A cleric, Sheykh Abdul-Hadi Abdul-Ganiyy, has called on Islamic scholars to assist the Federal Government in finding solutions to the social menace confronting the country, by proffering healing solutions from the Glorious Qur’an.
Abdul-Ganiyy, an Imam of The Muslim Congress (TMC), made the call at 3rd Annual National Quranic Recitation Competition organised by the TMC at the weekend in Lagos.
The Shaykh, who was the Guest Lecturer at the competition, spoke on the healing power of the Qur’an under the title: “Qur’an: Cure for all ailments”
Quoting extensively from the Holy Scripture and the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Sudan trained cleric, pointed out that all the societal problems confronting the country, its government and people today, cannot be healed except with the Qur’an.
He lamented that the problems facing the society today arise because the Muslims “are not firm as they should with the book of Allah.
“Muslim scholars have abandoned their responsibilities of reforming the society through various preachings like Dawn Dawah, Mosque Dawah, Market Dawah and Bus Dawah, through which they can use the Glorious Qur’an to heal the ailments of the minds”.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Amir (President) of TMC, Dr Lukman AbdurRaheem said the idea of the Annual Quranic Competition was conceived to make a difference away from the contemporary times when “attention of the old and the young have been distracted with materialism, ethnopolitical killings, frivolities and perversions”.
“We are gathered here today, to make a difference by celebrating the Qur’an.
“The Qur’an contains the swords of Allah codified in a book.
“The Qur’an is a catalyst for the tremendous feats and successes recorded by the early Muslims in all fields of knowledge.
“Indeed, its recitation provides the heart with the utmost tranquillity and protection from temptations and attacks”.
AbdurRaheem, who is an Associate-Professor at the Nigeria-American University, Yola in Adamawa State, encapsulated the objectives of organising the competition to include: Reciting the Qur’an; Rewarding the participants; and Refocusing the energies of adults and youths towards benefits of the Qur’an.
Other objectives are Re-modeling Muslims’ lives on the message of the Qur’an; Reviving the message of the Qur’an as guidance to all, and Reinforcing the efforts and initiatives of Tahfiz (memorisation schools in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji AbdurRasheed Ajulo, the Supervisor for Works in Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA of Lagos State commended the participants for committing their lives to memorise the entire Qur’an.
Ajulo charged them to be of exemplary characters and use the knowledge to reform and heal the society of various vices bedevilling the country.
The Renaissance reports that six states in the southwest participated in this year’s competition. They include Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Osun, Edo and Oyo States.
Nineteen-year-old Abubakr AbdurRazaq from Oyo State emerged the best reciter of the year, scoring 97 per cent of the total marks.
Atukale AbdulQuadr Olanrewju, representing Lagos State, came second with 95.7 per cent.
Edo State, which emerged overall winner last year but represented this year by Ibrahim AbdulHakeem placed third with 95.2 per cent marks.
Other participating reciters are AbdulBaasit AbdulLateef from Kwara State; Kaamil Hassan from Ogun State and Oladapo Ridwan from Osun State.
By Oluwashina Iyanda