­ing, stand­ing and say­ing the truth. A Ha­dith tells us that one shouldn’t hes­i­tate to say the truth, even if re­veal­ing it will cost his life. Chal­leng­ing it may ap­pear, if that hap­pens, one loses noth­ing. And in fact that per­son will be recog­nised by Al­lah as one of His hon­est mankind. So, what other ac­cred­i­ta­tion is wor­thier than this?

“Again, it is good we un­der­stand and recog­nised the im­por­tance of unity among Mus­lims. In one of his last ser­mon, the Prophet stressed the need for brother­hood bond among all Mus­lims. He said ‘ev­ery Mus­lim is a brother to ev­ery other Mus­lim’. This is the ab­so­lute truth and for those who doubt it. Their ac­tion is tan­ta­mount to dis­be­liev­ing the prophet and for any­body that does that, he is in­deed in huge trou­ble in this world and in the hereafter. Thus, it is com­pelling on all of us to ad­vo­cate for unity, peace, har­mony and tol­er­ance among all Mus­lims re­gard­less of the de­nom­i­na­tion or the school of thought one pro­fesses.

“It will be ger­mane for us to cite one cor­re­spon­dence of Shehu Ibrahim Inyass (RTA), where he wrote: ‘I am not among the mankind that wields arms for the pur­pose of ac­com­plish­ing their cause.’ Ac­cord­ing to him, the best Ji­had is that which the soul is pu­ri­fied from all evil do­ings.” In one other Ha­dith, the prophet categorised Ji­had into two. The lesser Ji­had which is strug­gles against un­be­liev­ers. And then, the in­ner spir­i­tual strug­gle against sins which he termed the greater Ji­had. He distin­guished the two by de­scrib­ing the for­mer as the sim­plest, and one that could be fought side by side with the hyp­ocrites. Then he de­fined the for­mer as the best but yet the ar­du­ous Ji­had be­cause is pri­vate and con­fi­den­tial, i.e. be­tween mankind and his Cre­ator. It is in­deed the favourite be­cause it pro­vides no room for hyp­ocrites to har­bour their ne­far­i­ous plans.”

One of the dig­ni­taries that graced the spe­cial Maulud was Sheikh Sharif Umar bin Us­man, who is also the grand pa­tron of ATAN. He called on Nige­ri­ans to work in tan­dem re­gard­less of re­li­gion in or­der to fos­ter peace­ful co-ex­is­tence in the coun­try.

On his part, the Na­tional Chair­man of ATAN, Al­haji Abubakar Sadiq, high­lighted the ac­tiv­i­ties of the or­gan­i­sa­tion to com­prise the build­ing of schools, mosques and or­phan­ages across the coun­try.

Cross sec­tion of par­tic­i­pants

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