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Cleric Urge Muslims to Pursue Peace as they Celebrate Ed–al-Kabir


Ruth Bamidele, Lagos

As Muslims in Nigeria join other Muslims in the world to celebrate Ed–al-Kabir this year, there have been reflections on the festival by Muslim faithful in Lagos.

barka-de-sallahThe Chief Imam, Nawair-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Ikotun Branch, Alhaji Nurudeen Abdulrasaq, said that Ed–al-Kabir reminds Muslims of how the Almighty intervened to turn a situation that was hopeless to that of hope and happiness, hence he urged all Muslims to submit to the will of Almighty, as prophet Ibrahim did, and to also practice giving in the spirit of the season.

He further urged all Nigerians to live in peace and unity as this will go a long way in developing the country.

Others that spoke with African Examiner correspondent expressed their gratitude to God for giving them the opportunity to witness the Ed–al-Kabir for this year.

Mrs. Ajibola, a residence of Ikotun in Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos said, “I am happy that I witness another Sallah this year, many people have died, some are hospitalized so they can’t rejoice like us, and so I thank Allah for keeping me and my family.”

Some however see the festival as an opportunity to give to the poor as Dauda, another resident of Lagos opined that Ed–al-Kabir is an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the almighty and to share with the needy. “I greet all my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world and I wish them Eid Mubarak.” He greeted.

According to another muslim faithful  Isiaka, Ed–al-Kabir is a time to eat, drink and rejoice with others, but most of all reflect on the will of Allah, because He has a purpose for everyone.

“We should all try to follow the example of the prophets, especially prophet Ibrahim who carried out the Almighty’s purpose for him”  Isiaka preached.

-Ruth Bamidele, African Examiner

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