Sultan of Sokoto, who is also President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has congratulated Muslims across the country over the Eid -el-Fitr celebrations.
He enjoined them to reflect on the inherent lessons embedded in fasting which include faith, sincerity, sacrifice, humility, compassion, giving, piety, and commitment.
A statement signed by the JNI Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu said: ”The JNI under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto uses this medium to once again thank Allah, the Most High, for sparing our lives to have observed one of the fundamental pillars of Islam, the Ramadan fasting. This indeed is a pointer to us all to reflect on the inherent lessons embedded in fasting which include but not limited to, faith, sincerity, sacrifice, humility, compassion, giving, piety, commitment.
“Once more, Nigerian Muslims are hereby called upon to always cast back their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings throughout their lives.
“Above all, Muslims are reminded to keep to strict adherence of the tenets of the Glorious Qur’an, for the dignity of the Ummah and humanity, for the redemption of the Ummah always lies in upholding the imperatives of the Qur’an, especially in this painful trying moment of our nationhood.
“Given the importance of Ramadan in the lives of the Muslims, we are all implored to sustain the spirit beyond the month of Ramadan.
“It is no longer news that many parts of the country are witnessing shortage of rainfall, thus the need for more concerted prayers to that effect.
“Most importantly, Muslims are also reminded of Zakatul-Fitr (ordained alms giving at the end of Ramadan fast) which preferably should be given out to the needy two days before the Eid-el-Fitr day or before the commencement of the Eid prayer.
“This if done, will assist the down-trodden, to celebrate the Sallah happily with the rest of the Muslims.
“We, therefore, urge Muslim brothers and sisters to continue praying fervently for the peaceful existence of Nigeria, and keep to the pristine teachings of Islam.
“JNI, therefore, wishes all Muslim faithfuls an accepted Ramadan fast and successful Eid-el-Fitr. In the same vein, Muslims are urged not to forget the recommended fasting of Sittah-Shawwal, the sixth day after Ramadan fast and in line with the teachings of the Prophet,” the statement read.