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ALHAJI ABDULAZEEZ ALATOYE APPOINTED AS NEW AMIR, AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMA’AT NIGERIA (UPDATED)

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The Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at worldwide Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Almighty Allah be His helper) has appointed Alhaji (Barr.) AbdulAzeez Alatoye as the new Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.

This was contained in a release signed by the General Secretary of the Muslim Organization, Alhaji Abbas Iromini and made available to our correspondent. Alhaji Alatoye was hitherto the Naib Amir (Deputy National Head) South West region. He succeeds Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola who has been serving in that capacity for the past 15 years.

It will be recalled that the organization held its annual national forum (Majlis Shoora) last month at Tahir Mosque Ojokoro Lagos where representatives across the country participated in the National Executive Officers’ elections.

Alhaji Alatoye, alongside with the newly approved members of the National Executive Committee will resume office on July 1, 2019.

Brief Profile of the New Amir
Born on the 13th of February, 1963, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Folorunso Alatoye had his tertiary education at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin where he bagged Unique Distinction in Accountancy in 1991. He obtained a Diploma in Law from the Executive Business School, Ikeja Lagos in 2011 and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Bradford, the United Kingdom in 2012.

Professionally, he is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Member of Nigeria Taxation Standard Board and Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management.

He is the Founder and Senior Partner of Ascension Consulting Services.

His Journey in the Jama’at
Alhaji Alatoye joined the Ahmadiyya Community through the maternal grandfather biat in 1975. In 1981, he personally signed the biat. Since then, he has been holding sensitive posts within the Jamaat. For instance, he was the Tabligh Secretary between 1982 and 1985 and Financial Secretary between 1985 and 1989 of Inisa Jamaat Osun State. At the auxiliary level, he held the post of an Internal Auditor of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria (Youth Wing) between 1988 and 1990.

At the National Level, Alhaji Alatoye was appointed as the Naib Jalsa Officer II (Deputy Conference Officer II) between 2009 and 2019; Naib Amir South West region (2013-2019); Treasurer (2010-2019); Vice Chairman Humanity First Nigeria (2011-2019); Chairman Sad Sala Jubilee Committee (2016-2019); Chairman South West Mosque Building Trust Fund Committee (2016-2019); Chairman Economic Empowerment and Development Committee (2014-2019), among others.

His areas of interest include Tabligh (Preaching), Holy Qur’an and Mosque Building. He is an advocate of honest service to Almighty Allah and Humanity.


NAMES AND PORTFOLIOS OF THE NEWLY APPROVED NATIONAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

S/N. NAME POST
Alhaji AbdulAzeez Alatoye National Amir (Head)
Alhaji Abbas O. Iromini General Secretary
Barr. Muhammad Bashir Badr Secretary Tabligh (Preaching)
Alhaj. M.M. Shittu Secretary Tarbiyat (Religious & Moral Training)
Mr. Tajudeen Oladoja Secretary Ta’lim (Education)
Alhaji Mudathir Dada Secretary Isha’at (Publication)
Engr. Imran Adeyemi Secretary Sami’ wa Basari (Audio-Video)
Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu Secretary Umur Kharijiyyah (External Affairs)
Alhaji Muslihu Ali Secretary Umur Amma (General Affairs)
Mr. Abdul Rahman Adetunji Secretary Dhiyyafat (Hospitality)
Mr. Mudathir Adefarati Secretary Mal (Finance)
Alhaji Dauda Kehinde Sokunbi Add. Secretary Mal (Finance)
Mr. Shakirudeen Abdus Salam Secretary Wasaya (Wills)
Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Akintobi Secretary Ta’limul-Quran & Waqf-Ardhi
Mr.Nafiu Taiwo Ajimoti Secretary Tahrik-Jadid
Mr. Abdul Ganiy Babalola Secretary Waqf-Jadid
Mr. Muhammad Tirmiziy Ajibike Addl. Secretary Waqf-Jadid & Nau Muba’in (For New Converts)
Builder Bashirudeen Asimiyu Towolawi Secretary Jaidad (Properties)
Alhaji Muslihudeen Ademoye Secretary Waqf-Nau
Prof. Abdur Rahman Abdullah Secretary Zira’at (Agriculture)
Mr. B.O. Ghazal Secretary Sanat-o-Tijarat (Industry and Trade)
Mr. Issa A. Shokunbi Muhassib (Accountant)
Alhaji Muheeb Lanre Idris Amin [Treasurer]
Mr. Hussein King Internal Auditor

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.

