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HIJRA 1446AH: Osun Muslims Celebrate New Islamic Year In Grand Style



HIJRA 1446AH: Osun Muslims Celebrate New Islamic Year In Grand Style

Muslims in Osun State joined their counterparts the world over to mark 1st of Muharram 1446, which is the beginning of new Islamic year.

The state government had declared Monday, July 8 as public holiday and Muslim faithful from all parts of the state converged on the Osogbo City Stadium for the Hijrah1446 new year celebration featuring a special lecture and a march-past by school children.

The Guest Lecturer at the event, Professor Abdulfatai Makinde of the Department of Religious Studies at the Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ University Ile-Ife in his lecture appealed to government to do more for the education sector in order to liberate the citizens.

The Grand Imam of Osun State, Sheikh Musa Animasahun, the Baba Adeen of Osun State, Dr Fatai Adesina Kolawole, the Agbesinga Adeen Of Osogbo land, Justice Kunle Adeigbe (rtd), the Ameerah of Federation if Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Alhaja Sadiat Oladapo were among the dignitaries on the occasion.

Earlier, the Osun State Muslim Community organised a colloquium with the theme “Economic Meltdown in Nigeria, Islamic perspective and Quran competition. Other events include a youths forum focusing on Sustainable Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship, a stakeholders forum, Special Juma’t prayers across the state.

The President of Osun State Muslim Community, Alhaji Mustafa Adeleke Olawuyi congratulated Muslims in the new Hijrah year celebration. He used the media to appeal to the state government to disregard the call by some individuals demanding return of schools to missionaries.

He said “We want to use this opportunity to express our appreciation to our indefatigable Governor, His Excellency Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke for the good work he is doing in the areas of security, road infrastructural development and ensuring peaceful co-existence among the people of the State.”

“We also thank you for your strong support morally, financially and spiritually to the Osun State Muslim Community which contributed immensely to make this program a huge success. We are grateful”, Olawuyi said.

The state governor, Ademola Adeleke who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye felicitated Muslims on the new Hijrah year celebration. ”

“The governor said “this event marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year Calendar and serves as a reminder of the Prophet’s courage, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to his faith.”

“As we celebrate Hijrah 1446, we reflect on the values that define us as a people of resilience, compassion, and justice. These values have guided us as a state, and we remain dedicated to upholding them in all that we do.”

“In Osun State, we recognize the diversity of our population and the richness it brings to our society. We embrace our differences among the co- existing religions in the state and we strive hard to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.”

“As we move forward, let us draw inspiration from the Prophet’s example, let us work together to build a society that is just, equitable, and prosperous for all.”

“In the spirit of Hijrah, we are reminded of the importance of unity and cooperation among individuals, communities, and nations. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and his companions demonstrated remarkable unity, resilience, and compassion during their migration.”

“They exemplified the values of love, tolerance, and respect for others, regardless of their differences. These noble teachings continue to guide us today and remind us of the need to build bridges of understanding and foster harmony among diverse communities and religions.”

“Osun State, known for its rich cultural heritage and spirit of communal coexistence, embodies the essence of Hijrah. Hijrah symbolizes the movement of Prophet Mohammed and his followers from a hostile environment to a more peaceful and accommodating society. As we are all aware that Osun State comprises different ethnicities, languages, and religious beliefs, all coming together as one vibrant and diverse community.”

“It is in the spirit of this that I wish to implore every resident of the State to let us strive to foster a society that is built on the foundations of inclusivity, understanding, and dialogue. We must embrace diversity and recognize that our differences can be a source of strength, rather than division. By working together, irrespective of our religious or cultural backgrounds, we can create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and protected.”

“I am bold to say that Osun State has always been a beacon of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Our commitment to fostering an atmosphere of unity and harmony has been instrumental in the progress and development we have achieved thus far. Our administration assures you all that we will continue to prioritize the well-being and welfare of every citizen, regardless of their faith or beliefs.”

“Furthermore, Hijrah reminds us of the importance of introspection and self-improvement and self-determination. It is a time for deep reflection and evaluation of our individual and collective actions. In the spirit of Hijrah, let us renew our dedication to the principles of justice, equality, and social responsibility.”

“I would also like to use this occasion to express my gratitude to the Muslim community in Osun State for their invaluable contributions to the development of our state. Your unwavering commitment to the principles of Islam, your dedication to community service, and your tireless efforts to promote social justice and harmony are truly commendable.”

“I urge you to continue to be beacons of light and agents of positive change in our society. I assure you that my administration is highly committed and proud to stand alongside you as we work hand in hand to achieve our shared vision of progress and prosperity.”

“As we celebrate Hijrah 1446, let us recommit ourselves to the ideals of justice, compassion, and brotherhood. Let us strive to be instruments of peace and unity in our families, communities, and beyond”, the governor said.