Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of thr Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSICIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has urged Muslims not lose sight of the moral and spiritual reasons for celebrating the Eid-el-Kabir.
While felicitating with the Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of 2019 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the Sultan in a statement by Professor Salisu Shehu, Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA, the Sultan prayed to Allah to grant faithfuls the opportunity to witness many more of it.
“the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, felicitated with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and indeed the entire Muslim world on the auspicious occasion of the 1440 AH ‘Eidel Adha celebrations. We beseech Allah to grant us the opportunity to witness many more of it.
“According to the Sunnah of the noble Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Muslims who are not on pilgrimage in the Holy Land are encouraged to fast on the day of ‘Arafat and engage themselves in acts of worship and veneration to Allah, believing that with sincerity of intentions, He will forgive their transgressions and overlook their short-comings of the preceding and succeeding years as well as admit them to His Jannah.
“We, therefore, ask Allah to accept our ‘ibadat, increase our ‘iman and grant us protection, contentment and grateful hearts throughout the first ten days of this month and most especially on the Arafat Day.
“Fellow servants of Allah, in celebrating this year’s ‘Eidel Adha, we must not lose sight of the moral and spiritual reasons for the Season. ‘Eidel Adha is a period of introspection and soul searching. It symbolizes sacrifice, which was sufficiently demonstrated by our patriarch – Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).”
He noted that making a sacrifice for the collective good of all and posterity which is a key component missing in our national life is partly responsible for the quagmire we have found ourselves in is one of the major themes for ‘Eid.
“Our patriarch was willing to let go (sacrifice) that which he cherished most – his only son, Isma’il — as sacrifice in obedience to Allah’s dictates. (Q37:102)
“In the same vein, the Council fervently appeals to our millions of brothers and sisters to continue to emulate the example of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) in making the needed sacrifice to keep the country united and to honour the labour of our heroes past.”
On the security challenges the country is facing, the Traditional ruler stated that the Council is worried about the situation, adding that it has degenerated rapidly from a state of benign manageability to that of intractable malignancy in recent times.
“This situation, which seems to preoccupy the attention of the Federal Government at the expense of other issues in the socio-political and economic spectra, appears increasingly problematic.
“The situation is further exacerbated by the political polemics and hate speeches by separatists disguised as statesmen, which have greatly undermined social cohesion and eroded our shared values as Nigerians.
“The Council hereby calls on the Federal Government to be decisive in dealing with those who are bent on heating the polity with hate speeches in the country, no matter how highly placed they may be,” he stated.
The council also urged Muslims in the country to be security-conscious and also remain very prayerful as they celebrate ‘Eidel Adha.