Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji AbudHakeem AbudulLateef, has expressed dissatisfaction over the way Muslims across the country have been celebrating the Hijrah Day, the beginning of the new year in Islam.
He made the remarks at an Islamic event tagged “Hijrah: Time for Change organised by the Al-Faruq Groups of Schools in Ejigbo, Lagos.
AbudulLateef, who is also the principal of the school, blaming the attitude on the over acceptance of the western calendar by the Muslims.
According to him, the neglect of Islamic calendar was responsible for the less awareness for the day has, raising his fears that Muslims in the country are gradually losing their religious heritages.
He noted that constant celebration of the year among Muslims will help rekindle its dying awareness among Muslims.
“As a missionary school known for its academic and spiritual excellence, we are already on the course of helping to create the needed awareness that will make the celebration take it deserved place.
“We have decided to celebrate this year’s occasion with the pupils in our school to awaken their consciousness.
“We all know that education goes beyond reading and writing but to be a responsible being and for you to be responsible, you have to be conscious of your religion which is what we are known for,” the commissioner said.
On her part, the Director of Studies of the school, Alhaja Shukurat Alagabi-AbdulLateef, said it was important for Muslims to keep in mind the meaning and significance of Hijrah, as it remains one of the most important events in the history of Islam.
Celebrating Hijrah with kids, she said, will help to show them that some people had suffered for what they are enjoying today as Muslims.
She appealed to Muslims to change their attitude towards Hijrah.
By Safiyyah Awayewaserere
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