The Human Concern Foundation International (H.C.F.I), a Non-Government Organisation, weekend organised a physical fitness exercise tagged “Walk For Life” for Muslims in Lagos State.
The annual programme took the participants in procession through the Ogunlana-Ijesha Road, Lawanson Road to Ojuelegba bus stop and back to Mushin.
The programme was organised in conjunction with the Nigeria Aid Group, The Muslim Congress (TMC) Surulere Chapter, and the Muslim Student Society Of Nigeria (MSSN) Surulere Area Council.
Speaking at the commencement of the procession, Mr Nai’mdeen Abdul Gafar, the Wakeel (Leader) of the TMC, Surulere Local Government, remarked that Muslims are enjoined to strife to develop their body and soul at all times.
He said that the aim of the Walk-For-Life’ was to `demonstrate the peaceful mission of Islam to the general public, in contrast to the erroneous opinion of some segment of the society, who associate Islam with terrorism.
Mr Mutiu Abdul Rahman, the field training officer of the Nigeria Aid Group, The Lagos State Charter and one of the programme collaborators, stressed the importance of the physical fitness to human’s physical and intellectual development.
“It is necessary that we give ourselves periodic and collective general exercise apart from the ones we engaged in as individuals, in order to remain at alert at all times,” AbdulRahman said.
Also speaking, Mr Abdul Rasaq Iyiola, a one time Director of Studies, Muslim Student Society of Nigeria, Surulere Area Council, noted that it was necessary to build up a collaboration effort with other organisations to demonstrate peace and good governance which Islam preaches.
In his remarks, Ustadhz Raji Salman, the Cultural Officer of The Muslim Congress, Surulere, also spoke on the importance of physical exercise, which he said, has precedence in Islam.
He said that Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessing be upon him) used to engage in physical exercise with his wife and his companion did same among one another.
An officer of the Congress Guard, the security arm of the Muslim Congress (TMC), who pleaded anonymity, also said that the Congress was serious about the physical and mental well-being of its members.
He highlighted activities of the CG to include involvement in the traffic control, weekly training and other programmes aimed at engaging the society.