Cleric urges Muslims to uphold Sallah lessons
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.