AMSA Osun Chapter Holds 4th Annual Ramadan Lecture

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Oladejo Haneef, Osun

The Ahmadi Muslim Students’ Association (AMSA) in Osun State has successfully organized its fourth annual Ramadan Lecture in the city of Osogbo.

The event, themed “Ramadan: An Anchor of Piety in Chaotic Times,” brought together students from 10 higher institutions in the state under the leadership of Idowu, Abdurrazzaq.

The lecture, held in an open field to accommodate a larger audience, was chaired by Mr Abdul Roqeeb Akinyemi, the Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria. The occasion was graced by esteemed individuals, prominent traditional rulers, and Islamic scholars.

In his welcome address, Bro Abdurrazzaq Idowu, the President of AMSA, expressed gratitude to Allah for His blessings and mercy in organizing the program. He highlighted that this year’s edition was particularly significant as it marked the fourth consecutive year of the lecture series. He explained that the decision to hold the event in an open field was aimed at providing a grand atmosphere and showcasing the positive impact of Ramadan, especially during challenging and chaotic times. Before the lecture, a medical outreach and an “Ask Me About Islam” stand were organized to complement the program.

Muallim Muhammad Awwal Afolayan, representing Muallim Muhammad Waai’z Apooyin, delivered a captivating lecture on the theme. He emphasized that the primary focus of a true believer should be the cultivation of taqwa, which extends beyond mere fear of Allah. Ramadan, according to the speaker, serves as a school that educates individuals on piety and contentment. The lecturer drew examples from the life of the Holy Prophet of Islam to underscore the importance of aligning one’s conduct with the teachings of Islam. He concluded his lecture by quoting the words of the Promised Messiah (as), urging everyone to fear Allah and avoid sinful behavior.

Giving his remarks, the Olorooruwo of Orooruwo, HRM Oba Qamarudeen Adeyemi Adeyanju, Alawode IV, highlighted the significance of Ramadan and emphasized that every Muslim should strive to Remember Allah Morning, Afternoon, Day and Night (RAMADAN) to maintain a constant state of consciousness.

The second lecturer, Barrister Ashimowiy, focused on the importance of personal reformation in creating a better world. He specifically addressed the women in attendance, urging them to be mindful of their conduct. He emphasized that individuals are responsible for the acceptance or rejection of their prayers, with women often losing sight of the right path due to an inflated sense of self-importance. He stressed that Ramadan serves as a reminder to surrender oneself entirely to Allah and recommended a thorough study of the Qur’an as a means to earn God’s pleasure. He concluded by highlighting the significance of prayer as the key to success.

Toward the end of the event, several guests delivered inspiring remarks. Alhaji Sheu Omilonlo expressed his lifelong dedication to Ahmadiyya, stating that it has guided him throughout his life. He unequivocally affirmed that Ahmadiyya represents the true essence of Islam. Similarly, Alhaji Lere Yusuff, despite facing health issues, expressed his pleasure in attending the program, emphasizing his preference for being at the Ahmadiyya event rather than staying at home. Both speakers reiterated the authenticity of Ahmadiyya. Other guests also shared their remarks, expressing gratitude for the invitation and the opportunity to attend the program.

As a gesture of appreciation, Jamaat books were presented to the guests. The event concluded with closing remarks from the Sadr, MKAN, followed by a closing prayer.