Islamic Clerics Charged To Gain Deeper Knowledge Of Holy Quran As ISE Holds 9th Pre-Ramadan Lectures In Nassarawa Eggon

Islamic clerics have been charged to gain deeper knowledge of the Holy Quran so as to be able to provide authentic information to their followers and not mislead them.

This was the central message during the 9th Pre-Ramadan lectures organized by the Islamic Society of Eggonland (ISE) which held at the Nassarawa Eggon Central Masjid on Saturday March 9, 2024.

Umar Muhammad Nasir

The occasion which was chaired by the Aren Eggon, Justice Ahmed Ubangari (Rtd), featured a total of five lectures by renowned Islamic scholars both from within and outside Nasarawa State.

In his goodwill message at the event, the Aren Eggon, Justice Ahmed Ubangari (Rtd) paid glowing tributes to the Islamic Society of Eggonland for its contribution to the growth of Islam in Eggon land.

The royal father recalled a time when things were much different as it was difficult to get sound Islamic teachings because of the scarcity of scholars. He said: “I think around 1955 when we moved here, the Islamic scholars were not as many as this. It used to be one Mallam Yahaya Titi who stayed in Keffi. The then Aren Eggon (Abdullahi Idde) will invite him to come and sit here in a very small mosque as it was then, to now read the Quran to educate people; one single person.

Sheikh Jibrin Yusuf Danladi

“But today look at the host of them. They are many and they are going to go to the remotest villages to help in propagating the knowledge of Islam. And I said I feel we have gone to a very good level. And therefore this practice should be encouraged so that the generality of our people do not just misunderstand Quran and its practices. And I commend them for this exercise.”

While delivering the keynote address, Umar Muhammad Nasir who spoke on Understanding the Exegesis (Tafsir) of the Glorious Quran: A Responsibility of Every Muslim Scholar, called on Islamic scholars to desire deep understanding of the message contained in the Holy Quran.

He said: “The Quran was revealed in Arabic and for us to understand Quran very well, we have to be versatile in Arabic. And it is the responsibility of scholars as we preach to other people, to actually understand what the Quran is and what it says so that they don’t mislead people.”

Others who delivered lectures include Ustaz Nasiru Alkasim who spoke on The Significance of Fasting of Ramadan and how it rejuvenates our faith and Hafiz Umar Yakubu Marafa who spoke on Leadership and Responsibility in Islam and Challenges among the Ummah.

Sheikh Jibrin Yusuf Danladi and Sheikh Haruna Umar each spoke on Iman in Islam, its Importance and Contemporary Challenges Among Muslims and The Importance of Self-Reliance, Business, and Public Service among Muslim Ummah respectively.

Speaking on the essence of the annual pre-Ramadan lectures, the General Secretary of the Islamic Society of Eggonland, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi Galle, said it is to “re-awaken us particularly on the month of Ramadan. It is also to enlighten the Imams on their responsibility during the Ramadan.”

He called on the Imams to ensure the Tafsir they will conduct during the holy month of Ramadan and during their juma’a sermons cover topics on contemporary issues in the society so that it will bring about positive change in the society.

A total of 104 imams participated in the 9th pre-Ramadan lectures. One of the high points of the event was the announcement that the ISE was sponsoring six (6) imams on pilgrimage.

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