Nigerians need to implement the lessons of Eid-el Kabir for Nigeria to improve from her challenging condition, ‎the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has urged.

This is as the organisation asked Nigerians, especially Muslims to reflect over the essence of Eid-el Kabir, which it described as bail out from the economic challenges facing Nigeria.

The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Saheed Ashafa, said this in an Eid-el Kabir message‎ to Nigerians.

Among the lessons of Eid-el Kabir enumerated by Ashafa are  ‎sacrifice, patience, perseverance, obedience and tolerance.

According to Ashafa, despite the harsh conditions that surrounded Prophet Ibrahim (ASW), he was ready to sacrifice his only son in obedience to Allah so as to earn eternal bliss.

Ashafa said, “There is indeed economic hardship in the country and this calls for a high level of perseverance and sacrifice from both leaders and followers. The current situation shows that we should emulate the Prophet (SAW) by putting our hopes in Allah and not individuals or natural endowment. 

“Thus, the application and essence of the sacrifice is most needed in this period of economic challenges than before. If we implement the lessons of this festival‎, Nigeria will be bailed out of her numerous challenges including the current economic recession.

“Our history as a people makes it necessary for us to reflect on a‎ll of the values of Eid-el Kabir, which are more required now than ever. ‎We should show readiness to assist the less privileged ones from our hard earned wealth so that there will be equitable distribution of resources.”

Ashafa however urged leaders in the country to use this period of re-dedication to Allah to increase their transparency and selflessness.

Ashafa added, ‎”If we expect a positive change, we must embrace a better way of life in all our endeavours. Leaders at all levels must remember that they have been entrusted with positions of authority as a means of making sacrifices that will transform the impoverished people of Nigeria but not to further worsen the conditions of the masses. ‎Eid-el Kabir should be a reminder to them that they will account for all their deeds before Allah.”

The Muslim students’ leader also urged Muslims to use the opportunity of the festive period to intercede for Nigeria’s transformation.

Emphasising the need for the application of the lessons of Eid-el Kabir, Ashafa said, “‎Regrettably, ‎some of our leaders have failed to sacrifice for Nigeria’s growth by being corrupt and mismanaging the nation’s resources in such a way that has brought distress and depression to the country. But with our prayers on this special day, Allah will make us surmount the challenging moment.

“Beyond that, we should tolerate ourselves by making people feel loved. We should consider that with the current economic situation, many people might have lost their jobs and may not be able to afford a ram for Eid sacrifice, ‎others may not even have food to eat at all. Let’s us cover up for this gap by accomodating them.”

We wish all Muslim faithful happy Eid-el Kabir.

SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA,
Amir (President),
Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria,
Lagos State Area Unit
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