Cleric urges Mus­lims to up­hold Sal­lah lessons

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The Chief Imam of Phase 3, Kubwa Mus­lim Com­mu­nity, Al­haji Ab­dur­rahim Yahya Muham­mad, has urged Mus­lims to sus­tain the lessons of Ra­madan and shun acts that will taint the im­age of Is­lam.

Al­haji Muham­mad in his Eid ser­mon at the eid pray­ing ground, said the eid is one of the ma­jor cel­e­bra­tions in Is­lam that is ob­served glob­ally, adding that it was a time of joy and hap­pi­ness in which gifts were ex­changed.

He said res­i­dents should see the celebration as a means of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween friends and loved ones and ab­sti­nence from envy, har­bour­ing calum­nies against Mus­lims and non-Mus­lims alike.

“It is, how­ever, sur­pris­ing to ob­serve that some Mus­lims will be happy with Eid be­cause it marks the end of Ra­madan and fast­ing and thus they will be free from the acts of wor­ship be­ing con­ducted in the blessed month as if those acts were a bur­den,” he said.

He ex­plained that those that saw the Eid in that re­gard were in great dan­ger be­cause it was a pe­riod for heart cleans­ing and uni­fi­ca­tion.

“Some use Eid as a time of ex­cesses in the con­sump­tion of un­law­ful food and drinks and may even go to the ex­tent of con­sum­ing un­law­ful things like al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes, this is not the way we should cel­e­brate Eid, im­i­tat­ing the ways of the kuf­far (un­be­liev­ers),” he warned.

While im­plor­ing Mus­lims to be mod­er­ate, he said they should also re­mem­ber to take Shawwal se­ri­ous in order to reap the bless­ings in it.

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