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Cleric admonishes women to be patient in handling marital issues

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An Ilorin-based female Islamic scholar, Hajia Khadijat Abdulsalam-Olayiwola, has advised women to exhibit patience in handling their marital matters.

Abdulsalam-Olayiwola, while giving the advice on Friday in her Ramadan Tafsir, said not even the involvement of their husbands in extramarital affairs should get them into fighting.

She said  that while such a discovery could be painful to bear for them as women, they should rather display maturity by being patient.

According to her, matters can degenerate, sometimes becoming fatal, if they indulge in physical or spiritual brawl with the mistresses of their spouses.

“If; in the cause of fighting, you lose your life, who will care for your children? Your children may end up suffering as a consequence of your actions,” she advised.

The  scholar also observed that women could also be their own problems, as they indulge in different escapades to get the attention of men, even of married men.

She, therefore, urged married women to slow down on suspecting and monitoring their spouses, adding that Islam warned against being suspicious without facts.

The cleric pointed out that if their spouses derailed and engaged in extramarital affairs, they should be willing to turn toward Allah in prayers and supplication, instead of steering up trouble.

According to her, some men can be so besotted with their mistresses, so much so that any unfortunate action taken by their  wives could prove fatal.

She, however, advised men to desist from oppressing their spouses, adding that Allah dislikes oppression and has promised dire consequences for those who oppress.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: Return to Allah in prayer to end COVID-19 – Cleric

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The Chief Imam of Hosanna Mosque, Abakaliki in Ebonyi, Alhaji Ishaq Adamu has admonished Muslim faithful to continue offering prayers to end COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Adamu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after observing Eid-el-Fitri prayers in Abakaliki on Sunday.

The Imam said that Muslims have had the opportunity to return to Allah during Ramadan and prayers to end the scourge.

“The pandemic is a sign that Allah wants both Muslims and Christians to get closer to Him through prayers to end the virus.

“I advise people to keep washing their hands, use sanitisers and face masks as directed by the government.

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) team were at the Eid prayer grounds to observe the level of compliance and they were satisfied,’’ Adamu said.

He also urged the Muslim faithful to sustain lessons learnt during the Ramadan while they should extend palliatives supports to poor in the society.

“Some faithful have done well in reaching out to the poor in Onueke, Afikpo-North and Ohaukwu Local Government Areas with rice and money to cushion the effect of the pandemic and to enable them to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri with others.’’

Also, the Chief Imam of Central Mosque, Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki, Alhaji Muhammad Labaran said the period required all to be patient, unite and support the governments.

Labaran, represented by Secretary of the central mosque, Usman Adam, was optimistic that the COVID-19 had increased mutual understanding among the people.

He urged the faithful to understand that the preventive measures ordered by the government were for safety and enable people to stay alive.

He promised to continue to enlighten people on the need for adherence.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Cleric charges media practitioners on stories that will promote harmony, peace

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Bishop  Peter Odetoyinbo of  the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta  has advised media practitioners to focus more on writing  stories that will  promote harmony, unity and peace in the world.

Odetoyinbo gave  the advice on Sunday in Abeokuta in his message as the Catholic Church worldwide  mark the 54th World Communications Day.

He charged media practitioners to focus more on stories that build up, not tear down; stories that would help mankind to rediscover their roots and the strength they  needed to move forward together.

“Media practitioners should shun all forms of bigotry, discrimination and exploitation with the use of the media, which may lead to chaos and destruction.

“”The World Communications Day is set aside to celebrate the progress and achievements of the communication media, and to focus on how it can be harnessed to promote the gospel of peace and harmony in the world,’’ the cleric said.

He said that the media should do more stories weaved around the love and the life of Jesus, the Son of God.

“We should tell more of the stories of hope and solace, of sharing and love; stories that remind us of Jesus’ life, death and the resurrection; all geared toward  saving the world.

“In every of our experiences, God always has a good story for us. One of our good stories from  the experience of COVID-19 is the opportunity given to individual families to flourish.

“Many families can now share from their rich encounters of Jesus in their own homes,” Odetoyinbo said.

