The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has urged Muslims in the country to fast and pray for the country so that the country will get out of recession.
JNI, under the leadership of Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, also felicitated with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah for being ushered by the special grace of Allah, the Most Kind, into the greatest and most beloved days in the sacred month of Dhul-Hijjah.
The position of JNI was contained in a statement signed by Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, Secretary-General of the Islamic body in Kaduna, on Monday.
He said this Islamic month was of enormous bounty, particularly its first 10 days and nights, which commenced on Saturday, September 3, “thus Monday, September 12, which will be equivalent to 10th Dhul- Hijjah 1437AH, shall mark this year’s Eid-el-Adhaa inshaa’Allah.
“Expectedly at this sacred period, the annual Eid-el-Adha is celebrated vis-a-vis the accompanying historic sacrifices and the spiritual attainment of Hajj.
“Therefore, it is recommended to Muslims, who can afford, to fast the first nine days of the month, most especially the Arafat day, which comes up on Sunday, September 11, as endeared by the Prophet (SAW) for the non-pilgrims. We should also seek Allah’s forgiveness, adore and worship Him more.
“More so, the most rewarding and beloved acts performed in these days are Dhkr (constant remembrance of Allah, by glorifying Him and thanking Him) and frequent recital of Istighfar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness).
“We, therefore, use this medium to call on the Ummah to be forgiving, eschew rancor and bitterness, be just, sincere, responsible in all undertakings and should avoid anything capable of attracting Allah’s anger in the present circumstance we found ourselves, as with every hardship comes ease and relief.
“We equally call on the Ummah to be steadfast in promoting the message and virtues of Islam in this trying and challenging time of the Nigerian nationhood. We, nonetheless, reiterate our call to the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the nation against all manners of misfortunes, seek for Allah’s intervention on the economic challenges and the nagging insecurity bedeviling the country.
“While wishing all our Muslim brethren who are presently observing this year’s pilgrimage in the Holy land a hitch-free Hajj rites and safe return to their places of living and reunion with their respective families, we wish the Ummah an accepted Udhiya (sacrifice).”