MUSLIMS, especially those occupying positions of leadership in any capacity, have been advised to follow in the footsteps of the Caliphs (successors to Prophet Muhammad) by continuously striving to attain self-refinement and piety.
Dr Adam Akewula of the Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies Department, University of Ibadan, gave the advice in Ibadan, Oyo State, at one of the 2016 Ramadan lecture series of Yusrullah Association of Nigeria, also known as Alasalatu Irorun Oluwa.
In the lecture, entitled “The Caliphs as Models in Islam,” held at association’s Islamic Centre at Alegongo, Akobo, Dr Akewula said that the key to success in playing an administrative role in the affairs of men is for everyone to see themselves as vicegerents of God on earth.
The Caliphs, chiefs of whom were Abubakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, according to the lecturer, displayed sterling leadership qualities by applying justice in their administration of the Islamic empire after the demise of Prophet Muhammad.
The don urged all those in positions of authority to develop a sense of accountability, show leadership by example, do away with propaganda and ensure even development of domains under them for the well-being of the society.
Dr Akewula emphasised the need for Muslims to begin exhibiting leadership right from their home lives, saying a person who has been established as a failure in their domestic life would have difficulty achieving progress in public office.
He described those who are good to their wives and the rest of their families as the best of men in the sight of God.
In the same vein, he advised Muslim women to take a leaf from the lifestyles of wife of Prophet Muhammad and those of his Companions and constitute pillars of support for their husbands in order to ease their tasks and make them succeed in their endeavours.
As Ramadan draws to a close, Dr Akewula appealed to Muslims to keep the heightened sense of devotion developed during the holy month as a regular feature of their daily living.
A former Head of Service in the state, Alhaji Tajudeen Aremu, who was a guest of honour at the event, urged parents to prioritise the acquisition of the knowledge of the Qur’an and Western education by their children so that they could succeed as future leaders and in all the ramifications of life.
The president of the association, Alhaji Akinjide Sadiq, called on Muslims not to desist from their dedication and commitment to the cause of Allah as Ramadan winds up.