Pray for good leaders that will lift Nigeria out of present conundrum, JNI urges muslim ummah

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), under the leadership of the sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has asked the Muslim Ummah to use the remaining ten days of the Ramadan fasting to pray fervently for good and pious leaders that will lift Nigeria out of the unfortunate conundrum it has found itself.
In a statement on Thursday in Kaduna, the Islamic body also urged Muslims to intensify prayers for emancipation from the pang of insecurity, poverty, hunger, diseases and other ills facing the country.
The statement signed by the Secretary General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, said the last ten days of Ramadan fasting is very important as it “comes with the best of nights in the history of the world, as confirmed by various Ahadith.”
The JNI lamented that, “This year’s Ramadan came in a difficult time, as the nation is bedeviled with multifaceted challenges; ranging from insecurity, to abject poverty, incessant inflation, thus making life difficult for the common people.”
It said however that, “Despite these challenges, we say AlhamdulilLah as the Ummah slowly pulled through to the ending days of Ramadan.
“We pray Allah (SWT) shall continue to make life much easier for us and heal Nigeria of all its ailments. Amin.”
The statement called on the Muslim Ummah to redouble “collective efforts in seeking Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and blessings, as well as increasing their momentum in all aspects of Ibaadah (acts of worship).”
This, according to the statement, is in line with the practical teachings of the noble Prophet.
“It should be noted that the last ten days of Ramadan comes with the best of nights in the history of the world, as confirmed by various Ahadith(plural: sayings of the Prophet – SAW).
“The JNI is therefore using this auspicious occasion to urge the Ummah to intensify prayers for self, immediate families, neighbours, the government and leaders at all levels.
“We should fervently pray to Allah, the Most High for emancipation from the pang of insecurity, poverty, hunger, diseases and all other ills distressing us, our societies and the nation at large.
“On the other hand, as the 2023 General Elections is drawing closer, we should use the Ramadan period especially these last ten days to cry out to Allah (SWT) for a rancour free electioneering, as well as free, fair and peaceful elections.
“We should use these days to persistently pray to Allah (SWT) to give us good and pious leaders that will lead us out of the unfortunate conundrum Nigeria has found itself, to a prosperous future. We should pray, pray and pray!”, the statement urged.
The JNI also called on wealthy Muslims to increase their generosity by assisting and supporting the needy, “as every act of kindness is fully noticed and reciprocated by Allah (SWT) in manifold.”
The statement stressed further that, “The last ten days of Ramadan are for thoughtful introspection, sober reflections, as well intensification of effort geared towards attaining forgiveness, acceptance, mercy and all the good things promised by Allah, the Most High.”
It urged Muslims “never to return to abominable acts after the Ramadan.”

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