Elections: Ahmadiyya to host political Candidates at Convention
Lateefah Ibrahim-Animashaun, Lagos
One of the global Islamic organizations, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria, is set to host 18 registered political parties’ candidates jostling for public offices in Nigeria to discuss peace and security in the country at its forthcoming convention.
The 68th annual convention holding from the 23rd to 25th of December with the theme, ‘Our Paradise is our God,’ is to set the pace on how to combat the series of challenges confronting the country.
The President (Amir), Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji Alatoye Azeez, stated this at a press conference on the upcoming convention referred to as Jalsa Salana Nigeria 2022, in Lagos.
Alhaji Alatoye said the three-day event would hold under the leadership of the world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V.
According to him, it promises to be engaging and impactful, as it will explore thought-provoking lectures on Islam, academic excellence, and offer special prayers for the forthcoming elections.
Amongst the topics slated for presentation at the conference are: Recognition of Allah, Panacea to the World’s Problems; the promised Messiah’s Absolute Trust in divine Help Darsul Qur’an (Growing the Jama’at spiritually and financially), etc.
“To achieve prosperity, peace, security and happiness, the focus has to be on God, the one who has the power over all things because all the good things of life can only be achieved through the recognition of the centrality of God through total submission to His will,” said Alatoye.
He decried materialistic propensities and bitterness displayed by political leaders in the country today.
The event will also give academic awards to members of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at who have distinguished themselves in the last three years.
There will also be an exhibition and solemnization of mass marriages- Nikkah.
He called on present and prospective leaders of the country to utilize the resources to build infrastructure rather than converting it to private use.
The Amir advised Nigerians not to convert prayers to businesses nor convert business spaces and factories to prayer houses, warning that it would be detrimental to the growth of the country.
He equally urged Nigerians to emulate the governing model of the prophet Muhammad which includes hard work, competence, sacrifice, honesty and trustworthiness.
Lateefah Ibrahim-Animashaun, Lagos.