Nigerians have been urged to develop the true spirit of love and cultivate the culture of praying for their country and the leaders.
The plea was made at a special prayer session tagged, “Muslims Pray for the Nation,” organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC), Lagos State chapter.
Hundreds of Muslim faithful who graced the event in Lagos prayed for Nigeria to overcome her current challenges. Leading Islamic scholars in Nigeria including Sheikh Moshood Ramadan and Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafii said one of the cardinal principle of religion and manifestations of love is to pray for ones nation and its leaders.
“If the leaders are well guided and spiritually fortified, the nation too will be safe, peaceful and prosperous,” they said. The clerics used the occasion to invoke Allah’s protection and guidance for the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently in London for medical follow-up.
The congregation also prayed for Lagos state, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of existence. Speaking with newsmen, the National Amir of the Congress, Dr Luqman AbdulRaheem said it is the responsibility of every religious organisation to be patriotic and show sincere love for the country. As a responsible Muslim organisation, we felt that the love for our nation and president should be uppermost in our mind.
That’s why we decided to dedicate this month’s Adhkar (prayer session) to pray for Nigeria and the president. “This is not the first time TMC will be organising prayer for Nigeria. We do it everyday, either individually or collectively.
This is what we do at our Adhkar (prayer) centres every month. We believe that we don’t have to go to Abuja or seek for political patronage before we can pray for our country.”