The Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez has commissioned a new Mosque at Divine Estate, Sango Ota, Ogun State.
The Mosque which was donated to the Jama’at by Shinaba Family in loving memory of Alhaja Monsurat Abegbe Shinaba, could accommodate up to 200 worshippers at a go. It measures 19 meters in length and 10meters in width.
Barrister Alatoye, while giving his speech, emphasized on the importance and purpose of building a Mosque, adding that enormous divine blessings await anyone or family who constructs and donated the Masjid.
He urged members to make use of the Mosque as directed in the Holy Quran, saying that sincere worship and continuous fervent prayers must take place in the Mosque regularly while worshippers must shun enmity and settle their differences.
Amir also appreciated the gesture of the Shinaba Family in building and donating the Mosque to the Jama’at. He gave a brief background of the family, stating that Late Pa Shinaba was a devoted and active member while alive and thus admonished the children of the deceased to follow suit and build more Mosques for the Jama’at.
He announced that Juma’ah service will commence immediately at the new Mosque.
Delivering his brief lecture titled “Essence and Importance of Building a Mosque”, Muallim Qasim Oyekola, a Senior Missionary at the National Headquarters emphasized that Mosque building has a significant and foremost position in Islam. According to him, a Mosque is purely a place of Allah and a tremendous source of moral training.
Muallim Oyekola urged worshippers to always stick to the rules, aims and objectives of Mosque building and warned them not to deter from the real essence of a Mosque as it is rampant these days.
In his words: “Nowadays, there is a group of Muslims who create discord and troubles in Mosques and such images go viral. Those Mosques are devoid of Taqwa (God-fearing righteousness). As Ahmadis, we should learn and we should strive to ensure that our Mosques are based on Taqwa. If this is established and as long as this is kept in mind, we will continue to receive the bounties of Allah Almighty, God willing.”
Visit to other Jama’ats:
Amir and his entourage also visited Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. Abule Oko, Sango Ota to inspect the uncompleted Mosque as well as Ewupe Zone, Igbeyinadun Jama’at Mosque where he addressed members on financial sacrifices and the need to build beautiful and modest Mosques.
Entourage of Amir:
Among the entourage of Amir are: The Missionary Incharge, Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf and Sadr (Leader) Majlis Ansarullah (Elders Wing), Alhaji (Engr.) Abdul Waheed Akanji Adeoye.