Sultan Emphasizes that Understanding Other Religions is Key to Peace in Nigeria

During the 10th Annual Usman Dan Fodio Lecture in Ilọrin, Kwara State, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar, emphasized the importance of seeking knowledge about people of different faiths to foster peaceful coexistence in the country.

Additionally, he urged Muslims to gain a deep understanding of the “words of God” and integrate them into their lives for personal growth.

The annual Usman Dan Fodio week, which commenced in Sokoto State, encompassed various activities, including the enlightening lecture. According to the Sultan, the primary objective of this annual event is to inspire Muslims to acquire knowledge and subsequently share their wisdom to fortify Islam.

He reminded that the Sokoto Caliphate was founded upon a bedrock of knowledge, not ignorance. Therefore, it is the duty of all Muslims to actively pursue knowledge, pass it down to their descendants, and disseminate accurate information about Islam to counteract the proliferation of misinformation.

Furthermore, the choice of Ilorin as the venue for this lecture was deliberate. It was meant to symbolize the unity and solidarity among Muslims, emphasizing that they constitute a single, cohesive family.

The speaker addressed the choice of Ilorin as the event venue, acknowledging the consideration of other cities like Lagos. He emphasized the significance of returning to their roots due to their shared cultural heritage. He underscored the unity within the community and stressed the importance of disseminating knowledge and educating people worldwide.

The gathering aimed to delve into the historical efforts of their forefathers in fortifying Islam. The speaker emphasized that their ancestors didn’t simply introduce Islam to the world. Instead, they diligently followed and strengthened the teachings of God.

The speaker commended the selection of the lecturer, an esteemed international scholar, and encouraged participants to not only acquire knowledge but also apply the teachings of God to enhance their own character and conduct.

Dr. Zakir AbdulKarim Naik, a distinguished scholar from Malaysia, delivered a lecture on the topic, “The Concept of God In Major World Religions”.

Among the notable figures present were Justice Mohammed Kamaldeen, the Grand Khadi of Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, who represented Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, as well as Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin. Also in attendance were Prof Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB and Secretary General of NSCIA, and Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Salihu, the Chief Imam of Ilorin, among others.


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