President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country for another opportunity afforded by the commencement of the Ramadan which is aimed at strengthening their devotion to the Almighty Allah.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also urged the entire Muslim Ummah to use the period to pray for continuous unity and peaceful coexistence in the country.
He noted that, “the commencement of fasting has yet provided us with rare and unique opportunity to fervently pray over the security situation of the country and call on Allah to help us restore sanity and love among our country men and women.
“Nigerians, Muslims in particular, should make use of this opportunity to pray for the end of insecurity and other violent crimes threatening our existence both as a people and nation.”
He noted that Ramadan is a unique and special period for Muslims around the world to renew their faith in the Almighty Allah, deepen their worship and practicalize the injunctions of the Holy Quran in their daily lives.
“May Almighty Allah be praised for another unique opportunity to fast and pray in obedience to the dictates of the Holy Quran, which is to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam, through family and congregational prayers, sharing of Iftar meals and being generous to the less fortunate around us.
“Apart from being a time to assist the weak, vulnerable and less fortunate among us, let us utilize this period to pray for continuous peace and unity in the country because with Allah’s help all our individual and national challenges are surmountable,” he said.
He urged all Muslims to strictly observe the injunctions of the Holy Quran as they pertain to their conduct and personal disposition during the holy month in order to benefit maximally from the fasting exercise.
On his part, former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida said, “I join all to congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and across the world for seeing yet another Ramadan month, it brings to note the transient nature of the world with the realization that some people we observed the month with last year and many years back are no longer there this year, so we have this and many more reasons to thank Allah swt for his mercy to be alive to witness this holy month.
We are no doubt face with various challenges at personal and National levels but we are always strong and believing in divine intervention to always take us through the right path with prayers to find solutions to our challenges.
I therefore enjoined Muslims to conduct themselves very well during the holy month in order to maximize the spiritual and physical benefits inherent in the fasting period for us to surmount our challenges at all levels and premises of life.
I’m of the strong conviction that with perseverance, good intention, prayers , fairness and firmness of purpose in the pursuit of good deeds perseverance Allah swt will make us benefit from the rewards and blessings inherent in the Holy month
I enjoin Muslim Ummah and scholars to pray and preach in order that all Muslims will in this month accord Ramadan as an important pillar of Islam with the needed devotion for the good of the religion, humanity and the society at large.
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida GCFR
Former Military President
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