Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has reiterated the need for Muslims in the country to use the Ramadan fast period to offer prayers to Allah for the peaceful co-existence of the country, while also giving their minds and hearts to Islamic teachings by scholars during the period.
Governor Fayose in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said that the great Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, PBUH, described Ramadan fast as a shield against vices and noted that it was important for Muslims to assist the country with prayers during this period.
He said: “Fasting as one of the five pillars of Islam should not be just a period for abstaining from food and drink; the period should also be used to make greater sacrifice by praying fervently for the country.”
The governor called on Muslims in the country, especially those in Ekiti State, to open their minds to sermons by Islamic scholars during the period, saying “during this 30 days fasting period, the Holy Quran will be read, Hadith, actions and sayings of the Holy Prophet and Tesfir, sermons of knowledgeable scholars will be listened to. It is my plea to our Muslim brothers and sisters to open their hearts and minds to the Tesfir of the holy month of Ramadan and allow themselves to be guided by them.”
Governor Fayose congratulated Muslims in the country for seeing the beginning of the 30 days fast period and prayed that they would all see the end of the holy month.
“It is my prayer to the Almighty Allah, SWT, that all the supplications that will be made for our state and country during the fasting period will be acceptable to Allah,” he said.
Meanwhile, the presidential general, League of Imams and Alfas, South-West, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere has urged the Muslim faithful to pray fervently for God’s guidance for Nigeria’s political leaders in this holy month of Ramadan.
The Imam pleaded with them to maintain peaceful disposition with every Nigerian, irrespective of religious beliefs, race or ethnicity to foster peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
Alhaji Kewulere, who is also the Chief Imam of Ekiti State, appealed to Muslims to observe this holy month of Ramadan with all sense of discipline, restraint and reverence as ordered by Prophet Mohammed, Saw.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday by his personal assistant on Media and Legal Matters, Barr Tajudeen Ahmed, he said the holy month was the time for Muslims to rededicate themselves to the service of Allah and shun all acts that could bring calamity through their actions and inactions.

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