The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit and family of late Alhaji (Dr) AbdulLateef Adegbite have officially announced the date for 15th biennial Lagos Qur’an competition. #ReciteLAGOS
They said the competition will hold on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium, at 10am.
The competition, which attracted interest from over 250 participants would see 54 reciters competing in the Grand Finale and 18 emerging as winners.
The competition is held in honour of late father, Alhaji (Dr) AbdulLateef Adegbite, the pioneer President of the MSSN, who died nearly 6 years ago.
Speaking on behalf of the family of the honouree, Bashorun Ladi Adegbite, commended the organiSer, MSSNLagos for hosting the programme in the name of his father.
He explained that the theme of the competition – “Hope for the Hopeless” – matched the personality of his late father, Dr. Lateef Adegbite.
He said, “I am delighted to represent the family of Dr. Lateef Adegbite not only because it’s an opportunity to remember him but a chance to continue his legacies by transmitting those core values for which he had become well known in his life. Lateef Adegbite was a legend of his time who did his best to promote the positive in all facets of his life as a youth leader, as a teacher, a lawyer, a traditional leader and for the most part as a Muslim.
“He played a great role in trying to unify practice of Islam in the North and South which led to the formation of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) the anchor body of Islam in Nigeria and was the Secretary-General until his demise.
“Dr. Adegbiote was a Muslim to the core and he lived his life in the cause of Islam. As part of ensuring that Muslims and non-Muslims lived in harmony, he was a member of the Nigerian Interreligious Council (NIREC) – a body formulated to minimize the conflicts arising from the difference in religion.
“Dr. Adegbite touched the lives of many people and was a firm believer in service to humanity which he spent his whole life pursuing. He remains today my hero as he is to very many children, he mentored and influenced so many people, a habit that came to him naturally.
“I thank the Lagos State Area Unit of the MSSN for this honour bestowed on our father which our family supports. I am particularly excited by this edition’s theme: “Hope for the Hopeless”, which clearly expresses the essence of the life of Late Dr. Abdul Lateef Oladimeji Adegbite.”
On his part, Amir of MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, described the Qur’an as the hope of the hopeless and gave details of the grand finale.
He said, “We can continue to count, count and count, many mind-boggling challenges bedevilling the country. In fact, some Nigerians have already lost all hope in Project Nigeria, but we as a Muslim Students’ body say No! We believe in the Nigerian dream, which to us is still achievable if the government at all levels and the led return to the Qur’an, the hope of the Universe. That is why we have carefully chosen the theme for this year’s Lagos Qur’an Competition to be “Qur’an: The Hope of the Hopeless”.
“Our guest speaker, an erudite scholar, is Ustadh Muhammad Harun Thani, the CEO Basmallah Institute for Teaching Qur’an and Islam, Ireland, UK.”