Malam AbdurRazaq AbdusSalam, a Deputy Director with the Voice of Nigeria (VON) has advised Muslims to encourage purposeful inter-organisation discourse in order to address the current disunity within the Muslim communities in Nigeria.
AbdusSalam, who was the first Amir (President) of The Muslim Congress (TMC) gave the advice in a lectured titled “A United Ummah – Key To Progress” he sent to the 23rd annual National Islamic Training Programme held at Vanguard Academy in Odosengolu near Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
The Renaissance reports that the theme of this year’s NITP is: “United Ummah: Key To Success”.
The Deputy Director, who is fondly called “Abu Umar Al-Faruqqi” in the circle of the TMC, suggested practical ways through which unity could return to the circle of the Muslim Ummah.
According to him, the first step is to establish correct Aqeedah (matters of faith) with strong belief in Allah Ta’ala and complete understanding of Islam, which must be made central in all religious matter.
“We must spread the faith, knowledge and understanding among Muslim communities using mosques, organisations and institutions as bases.
“We should create forum for inter-organisational relationship, interaction, correction and assimilation.
“Islamic organisations must also create opportunities for joint actions, projects and programmes irrespective of their differences.
“We must encourage purposeful inter-organisational discourse and design template for joint action, reaction, statements among others,’’ AbdusSalam said.
He quoted relevant portions from the Holy Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the need for Muslims to unit and live peacefully, not only among themselves but also with people of other religious belief.
In particular, AbdusSalam cited Suratul Hujurat (chapter 49) verse 13 where Allah says “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (Not that ye may despise each other’’.
He explained that unity implied combining all parts of one’s mind, feelings, absence of diversity and unvaried or uniform character.
“Concord, harmony or agreement produce harmonious whole.
“For Muslims, therefore, it implies the coming together of Muslims can be individuals uniting, organisations, countries, people of different ethnic groups uniting,’’ he said.
In another lecture, a university lecturer, Alhaji Muhammad Jamiu Aqib Fajana, charged Muslims to close rank and unit and shun violence, envy and rancor among themselves.
Fajana, who lectures at Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State, described unity as undivided, unbroken and completeness of Islamic faithful.
He said that the strength of any faith based movement lied in unity as enshrined in the Holy Qur’an and the haadith of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h).
By Oluwashina Iyanda