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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

WHY WE MUST LIBERATE NIGERIA FROM THE TRAGEDIES OF ISLAMOMANIA AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

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As current affairs in Nigeria show, there is no doubt that the state of the nation is at a critical crossroads. From the lingering challenges of state and human security to the persisting issues of political economy, the rising uproar about alleged regional marginalization and the call for restructuring for a true federalism, the crises of electoral politics, the spate of corruption, unemployment and poverty, and the conflict of ethnic and religious identity and expression etc., Nigeria is presently facing challenges that are combining to threaten and bedevil the corporate political, economic, social and religious existence of the country and her citizens.

Without underestimating the criticality of each of the aforementioned myriads of challenges, this piece focuses on addressing what it views as the tragedies of religion in Nigeria – the monsters of Islamomania and Islamophobia – which have been eating deeply into and dividing and destroying the fabrics of the individual and corporate existence of Nigerians.

Of course, the primacy of addressing religious issues in Nigeria should be easily informed by the fact of the centrality of religion in every ramification of the personal and corporate existence of Nigerians, and particularly, the divisive and destructive impacts religious crises have always had upon the country. In his Ethnoreligious Identity and Conflict in Northern Nigeria (2010), Eyene Okpanachi, making reference to Smyth and Robinson (2001), opined that “Nigeria is usually characterized as a deeply divided state in which major political issues are vigorously and or violently contested along the lines of the complex ethnic, religious, and regional divisions in the country.” This is understandable. For, as a December 18, 2012 report conducted by Pew Research Centre shows, 97.2% of the population of Nigeria is under the grip of religion. More instructive is I. Enwerem’s assertion in his 1995’s A Dangerous Awakening – The Politicization of Religion in Nigeria (published by IFRA, Ibadan) that, “religion has always been important in Nigeria and in Nigerian politics.” In fact, Paden J. once aptly declared in his Faith and Politics in Nigeria (2008) that, “the intensity of religious identity in Nigeria is regarded as one of the highest in the world.” Evidently, Paden’s claim is supported by the fact that as Eyene Okpanachi again opined, “Nigerians are more likely to define themselves in terms of religion than any other identity. Indeed, according to the authoritative May-June 2006 survey conducted by the Pew Forum on “Religion and Public Life”, 76% of Christians say that religion is more important to them than their identity as Africans, Nigerians or members of an ethnic group. Among Muslims, the number naming religion as the most important factor is even higher (91%).

Proceeding with the thrust of this piece, in simple terms, this writer views Islamomania as expressive of the psychological state of the narrow-minded, hardliner, extremist Islamists who digest Islam like opium with an unbridled poise to express and preach the religion or introduce and enforce its Sharia Law upon others in a rather radical, fanatical, coercive and do-or-die manner. On the other hand, Islamophobia connotes non-Muslims’, particularly Christians, irrational and unfounded fear of, prejudice against and hatred for Islam and Muslims. Apparently, the twain phenomena represent aberrant psycho-social complexities that have become deeply rooted in the psychological perception and empirical expression of or reaction against Islam by some elements in Nigeria over the decades, with an increasing proportion in recent times.

Evidently, as both the past and ongoing trends have shown, whether it was the Muslims’ Maitatsine crisis that resulted in over 2,000 loss of life in the 1980s, the bloody crises of Sharia introduction that trailed Nigeria’s return to democratic dispensation in 1999, the menace of Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands and internally displaced over two million Nigerians, the instances of angry outbursts, and sometimes violent reactions, against the legitimacy of the Nigerian secular, democratic system and constitution by some extremist Muslim individuals and groups, or the various cases of intra-religious theological and ideological skirmishes among Muslim individuals, sects and denominations in the country, Islam has been an object of Islamomaniac expressions in the hands of some so-called Muslim elements. While these developments may be attributed to gross misconception and misinterpretation of Islamic Scripture, Prophetic traditions and early historical events on the part of such individuals or groups, there is no doubt that they constitute sheer misrepresentation and, in fact, an immense disservice to the image of Islam.