The cleric appreciated media practitioners for their tireless efforts in ensuring that all are well-informed and carried along in the fight against the Coronavirus disease.

He urged that the media should portray the good sides of the Coronavirus disease’s experience, the care and concern of the government and families to the society.

Odetoyinbo noted that before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, stories in the media were characterised by ingratitude and wastefulness, adding that the media exploited the earth and all its resources.

He added that previously,  the media devalued human life and made a cheap commodity of it, saying that media stories were not all good but it could be better.

The cleric encouraged media practitioners to tell stories of love that reached out to people, and stories of the need to sacrifice oneself in place of another, by so doing creating a beautiful love story.

He charged media practitioners to write reports that would inspire coming generations to also love like Christ, adding that it was the only way to understand that human stories are in a certain sense, divine stories.

“What will our stories be like at the end of the current world crisis? Will it be like Jesus’ story? Would we have re-enacted the Good Samaritan episode?

“Would we still care for the handshakes and hugs, the visits and long conversations or would love die in us?

“Would we show the earth more care and tenderness or continue to exploit her? Would we rewrite our stories for good?

“Definitely, we will re-write our story and love and care for each other better, and the earth and heavens will rejoice at humanity coming together,’’ Odetoyinbo said.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Dada (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Pray to end COVID-19, Cleric admonishes Muslims

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The Chief Imam of Gwallaga Friday Mosque, Bauchi, Ustaz Ibrahim Idris, has admonished the Muslim faithfuls to offer special prayers to end Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Idris made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after observing two raka’at prayers at the Eid ground in Bauchi on Sunday.

He said Muslims have the responsibility to pray fervently and support the government on its efforts to tackle current challenges, including insecurity and COVID-19.

“I am calling on all of us to continue supporting the government in its effort to overcome the dreaded pandemic that brought untold  hardship in the society.

“Government will do the needful and we support it with prayers to see to the end of the COVID-19.”

He cautioned against immoral celebration of Sallah amidst the global fight against Coronavirus that need prayers to get out of it.

Idris therefore urged Muslims to celebrate with caution in their homes and families as stipulated by Islamic injunctions,saying going beyond that will provoke Almighty Allah.

Idris however enjoined the general public to continue observing the rules of managing the pandemic.

He also called for maintaining the preventive measures, such as maintenance of physical distancing, regular hand washing and use of facemask, among others.

He explained that Ramadan is a time of complete and sincere submission to the will of God as it serves to purify our souls and make us conscious of our Creator.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Cleric focuses sermon on indecent dressing by woman, social-distancing in prayer

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A cleric in Dutse, Jigawa, Imam Baba Waziri, on Sunday focused his Eid-el-Fitri sermon on indecent dressing among Muslim women, especially those working in public places.

Waziri also encouraged all Muslims to comply with social distancing in prayer, in line with the government advice and NCDC’s guidelines in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Imam, who led the Eid prayer at the Tatur Adua in the Commercial Secondary School, Tatur side in Dutse, cautioned Muslim women to fear God and His chastisement against violating the commandments.

Waziri said Islam is a complete way of life and doesn’t support women, irrespective of their status, to dress indecently.

He said that Islam encourages women to always wear Hijab that would cover the whole body, noting that women’s body is not meant for the public show but for their spouses.

On social distances in prayer, the Imam said it was Islamic that those who are infected by any infectious diseases are not allowed to mix with others in prayers, whether in the Mosque or any other social gathering place.

He also called on Nigerians to avoid spreading fake news capable of causing civil unrest in the society on social media.

Instead of spreading fake news, he urged people to engage in prayers for the wellbeing of the country and to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Imam said that it was duty bond on every Muslim to comply with the government regulations in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that early morning rainfall, however, prevented the Chief Imam of Dutse, Dr Abubakar Sani, from leading the prayer at the state Eid praying ground.

The Imam, instead led the prayer inside the Central Mosque with the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi and other residents in attendance.

In his sermon, Sani urged Muslims to comply with the government guidelines in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Imam appealed to Nigerians to pray for country to get out of the pandemic.

NAN reports that the state government had directed all Muslim residents to observe their Eid prayer in their respective localities as against the traditional congregational Eid praying grounds across the state.

