By Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad:
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has felicitate with the Muslim Ummah over the beginning of a new Lunar Calendar year 1443 after Hijrah / migration from Mecca to Madina.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, ( JNI ) in Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu in Kaduna.
It said that Tuesday 10th August, 2021, marked the commencement of Muharram 1443AH, as was declared by the Sultan of Sokoto, thus, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), National Headquarters felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah, on the inception of the new Hijrah Calendar 1443 A.H.
According to the Sultan, ” I wish all my subordinates across the country a prosperous Hijrah year.It should be noted that the arrival of Muslim from Mecca to Madinah marked the beginning of the growth of Islam in the town. Entrusted by the Prophet ( peace upon him ) with the duty of communicating Islam, the young companion began working night and day to explain to people the word of the Almighty.”
Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar draw inspiration from this narrative and call on Muslims to be good ambassadors of Islam.
While the media and other stakeholders in the Nigerian project should always remain introspective in their respective reportage of events in Nigeria. We should always eschew “them against us” reportage.
The Sultan enjoins Muslims We must not forget the Tasu’a and ‘Ashura fasting, which will fall on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10thMuharram 1443AH (18th And 19th August, 2021). JNI therefore counsels on the observance of the voluntary fasting of Tasu’a and ‘Ashura which the Prophet (SAW) strongly urges Muslims to undertake, particularly that Nigeria is enmeshed in too many challenges, hence the need for the supreme intervention through devotions. The Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was reported saying that: “The best fasting after Ramadan is in the month of Allah, Muharram” Transmitted by Muslim (1163).
The Sultan and leader of JNI calls on Muslims to remain God-fearing and committed to the worship of Allah, be law-abiding at all times, peaceful and industrious. Muslims are also reminded not to start up the New Year in celebrations repugnant to Islamic tenets.
He implored Muslims to as usual pray fervently for the restoration of peace, security cum stability and development of our country, particularly that the new wave of insecurity is seemingly defying all strategies. May Allah, the Most High make the New Hijrah Year a source of abundant blessings and prosperity to us all in particular and the entire Muslim Ummah the world over, Aamin.
The JNI urged on Nigerian Muslim Ummah to continuously seek for Allah’s forgiveness, guidance and protection. Important qualities such as fear of Allah (SWT), resilience, perseverance, unity of purpose, planning and strategizing, peacefulness and steadfastness should be introspectively adhered to, as they are lessons drawn from the Hijrah of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) and his companions to Madinah.