Similarly, from the side of the non-Muslims, it is apparent that whether it is the Christians’ incessant cases of prejudice against and hullabaloos over Muslim women hijab dress, the uproar over the introduction of Islamic banking system, the entrenched instances of prejudicial stereotyping of Muslims, or the recently increasing outbursts alleging an Islamization of Nigeria agenda, in reaction to various cases of political appointments by the government of the day or its participation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit or the menace of herdsmen banditry, etc.,  Islam has continued to be a victim of Islamophobic perceptions and reactions by non-Muslim Nigerians.

Disturbingly, these phenomena (in a country where unholy romance between religion and politics has seen constant politicization of religion and religionization of political issues) have not only continued to heat up the Nigerian socio-religious space but are increasingly turning the country into a hotbed of catastrophic intra/inter-religious and socio-political suspicion, mistrust, clashes and commotions, resulting in the threat against national solidarity, coherence and unity of the country as well as socio-political and religious peace, harmony and security of life and the State.

Expediently, with the deepening inter-religious suspicion and mistrust and the rising socio-religious and political tensions in the country, if we must reconstruct Muslims’ expression of, and non-Muslims’ reaction to, Islam as a socio-political and religious ideology; if the Nigerian government and people are genuinely desirous of uniting the various religions and ethnicities under a harmonious socio-religious co-existence; and if the government must ensure the security of the state and its people and save human lives from carnage, public infrastructure from destruction and Nigeria’s political solidarity and sovereignty from collapse, then the issues of Islamophobia and Islamomania would have to be critically assessed and frontally deconstructed. And importantly, such development must necessarily involve the collective endeavour by the government through its appropriate agencies like the National Orientation Agency, etc., the religious leaders, the inter-faith organizations, the political elites, media actors, academics and, in fact, the totality of Nigerians. This is the thrust of this piece.

Importantly, any attempt to disabuse the minds of the non-Muslims in Nigeria from Islamophobic perception of and reaction against Islam must impress the fact that, by its original teachings, Islam is a world order constructed upon the intrinsic values of peace, love, understanding and respect for and tolerance of others. It is not a barbaric, violent, extremist and war-mongering religion. More specifically, such an attempt should also impressively disabuse their minds in the light of what Stephen Schwartz highlighted as ‘Islamophobes that aren’t’ as published in the April 28, 2005 edition of Front Page Magazine thus:  “Condemnation of the entirety of Islam and its history as extremist; denying the existence of a moderate Muslim majority; regarding Islam as a problem for the world; treating conflicts involving Muslims as necessarily their own faults; insisting that Muslims make changes to their religion; and, inciting war against Islam as a whole.” Instructively, when non-Muslims in Nigeria think of what Islam means, they should remember millions of peaceful, loving and well-meaning Muslims, like the award-winning Muslim Imam, Abubakar Abdullahi, in Nghar village of Plateau State who, on 23 June 2018, risked his own life to shelter in his mosque 262 Christians fleeing from the blood-thirsty herders who were pursuing them.

For the Islamomaniacs among the Nigerian Muslim populace, it is necessary that their present theological and ideological conception of Islam must be holistically assessed and reconstructed. Very importantly, starting from the academic level, the present curriculum of Islamic studies should be reviewed, particularly, where students from secondary to tertiary levels are being taught anti-human rights and anti-Islamic lessons like, for example, a very spurious tradition that says, “kill whoever changes his religion”. Ditto to the widespread misinterpretation of the tradition that, “I have been command to fight people until they attest to the Islamic credo: there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. When they do that, then they are safe from me.”

