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‘Scarcity of itinerant Muslim scholars to mosques, undesirable’

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‘Scarcity of itinerant Muslim scholars to mosques, undesirable’

Chief Imam of Lagos House of Assembly Central Mosque, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, has said that Islamic scholars are nowhere to be found in Mosques around the state to deliver soul lifting sermons, maintaining that Muslims need to be informed and educated on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. AbdulLateef who doubles as the Commissioner for Home Affairs said this in his lecture at the Right Path Arabic Institute 2nd Hafilah graduation and convocation ceremony held recently in Lagos.

The dearth of itinerant Muslim clerics’ visit to the mosques to teach and impart Islamic moral values and cultures to Muslims on a day daily is, according to him, partly responsible for the inadequacies in understanding of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (saw). “We should not turn our Mosques to graveyards. They are places of worship where Qur’an knowledge and Sunnah of the Prophet are taught and discussed. This is a call to service to all Muslim clerics to extend their lectures schedule to the mosques.

The hours before each salat should be utilised to host lectures. “Knowledge is essential to the worship of Allah and the only way of getting this knowledge unhindered and undiluted is for scholars that are vast in the understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah not to be stationary. It is for them to rove our mosques for Muslims need to be educated and informed about what Allah commands and what He prohibits. But it is unfortunate that many Muslim clerics are lacking in the responsibility of calling people to the path of Allah. Many of them have gone astray, very far away from what Allah commands.

“As the vicegerent of Allah on earth, many of them are engaging in fetishism and idolatry. Therefore, to the graduants, my advice is for you to be steadfast in the fear of Allah and put to practice the knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah acquired for the promotion of Islam without associating any partner with Him,” he said. Speaking further on the benefits of knowledge to Islamic monotheism, Dr. AbdulHakeem said “Any seeker of knowledge is a would-be leader this is part of the reasons all of us must strive to seek Qur’an knowledge.

It is only a Muslim with knowledge that can testify to the oneness of Allah. However, in this world, trials await the knowledgeable because no one can claim to belong to Allah without being tested”. Earlier in his welcome address, Director, Right Path Arabic Institute, Ustaadh Yunus Al-Imam expressed the achievements of the institution especially in the area of curbing insecurity from the perspective of seeking positive knowledge.

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