Malam Bashir Yankuzu, Chief Imam of Federal University of Technology ( FUT) Minna has called on Muslims to strive hard and follow the path of Allah in order to reap the benefits of the Ramadan fasting.
The Imam described the Ramadan period as a unique opportunity for Muslims to display the real Islam, which promotes patience, kindness, care for the needy and sincere submission to Allah.
Yankuzu told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Minna on Saturday that during the Ramadan rewards for all acts of worship were doubled.
He added that this encouraged Muslims to display the real Islam in their deeds and actions, which largely reflected accommodation, tolerance, sacrifice, kindness and compassion to all irrespective of religious affiliation.
” The messenger of Allah forbade a Muslim fasting from returning abuse but should rather reply saying ‘I am fasting’ to whoever angers him”, the messenger forbade Muslims from slandering or backbiting,” he said.
Yankuzo stressed that Allah will not reward those who only shun eating and drinking but yet slander others.
” It is a month that Muslims must learn to share with others and avoid wastage. There is no looser than someone who missed the opportunities in Ramadan.”
The Imam stressed that the breath of the observer of fast is sweeter to Allah, on the Day of Judgment, than the fragrance of musk.
” Angels seek forgiveness to the observers of fast till they break their fast and the devils are chained up, while the gates of paradise are opened and the gates of the hell are closed during the month of Ramadan.
” In it, there is Lailatul- Qadr, which is a night better than one thousand month of worship; the one who is deprived from its good is surely deprived.
“The sins of the observers of fast are forgiven in the last night of Ramadan.
” Allah frees some people from hell fire in each night of Ramadan,” he added.
The Imam, therefore, advised Muslims to take advantage of the uniqueness of the Ramadan to get closer to Allah and promote goodness among humanity. (NAN)