They must be re-orientated that Islam recognizes the fundamental human right to freedom of religion and conscience without compulsion when it says: “there should be no compulsion in religion” (Quran, 2:257). That it recognizes the configuration of an inclusive and pluralistic society when it says: “For you your religion and for me, my religion;” (Quran, 109:7) and “For each of you We prescribed a clear spiritual Law and a manifest way in secular matters” (Quran, 5:49). It recognizes the right to freedom to either believe or disbelieve in or accept or reject a religion: “And say, ‘It is the truth from your Lord; wherefore let him who will, believe, and let him who will, disbelieve” (Quran, 18:30). And in the strongest terms, Quran declares: “And if your Lord had enforced His will, surely, all who are on the earth would have believed together. Will you, then, force men to become believers?” (Quran, 10:100) How beautiful is the Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) instruction against extremism: “Make (religion) easy, not difficult; give good news, and do not frighten people away from the religion” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The judgement for those who apostate is left for God and none is legally authorized to kill them: “Those who believe, then disbelieve, then again believe, then disbelieve, and then increase in disbelief, Allah will never forgive them nor will He guide them to the way” (Quran, 4:137). Clearly, if the death penalty is what the law prescribed for them, then such luxury of chances of believing and disbelieving would not be available. More so, Islam recognizes the sanctity of human life and condemns extra-judicial bloodshed in unequivocal terms: “And kill not the soul which Allah has forbidden save for just cause;” (Quran, 17:34) and, “Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind” (Quran, 5:33). Similarly, though strongly condemned by Islam, nowhere has the Quran prescribed punishment for blasphemy against God and His Prophets and Scriptures. Rather, Quran says: “And bear patiently all that they say; and part with them in a decent manner,” (Quran, 73:11) and, “Nothing is said to thee but what was said to the Messengers before thee. Thy Lord is indeed the Master of forgiveness; and also Master of painful chastisement” (Quran, 41:44) Similarly, without exclusively prescribing and restricting Muslims to any given system, Islam recognizes the legitimacy of democratic electoral and political systems when it says: “Verily Allah commands you to makeover the trust to those entitled to them, and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice” (Quran, 4:59). Several of such teachings are found in the Quran.

It is the opinion of this writer that the one-time viral-going comment, “If we do not tame religion in this nation, religion would kill us” made by Professor Wole Soyinka (www.thecable.ng/religion-will-kill-nigeria-not-tamed-says-soyinka) should be perceived as reactionary to the ominous impacts which religion has had upon Nigeria overtime consequent upon various phenomena like Islamomania and Islamophobia.

However, it is important to note that, from a functional perspective, as one of the oldest human institutions, the essence of religion is that it is divinely institutionalized with the objective of directing and shaping the course of human life, experience and history towards the direction of human and cosmic progress, peace and development. Dr. Yvette Reisinger corroborates this when he asserts in his International Tourism: Cultures and Behaviors, (published (2009) in the UK by Butterworth-Heinemann) that, “the foundation of major world civilizations are the major world religions.” Thus, religion has been a catalyst to the historical, social, political, intellectual and economic development of humanity.

In the light of the above, as a Pew Research report (18 December 2012) shows, in 2010, 48.3 percent of Nigeria’s population was Christian, 48.9 percent was Muslim, and 2.8 percent were followers of indigenous and other religions, or unaffiliated. These statistics clearly shows that 97.2% Nigerians profess faith in the two main religions. Thus, on the strength of the teachings of their religions as well as their combined demographic strength, Muslims and Christians in Nigeria can collectively use religion to build and prosper the country, rather than divide and destroy it.

Yunus Omotayo is a Missionary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria, National Secretary of the Muslim Writers’ Guild of Nigeria, and Correspondent of The Truth Newspaper, Nigeria.

WHY I ATTENDED AHMADIYYA CONVENTION IN THE U.K. – ETSU NUPE

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The Etsu Nupe and the Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, CFR has revealed the major reason for honouring the invitation to attend the International Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held in the United Kingdom last year.

Speaking at his Royal Palace in Bida, Niger State during the visit of the National leadership of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria led by the Amir (National President), Alhaji (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez, the traditional ruler disclosed that the inner impetus to have first-hand information thereby correcting the wrong impression about the Muslim Community made him attend the Conference.

It would be recalled that the Etsu Nupe with other four members of his family attended the 2019 Annual Convention in the U.K. where they were given a befitting reception, and also had the rare privilege of meeting the Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(May Allah be his Helper).

Dr. Abubakar expressed his delight over his experience in the U.K. as he was able to ascertain the truth about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its belief system which were in conformity with the tenets and true teachings of Islam.  He affirmed that those attacking the Muslim organization are ignorant of its belief system and activities. Consequent to his findings, the traditional ruler informed that he summoned all leaders of Muslim sects in his domain and educated them properly.

