John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the umbrella Muslim body headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on the federal government to be more alive to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property.
JNI, in a statement yesterday in Kaduna, also urged Muslims to pray and be more dedicated to the worship amidst the daunting challenges and many uncertainties bedevilling Nigeria.
The statement signed by JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, appealed to wealthy Muslims to assist the needy who were affected by the present economic hardship in the country.
The statement was titled, “The last ten days of Ramadan-1442AH and the need for sober reflection in Nigeria.”
The JNI urged Muslims to intensify their generosities in giving alms to the poor, the needy and the orphans in the society, especially now that many families are finding it very unbearable, as a result of biting economic challenges bedevilling the country.
“We must nonetheless pray also for the economic overturn and restoration of security, in Nigeria.
“Government should, however, be more alive to the primary responsibility of its existence – i.e. safeguarding lives and property,” JNI said.
It reminded Muslims of the Zakat ul Fitr (Ordained alms giving at the end of Ramadan fast), which is supposed to be given out to the needy in the last three days of Ramadan or in the early hours of the first day of Shawwal i.e the ‘Eid-el-Fitr day, before the commencement of the ‘Eid prayer.
The statement called on Muslims to intensify “prayers for the Ummah against all manners of misfortunes, relief and succour for the myriads of economic and security challenges hampering the nation.
“Whilst wishing all Muslim faithful Allah’s pardon in these sacred days and beyond, we pray fervently for His benevolent acceptance of our Ramadan fast, even as we urge all Muslims never to return to abominable acts after Ramadan, as the Lord of Ramadan remains the Lord of the Worlds and He takes account of all our actions,” the statement added.