Muslims in Duste had complied with the government directives in observing the Eid prayers in their various localities.

Majority of the faithful were seen wearing face masks as instructed by the government while in the praying ground

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Eid-El Fitri: Cleric urges Muslim faithful to imbibe teachings, lessons of Ramadan

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An Islamic cleric, Sheik Abdul Isola, has enjoined Muslim faithful to imbibe the teachings and lessons of Ramadan, and depart from evil.
Isola, the Chief Imam of the Islamic Centre, Uwani, Enugu, stated this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Enugu.
NAN reports that Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, is a period when all Muslims are expected to observe a compulsory one-month fast.
The cleric noted that “most times, the hardship and sudden calamities that befall men are as a result of sin and lack of fear of Allah in the way they carry on with their lives.
“The Holy Quran and Islamic scholars have taught us through the television, radio and other electronic platforms to strive to shun evil, embrace Allah and live in accordance with His divine instructions.
“We should not make any mistake about it; there is always repercussion for sins and evil doings; if it is not here on earth, it will be during the judgment day,’’ he said.
Isola, who is the Chief Missioner of the centre, also urged Muslim ummah to strive to live in peace with their neighbours, which he said, Islam, as a way of life, was noted for.
“We must also strive to live in peace with others, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed,’’ he said.
The cleric advised Muslim faithful, especially the wealthy ones, to pay their Zakkat (compulsory religious alms giving) and provide for the poor within their neighbourhoods during this season.
“There is the need for wealthy Muslims to provide for the less-privileged and the poor around them so that they too could share in the joy of the season,’’ he said.

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Christian Cleric felicitates with Muslims on Eid-El-Fitr in Kaduna

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A Christian leaders in Kaduna State, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has congratulated and felicitated with the Muslims as they mark end of Ramadan fasting and celebrate Eid-el-fitr.

Buru, the general Overseer of Christ Evangelical and life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, in Kaduna, gave the commendation in an interview with journalists at his home in Kaduna.

The cleric also urged Muslim faithful to equally remember to donate and share their foods and other edible items and drinks to widows, prison inmates, destitute, IDPs kids/orphans and the poor masses that were currently in lockdown due to novel Coronavirus pandemic.

He called on wealthy individuals, politicians, government and Islamic organisations and council of Ulamas, JNI, to equally assist the poor Muslims with food and other items, so as to make the poor celebrate Sallah like other Muslims with joy and happiness.

Buru congratulated Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, Sheik Salihu Mai-Barota and all Nigerian Islamic scholars for the successful completion of this year’s Tafsir.

The cleric said that ijn spite of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Ramadan season recorded huge success in view of the encouraging participation by various Christian organisations during Iftar period.

According to the cleric, this has enhanced inter-faith activities with other religious faithful toward strengthening peaceful co-existence among different faith base organisations.

“We congratulate you on the successful completion of the 30 days of Ramadan, the prayers and fasting you offered which include some special night prayers for peace and unity in Nigeria.

“May the Almighty answer your prayers to keep us together in peace and harmony.

“Please pray to Almighty God to bring an end to the continuous spread of Coronavirus pandemic that is killing people on daily basis and crippling every sector of human development world-wide.

“We should remembered that Islam and Christianity teach us to forgive one another, we should also remember that we are from one family, Adam and Eve.

“We worship one God, we all believe in paradise and hell, we believe in the holy books which are Bible and Quran, as well as believe in the day of resurrection.

“Therefore, we must be our brothers keeper.

“I wish you all happy Sallah and may God bring an end to COVID-19,” he said.

Buru called on Muslim scholars to pray for God’s intervention in order to bring an end to insecurity challenges bedeviling peace and stability across the nation.

The cleric also called on Muslim and Christian preachers to pray for Nigeria military that are on peace mission across the globe.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Cleric advocates monitoring of social centres to contain COVID-19

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Alhaji Tajudeen Isiaka, the Chief Imam of Olohunwa Mosque, Ilorin, has advocated the need for strict monitoring of social centres during Eid-el-Fitr celebration to contain COVID-19 spread.

Isiaka made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Saturday.