His words: “The motive behind attending the international convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the U.K. was to actually seal the trust I had in the Jama’at and to have some clues about her belief system.  I got to know that the organization believe in one God and that the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaehim wasalam ( was the seal of all prophets.  The Community also promotes peaceful co-existence which Islam preaches, so what else?

“I was really impressed and convinced after that visit.  Those giving wrong allegations and are attacking the Ahmadiyya Community do that out of ignorance and sensitization.  I had to gather all the leaders of Muslim organizations in my Kingdom to the palace and educate them properly after my arrival from the United Kingdom.  Ever since then, they (Muslim leaders) have changed positively and are now relating to themselves peacefully.”

General advice for Muslim leaders:

The Etsu Nupe admonished religious leaders generally to eschew all forms of hate speech and disseminate the true teachings of Islam, notably the Peace Message which the Ahmadiyya Jama’at preaches across the globe.

“Before now, some of these scholars spent much time preaching against other sects than the time spent on disseminating true teachings of Islam. This trend has changed anyway after the orientation. Let us preach on five daily prayers, Hajj, and current affairs in the society.  Avoid hate speech and re-awaken followers on Islamic affairs.  Let us always appreciate what God has given us and refrain from anger, jealousy, envy and embrace peaceful co-existence.  This will no doubt improve the spirit of brotherhood among us,” he opined.

Highlights of Amir’s Speech:

Barrister Alatoye while delivering his speech expressed his profound gratitude to the Etsu Nupe for honoring the 2019 U.K. Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) which has further bolstered the Jama’at’s relationship with members of Nupe Kingdom.

He further solicited the Etsu’s full support and cooperation towards disseminating the peaceful message of the Jama’at across the country, taking into consideration current happenings in international politics.

“We thank His Royal Highness for attending our international Jalsa Salana 2019 in the U.K.  It’s a huge blessing for the Jama’at in all sectors.  Let me use the opportunity to emphasize that the Ahmadiyya Community is very much concerned about the spreading of a peaceful message.  That is why His Holiness has been moving across the world to deliver peace messages to world leaders.  Aside from this, the Jama’at is also concerned about the welfare of the masses, hence the establishment of Humanity First International which focuses on the provision of food, shelter, health services, education, disaster recovery, among others for the less-privileged.  We humbly request for His Royal Highness’ full support for the actualization of these programmes, starting with the spreading of peace messages across Nigeria,” Barrister Alatoye requested.

His Holiness(May Allah be his Helper) Visit to Nigeria:

The Amir also used the occasion to solicit Etsu Nupe’s full support for the coming of His Holiness(May Allah be his Helper) to Nigeria, especially playing an active role on His Holiness(May Allah be his Helper) meeting with the Nigeria President, National Assembly, and top government officials.

Barrister Alatoye later prayed for the protection of lives and properties and abundance of blessings in the Nupe Kingdom.  He then presented Jama’at literature and other gift items to the Monarch.

Some of the entourage of Amir include the Missionary Incharge, Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf; the General Secretary, Alhaji Abbas Iromini and the National Secretary External Affairs, Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu.

AUCHI MONARCH EXTOLS AHMADIYYA COMMUNITY’S GLOBAL PEACE DRIVE

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Amidst the lingering crises among the world’s superpowers, a prominent traditional ruler, the Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh (Ikelebe III) has commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its continuous campaign on global peace and religious tolerance.

The monarch made the speech during the official visit of the Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji (Barr.)  Folorunso Azeez Alatoye to the Otaru’s Palace in Auchi.

Alhaji Momoh, who expressed his displeasure over the current state of affairs in international politics especially among the Muslim World, showered encomiums on the worldwide head of Ahmadiyya Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be his Helper) who has been championing the campaign against imminent Third World War and the need to embrace global peace.

He described the Muslim Organization as one of the few who have been carrying out divine instructions on peaceful coexistence, truthfulness, and justice. He, therefore, enjoined other religious groups to follow suit.

His words: “The current state of affairs in global politics is a call for concern. The world is in disarray and the powers are treading the paths of a Third World War.  It is on this basis that I commend the global peace campaign of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  Its global head has continued to advise world leaders to embrace peace.

