The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria has successfully graduated 15 Hufaz (young male children who have memorized the Holy Quran) from one of its institutions, Madrasatut-Tahfidhil Quran located at Owode Road, Ilaro, Ogun State.
The graduation ceremony, which was the 8th edition, came up at Jalsa Ground, Ilaro and had in attendance the Amir (National Head) of AMJN, Barr. Alatoye Folorunso Azeez as the Chairman of the event and other dignitaries within and outside Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Nigeria.
The institution started its operation in 1997 and has so far produced 268 Hufaz in Nigeria. The 8th batch of students which included two foreigners was enrolled on 1st October 2016.
The names of the graduating students are: Fadhlur-Rahman Abdullah (Oyo State); Abdul Muizz Abdul Ghaniyy (Oyo State); Masroor Ahmad Alaka (Ogun State); Muneeb Ahmad Adeleke (Lagos); Masrour Ahmad Bissiriou (Republic of Benin); Mubarak Akintunde (Ogun State); Mubarak Ahmad Ojo (Abuja); Imtiaz Imran (Ogun); Ahmad Hussein (Ogun); Nurur-Rahman Mikail (Lagos); Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi (Kwara); Khaleelur-Rahman Abimbola (Lagos); Ahmad Abdul Hameed (Oyo); Abdullah Abdur Raheem (Oyo); and Abdul Azeez Bello (Cameroon).
In his speech, the Amir felicitated with the graduands, their parents and tutors for a successful session and emphasized the blessings that abound in the Holy Qur’an.
“Let me use this medium to congratulate the graduands and their parents for today’s success. Their teachers are also commended for this feat. The abundant blessings of the Holy Quran are in the Quran itself. It is only Allah that is protecting the Hufaz. They have nothing to fear. All Missionaries and members should aspire to memorize the Holy Qur’an because it’s a shield for all of us. We are all weak in faith because we don’t know the essence of Holy Qur’an,” Barrister Alatoye asserted.
He further disclosed that the aim of the management was to ensure all branches of Ahmadiyya Community in Nigeria possess a Hafiz for the sole purpose of teaching others and improving Tabligh expeditions of the organization in all the regions of the country.
His words: “Our target is to ensure all our children memorize the Holy Quran. We will work on this and ensure it cuts across all geopolitical zones in the country. The importance of Holy Quran cannot be over-emphasized. Evil people vacate the vicinity where the Holy Quran is being recited.”
Barrister Alatoye enjoined parents and guardians of the graduands to support and monitor their revision exercise and be prayerful as well.
Aside from the Quran memorization, the coordinator of the School, Hafiz Muslihudeen Opayemi disclosed that the students are taught Hadith, Qaseedah, and Tajweed. He said the students also engage in regular educational sporting activities including football, table tennis, and athletics and are awarded prizes at the end of every session.
Hafiz Opayemi implored the graduands not to see the day as an end in itself but as the beginning and means to an end. He also reminded them that Quran recitation is a daily exercise which should never be neglected.
All graduands were later presented with Certificates and prizes by Amir.
Other personalities at the graduation ceremony include: the Missionary-in-Charge, Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf; Naib Amir Finance and Administration, Alhaji Mufadhil Bankole; Naib Amir Tabligh and Tajneed, Dr. Latif Busari; Sadr Majlis Ansarullah, Alhaji Abdul Waheed Adeoye; Sadr, Majlis Khuddamul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria, Engr. Saheed Aina; Professor Akanbi Mustapha and Sadr Lajna Imaillah, Mrs. Taofeeqah Fagbolade.