Osun Governor Commends Ahmadiyya humanitarian Services

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…sets to commission Minaret International University, Ikirun

The Osun State Governor, Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke, has applauded numerous humanitarian services from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria over the years, as a proposed Minaret International University (MIU) is set to begin operation in Ikirun, Osun State.

It should be noted that the proposed university is only waiting for the approval of the National University Commission (NUC).

Osun state Governor, Adeleke Nurudeen Jackson in handshake with Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria Alhaji Alatoye Folorunso Azeez at the state House Osogbo. Other governments and Ahmadiyya Officials looking on.

Adeleke noted that these humanitarian services had been a signature of peaceful Islamic propagation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Globally.

The leadership of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria had paid a courtesy visit to the governor to brief him on the progress of the University, which has been on the drawing board since 2017.

The Amir, Alhaji Alatoye Folorunso Azeez, was accompanied by the Missionary in charge, Maulvi Adnan Tahir, the Naib Amir Finance and Admin, Alhaji Mufadhil Bankole, the Vice Chancellor designate, Professor Abdullah Abdur Rahman, the immediate Former Amir, Professor Mashhud Adenrele Fashola and other management members of the Jamaat.

He appreciated the governor for all his support for the university especially the grant of Akinorun Grammar School, Ikirun, for the take-off of the university.

Alatoye informed the governor that the Minaret International University was approved by the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and it was the first of its kind in the world.

He invited the governor to commission the University whenever it is ready for the commissioning. He also invited him to grace the 70th annual Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) at Ilaro and the worldwide convention to be held in the United Kingdom later in the year.

He mentioned the difference between the Minaret International University and others as a university that has deep moral contents and with international dimension.

The Amir requested the assistance of the governor in the construction of a circular road at the mini-site of the university. He also appealed for the approval of a Deed of Release for the portion of the mini-site. He gave the reason why the university intends to start from the mini-site since the main campus would gulp a huge amount running into several billions of Naira.

The Amir prayed passionately for the Governor and members of his cabinet as well as for the peace of the State. He later presented volumes of Jama’at’s literature to the governor.

Governor Adeleke Nurudeen Jackson with Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria Alhaji Alatoye Folorunso Azeez, Osun State officials and executive members, AMJN.

In his response to the message by the Amir and Pro-Chancellor of the Minaret International University, Adeleke described Osun State as a state that loves education.

According to him, “ there are quite numbers of tertiary institutions belonging to the federal, state and private individuals in the state and that the Government of Osun State is ready to give the necessary support to any proprietor wishing to establish educational institutions”.

He directed the Commissioner of Education to attend to all the requests.

The permanent campus of the university is located beside Federal Government College, Ikirun

EID-UL-ADHA – FEAST OF SARCRIFICE.

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All praise belongs to Allah, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

It is with deep pleasure I felicitate with the Muslim community in Nigeria and across the world on this day of ‘Id-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) of the year 1444/2023.

This annual festive occasion symbolically reminds us of the imperative of the need for total submission and obedience to the will of Allah and the need for us to reinvigorate our spirit of sacrifice. This resonates with the philosophy and essence behind the sacrifice of animals for submissiveness as He declares that:

“Their flesh reaches not Allah, nor does their blood, but it is your righteousness that reaches Him. Thus, has He subjected them to you, that you may glorify Allah for His guiding you. And give glad tidings to those who do good.” (Qur’an, 22:38).

