Ra­madan: Cler­ics prof­fer prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to na­tion woes

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

As this year’s Ra­madan fast­ing draws to close, Mus­lim cler­ics have ad­vised Nige­ri­ans on prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to tack­ling the mul­ti­fac­eted chal­lenges facing the coun­try.

In their re­spec­tive clos­ing of the Ra­madan Taf­sir (Qur’an ex­e­ge­sis) yes­ter­day in Abuja, the Imam of the Uth­man Bin Af­fan Is­lamic Cen­tre Sheik Huseyn Zakaria Muham­mad and the leader of the Al-Mustof­fiyya Is­lamic So­ci­ety of Nige­ria, Us­taz Maisuna Yahya, said it was high time prac­ti­cal and work­able mea­sures were taken to re­solve the na­tion’s prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to Us­taz Yahya, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the lead­ers and the led in the coun­try is con­trary to what was ob­tain­able in the time of Prophet Muham­mad and nowa­days in the so call de­vel­oped coun­tries.

He said that Nige­ria would rapidly over­come the chal­lenges if the lead­ers serve the in­ter­est of the peo­ple by shun­ning cor­rup­tion and the peo­ple by obey­ing and sup­port­ing the lead­ers to re­build the coun­try.

“We know that hu­man be­ings are fal­li­ble, there were in­stances when the sec­ond Caliph Umar was cor­rected by the peo­ple, he did not ig­nore the ob­ser­va­tion but apol­o­gised and cor­rected him­self; like­wise the peo­ple fol­low the lead­ers and did not curse or ridiculed them the way we use to do. So we must talk less and take prac­ti­cal steps to build the coun­try,” he said.

On his part, Sheik Muham­mad said the Qur’an is full of guid­ance and that not putting them into prac­tice de­spite their ben­e­fits is a chal­lenge that must be over­come.

“It is im­por­tant to stick to the piety and right­eous­ness that we all im­bibed dur­ing this past month. It is im­por­tant for our lead­ers to be eq­ui­table, just and fol­low the right path at all times. It is equally im­por­tant for the fol­low­ers to be re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zens to move the na­tion for­ward,” he said.

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