The new principal of Jamiatul Mubashireen (Ahmadiyya School of Theology) Ilaro Ogun State Maulvi Abdul Azeem Ahmed has been urged to uplift the status of the institution in line with the vision and mission guiding its establishment.
The charge was given at the official hand over of leadership by Maulvi Nadeem Ahmad Waseem to the new principal Maulvi Abdul Azeem following the approval of change guard in the institution by the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
In his remarks at the handing over ceremony at the institution conference hall in ilaro, the Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Dr. Mashuud Aderenle Fasola said the essence of the event was to appreciate the good works of the outgoing principal and also to pray for the incoming head.
He affirmed that members must appreciate Almighty God for being magnanimous in providing for the Muslim community one true leader Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V who oversees the activities of the organization worldwide.
He enjoined Staff, students, and Jama’at members generally to give physical, moral and spiritual support to the new principal towards achieving the goals and objectives of the institution beyond the expectation of the supreme head. The Amir said ‘’It is incumbent on the incoming principal to build upon what is on the ground. All of us must support the new administration of the institution and pray for the success of all our institutions in Jamia premises.’’
Dr. Fashola urged members to always honour and obey those who are in positions of authority and when having contrary opinions to issues, they must be presented with utmost respect and humility.
He further advised the new principal not to abandon projects of his predecessor but must strive to improve on them.
In his words, “Leadership is the major characteristic of Allah’s creation. We are fortunate to have one spiritual leader worldwide. For various institutions within the Jama’at, we have leadership. Leadership is not eternal but ephemeral in nature. A leader must represent Allah. He must please Allah alone and should not fear anyone in the course of discharging his duties. All followers must give support and obedience to leaders. In the case of divergent views on issues, present your opinions/observations/comments in a polite and decent manner.’’
Uphold the spirit of dedication and Taqwa
The Missionary Incharge Murabbi Afzaal Ahmad Rauf stated that missionaries of the Jamaat are expected to be under the service of Almighty God and the main quality of the life of a Mubaligh should be dedicated He said all Ullama (scholars) are expected to be Godly and pious people.
He advised the new leadership of the institution to instil Taqwa (fear of Allah) into the students if they want them to be role models and good ambassadors of the Jamaat in the outside world after graduation.
On the pursuit of a materialistic world which has grossly affect the spiritual upliftment of members, Murabbi Afzaal said: ’’we all need a practical change in our daily lives.
Progress was so slow within the Jamaat because we are both religious and worldly, hence we remain stagnant. We should be more religious than worldly. If we divert from the objective of the system, we will not get to the promiseland.’’
Good behavior and knowledge
Naib Amir (Deputy Head) South West Alh. Abdul Azeez Alatoye said it was high time the organisation focused on both the good behaviours and knowledge of our scholars than their knowledge if indeed we intend to reform the system and achieve positive results
High Sense of Appreciation
While handing over officially to the new principal, the outgoing head appreciated staff who worked meritoriously with him for more than five years to achieve a reasonable success.
Maulvi Abdul Azeem gave a synopsis of his background en route to becoming an Islamic scholar and opined that it was the blessings of Almighty God he has been enjoying till the moment.
‘’Human efforts cannot go beyond the decree of Allah. By the grace of Allah, the institution will continue to wax stronger. It is indeed the engine room of the organization. It is a big task to manage the institution. I therefore humbly request all members to remember the new administration in prayers,’’ the new principal appealed.