Firstly, it is a special mercy of Allah that He keeps reminding us that we have no choice in having to willfully submit to Him as the rams sacrificed have no choice in submitting to us. Not the flesh, not the blood but the total submission is what is needed. This is one of the most compelling messages in this verse. If this symbol of submission is not there for remembrance, it would have been confined to literature and possibly history without current values. We will all die one day. The salient question will be whether we submit to the will of Allah or not. This question will be answered by each and every one of us.

Secondly, the act of righteousness is the underlining tone behind the sacrifice. It is only the righteousness that reaches Allah. Righteousness has eleven parts in the Holy Quran. It provides that:

“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East or the West, but truly righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels and the Book and the Prophets, and spends his money for the love of Him, on the kindred and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and those who ask for charity, and for ransoming the captives; and who observes Prayer and pays the Zakat; and those who fulfill their promise when they have made one, and the patient in poverty and afflictions and the steadfast in time of war; it is these who have proved truthful and it is these who are the God-fearing.” (Qur’an, 2:178).

The third is the glorification of Allah for guiding us. The verse directs us to glorify Allah for His guidance to humility and submission to His will that will benefit us at the end of our life.

The Promised Messiah and Mahdi, (Hazrat) Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) in his Revealed Sermon (which he delivered on the Day of ‘Id-ul-Adha of 11th April 1901) stated that:

“the name “sacrifice” was reserved for these animals that are due to be slaughtered. In the Hadith, it is mentioned that, if a person fulfills this sacrifice with sincerity, piety, and deep faith, it becomes for him a means of attaining closeness to, and union with Allah, the Highest. These sacrifices are among the noblest acts of worship in the Shariah.”

Speaking further, he said,

“A Muslim is he who places his neck for slaughter at the altar of Allah, the Highest, and sacrifices the camel of his soul and places his forehead on the ground to be given up as an offering to Allah, and is never forgetful of death even for a moment.”

In the Eidul Adha sermon of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(atba); the 5th Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat titled “Offer sacrifices for Allah as Abraham and his family did”, Huzooraa said we were celebrating Eid-ul-Adha to commemorate the sacrifices of Hazrat Abrahamas, his wife and their son Hazrat Ishmaelas. This was not an isolated act of devotion; rather, their sacrifices spanned a long period throughout their lives. Allah, Who is Most True to His Word, rewarded them for these sincerely offered sacrifices most magnificently: The land which was once deserted now brims with millions upon millions of people in fulfillment of the promise that Allah the Almighty made.

In light of the major challenges being faced in the world today, it is incumbent on mankind to imbibe and translate the foregoing lessons of the ‘Id-ul-Adha into practice in order to effect positive changes.

Currently, Nigerians have a new government, let us all pray for the success of the government. We need to make tremendous sacrifices and allow the government time to right a lot of the wrongs of the past in the interest of all.

May Allah accept and bless our sacrifices on this festive day and make the blessings therein permanent in our lives, country, and world.

Eid Mubarak.!!!

Alhaji Barr. Alatoye Folorunso Azeez
Amir (National Head)
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria

 

 

AMJN National Exhibition 2022

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Welcome to National Exhibition 2022

It was Sara Sheridan who wrote:
“Without archives, many stories of real people would be lost, and along with those stories, vital clues that allow us to reflect and interpret our lives today.”
It is with this huge sense of preserving history that the Majlis Ansarullah Ahmadiyya Nigeria presents to the public an Exhibition titled: “National Exhibition 2022”.

The theme of the program is “Islam-ul-Ahmadiyya in Prints and Visuals”.

For full details pls follow this link

NATIONAL EXHIBITION 2022

 

AIMAAN Holds U-18 Taekwondo Open Championship

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AHMADIYYA INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (AIMAAN) IN CONJUNCTION WITH LAGOS STATE TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION HOSTS THE 3RD AIMAAN UNDER -18 TAEKWONDO OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (EKO 2022).

