The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday, called on Muslims to intensify prayers for the coming 2019 general elections to be hitch free.
In a statement issued by JNI’s secretary general, Shaykh Khalid Aliyu Abubakar, on the last 10 days of Ramadan fasting, urged Muslims to disregard politicians trying to cause anarchy in the Nigerian state.
JNI, however, advised Nigerian Muslims to maximally put to use these last 10 days of Ramadan by reciting more of the Glorious Qur’an.
The statement reads: “With total gratitude and glorification to Allah, the Most High, we marked the successful commencement of the 2018 Ramadan Fasting, on Thursday, 17th May, 2018 and like a twinkle of an eye, tomorrow Tuesday, 5th June, 2018, shall mark the twentieth day of Ramadan.”
“Thus, its night ushers the start for the search of the most blessed night (Laylatul Qadr); the night of decree and honour which is sought in the odd nights i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th of Ramadan. We should watch out for the Laylatul Qadr which often comes up in one of the five exceptional nights, according to authentic Ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“Therefore, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, uses this medium, to beseech Allah (SWT) in order to facilitate for us observing the remaining last nine or ten days successfully. May He also strengthen our faith in Him and relieve our dear country of the hard times and trying moments we are passing through, and the Muslim world in general. Amin.”
JNI added: “They must use the increased rendition of the Qur’an not only in understanding it better, but in living in accordance to its tenets and guidance, for dignity of the individual Muslim and the Ummah. Therefore, the spirit of observing daily obligatory Salawat (prayers), the Tarawih (emphatic night prayers) also known as Qiyamu-Ramadan and the late night prayers known as Qiyamul-Layl should be sustained in these days and beyond.
“Similarly, Muslims are also implored to intensify their kindness in alms giving to the poor, the needy, the orphans and the handicapped in the society, especially that many families are just living beyond the poverty line. Hence, we must also pray for its overturn.
“ Muslims are therefore, reminded of the Zakatul Fitr (ordained alms giving at the end of Ramadan Fasting), which is supposed to be given out to the needy in the last three days of Ramadan or in the early hours of ‘Eid-el-Fitr day before the commencement of the ‘Eid prayer.
“While wishing all Muslim faithful Allah’s pardon in these sacred days and after, we pray fervently for His benevolent acceptance of our Ramadan Fasting, even as we urge all Muslims never to return to abominable acts after the Ramadan Fasting. Equally, we reiterate our call to the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the Ummah against all manners of misfortunes, relief and succour to the security and economic challenges bedevilling the nation, particularly the unfortunate systemic Zamfara state genocidal attacks.” JNI said.
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