Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare-Akoko
As Muslims faithfuls in Ondo State join others worldwide to celebrate Eid-el Kabir today Olowa of Igbara Oke, Oba Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, has enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of total obedience, godliness and peaceful coexistence as exemplified by prophet Ibrahim .
Olowa, in his Sàllah goodwill message to the Muslim faithfuls urged them to use the significance of the season to pray for the continued peace of the Sunshine State and Nigeria.
According to statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ayodeji Owolabi, the monarh reiterated the need for the Muslims faithfuls to continue to imbibe the spirit of godliness and peaceful co-existence in order to help renew their faith in God and to see the importance of peace and unity towards the development of our nation.
He said this period gives another opportunity to seek the face of Almighty Allah and to intercede in prayers for our nation to overcome all the challenges confronting us.
While stressing the need to continually imbibe the lessons in the submission to the will of Allah (SAW) by the prophets, he, appealed to them to use the season to forgive and love one another.
Also, the Olubaka of Oka Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye, OON, urged all Nigerians to learn and embrace the significance and the essence of Eid-el- Kabir celebration.
Oba Adeleye made this call in the Sallah message to Muslims in the state and across Nigeria as they celebrate this years Eid-el- Kabir.
According to the monarch, the celebration is centred round father, mother and a son, while its lessons and significance has to do with tolerance, perseverance and fulfillment of promise.
He noted that Prophet Ibrahim and the wife were united on what to do with their son, Ismael, for the sacrifice before Allah made them happy.
He urged Nigerians, in the face of tribulations, pandemic and economic downturn currently being witnessed, to have strong faith and belief in Allah to come to their rescue.
The monarch however advised them to be steadfast and fervent in their prayers for the country as there is always light at the end of every dark tunnel.
Oba Adebori Adeleye therefore urged Muslims to celebrate the festival with modesty in line with the economic situation and the dictate of the mood of the nation as occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the globe.
In his own Sallah message, the National Organising Secretary of Ansar ud deen Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Ibrahim kilani, reminded Muslims on the need not to be extravagant during the celebration.
The Muslim leader warned Muslims against borrowing money to buy rams for the celebration saying, Islam is against such since it brings hardship to them.
Kilani noted that the less privileged and the needy in our society must not be left uncatered for.
He frowned at the nonchalant attitudes of many Nigerians about the reality of corona virus pandemic ravaging the country.
He commended the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saaid Abubakar who directed Muslim Umah not to congregate on Eid ground.
Similar directives were given by Ansar ud deen Society of Nigeria and many other Islamic Organizations on how to celebrate this year Eid-el- kabir, especially adhering to all precautionary measures to curb the spread of corona virus pandemic.