Date: 30th Dhul-Hijjah, 1437 AH 2nd October, 2016
HAPPY NEW HIJRAH YEAR 1438AH
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, felicitates with the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and their counterparts all over the world on the auspicious occasion of the new Hijrah Year 1438 A.H. which begins on Monday, Muharram 1, 1438 AH corresponding with October 3, 2016 of the Christian Era (C E).
The significance of the New Year borders on the opportunity it offers Muslims to migrate from whatever is wrong and sinful and the potential it holds for all to be closer to Allah through devotion and obedience. Without migrating from disobedience to obedience, sinfulness to righteousness, indiscipline to discipline, kufr and shirk to Islam, as enshrined in the Qu’ran and Sunnah, the essence of Hijrah is compromised and defeated.
Chairman’s Message Delivered by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, President-General, NSCIA, on the occasion of the Formal Islamic Programme to Mark the 56th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, held on Friday, 30th September, 2016 at the Conference Hall, National Mosque, Abuja
WORK AND PRAY FOR NIGERIA
I give thanks and adoration to the Almighty Allah for making it possible for us to converge on this hall today just as we planned. No plan ever materializes without His divine will and nothing comes to pass without His supreme approval.
I heartily welcome our distinguished personalities and important guests to this august event in the month of September. Allah knows you all individually and collectively. I pray that He reward you abundantly for honouring us and His religion of peace with your appreciated presence.
The Council is estabished to cater for; preserve, protect, promote and advance the interests of Islam and the Muslims throughout Nigeria. To this end the Council shall:
- Promote Islamic solidarity through fostering brotherhood and cooperation among Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the World.
- Promote the continued application of Shari’ah in Nigeria and the observance of Islamic morality. The Council shall therefore, ensure that the ideals of Islam as laid down in the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.O.H) are adhered to by all Muslims in Nigeria.
- Serve as a channel of contact with the Government Authorities on Islamic Affairs.
THE NATION ON TRIAL: FAITH TO THE RESCUE
Dr Mahfouz A. Adedimeji,
Director, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies,
University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Lecture Presented at the Formal Islamic Programme on the 56th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria Organised by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Friday, September 30, 2016, at the Conference Hall, National Mosque, Abuja
When I received the invitation to discharge this important assignment, I felt a cold shudder run through my spine. I momentarily found myself in the position of Prophet Musa (A. S.) when Allah commanded him to deliver a message. Musa sought excuse by trying to deflect the assignment elsewhere (to Harun) but he stood no chance.