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Adamawa CAN Chair Lambasts Gumi Over Divisive Comments

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The chairman of Adamawa State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Most Reverend Bishop Dami Mamza has lambasted foremost Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over divisive comments urging the federal government to arrest him or release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) who has been in government detention facilities for sometime.

While addressing his congregation at today’s Sunday mass at St. Theresa Catholic church, Yola, Mamza who is the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, said, the divisive comments of Gumi against Christians and Christianity can lead to sectarian unrest in the country.

He noted that the generalization of christians as enemies of Muslims is repugnant, ungodly and false adding that Muslims and Christians have been coexisting peacefully over the years urging the government not to allow the cleric to destroy the prevailing peaceful enterprise in the country.

“We will not allow few people to incite crisis in Nigeria. Nigeria belongs to all of us and can live anywhere and aspire to fulfill their dreams anywhere in the country,” he said.

Mamza who called Gumi as one of Nigeria’s enemies noted that it is unfortunate that despite his level of education and exposure, Gumi always find it expedient to hide under religion to spew hate and enmity amongst Nigerians.

He urged Nigerian Muslims not to allow few bigots amongst them to incite religious crisis in the land adding that majority of Nigerian Muslims are peace loving and will never hanker to divisive and hate messages being pushed forward by Gumi.

He urged the federal government to investigate the connection between Gumi and bandits and why he has so much sympathy for the outlaws.

He urged both christians and Muslims to maintain the cordial relationship that was in existence between them for decades adding that “I know most Nigerians will not listen to Gumi’s hate comments.”

While speaking on Gumi’s call for the sack of the minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, Mamza said the call was in bad taste as no religion or tribe has monopoly of any federal government portfolio adding that the position of FCT minister should not be the exclusive preserve of any religion or ethnic group.

Mamza called on all peace loving Muslims and Christians to continue to pursue interfaith dialogue in other to solidify understanding, mutual coexistence and harmony between adherents of the two major religions in the country.

He called on Nigerians to avoid religious leaders who preach hate and disunity as they do not meant well for the country adding that such divisive leaders could nestle amongst both Islam and Christianity to propagate their nefarious and divisive agenda. He said Nigeria at this time, needs upright religious leaders to move forward as a country.

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Hardship: Refrain From Homosexual, Adultery, Others- Ustaz Hamman Adama

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By Sani Yarima 

Ustaz Bashir Hamman Adama, an Islamic scholar based in Taraba State, recently delivered a cautionary message to the Muslim Ummah. 

During his Friday sermon at the Muslim Council Masjid in Jalingo, he warned against engaging in acts such as homosexuality, adultery, and drinking beer. 

Citing several verses from the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Hamman Adama emphasized that individuals who commit sins and fail to repent will face punishment from Allah.

The Islamic cleric identified several other behaviors, including lies, deception, envy, cheating, and dishonesty, as contributing to the present hardship being experienced in the country. 

He urged members of the Muslim community to refrain from such acts of evil, seek forgiveness from Allah, and prioritize obedience to the Almighty.

Hamman Adama cautioned that those who choose to follow the directives of wealthy individuals and politicians over those of Allah do so at their peril.

In addition, Ustaz Hamman Adama called on the Muslim Ummah to prioritize the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet, Muhammad (SAW). 

He emphasized the importance of following these teachings to be rewarded with Aljannatul Firdausi on the Day of Judgment. 

The cleric also reminded Muslims of the need for self-reflection and continued good deeds, especially in the aftermath of Ramadan.

Hamman Adama attributed the difficulties faced by many individuals to a lack of trust in Allah and His fear. 

He advised trust in Allah as the ultimate provider and encouraged everyone, regardless of wealth or status, to help others in need. 

According to him, this could be through small acts of kindness or by donating to the mosque for the sake of Allah.

In conclusion, Ustaz Bashir Hamman Adama’s message is a timely reminder of the importance of living a virtuous life and adhering to the teachings of Islam.

His counsel is an important call to action that emphasizes the need to prioritize obedience to Allah and the benefits that come with following His directives.

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Refrain From Reducing The Quantity Of Your Products – Khadi Abubakar Warns

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…..As Muslims Celebrate Eid-el Fitr 

By Sani Yarima 

An Islamic scholar in Taraba State, Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar (Rtd), has warned grain sellers against reducing the quantity of their products to enable them to enjoy Allah’s blessings in their businesses. 

He gave the warning in his Sallah message to the Muslim Ummah across the globe while speaking to journalists in Jalingo.

Khadi emphasized that Allah has provided punishment for such people, and urged businessmen and women to desist from such acts to avoid being punished by the Almighty Allah on the Day of Judgment. 

He also reminded Muslims to reflect on the lessons learned during the month of Ramadan and to always fear Allah in all their dealings and worship Him alone.

Khadi Abubakar reminded Muslims that Allah (SWA) will not accept any deed that is not done for His sake, and urged them to always do good things for the sake of Allah. 

He also called on the Muslim Ummah to repent and desist from sins, and to refrain from causing harm to leaders, as power comes from Allah. Instead, they should pray for them for Allah’s guidance.

Furthermore, Abubakar attributed the current hardship being experienced in the country to the evil deeds of the people and called on Nigerians to return to Allah and refrain from sins, as well as seek His mercy and forgiveness. 

He reiterated that Allah does not marginalize people and that it is prohibited for a leader to discriminate against a particular group based on religion or ethnicity.

Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar also emphasized that Allah gives power to whom He likes at the time He likes and that this power is temporary, and everyone will be accountable for their deeds in the hereafter. 

Finally, he called on well-to-do Nigerians to assist the less privileged in society to help reduce the current hardship.

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Chief Imam Of Jalingo Central Mosque, Dinga Preaches Tolerance, Obedience To Leaders

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….As Muslim Celebrate Eid-el Fitr 

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The Chief Imam of Jalingo Central Mosque, Ustaz Muhiddeen Muhammad Dinga, has advised Muslims not to deviate from the lessons of Ramadan.

Dinga gave this advice during the Congregational two-unit prayers for Eid-el Fitr, where he led thousands of worshippers. 

In his sermon, he read verses from the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and linked present-day realities to what he described as a deviation from the words of Allah. 

He called for a change in attitude for the betterment of society, urging followers to be more submissive and obedient to leaders and to avoid blaming leaders for everything.

Dinga also urged the Muslim Ummah to tolerate one another and assist those in need, both of which are part of the teachings of Ramadan. 

Imam Muhiddeen Muhammad Dinga urged leaders to fulfill their responsibilities as they would be accountable for their actions on the Day of Judgment. 

He reminded them that both scriptures instruct believers to take care of what Allah has entrusted to them.

Some worshippers at the Eid ground thanked Allah for a successful Ramadan and called for the lessons to be replicated in their daily lives.

The Taraba state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Alkali, congratulated the Muslim Ummah on the successful completion of Ramadan and called for the replication of the lessons learned during the month. 

He highlighted self-devotion, renewal of faith, and striving for spiritualization, seeking closeness to Allah through fasting, prayer, and acts of charity as some of the teachings of Ramadan.

Furthermore, he charged the Muslim Ummah across the state to reflect on the profound significance of the spiritual journey of peace, and the progress of Taraba state and Nigeria as a whole.

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