By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs(NSCIA), Alh Mohammed Saad Abubakar, the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, were amongst eminent personalities that gathered in Ilorin, Kwara State to offer special prayer for Nigeria.
The prayer which was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Salihu formed the major highlight of the 10th Annual Usman Danfodio Lecture held at the banquet hall Ilorin on Saturday.
Other eminent personalities that attended the prayer session included the representive of Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Justice AbdulLateef Kamaldeen who is also the grand Kadi of the state and Dr Zakir AbdulKarim Naik who delivered the 10th annual Usman Danfodiyo’s lecture.
Naik, a Malaysia nationale spoke on the topic, ” The Concept of God In Major World Religions”.
The Secretary General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof Is- haq Oloyede, Professors Badamas Yusuf, Abubakar Aliagan, the Mutawali of Ilorin, Dr Alimi AbdulRazaq and the Zanna of Ilorin,Engr Yusuf Sagaya were also in attendance.
The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Salihu, led others in praying to God to prosper Nigeria and restore peace to the troubled parts of the country.
In his remarks after the prayer session, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh Saad Abubakar urged adherents of Islamic religion to seek knowledge about people of other faiths in other to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
He also enjoined Muslims to acquire knowledge about words of God and work with them in other to become better human beings.
The Sultan said the purpose of the annual Usman Danfodiyo lecture was to encourage Muslims to acquire knowledge and share such to strengthen Islam.
“Sokoto caliphate was founded on knowledge and not on illiteracy hence it an obligation on all Muslims to seek knowledge, bequeath such to their children and spread the right knowledge about Islam to check the trend of fake news,” he added.
He disclosed that the choice of Ilorin for the lecture was done delibrately to demonstrate that Muslims are ‘one big family’.
“Why Ilorin, somebody may ask that question. It is because we are one family and it is important to share knowledge and educate peoole across the globe “, he said
“We are here to educate ourselves about what our forefathers did to strengthen Islam .They didnt bring Islam to the world, they follow the words of God and strengthened it”, he added
Sultan commended the choice of the guest lecturer, who he described as an international scholar of repute and urged the attendees to share the knowledge acquired and work with the words of God.
“It is one thing to hear the word of God, it’s another thing to work with it. I’ m asking us to work with the words of God so that we can become better human being”, he said.