Monday, 30 June 2014

Ramadan should mark the end of bombings in Nigeria – ACF tells Boko Haram

Pan Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has appealed to the Boko Haram sect to stop the bombings, killing of innocent Nigerians and embrace peace during the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.
In a message to Muslims on the commencement of Ramadan, the ACF urged the nation’s leaders to demonstrate love, fairness and equity in all their dealings while the followers should pray for their leaders.
Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the month of Ramadan was not only meant for Muslims to abstain from food and drink, but to reflect and devote themselves to the teachings of the Holy Quran.
The statement reads “the holy month of Ramadan has commenced in which Muslims all over the world keep fast abstaining from eating, drinking, sexual pleasure and other unlawful activities as decreed by Almighty Allah.
“The Holy Quran as a guidance for mankind, with evident demonstration and clear proofs leading to the right path, which also teaches Muslims to distinguish between good and evil was revealed in the month of Ramadan.

“The period of Ramadan is therefore not only for Muslims to abstain from food and drink but to reflect and devote themselves to the teachings of the Holy Quran, practices and sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“It is also an occasion for Muslims to reaffirm their belief in the oneness of Almighty Allah and commitment to the ideals of Islam. Fasting also entails helping the less fortunate and poor in our midst in view of the prevailing economic hardship and inequality nationwide.
“ACF wishes the Muslim Community a peaceful, rewarding and blissful Ramadan fast. It equally urges Muslims to devote themselves to prayers for unity, peaceful coexistence and the courage to overcome the security challenges confronting Nigeria”.

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