He urged security operatives to be on guard at the various social centres to prevent unnecessary gathering.

According to him, the government must ensure total monitoring of bars, restaurants, recreational centres, hotels, malls and other social centres for violations.

“There are some people that will plan to celebrate widely. They will sneak into such places all in the name of Eid-el-Fitr celebration not minding their own safety.

“We must avoid the spread of Coronavirus. We cannot underrate COVID-19. We should be ready to sacrifice our merriment for safety at this trying time.

“I urge every Muslim to pray indoor, make their home Eid praying ground as well as celebrate on their dining table for safety purposes,” he advised.

The cleric called on the public to cooperate with the government and health experts to end the pandemic in the country.

“The fight is everybody’s fight and not government alone. Let us adhere to safety measures as stipulated by health officials,” he said.

He also advised the public to consistently wash their hands with sanitiser, use face mask when going out and observe physical distancing to prevent further spread of the disease.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Police warn clerics to shun inciting, seditious messages in Sokoto

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The Police Command in Sokoto State has warned Islamic clerics in the state to shun inciting and seditious preaching during the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.

Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, the Police Commissioner in the state, gave the warning in a statement issued on Friday in Sokoto by the Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammad Sadiq.

Kaoje noted that the mosques were not campaign venues for political parties, especially now that the country was fighting against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Political statements, slogans and gatherings will not be accepted at the praying grounds,” he said.

He also assured members of the public of the preparedness of the force to adequately secure lives and property before, during and after the celebration.

He stated: “Policemen from all departments have been deployed to strategic points in Sokoto metropolitan area, while adequate provision has also been made to secure other parts of the state.

“Moreover, criminals are advised to avoid Sokoto State completely as the command has deployed full combat-ready police officers to operate within the ambits of the law to keep the state free of crime and criminality.”

The commissioner further congratulated Muslim faithful in the state on the successful observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

He appealed to the general public to comply with all safety measures aimed at the containment of COVID-19.

Kaoje also urged the people of the state to report any suspicious movements in their area to the police through the following phone numbers: 07019699968, 09035631874.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID 19: Cleric urges govts. to involve children in campaign against pandemic

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A cleric, Rev. Jeffery Ramsey, has called on governments at all levels to prioritise children in their campaign against the Coronavirus pandemic and the disbursement of palliative items in the country.
Rev. Ramsey, the Director, Save African Children on Social Vices Initiative, an NGO, made the call at a news conference on Friday in Enugu.
According to Ramsey, this is the best ways to educate children and get them prepared to protect themselves against the disease.
He noted that one of the best ways to keep children abreast of the reality on ground was to get the COVID-19 awareness messages and survival tips down to them.
The cleric further stated that providing palliatives that were not family-centered would not yield the desired impact.
”For instance, how many families at the grassroots will you really see talking about receipt of the palliatives?
”Save African Children on Social Vices Initiative, therefore, recommend three things:
“Firstly, the widows; then the youth, which should be split into categories, that is, the employed and the unemployed; and lastly, the families in need,” he said.
According to Ramsey, a lot of businesses had been shut down thus placing some families out of jobs as a result of the Coronavirus.
He noted that should government prioritise the three categories of people in the society in the distribution of palliative items, it would get to the grassroots and make the desired impact.
The director revealed that the NGO was campaigning on providing palliatives to no fewer than 7,000 families in need within Enugu state.
He called on the Enugu government, political class, Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) as well as philanthropists in the state to assist it in raising funds to provide for the targeted families.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old daughter of the director, Emmanuelle Ramsey, has trained other children on how to make face masks as well as hygienic way of wearing them.
She noted that it gave her joy training her siblings, hence her courage to train other kids at Ogbulu, Enugu East Local Government Area.
Emmanuelle stated that she was motivated by the need to get other children involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, through the application of skills in the making of the face masks and awareness.
The Chairman, Emene Neighbourhood Watch, and a member of the Traditional Ruler’s Cabinets, Chief Peter Eze, commended those behind the initiative in bringing the kids on board in the fight against COVID-19.
Eze said the kids were now elated because of the free skills acquisition and called on the NGO to intensify efforts in reaching out to other children across the state.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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