All praise and thanks are Allah’s, to whom belong all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. His are all praise and thanks in the hereafter, and He is the All-Wise, the Well-Acquainted. By His grace tomorrow (Tuesday, 5th July, 2016) or next tomorrow (Wednesday, 6th July, 2016) shall mark the end of Ramadan fasting, to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, in-shaa-Allah. In the light of which Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General, uses this medium to, once again thank Allah, the Most High for sparing our lives to have observed the Ramadan fasting, Alhamdulillah.
Nonetheless, this shows that time is transient and that everything is temporary. Noting our actions and inactions, we shall all be held accountable. Therefore, the inherent lessons embedded in fasting such as faith, sincerity, sacrifice, humility, compassion, giving, piety, commitment, etc., should be sustained for our own good.
Nigerian Muslims are therefore called upon to cast back their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through, as the Lord of Ramadan, is and shall remain forever and ever the Lord of other months, above all, watches and keeps the records of our actions and inactions. More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for their spiritual upliftment, peace and tranquility.
Once more, Muslims are reminded of giving Zakatul-Fitr (Ordained Alms Giving at the end of Ramadan Fast) which preferably should be given out to the needy two days before the Eid-el-Fitr day or before the commencement of the ‘Eid prayer. This if done promptly will assist the have nots, to celebrate the coming Sallah with the Muslim Ummah, despite the glaring economic challenge bedeviling the country.
In line with our earlier call, we reiterate that the Muslim faithful should intensify prayers for the Ummah against all manners of misfortunes, relief and succor to the economic challenges bedeviling the nation.
By and large, JNI wishes all Muslim faithful an accepted Ramadan Fast and successful Eid-el-Fitr. In the same vein, Muslims are urged not to forget Sittah-Shawwal, i.e the six-days recommended fasting, that follow Ramadan Fasting as mandated by the Prophet (SAW).
We will also like to remind all traveling for Sallah celebration to drive with caution, as this is raining season to which motorists are prone to accidents, may Allah, the Most High continues His protection on us all, amin.
While wishing all Allah’s pardon in these sacred days and after, we pray fervently for an accepted Ramadan Fast and Eid.
Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu