Sallah: Islamic scholar urges Nigerians to imbibe lessons of patience


The Chief Imam of Ansar-ud-Deen Society, Kaduna branch, Sheikh AbdulAzeez Abdullahi Kijan, has tasked Nigerians to imbibe the lessons inherent in the Eid-el-kabir festival for a better Nigeria, particularly patience, obedience and perseverance. 

Speaking after leading the Eid prayer at Ansar-ud-Deen Society Juma’at Mosque, Kaduna, Sunday, Sheikh Kijan admonished Nigerians that though things are tough across the country, it would pass, adding that since Allah did not visit the country with war or epidemic, this tough period will pass and Allah will bring a better era. 

Sheikh Kijan said the agreement between Allah and Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was that if Allah gives him a child, he would sacrifice the child to Allah and his subsequent effort to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail (Ishmael) to Allah before Allah replaced the sacrificial child with a ram which led to the celebration of Eid-el-kabir. 

“It all started when Prophet Ibrahim at an old age asked Allah to give him a child, promising that if Allah give him the child he would sacrifice him. Later Allah gave him the child, Ismail. The child grew old enough to be sent on errand when Allah reminded Prophet Ibrahim of his promise to sacrifice the child. Ibrahim sacrificed camel, cow and ram but Allah said that was not their agreement. When he decided to sacrifice the child, Allah replaced the child with a ram and that became the norm for every Muslim till today,” he said.