Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has stressed the need for Muslims in the country to come together and champion the cause of Islam.
The Sultan gave the advice in Abuja on Saturday while inaugurating two ad hoc committees – Finance and Assets and National Moon Sighting – for the apex Islamic body.
“There is need for every Muslims to come together to champion the cause of Islam. Our views cannot be the same on every particular issue but the views of majority should be respected as long as it is in line with the teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophet.
He noted that the most controversial issue among Muslims was the issue of sighting of the moon ahead of Ramadan fast, which has always been done based on guidelines set aside by Allah.
Sultan Abubakar appealed to the two committees to do their best and carry out the assignment with the fear of Allah and and in line with the terms of reference given to them.
He said the NSCIA was grossly in financial needs to undertake many of its projects and urged the Finance committee members to use their contacts and experience to mobilise funds for the Council.
Mr. Abubakar prayed Allah to grant members of the committees’ knowledge, wisdom and guidance for a successful and timely conclusion of the national assignment in the overall interest of Muslims in Nigeria.
Earlier, the NSCIA Secretary-General, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede had listed the terms of reference of the 13-member Finance and Assets committee to include review and evaluation of the Council assets, finances and operations from Jan. 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013.
Prof. Oloyede said the 21-member Moon sighting committee has the responsibility of guiding the council on the sighting of the moon aimed at unifying the commencement and termination of Ramadan fast.
Responding, Rasaki Oladejo, chairman of the Finances and Assets Committee, expressed surprise over the dwindling fortune of the council finances despite its potentials.
Mr. Oladejo, who doubles as the national president of Nawair- ud-deen Society of Nigeria, assured the Council that the committee would not relent in its efforts at meeting the target set for it in the terms of reference.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of National Moon Sighting Committee, Hafiz Wali, represented by Prof. Jimoh Kaura, thanked the Council for the opportunity to serve and promised to discharge the responsibility with the fear of Allah.
Other members of the Finance Committee are Lateef Owoyemi, Gen. Abdullahi Mamman, Falalu Bello, Mukhtari Dangana, Yusuf Ali (SAN), Prof Sheik Abdullahi, Ishaq Sanni, Mustapha Bintube, Bukarti Bulama and Qasim Okikiola.
The Moon Sighting committee members are Shaykhs Tahir Bauchi, Habeebullahi Adam, Abdul Hamid Oyebode, Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, Mustapha Ajisafe, AbdurRasheed Mayaleeke, Dr Kamil Oloso, Prof Muritala Salau, Yusuf Nwoha, Shakir Ettu, Dr Usman El-Nafaty and Prof Oboh Oseni.