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Monday, 25 December 2017


Part 1.

All Praise is due to Allah, we praise Him and we seek His forgiveness and assistance. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil in ourselves and the evil of our actions. Oh Allah, we ask you to send our salutations and prayers upon Your servant and messenger Muhammad (PBUH), and his family and companions.

I have strong feelings that everyone reading this piece knows about the Hijab controversy that happened last week at International Conference Center, Abuja. Being a Muslim is one thing, being a Muslim leader is another thing, owing to the fact that the latter group has more burden to discharge. After the Hijab case, we want His Eminence Alh. Abubakar Sa'ad III, the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigerian, Muslim Teachers Association, Muslim Students Society, Senate House Committees on Education and Religious Affairs and all other Muslims stakeholders to come together in their various capacities and fight for the following rights in a bid for beating the odds:

1- Pause/suspend lectures when it is time for prayers especially Zuhr and Asr that happen during lecture hours.
I refer you to: “Verily, As-Salat is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” [An-Nisa: 103]

2- Muslims should be allowed to go and pray during exam and all the minutes they spent should be added to them. ~ibid

3- Ta'azir punishment should be set out on all Muslim students that don't dress decently in various schools and campuses.
I refer you to: "O you who believe, save yourselves and families from hell..." [At-Tahrim: 6]

4- Muslim pupils/students should be exempted from wearing short and/or three-quarter skirt in their various schools being primary and/or secondary.
I refer you to: The Prohibition on Wearing Nude Dress: Sahih Muslim Hadith 5310 narrated by Abu Huraiyra (R. A.)

5- Muslim students in primary and secondary schools should cover their heads and hair and should be exempted from wearing caps or beret so that they will grow with the attitude of covering their bodies.
I refer you to: "O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies" [Qur'an 33: 59]

6- Before 12:00 noon lectures should stop on Friday to enable Muslims get home and prepare for Jumu'a prayer.
I refer you to: The benefit of going to Jumu'a early, see Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No : 1155

The truth is we are lacking in moral upbringing of our children, siblings and wards under our care in the name of civilization. We care less when they wear short skirts to their various schools whereas, we forgot that whatever a child grew up doing will hardly leave him at maturity. The mistake of ladies not covering their bodies and not dressing decently often starts from childhood.

About prayer, it is pertinent to note that praying on time is the best form of worship. As section 38 of CFRN 1999 grants right to freedom of religion, Muslims should be allowed to pray on time as prayer is the best form of worship and it separates between Muslims and non-Muslims.
I refer you to: Sahih Muslim: Kitab ul Iman: Book 001, Number 0147.

Oh Believers, fear Allah and be aware of Him. Allah says: “And have fear of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.” [Surah Al Baqarah : Ayaah 281]

Beware that in our personal and official capacities Allah will ask us about what we have done to help Islam. The Prophet (PBUH) said "Each one of you is a shepherd. And each of you will be asked about your flock." - Hadith 37, Riyad Al-Saliheen of Imam al-Nawawi]

The issue about dressing in our various schools and times of lectures that conflict with prayer times are too big to left unquestioned by Allah on the day of judgement. Those in authority have the better means of fighting this for us,  but in essence it is my, your, her, his, their and our responsibility to put things in place.


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