The Ahmadiyya International Martial Arts of Nigeria (AIMAAN) U-18 3rd Taekwondo Open Championship was held on the 1st of October 2022, at Indoor Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State. The One-day championship featured numerous athletes from different states, notable people from different Taekwondo Associations in the country and several Taekwondo clubs.

The first U-18 AIMAAN Open Championship was held in 2017 at Ojokoro, Lagos state. The second edition was held in 2019 at Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, Oyo State with a total number of 96 athletes from 3 states and 7 clubs, and 10 officials.

The third edition hosted a total number of 260 athletes from 6 states and 19 clubs with quality officiating by 45 Taekwondo officials. The championship could not hold in 2020 and 2021 due to the Global pandemic crises (COVID -19) that ravaged the world.
The event which was organized by AIMAAN under the coordination of Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya Nigeria (MKAN) was done to give a sense of self-esteem, knowledge of self-defense, heightened mental and physical well-being of the athletes.

Most importantly, AIMAAN U-18 Open Championship featured athletes from different clubs and schools in Nigeria, numerous national and regional academies and martial arts organizations including Lagos State Taekwondo Association, Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), Nigeria Taekwondo Black Belt College (NTBBC), Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Majlis Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya, Nigeria (MKAN), Majlis Ansarullah of Nigeria (MAAN).

All athletes arrived at the stadium at exactly 6:00am, just like any other Taekwondo competitions, the athletes were weighed, and the competition started at exactly 8:00am.
The dignitaries at the event were Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria Alh. (Barr) Alatoye Folorunsho Abdul Azeez, Sadr MKA Nigeria Mr. Abdur Roqib Akinyemi, Lagos State Taekwondo Association, Chairman (Master Jimmy Ogunnowo), Lagos State Taekwondo Coach (Master Peace Ogunnowo), NTBBC Vice President GM Abdul Muhmeen (Big Abdul), NTF Vice President GM Tayo Popoola, GM Rafiu Ibrahim (King) among others.

260 athletes from 8 states (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Kebbi, Ondo, Kwara, Osun and the FCT) participated in the Championship with over 200 spectators within and outside Lagos state came to grace the AIMAAN U-18 3rd Open Championship. Winners of competitions in different categories were given medals and certificates.

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REMEMBRANCE ( ALHAJI ISA ADEITE OLANREWAJU OLAYINKA 1930-2022)

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Innalillahi Wainna ilayhi rojiun.

We remember our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Alhaji (Prince) Isa Adeite Olanrewaju Olayinka today as always. It is exactly 20 years today (29th October 2002) that you left this world and passed on to glory. (1930 – 2022)

A pioneer member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria, Mushin Branch & Palmgrove zone.

A Builder of high repute, A Philanthropist, A Family Pivotal & A great Achiever.

Alhaja Sabitiu Olaide Olayinka – WIFE

CHILDREN
Mrs. Sikirat Folayemisi Akinsanya – France
Mr. Abdul Yakeen Oladele Olayinka – Lagos Mainland Circuit President
Mr. Abdul Fatah Owolabi Olayinka – Odogbolu Jama’at President
Mr. Tajudeen Adebukonla Olayinka – Idimu Jama’at Umur Amma Officer
Mrs. Nurullah Omobolanle Zubair – Lajna President Ajido Muqami, Badagry Circuit
Mrs. Khadijat Gbeminiyi Ghazal – Agunfoye Jama’at Member
Bro. Sulaiman Olanshile Olayinka – Deceased
Mr. Hussein Taiwo Olayinka – France
Mrs. Husseinat Kehinde Olayinka – United Kingdom.

Sunre ooo Lanrewaju omo Lubu, Omooba Moloda Agada L’Odogbolu.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holds UK Islamic Conference

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The 2022 annual Islamic Conference (Jalsa Salana) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, UK, holds on 5th to 7th August in Islamabad, Alton, UK.

Due to COVID-19 constraints, the event is not open to external guests across the world, except for selected leaders of the Ahmadiyya Community and those residents in the UK. The Amir (National Head), Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat of Nigeria, Barrister Alatoye  Azeez Folorunso is among the special dignitaries attending the conference in London.

