Ahamadiyya group calls for peace in Gaza

By: Hauwa Mustapha

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Nigeria, has called for peace and ceasefire in Gaza where thousands of people including women and children have died in a conflict between Israeli defence forces and Hamas in the last few months.

The Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Nigeria, Azeez Alatoye, made the call while commissioning the Ahmadiyya Muslim clinic in Kano metropolis, built to provide health care services to humanity.

He also used the opportunity to call for restoration of peace in some parts of Nigeria affected by insecurity challenges.

Alatoye said Islam religion is a religion of peace and doesn’t condone violence.

According to him, “We call for a cease-fire in Gaza where hospitals are being bombed. We condemn violence in whatever form. We also call for an end to banditry and kidnapping in the country.

“Ahmadiyya doesn’t believe in violence, and we preach to our Muslim brothers to restrain from any form of crime and embrace Islam accordingly because it is a religion of peace, and that is exactly what Ahmadiyya is preaching.

 “Ahmadiyya is concerned with humanity. Islam religion is about humanity to the people. It is about peaceful coexistence and has nothing to do with problems for the people. We are always supposed to look for challenges and solve those challenges or problems. This clinic is a demonstration of that. 

 “Let me seize this opportunity to appreciate the Emir and the palace. I say the palace because his predecessor had also commissioned the Ahmadiyya hospital in the 60s, and today, the Emir is also doing the same thing,” Amir, Alatoye said

On his part, the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, commended the group for the intervention, which he said will go a long way to boost the healthcare of people around the area.

The monarch called on the people to make good use of the facility provided by Alhamadiyya.

While appreciating the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria, the Emir called for government support to the clinic in terms of expansion of more medical facilities.

“We appreciate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at for their tremendous efforts and contribution to the health sector. We call on the Kano state government to continue to support the Ahmadiyya group in their effort towards assisting the health sector”.

“We also call on the beneficiary community to make good use of the facility and ensure that they protect and properly manage the facility,” the Emir added.

The new clinic has health facilities for over 100 out patients, with laboratory services for the entire communities in Kano and its adjoining states.

The first Ahmadiyya Muslim hospital in Kano was established in 1962.

It has an eye, dental, and general outpatient department located in Bompai, a commercial hub of Kano, Northwest Nigeria.

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