The governor says Western and Islamic education are both important.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, on Tuesday urged Muslims in the country to use the fasting period to pray for national peace and progress.
A statement signed by the Senior Special assistant on media and press affairs to Mr. Al-makura, Sani Mairiga, also called on Muslims to pray for sustained unity of the country.
“Fasting is not only for abstaining from drinking and eating but also a time to emulate what Prophet Muhammad was sent by Almighty Allah to come and do, as well as preach,” he said.
The governor added that the month should be used to adhere strictly to the teachings and ways of Prophet Muhammad in terms of honesty, peace and love for one another.
He said that the two major religions in the country preached peace, unity and love for one another, adding, “We should always strive to maintain these at all times.”
The governor said that without peace and unity, “Socio-economic development will continue to elude any society.”
He also appealed to Muslim parents to give priority to both the Islamic and Western education of their children, pointing out that it was the only legacy worth bequeathing to the children
Mr. Al-makura also urged Muslims to use the period of the holy month of Ramadan to re-dedicate themselves to Almighty Allah and reflect his injunctions in their dealings with fellow citizens and the government. He said fasting teaches all devoted Muslims the virtues of discipline, honesty and sympathy in their relationship with fellow human beings.
“It is important for all Muslims to display these virtues in their daily endeavours, those who are fasting should present themselves to other citizens as models of good mannerism; that is the essence of Ramadan.
The governor also urged Muslims to use this period of fasting to pray to Almighty Allah for quick resolution of the security challenges currently confronting the nation.
“No meaningful development can take place without peace. We must be our brother’s keepers and eschew from acts capable of causing trouble,” he said.
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