However, members of the public are welcomed to join live proceedings of the programme which can be watched at various homes and Ahmadiyya mosques across the world via the Community’s satellite television channel, the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya, (MTA International) Also, Murhi International Television, MITV, and Gaskiya Cable TV will join other 20 television channels across Africa to broadcast the Islamic Conference live for three days.

In Nigeria, the Ahmadiyya Headquarters’  Central Mosque at Ojokoro, Lagos, and others across the country will play hosts to members and guests for the three-day proceedings.

According to the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah (as), the primary purpose of the Islamic Convention, which commenced since 1891 in Qadian, India, but now spread across the world, is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits, enhance their knowledge, promote mutual understanding and strengthen fraternal ties within the Islamic  Community.

He said the gathering is not an ordinary human assembly, but a phenomenon that is based purely on the Divine Help for the propagation of Islam, translating to an affirmative action the declaration contains in Quran chapter 4 verse 115 that, “There is no good in many of their conferences except the conferences of such as enjoin charity, or goodness, or the making of peace among men. And whoso does that, seeking the pleasure of Allah, We shall soon bestow on him a great reward.”

The high points of the gathering are addresses to be delivered by the  Supreme World Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Masr r Ahmad, khalifatul Masih, V, goodwill messages from world leaders, prominent scholars, and very important guests for three days, and the global acceptance of new members and renewal of commitment to Islam and e Ahmadiyya community – “the Global Bai’at”, a tradition noted in Islam – that will be performed by His Holiness on Sunday.

Other soul-inspiring topical issues in Islam and the global progress report of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will also feature during the conference.

The live streaming of the Conference proceedings can also be watched or followed on the social media platforms such as www.alislam.org, www.mta.tv/africa, www. Youtube.com/africa Facebook Twitter, and Instagram. You can listen to  online radio proceedings in www.voiceofislam.org

Qasim Akinreti Ph.D
Head, Media Team,
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria

 

 

INSECURITY IN NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF MUSLIMS

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By Raqib Akinyemi

The primary duty of government is to ensure that security of lives of the citizens are protected and guaranteed under the law. The government is believed, required and expected to put a lot of energy therein to ensure the security of lives and property are guaranteed.

With recent attacks in Nigeria, the terrorists have the intrepidity to threaten the sitting President and a Governor of attack. We see reports of a series of attacks on some communities and persons which leave us pondering where is the way out?

At this critical time in our dear Nation, Nigeria, it is evident the only Being that can save us is God Almighty. Do not misunderstand me, that we as humans and government should not do the needful to restore peace to the land.

However, with these current challenges, it is the time we should be more submissive to Allah the Almighty and pray to Him to save us from the insurgencies and save our country from the people who cause mischief and chaos. We should preach peace. Whichever society we live in, people should point at us and say these are those who are steadfast in their faith and are the special servants of Allah the Almighty; and who remember the duties of man to Allah the Almighty, are none other than the Muslims. That they are those who live in harmony and peace with their neighbours; and regardless of religion and despite differences of ideologies, can act with justice; and must be the source of establishing world peace.

Currently, when the country is in turmoil, the responsibility is even greater. Everyone is only concerned with his own self and there is no one to look after others.

It is required that everyone be more security conscious, ensure we are safe as individuals and as a group. As Muslims, it is important to remind ourselves that everything happens by the will and wisdom of Allah the Almighty. When faced with trials and adversities, our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW prayed to Allah the Almighty through constant invocations with the language of love and servanthood.

We can find many prophetic traditions that teach us what to pray and some guidelines on how to pray to protect ourselves, family members and loved ones. Some of these prayers are encouraged to be done routinely in the morning and afternoon, emphasizing the significance and benefits of such discipline.

