The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, has urged Muslims faithful to uphold their obedience to Allah in the spirit of forgiveness for one another, AMILOADED reports.
The Speaker gave the advice in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Alabi to commemorate Eid-el-Kabir on Monday.
Hon. Owoeye charged Muslims to expand their spiritual benefits of the occasion by promoting peaceful co-existence with each other and people of other faiths and shun violence and religious conflicts in whatever form.
The Speaker further admonished the faithful to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice which Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismael exemplified.
He added that adherent’s of Islam should imbibe the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to higher authority as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to the will of God which Eid-el-kabir commemorates.
The Speaker said, “Political leaders and followers, religious and adherent’s: all must come together to forge a harmonious relationship for the love of their country. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) established it that the love of one’s country is a very essential part of faith.
“I want to use this occasion to charge Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the course of serving their creator, country and humanity as a whole.
“The celebration of this year’s Sallah must draw us closer to God than ever before as well as avoiding negative tendencies that has further compounded our fragile security and economic conditions.
“People must put an end to violence, killing, kidnapping and mindless bloodletting and embrace peace. Islam is a religion of peace and we should all avoid violent extremist ideas.
“I felicitate and extend my sincere greetings to Muslim Ummah’s in Osun and the country as a whole, may Allah continue to uphold our state and nation,” Hon. Owoeye stated.