Young Nigerian couples have been advised to personify sincerity and commitment in their daily life in order to fulfil the essence of marriage as preached in Islam.
The Chief Imam of Lagos State House of Assembly Central Mosque, AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, gave this advice while officiating at the wedding of the daughter of Dr Abdullah Shuaib, the CEO of Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, Safiyyah Omowunmi at the weekend in Lagos.
Saffiyah was married to her heartthrob, AbdulHamid Babatunde Adewuyi.
AbdulLateef, who is the immediate past Commissioner for Home Affairs in the state, emphasized the need for Muslim youth and parents to scale up their knowledge of Islam before venturing into marriage.
This, he said, is important in order to prevent avoidable marital crises.
He quoted several portions from the Holy Qur’an to buttress his points, especially Qur’an 30 verse 21 that preached about true love and sincerity among lovebirds.
“Marriage in Islam personifies a sincere and committed act of worship,’’ the former commissioner said.
The occasion was a gathering of who’s who among notable Muslim personalities in the state.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Grand Mufti of Conference of Islamic Scholar (CIO), Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i urged the couple to prioritise their union above other obligations and make a renewed commitment to the work of Islam.
“Marriage is an embodiment of social and spiritual ideals that seek to establish a modest Muslim home that bears the responsibility of the development of Islam,’’ he added.
The immediate past Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule rejoiced with the family of the couple, counselled them to love one another and overlook their respective inadequacies.
“Love yourselves with your shortcomings.
“Respect each other to the fullest, learn and consult the knowledgeable Muslim authorities to build your family,’’ Adebule said.
Appreciating the guests at the end of the ceremony, the bride’s father, Shuaib expressed gratitude to God and the Muslim community from various parts of the country for gracing the occasion.
He appreciated Sheikhs Shafi’i and Abdul Fatai Thanni, the duo whom, he said, played a pivotal role in his life and family.
Other notable guests present at the occasion include the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh AbdulHafeez Abou; Prof Murtado Bidmos of the University of Lagos; Sheikh Abdul Fatai Thanni and Alhaji Abdulfattah Amoo, Executive Director, Jaiz Bank Plc.
Also in attendance were the Managing Director, Hajj Mabrur Ventures, Alhaji AbdulHamid Solate; the Chief Executive Officer, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju; former Company Secretary, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Alhaji Tijjani Muhammad Borodo and representatives of the Amir (President) of The Muslim Congress, Dr Luqman AbdulrRaheem.
The Renaissance reports that the bride, Safiyyah, is a graduate of Mass Communication from the prestigious University of Lagos while the groom, Ahmad is a graduate of Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State.