“Generally the mission and vision of Ahmadiyya Community are worthy of emulation.  It is essential for Muslims all over the world to follow Divine teachings and instructions in the Holy Qur’an like the organization.  We must all act on our preaching and eschew lies and deceit.  The world will definitely be at peace when we embrace truthfulness, justice, and peaceful coexistence.  That is why we have made it a rule in Auchi Sacred Kingdom to stand firm and do justice always.”

Objectives of Ahmadiyya Community

The National Head, while delivering his speech summarised the aims, objectives, and activities of the Ahmadiyya Community in Nigeria and globally.

Aside from upholding the true tenets and teachings of Islam, Barrister Alatoye said the Community also focuses on the spiritual, moral and physical wellbeing of the people, irrespective of their ethnic groups, religious affiliations, culture, languages, and belief system.

He said: “It is incumbent on us as a Muslim organization to cater for the wellbeing of the masses irrespective of their religious leanings and differences.  That is why we have established a non-governmental organization Humanity First International which caters to the needy and the downtrodden.  Some of the focal points include education, health delivery, water for all, eye for all, disaster recovery and provision of relief items for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).”

The Amir appreciated the monarch for granting the delegation audience at short notice and his continuous support and cooperation with members of the Jama’at in Auchi Kingdom.  He also used the opportunity to formally invite the Otaru to the International Conference of the Community in the United Kingdom later in the year with an opportunity for a private meeting with the Supreme Head.

Reconstruction of Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital Auchi

Barrister Alatoye, in his speech, also vowed that the Community will soon commence the reconstruction of a health facility in Auchi.

He had earlier visited the hospital site which was built on a large expanse of land measuring 600m by 600m.

Amir Addresses Auchi members

The Amir held a brief meeting with members of Ahmadiyya Community at the Ahmadiyya Central Mosque, Auchi where he emphasised complete obedience to the institution of Khilafat.

He also discussed His Holiness goodwill message to the last Jalsa Salana held at Ilaro and urged members to always make references to the keywords mentioned therein – Peace and Love.  He believed members will only succeed in winning more converts into the fold if these attributes are in place.

Barrister Alatoye further admonished members to improve on their level of spiritual, physical, moral and financial sacrifices in the way of Allah.

Visit to Ahmadiyya Hospital Ijebu-Ode

The National Head and his entourage also paid a visit to Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital
inspected the facility with a view to improving it.

Imosan Land

The team proceeded to Ijebu-Imosan to inspect the Jama’at land covering 65Acres. The land is being proposed to be used as Minaret International University College of Agriculture.

Among the entourage of Amir to the two-day official tour include the Missionary Incharge, Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf; the Naib Amir (Deputy National Amir) Finance and Administration, Alhaji Mufadhil Bankole; Naib Amir Ta’leem & Tarbiyya (Education & Moral Training), Alhaji Tajudeen Onabanjo; the Medical Director, Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital, Ojokoro, Dr. Sami Ullah Tahir; and former Naib Amir Special Duties, Alhaji Ahmed Al-Hassan.

AFTER JALSA, WHAT NEXT?

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The long-awaited Jalsa Salana started and ended with thanks to Allah, with a population of thousands of people who came from far and wide, within and outside the country.

Many may think that after these three days of spiritually uplifting lectures, Darood on the Holy Prophet (saw), prayers and congregational Tahajjud, we only head home and wait till the next Jalsa before we come together for such again.

Now the question is: Is the Jalsa really over?

Even when it is glaring that the Jalsa has ended, members and non-members should have it in mind that physically the Jalsa has ended but spiritually it has not. It is our duty and responsibility to work on the lectures delivered at the Convention instead of allowing the knowledge to waste.

The theme of the just-concluded Jalsa is “EFFECTIVE WAYS OF CALLING PEOPLE TO ALLAH”. Several lectures relating to this theme were delivered by respected scholars of the Jama’at. An example of such lectures delivered is “Tabligh: A divine responsibility upon every Muslim”, quoting the verse of the Holy Quran to buttress this point (Q 5:68)

 “O, Messenger! Convey to the people what has been revealed to thee from thy Lord; and if thou do it not, thou hast not conveyed His message at all. And Allah will protect thee from men. Surely, Allah guides not the disbelieving people”.

