Muslims have been urged not to deprive themselves of some essential material goods that would make their lives easier on the pretext of being devout
An Islamic scholar Dr. Daud Amoo (Alaga) the Chief Missioner, Forum for Comparative, Ibadan, gave the counsel on Sunday at the annual Maolud Nabbiy lecture held in Ogbomoso by the Spiritual Household of Maolana Shykh Sa’ad.
The talk, on “Balancing the Spiritual and Material Aspects of Life in Present Day Nigeria,” was organized in partnership with the Muassat Nasrul-ilm Wa Dawat Foundation.
Islam does not prohibit Muslims from acquiring wealth or pursuing higher education in the West, according to the expert, but these things must be done lawfully out of fear of Allah and not by using unethical means.
He said that some Muslims denied themselves some of the most basic necessities of life, while others wore tattered or filthy clothing in the name of piety, portraying Islam in a negative light.
According to Amoo, Islamic law and custom have been established by the holy Quran and Hadith and must be followed as such, not whatever you desire.
“Islam is about life fulfillment and not for life denial, Islam does not teaches us not to strive for life and appear dirty in the society, dressing neatly is party of the teachings of Islam,” he said.
In order to overcome any obstacles in life, he urged Muslims to fear Allah, worship Him appropriately, and constantly pray for His protection and guidance.
Amoo further urged lawmakers to refrain from stealing from the public coffers and to keep in mind that they would answer for their actions on the Day of Judgment.
Vice Chancellor of Summit University, Offa, Prof. Abioudun Aibinu, urged Muslims and Nigerians in general to adopt a lifestyle that would support their livelihood in order to prevent midlife crisis in his lecture.
According to Aibinu, people must refrain from leading lifestyles that might have a detrimental impact on them as they age and also discuss their feelings with reliable people for immediate assistance.
The vice Chancellor futher urged Nigerians to always upgrade their skills and knowledge to meet the present day life in order not to be left behind and lost out in the labour market.
He called on Nigerians to always extend hands of assistance to their family members who are in need no matter how small it might be.
Earlier.the National President of Muassasat Nasrul-ilm Wa Dawat Foundation, Alhaji Ibrahim Adigun, said that the celebration was to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammed and tought people about his lifetime and legacy.
Adigun said that the prophet lived a perfect way of life that must be emulated by Muslims.
He said the group have been organising the celebration annual for decades and it has grew from its initial arrangement,adding that there would be special prayer for the nation at night.
Also speaking, Mr Saheed Olarewaju, Chairman Planning Committee for Youth programme, said the inclusion of workshop for the youths in the celebration was to inculcate good moral and uprightness in them and build them for future challenges.
Olarewaju said that majority of youths in the society nowadays lack morality and dignity of labour and could do anything to get rich by all means.
“We want to mould this set of youths and give them the kind of mindset that would enable them to behalf positively with good moral and be God fearing in their endeavour,” he said. (NAN)