This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Ansar-Ud-Deen National Missioner Hails Aregbesola

The National Chief Missioner, Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdurrahman Hamad, has applauded what he described as Governor Rauf Aregbesola's demonstration of justice in the handling of state affairs in Osun.

Hammad said all the policies of the current administration go a long way to show how equitable distribution of wealth, justice and fairplay in all state matters are solutions to many of the crisis bedeviling Nigeria. The cleric also urged Muslims to be just and equitable wherever they find themselves.

These were the kernels of the sermon delivered by Hammad at the Ansar-ud-Deen Central Mosque, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Friday.

Sheikh Hamad said justice is the foundation upon which the heaven and earth were created and as such Allah commanded Muslims to do justice and be equitable in the process of giving people their rights.

The cleric observed that justice has two wings, comprising one who is to do justice and one to whom justice is to be done. He noted that Justice is so important among mankind that Allah has prohibited his creatures to refrain from injustice in all its forms.

He stated that such leaders like Aregbesola are rare and thus should be commended and supported in what whatever programmes and polices of his administration.

"Justice is paramount in any society. It is the foundation of creation and Allah has made justice compulsory in any circumstances.

"None even deserves to be an exemplar of justice and truth than a Muslim. Justice has two wings - the person on whom it is compulsory to do justice and the one to receive justice. Both must be upright in doing and receiving justice. Both must be certain that what one does is just and what one receives is his fair share of the common wealth," the cleric said.

He averred that good governance, like Aregbesola is doing, means giving various people and group what rightly belong to them.

The cleric noted that the governor is a human being, who is bound to forget or make mistakes, saying the onus also lies on the people to always be perseverant, supportive as well as a reminder to the government, of what the people need at certain times.

"The people of Osun State are lucky to have the kind of government they now have. You must therefore thank Allah for His mercy on you; be steadfast and grateful to Aregbesola's government and what he is doing," he said.

He thanked the governor for declaring the Hijra holiday, which he said is part of the constitutional guaranteed rights of every Muslim in the country.

He said Islam is a religion of peace and Muslim must be the best example of peace- lovers and peace-makers.

In his remark, Aregbesola corroborated the cleric by saying Islam, in all its teachings, reviled violence, thus Allah does not love the violent or the promoters of violence on earth.

He said Islam permits Muslim to uphold justice even if it is against them and enjoys them to be equitable in share collective wealth irrespective of the religions of the people concerned.

He charged Muslims to live peacefully with their neighbours whether Muslims or non-Muslims.

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