Muslims mark New Year in Ibadan

Nigerian muslims at prayer

Thousands of Muslims in Ibadan on Saturday joined other faithful worldwide to commemorate Hijrah, the new Islamic Year 1436 A.H.

A rally, which was coordinated by the state branch of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, took place at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in spite of the monthly environmental exercise, Muslims from all walks of life started trooping into the stadium as early as 9.20 a.m.

Welcoming guests to the stadium, Nthe coordinator of the youth council in the state, Mas’ud Akintola, said the need to awaken the consciousness of the Ummah on the Islamic calendar informed the sustenance of the programme.

Mr. Akintola said the theme for 1436 A.H Hijrah, “Mobilising Muslims for the 2015 General Elections,’’ was carefully chosen.

The coordinator also commended the recent employment of 5,300 teachers by the state government as well as the flag-off of model schools across the state.

In his goodwill message, Dawud Noibi, the Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, recalled that the forced migration of Muslims in 622 C.E. was a blessing in disguise.

Mr. Noibi called on those in position of authority to treat every sector of the society with justice and fairness as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad.

“We also wish to renew our call on other states in the South West Zone as well as the Federal Government to declare public holiday for Muslims to mark their own new year, ’’ Noibi said.

Speaking on the significance of Hijrah, Sheikh Lukman Busari urged all Muslims to embrace good virtues and shun their evil ways in the New Year.

Mr. Busari said that the best form of celebration of Hijrah was to emulate the exemplary life of Prophet Muhammad.

The Chairman of the occasion and Balogun Mumini of Yoruba land, Alhaji Rasheed Adesokan, implored Muslims to be more prayerful so as to confront the various challenges in the country.

In his goodwill message, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State congratulated Muslims in the state for witnessing the New Year and urged them to continue to be law abiding.

Mr. Ajimobi, who was represented by Shakirullah Fajinmi, said his administration was committed to promoting peace, unity and religious harmony in the state.(NAN)


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  • The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

    … According to Hadith, Islamic calendar/history (Hijra: AH) began when Muhammad emigrated

    from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD/CE. Yet Hadith and Qur’an says Adam, Abraham (Ibrahim) and Ismail

    were the ones that originally established the Kaaba as Islam’s holiest place of worship because they
    first worshiped there, but if that’s true and Islam was established during Ibrahim and Ismail’s time,

    why does Islamic calendar (1 AH) begin during Muhammad’s lifetime instead of Ibrahim’s time when pure-Islam
    was originally established? …

    I encourage you to read the whole article at my website which is the name i’m using here.

    • Emekus

      “Christians in the South of Nigeria would have themselves to blame if they are lulled
      to sleep over the mere “wish” expressed by liberally minded Muslims from mostly
      the Southwest who ignore the call for “Jihad” in their holy book and instead try
      to misinterpret their holy book to manufacture evidence for a violence-free Islam.
      Southern Christians, by not preparing deterrent measures, you will have yourselves
      to blame if Nigeria’s Religious War escalates!”

      ……………..Al Feez

      (January, 2014)

      • Public Records

        …….The Koranic Verses Islamists Mis-use:

        “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (Koran 8:12), And fight with them until there is no more fitna (unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah” [Koran 8:39]. “Fight those who believe not in Allah; nor the Last Day, nor
        hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion
        of Truth (Islam) – even if they are of the People of the Book (i.e Christians) – until they pay the Jizya,
        with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. [Koran 9:29].”

        …………………………………

        Under Islamic law, Jizya or jizyah (Arabic: جزية‎ ǧizyah];
        is a per capita tax levied on a section of an Islamic state’s non-Muslim
        subjects who meet certain criteria. The tax is and was to be levied on (all)
        able-bodied adult males of military age, but with specific exemptions.”