By Lawrence Afolabi – Ilorin
Muslim faithful have been enjoined to reflect on the messages and character of Prophet Muhammad.
Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq gave the advise at the annual commemoration of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, in Ilorin, the state capital.
The Governor who urged Muslims to be their brothers’ keepers said such would promote peace and sustainable development.
While congratulating the Muslim community, the Emir of Ilorin and the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) and entire people of the State on the anniversary, the governor said history had always confirmed the prophet’s place as the greatest man to ever live and urged the faithful to take after him.
In their separate sermons, Mudiru Markaz Sheikh Habibulahi Adam and the National Missioner Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, Sheikh AbdulMumin Ayara, called on adherents of both Islam and Christianity to embrace peace and tolerate one another, emphasizing that neither prophet Muhammad nor Issa (Jesus) preached violence or disunity.
Chairman of the Kwara State Muslim Council and former Grand Khadi Justice Salihu Olohuntoyin Mohammed, who organized the programme urged Muslim ummah to sustain the good legacies left behind by the first Sarkin Malami of Ilorin by living in peace with adherents of other faiths.
The programme was attended by the traditional rulers and Islamic scholars, which include the Emir of Ilorin, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Olupo of Ajase Ipo, Oba Ismail Yahaya Atoloye Alebiosu; Olomu of Omu Aran, Oba AbdulRaheem Adeoti; Mudirul Markaz Sheikh Habeebullah Adam el-ilory; Khalifatul-Adabiya Sheikh AbdulQodir Kamaldeen; Grand Mufti of Ilorin Sheikh Suleiman Faruq Onikijipa, and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria Dr. Ibitoye, amongst others.