Hijrah 1446A.H: MMPN congratulates Muslims, demands holiday for Islamic new year

As Muslims in Nigeria joined their counterparts all over the world in ushering the new Islamic year, Hijrah 1446 A.H on Sunday July 7, 2024, the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) has reiterated its call on the federal and state governments in Nigeria to declare Muharram 1, the first day of the Islamic calendar year, as a public holiday.

A statement signed by the national president of MMPN Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said such a declaration would be in line with the rule of law, fairness and justice to millions of Muslims in Nigeria as it was granted to the Christian brethren on every January 1 of the Gregorian Calendar.
This gesture, he stressed, would give Muslims a sense of belonging in the polity.

“Muharram 1, is our own January 1, we want both the Federal and state governments alike to declare it as such in the interest of religious harmony in the country”, he said.

He implored government at various levels to recognise the Hijrah calendar and use it side by side with the Gregorian calendar.

Balogun congratulated Muslims and non-Muslims alike for witnessing another new Islamic year and urged them to reflect on their deeds and activities during the past year.

He asked Muslims to use the opportunity of the New Year to migrate from their evil ways in the past and renew their commitments for good in the New Islamic Year as well as pray to Allah to guide the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in piloting the affairs of the Nation.

The MMPN President also called on the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to enter into dialogue with the Nigerian Government on the issue and other issues affecting the Muslim Ummah in the country.

He implored Muslims to rededicate themselves to the cause of building an egalitarian society and join hands with other Nigerians in moving the nation forward.

Balogun, however, commended state governors who had declared public holiday for Islamic New Year especially in the Northern part of the country as well as Oyo and Osun states in South West, urging others to emulate their colleagues.

He described series of attacks on innocent Nigerians by some insurgency groups as unIslamic and pleaded with the affected groups to cease fire and stop violence as a demonstration of its readiness to embrace peace.

Balogun equally called for a stringent legislation against rapist, kidnapping and all other acts of terrorism in the country, saying it was getting too rampant because the culprits always get away with it.

MMPN also called on the Sokoto state government to desist from any act capable of ridiculing the seat of Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar, who is not only a traditional ruler but a spiritual leader and Amirul-Mumini of over 150 million Nigeria Muslims.