All Chief Imams and Missioners of the Anwar-ul Islam Movement of Nigeria across the country and abroad have been charged to ensure that all religious activities, rites and programmes are conducted in conformity with the standards approved in the Movement's Code of Conduct.
Speaking at the 2-day seminar held in Lagos, the National President of Anwar-ul-Islam, Barr. Mubashir Ojelade, said the purpose of the seminar is to examine, discuss and familiarize with salient aspect and procedure in the mode of worship and the guidelines or regulation in the code of conduct.
He noted that participants must resist the temptation to turn the forum to an academic exercise or general exposition or Tafsir of the holy Quran or the sunnah. Emphasis should be on Anwar-ul Islam conduct, its act of worship and religious rites like salat, haqeedah, Janazah and fidau.
Ojelade stated that the new board must rise to the occasion and give a more positive direction to spiritual and religious activities in the movement. "It will be necessary to make a critical assessment of the situation in the missions so as to determine the current state of missionary and religious activities as against what is used to be in the past.
The president, suggested that the board should look at critical areas like the code of conduct for Imams and Alfas, strict adherence to the movement's traditions and mode of worship, ensuring uniformity in the conduct of religious programmes and translation of mode of worship to English.
"Consistent with the objective of the administration on the missionary, reasonable impact were made in key areas. We have raised the consciousness of the missionary Board, which previously was relegated to the background due to the protracted leadership crises in the movement. We have created new space and opportunities for our chief Imams and Imams to participate more actively in the affairs of the movement," he said.
He said the translation of the Movement's mode of worship to English was completed at the beginning of this month and approved by the NEC of the movement under the watch of the National Chief Imam, Alhaji A B Yoosuf.
Ojelade added that the seminar is the next in the sequence of events." From now on, it is imperative for all Chief Imams, Imams, Alfas and Members to strictly adhere to and ensure that all religious activities, rites and prrogrammes are conducted in conformity, consistence and respectability to the conduct of the programmes of the movement generally.
Chief Imam Babatunde Adisa said the seminar is good initiative, as it would bring uniformity in religious activities of the movement.
He urged all religious leaders to be steadfast and seek for knowledge to practice the religion properly to benefit the community and humanity at large.