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Ramadan: Fayemi, Ashafa, Oyetola urge Muslims to pray for Nigeria

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Ramadan: Fayemi, Ashafa, Oyetola urge Muslims to pray for Nigeria

As Ramadan fast begins today across the world, Minister of Mines and Steel Development and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, a Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa and the Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola yesterday urged Muslims to pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria as they observe the Holy Month of Ramadan.

 

In his Ramadan message, Fayemi said “we all must be grateful to Allah for being alive to witness another Ramadan season. It is important to use the opportunity of the fasting to pray and seek the face of Allah for peace and progress of our dear country.”

According to Fayemi, “since we do not have another country, we should always seek divine intervention for our nation and the Ramadan season provides such a unique opportunity to collectively seek the face of Allah through prayer. “Our prayer is that the holy month will usher in abundant blessings for the faithful and restore peace and prosperity to our country.”

 

Ashafa said “I join my fellow brothers and sisters of the Islamic faith in welcoming another Holy period of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is the ninth month in the lunar (Islamic) calendar in which Almighty Allah instructed all Muslim faithful to observe a month of fasting. “In Qur’an Chapter 2 verse 183, Allah prescribed fasting as an obligation for Muslims and tells us the reason at the end which is for us to restrain from evil, learn God’s consciousness and learn to be God fearing.

 

“The period of Ramadan teaches us self-control, self-restraint, tolerance for one another irrespective of religion or tribe. It is also a month for extreme prayers, love and generosity.”

However, Oyetola canvassed the need for unity and love among adherents of Islam, stressing the need for understanding and tolerance among practitioners of all religions.

Besides, Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff urged the rich to embrace generosity and philanthropy in the holy month and beyond with a view to accommodating the less privileged as commanded by the Holy Book. Heparticularlyurgedpoliticians and the Islamic scholars to shun hate speeches especiallyinthemonthof Ramadan and placed emphasy on benevolence and exigency of Quran verses

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