Accordingly, we have been advised by our religious leaders to strengthen our faith in these difficult times and to increase our prayers and supplications to Allah the Almighty, on top of taking preventive measures to help contain this situation, including being vigilant.
The beautiful thing is that Allah the Almighty has promised to respond to our call upon Him.

وَقالَ رَبُّكُمُ اُدعُونِي أَستَجِب لَكُم
Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you”
(Surah Ghafir, 40:61)

In situations like this, and others in general, Islam teaches us to stay in control by hanging on to the Mercy and Grace of Allah. I will mention a few narrations or supplications as taught by the noblest of mankind, Muhammad SAW, which, if we take them as customs, we will be saved from all evils.

As humans, we must seek from God Almighty whatever we want; as believers, we must believe in Him and that He will answer us.

Some of the Traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW:

 Narrated Abu Hurairah: That the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever recites Ha Mim Al-Mu’min – up to – To Him is the return (40:1-3) and Ayat Al-Kursi when he reaches (gets up in) the morning, he will be protected by them until the evening. And whoever recites them when he reaches the evening, he will be protected by them until the morning.”
Jami` at-Tirmidhi Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 2879

 It is narrated from the Prophet Whosoever recites Surah Ad-Dukhan all of it, and the beginning of Ha Mim Al-Mu’min (Surah Ghafir) till the verse Ilayhil Maseer (40:3) and Aayat Al-Kursi (2:255) in the evening, he is protected till he rises in the morning, and whoever recites them in the morning he is protected until evening.
(At-Targhib wat-Tarhib 390)

 Dua (supplication) for protection against every kind of harm

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

Bismillahil-lazi la yadhurru ma’asmiHi shai’un fil ardhi wa la fis-sama’i wa Huwas-Sami’ul ‘Aleem

In the Name of Allah with Whose Name, there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in heaven, and He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing
(Sunan Abi Daud)

 Dua for total protection

اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَينِ يَدَيَّ, وَمِنْ خَلْفِي, وَعَنْ يَمِينِي, وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي, وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَن أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي

Allahummah-fazni min baini yadaiya, wa min khalfi, wa ‘an yameeni, wa ‘an shimali wa min fauqi, wa a’uzu bi’azomatika an ughtala min tahti

O Allah protect me from my front, behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in Your Magnificence from being taken unaware from beneath me
(Sunan Ibn Majah)

 Dua after Leaving the House

Narrated by Anas bin Malik r.a, The Messenger of Allah s.a.w. said:

من قالَ يَعني إذا خرجَ من بيتِهِ: بِسمِ اللَّهِ، توَكَّلتُ على اللَّهِ، لا حَولَ ولا قوَّةَ إلَّا باللَّهِ، يقالُ لَهُ: كُفيتَ، ووُقيتَ، وتنحَّى عنهُ الشَّيطانُ

Bismillah, tawakkaltu ‘alAllah, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah

“Whoever says (upon leaving his house): “In the Name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, there is no might or power except by Allah”,’it will be said to him: ‘You have been sufficed and protected, and the devil will go far away from him”.
(Sunan At-Tirmizi)

 Seek For Forgiveness
There are also times when we face trials during traveling. The best of remembrance (Zikr) is to ask for forgiveness (Istighfar) from Allah the Almighty for our sins or shortcomings.

Abdullah bin Abbas r.a. narrates that Prophet Muhammad SAW stated:

مَنْ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ الِاسْتِغْفَارِ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ مِنْ كُلِّ هَمٍّ فَرَجًا وَمِنْ كُلِّ ضِيقٍ مَخْرَجًا وَرَزَقَهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ

Whoever increases his prayers for forgiveness (i.e. istighfaar), Allah will grant him relief from every worry, a way out from every hardship, and provide for him in ways he does not expect.
(Musnad Ahmad)

The Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW as the best exemplary being, in the history of mankind, has guided us to always pray in seeking protection from Allah the Almighty. It is my belief, that being regular with these prayers will bring succor and victory to us all against the evils in the land.

We pray that Allah the Almighty keeps us safe from the challenges and trials of life.