Two of the topics delivered are: “Exemplary Devotion in the Field of Tabligh: The Models of Hazrat Musab bin Umair (rd) and Hazrat Ghulam Rasul Raji Ki Sahib (rd)” and “Propagation of the Message of Islam using Modern Resources”.

Looking at the above-mentioned topics, it is important to note that the point mostly emphasized is “TABLIGH”. Now, as Ahmadis what is our plan for Tabligh? How well do we intend to increase the number of new converts coming into the fold and how do we intend to carry out this task of Tabligh? Just as Allah the Almighty says:

And who is better in speech than he who invites men to Allah and does good works and says, ‘I am surely of those who submit?’ (41:34)

The act of Tabligh does not compulsorily lie with the missionaries alone but all members of the Jama’at: teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, nurses, entrepreneurs or whatever profession you are into, calling people to Allah does not stop you from achieving your personal goals.

Now that the internet has gone a long way to bring people from far and wide together, members can make use of this tool as an effective way of doing Tabligh.

It is pertinent to note this point that Huzoor (atba) has instructed the Amir Sahib to get at least a thousand Bai’at within a stipulated time, as we all know this cannot be achieved except with our active cooperation.

May Allah enable us to discharge this duty as expected.

Ameen

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CORRUPTION IS AN ACT OF UNGODLINESS – AMIR, AMJN

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The Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji (Barr.)  Alatoye Folorunso Azeez has condemned all forms of corruption in various institutions including religious bodies, describing it as an act of ungodliness.

Barrister Alatoye made the submission during an interview with pressmen at the National Headquarters of Ahmadiyya Community in Ojokoro Lagos.

Asked about his views on corruption which has become a global problem, Amir said: “corruption is an offshoot of an act of ungodliness, the Promised Messiah who is the founder of Ahmadiyya community states that anyone who commits theft does not rely on God Almighty but on his own intelligence and it is shirk, so all our Muslim brothers who work with the government or are working in private sectors and are manipulating things need to know that it is an act of shirk.

Continuing, the Amir said: “A Muslim must never be involved in any act of corruption, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) detest it so much and preached against it, thus no Muslim brother or sister should involve in such act.”

On members of the organization taking part in politics, Amir said members are being encouraged to participate in politics, adding that: “In the Jama’at we have had a former governor who was the first military governor of Ogun state, we also have people in the National Assembly, we encourage our people to go into politics and reform the government positively.”

Objectives of the 67th Annual Conference

Speaking on the aims and objectives of the forthcoming Annual Jalsa Salana (Annual Conference) of the organization which is slated to hold at Ilaro, Ogun State, the National Head highlighted the seven cardinal points which the gathering aims to achieve, one of which is closeness to the Creator and behaving in a Godly way.

The second objective, according to him is to improve the morality of members as well as doing the right thing at the appropriate time. The third cardinal point, he said was the complete obedience to the commandments of Almighty God, the institution of Khilafat and all the constituted authority. He also said respect for everyone is a must for all participants irrespective of ethnic groups, language, and culture, noting that it will bring about the atmosphere of peace and love for one another.

According to the Amir, “the fifth obligation which we intend to improve on is competence. We want to focus on being competent which is actually one of the teachings of the Holy Quran, the best person hired is the one that is competent.’’

He continued: ‘’Trustworthiness is the sixth and this is affecting us in this country today, the act of trustworthiness is something I think we need to work on in all spheres of our lives.’’

The last cardinal point he mentioned is prayers and seeking Almighty Allah’s help. He believed Nigeria is endowed with resources both human and mineral resources, stressing that: ‘’something is still missing and that is divine support and help, we need to call on God Almighty for this.’’

On his general admonition for the government and the masses on the economic advancement of the country, Barrister Alatoye emphasized: “My key message to the Nigeria government and the populace including the Muslims is that we should avoid interest, as  it is dangerous and tantamount to declaration of war against Allah, it is indeed killing us.’’

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