Nigerian Muslims have been urged not to leave the anti-corruption efforts to government alone but play their expected role as dictated in Qur’an and teachings of Prophet Muhammad.
A seasoned diplomat, Ambassador Ridhwan Mustapha, gave the advice at the special prayer and anniversary lecture commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society of Nigeria (AISN), Guzape District, Abuja.
This is as the Director and Chief Imam of the organisation, Ustaz Fuad Adeyemi, said he was once asked to pack out of his rented apartment by his landlord, for owing while his organisation was disbursing millions of naira as zakat to the needy.
Mustapha who spoke on “Da’awah and the Role of Islamic Organisation,” also urged Nigerians not to be tired of helping the needy in the society to reduce crime in the society and empower others who could also become wealthy to help others too.
He said Da’awah, Arabic for “invitation”, was all about urging people to do good and shun evils and to also be acting in what one was preaching.
“As stipulated in Islam, there are ways of correcting evils, either by actions through the hand, by mouth through talking and disliking or hating illegalities through the mind but discussing it with allies who may be able to act on it,” Mustapha said.
He also urged citizens especially the leaders to listen to advice and make corrections as was evidenced in Prophet Musa (Moses) and Khidr (a righteous man), and also the correction of Prophet Muhammad by Allah on his reaction to a beggar while he was wooing some influential people to Islam.