Mr. Raqib Akinyemi is currently serving as the National President, Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya Nigeria (Ahmadi Muslim Youth Organization).

Jubilations as LASU Approves AMSA Chapter on Campus

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It has been a jubilation galore following the approval by the Lagos State University (LASU) of the registration of a Chapter of Ahmadi Muslim Students’ Association (AMSA) on the University campus on 20th July 2022.

The letter of approval, signed and issued by Mr. Fashola T. O., the Senior Assistant Registrar, Students’ Affairs Division,  at the instance of the Acting Dean, Students’ Affairs Division, officially notified the President of AMSA (LASU Chapter), Mr. Badmus Isa Taiwo,  that “your request to register Ahmadi Muslim Students Association, Lagos State University Chapter has been APPROVED.”

It further noted that “This approval is subject to the ratification by the University Senate on the recommendation of the Students’ Affairs Committee, and it is renewable at the end of every academic session.”

In his reaction to the historic development, the Chapter’s President, a 400-level Islamic Studies student of the University, was quick to express his joyful emotions, stating that, “For over a decade, the past administrations of AMSA, LASU have tried to register the association on campus, but the University Authorities didn’t grant it.”

“Recently, however,  my immediate predecessor, in the person of Comrade Hafiz Ismail Abdul Qadri, called me and gave some pieces of advice about the AMSA LASU registration. We started the struggle again since last semester. I submitted our application for registration more than three times.”

Narrating further, he said, “I was very happy when, while we’re preparing for our program (AMSA LASU FRESHER’S ORIENTATION) yesterday, I was called from Students’ Affairs Office that our approval letter is ready.”

Expressing his gratitude, he said, “I give thanks to Almighty Allah, because He is the One that makes this struggle comes to reality.”

“Also, I really appreciate some of our lecturers and brothers on campus. Dr Sa’eed Olurotimi Timehin, Mr. Bosun Jubril Akinde, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Akintobi, Dr Oyebo, Dr Edu, Mr. Popoola and Mr Balogun Ridwanullah (Saudibras) who are Ahmadi lecturers on campus. Also, Dr. Bello, who, although, is, actually, not an Ahmadi Muslim, but stood behind us during the registration struggle.”

In the same vein, while reacting to this achievement, Hafiz Abdurrofeeq Alaka, a former National President of AMSA Nigeria (2017-2019) and First Class graduate of LASU, said, “Alhamdulillah. It is a thing of joy to live to witness this achievement that directly affects the lives of Ahmadi Students within the campus.”

Speaking further, he recalled that, “Several attempts have been made previously and the mainstream body, i.e. Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has proven difficult to deal with. Despite our non-registered status in 2013, we managed to secure a hall within the campus for a program, bringing together AMSA members in Lagos State; but surprisingly, MSSN came and disrupted the whole program.”

“In 2017, we made another effort to get registered but we were, however, told by the LASU Muslim community to go and get a letter of recognition from MSSN. This was just a plan to frustrate our plans knowing full well that that was impossible. At any rate, we’re happy that, finally, justice has been served and we felicitate with the entire members of AMSA Nigeria for this breakthrough, he added.”

The purpose for establishing AMSA is “to build a membership base who shall serve as an agent of peace, equity and justice by imbibing in its members, beneficial knowledge and acute leadership skills necessary for the development of our society in the 21st century.”

Other purpose of the association is “To develop members’ knowledge and intellect for objectivity on Islamic teachings and for active involvement in its propagation and practice,”

It also aims “To develop interest in social and humanitarian services and to lay the foundation of and work towards universal brotherhood,” among others purposes.

KOGI MUSLIM CLERICS URGE MUSLIM TO EMULATE PROPHET IBRAHIM IN OBEDIENT TO ALLAH

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Muslims around the world are told to demonstrate the faithfulness and obedient of Prophet Ibrahim towards Allah.

Muslim Scholars said if all Muslims can do what the prophet did by totally submitting to the will of Allah, Nigeria will be a better place