The Seriki Hausa of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, Alh Ahmed Haruna, recently paid a courtesy visit to the Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria Alhaji (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez.
The Seriki and his entourage were received at the National Headquarters by the Amir in company with the Missionary in charge Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf. Also present were the President Alimosho Branch of Ahmadiyya Community Alhaji Abdulmujeeb Idris and the Branch Missionary Muallim Orekoya Luqman.
Welcoming Alh. Haruna to his office, the Amir Sahib explained that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is spread across the country with the largest concentration of active members in the South West. He added that the Jama’at propagates Islam as practiced by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and focuses on the establishment of, and maintenance of peace, provision of education to liberate the Muslim Ummah and the establishment of health institutions in different parts of the country.
The Amir expressed his desire to have Friday sermons translated into the Hausa language in our mosques in the Alimosho area to take care of members of the Hausa community who pray in our mosques. He noted that this was already being done in some of our mosques in other parts of the state.
The Missionary in charge, Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf Sahib emphasized the need for all Nigerians to promote unity and religious tolerance. He urged Muslims to promote Islam rather than their tribes.
Responding, the Seriki said that the Hausa community in Alimosho is divided into eighteen sectors. He added that all the eighteen sectoral heads assist him in running the affairs of the Arewa community in that part of the state. He said his community is in good terms with members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in the area and that quite a number of Hausas pray in Ahmadiyya mosques. He promised to join the search for interpreters to enable his members to benefit fully from attending Ahmadiyya mosques.
In his closing remarks, the Amir expressed the Jama’at’s appreciation to the Seriki Hausa and reiterated the need for every Nigerian to see themselves as one. He urged the Alimosho Branch President and Missionary to follow up on the discussion held with the Seriki and to ensure that members of the Jamaat work hand in hand with the Muslim community in particular and the general populace to promote peace and good neighborliness.