As Muslims world roll into the blessed month of Ramadan, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs has enjoined Nigerians to help one another to promote love for a healthy society that is secured for all and sundry.
Abdullateef made the call in a felicitation message to Muslim faithful in Nigeria and all over the World on the occasion of Ramadan fast of 1439 A.H. (2018).
He also urged Nigerians to take the advantage of the Holy month to reform themselves towards sustaining the anti-corruption initiative of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
He also admonished people to use the blessed month of Ramadan to rejuvenate themselves spiritually and pray for Allah’s guidance for those at the helms of affairs at all levels of governance.
Noting that it was essential to have a citizenry with the right orientation, uprightness and patriotic to have an upright country that would be a home for all, the commissioner maintained that only with the right mindset would an atmosphere of love and kindness be achieved.
This, according to him, is the essence of Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a blessing; it is meant to train us so that we can resist wrongful desires and bad habits.
“Fasting means to refrain and patience; it means not only refraining from food and drink, but also from evil actions, thoughts and words.
“With patience, we are able to restrain our souls from greed, selfishness and get reach quick syndrome that has made some individuals embrace corruption as a way of life.
“The purpose of fasting in Islam is to develop and strengthen people’s power of self-control to guard against bad habits.
“It is a period to increase our sense of commitment to our creator, unity and brotherliness as well as support for the less privileged ones,” AbdulLateef said.
He observed that by refraining from human urge to satisfy his appetite, a fasting Muslim is exercising his ability for self-restraint and control.
“Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar; month of blessing, the month of revelation of the Holy Quran, the best month in a year.
“Fasting in the month of Ramadan is compulsory for every healthy Muslims including the poor and the wealthy ones.
“Ramadan provides an opportunity for the rich to feel the pains of hunger so that they can support the less privileged in the society.”
The commissioner added that fasting during Ramadan was one of the five pillars of Islam that all Muslims must observe.
“Ramadan Kareem to all Muslim faithful World over’,” he said.