16 March 2018

Nigeria: Quadiriyyah Leader, Sheikh Kabara Tasks Nasfat On Unity, Religious Tolerance

The spiritual leader of Quadiriyyah Islamic group in Nigeria and West Africa, Sheikh Qaribullah Nasir Kabara has tasked the leadership of Nasrul Lahi l Fatih Society, NASFAT on the need to forge unity among the Muslim Ummah not only in the South-West but also across the country.

The Kano-based frontline Muslim preacher was a guest lecturer at the weekly Asalatu of NASFAT at its Headquarters, Alausa Ikeja last weekend.

Speaking further, Sheikh Kabara enjoined Muslims to constantly exercise restraint in their day-to-day encounter with members of other faiths even when provoked. He reminded the congregation that development and progress in the federation could only occur in the atmosphere of peace, mutual respect and understanding.

The highly revered cleric's visit coincided with the 23rd anniversary of NASFAT for which he expressed delight at the Society's achievements, especially, in the area of dawah, empowerment programmes as well as educational pursuits for its members and other Muslims.

Following his commendation, it was prayer galore for the Society and its teeming members across the globe as well as other stakeholders present.

In an interview, the Chief Missioner of NASFAT, Imam AbdulAzeez Onike Maroof expressed his satisfaction at the new frontiers of cooperation, unity and love being established by the visit.

He therefore thanked Sheikh Kabara for honouring the invitation and expressed optimism in greater cooperation by all the stakeholders across the various geopolitical divides.

According to Imam Onike, the visit of Sheikh Kabara is a practical demonstration of bridge building in Islam. The congregation at the special lecture was unprecedented as NASFAT members were joined by members of Quadriyyah in Lagos as well as teeming Hausa enthusiasts of the great cleric.

Meanwhile, Imam Onike Maroof is participating in the ongoing 62nd session of the United Nations Commission holding in New York, United States of America.

The session, which focuses on the status of women, began on March 12, 2018 and it would run till March 23. Specifically, NASFAT's chief Imam will feature at a session today where he would showcase how community-led development programme of the Carter Center throughout West African are successfully engaging the whole community in improving the well being and human rights for women and girls.

NASFAT has been in partnership with the Carter Center, a US based NGO chaired by a former American President, President Jimmy Carter.

Over the past three years, the focus of relationship has been mobilization of faith and changing of social norms for women and girls through a human rights approach strengthened by the full participation of religious and traditional leaders.

The Priority theme of the event is "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girl" while the Review theme is "Participation in and access of women to the media, information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.

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