An Islamic Scholar and academic, Dr AbulHakeem AbdulLateef, has enjoined Muslims in the country to be very active in politics and exhibit exemplary conducts as enshrined in the Holy Quran and thought by the conducts of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking at the 25th Open Air Lecture of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Akoka Branch (Division II), in Obadia, Akoka, Lagos, on Sunday, AbdulLateef, said that leadership should not be seen as a position of superiority, but as a trial, a burden to serve humanity with the fear of God and in total humility in service to humanity.
His lecture was titled “Leadership by Example”.
According to the Guest speaker, who doubles as the Lagos Home Affairs Commissioner, everyone is a leader, but anyone who aspires to lead others must imbibe the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and practice of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The Quran, he said, is “the Ultimate Life-Manual”.
The commissioner enjoined Muslims to uphold and transmit good moral and values to the children, spouses and other members of the family at the home front and to lead the society with good conscience and noble intentions.
Such leader, he added, must impact positively on the society, engender peace, development and bring succour, goodness and happiness to each and every citizen.
“Allah does good to everyone at all times; whether rich or poor, short or tall, man or woman or whatever other attributes or conditions, God loves us equally.
“When we wish and pray for something or aim for certain position, but such is unattained, it does not mean that God has not answered our prayer; it only means that there are better plans for us. Only Allah, knows what is good for man.,” he said.
The Commissioner also urged the Muslims vying for the position of authority, not to see elections as do-or-die affairs, “as only Almighty God, the ultimate decider, omnipresence and omnipotence, puts a man in position.
“Man, may wish and pray for a certain position or a plan, but Almighty Allah must subscribe to such, for it to come to fruition.
“Allah may do this by using someone, some people or certain circumstances to achieve this.
“Muslims should, therefore, not cast aspersion or be jealous of those who have attained certain positions, for such are trials, as Allah will make the occupiers of positions account for all actions they take while in such positions; Allah will not ask you to account for what he did not give you”.
AbdulLateef remarked that Prophet Muhammad “is an exemplary leader that all Muslims must emulate with love”.
“Follow him, and I will love you and forgive your sins,” said the cleric quoting Quran.
By our correspondent