Muslims have been tasked to imbibe and deepen the spirit of brotherhood by lending support to each other especially in this month of Ramadan.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the call at the 12th Annual Ramadan Lecture organised by the Nigerian Television Authority-NTA, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria-FRCN and Voice of Nigeria-VON.
He said the topic of the lecture, ‘the ongoing charity in Islam’ is apt considering the recession experienced in the country where a lot of Muslims find it difficult to cater for themselves in this holy month.
The Minister pleaded with Muslims to give out charity to the needy in order to gain Allah’s favour.
The guest lecturer at the event, Dr Isa Ali Pantami explained that Islam encourages good actions.
He said that those who engage in good deeds especially in the month of Ramadan are granted Allah’s mercies.
According to him, “Muslims who give out charity from their wealth enjoy Allah’s Mercies and Blessings, even after death”.
“Islam classifies charity into different stages, the ability of a Muslim to acquire knowledge and spread it, is charity; even raising pious children who will behave well after their parent’s demise is considered charity to the deceased parent. Building mosques and digging wells or boreholes are all forms of charity that benefit Muslims in this world and the hereafter,” he emphasised.
Dr Pantami appealed to wealthy Muslims to build homes for displaced people in the North-east, as a form of charity.
The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu encouraged Muslims to imbibe the spirit of brotherhood by extending help to the less privileged in the society.
Mr Osita pledged VON’s continuous support in efforts to disseminate news and programmes that harmonise people and foster peace throughout Nigeria.