Alhaji AbdulRafiu Ajiboye-Lagbaji, Chief Imam Allahu Wahidi Central Mosque, Ondo, has advised Nigerians to stop blaming the government for all the shortcomings in the society.
The cleric gave the advice at the 20th annual Ramadan lecture of Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fathi (NASFAT) Society, Akure Branch, on Monday at Oba-Ile, Akure.
According to him, Nigerians should think about what they can give to the country, and not what the government can give to them at all times.
The theme of the lecture is ‘Ethics of Islam in a Society with Depressed Economy’.
Ajiboye-Lagbaji, who initiated the At- Tanzil Islamic Foundation, urged Nigerians to change their attitude toward government, and should imbibe the culture of giving back to the society.
“For those of us who Allah has blessed in one way or other, should replicate from what has been given to us to the people around us.
“We need to think of what we can do to our society because doing such is the beginning of a good moral and integrity.
“Government cannot provide everything we need; it is only Allah that can provide whatever we need.
“Let us help those who do not have, especially the less privileged. Religion doesn’t stop at praying or fasting, but let us praise Allah by helping the needy in the society be you Muslims or Christians,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Ishaq Ojudu, the Chairman of the occasion, urged Muslim faithful to practice selflessness, patience, spending toward the cause of Allah, probity and accountability, in both private and public service.
“It is pertinent to note that some Muslims display negative activities which are part of their attitudinal character, most often demonstrated out if ignorance, which have damaging effect on Islam, especially in the sight of the non-Muslims.
“Perhaps, if they had got adequate and appropriate knowledge, they would rather have focused on promoting the lofty ideals of Islam,” he said.
Alhaji Kunle Sanni, Chairman of NASFAT, Akure Branch, said that the topic was chosen to find a lasting solution to the country’s economy.
“As a Muslim, the ethics of religion should reflect in our daily life; not only when you bend down to pray, what you do as human being is very germane.
“Think of what to do to serve others, and think about them before yourself,” Sanni said.