An Islamic Scholar, Dr Daud Amoo (Alaga), has called on Muslims not to deny themselves of some basic needs that would make life conducive for them on the grounds of being pious.
Amoo, who is the Chief Missioner, Forum for Comparative Sermons, Ibadan, gave the advice at an annual Maolud Nabbiy Lecture organised by the Spiritual Household of Maolana Shykh Sa’ad in Ogbomoso on Sunday.
The lecture was organised in collaboration with Muassasat Nasrul-ilm Wa Dawat Foundation with the topic: “Balancing the Spiritual and Material Aspects of Life in Present Day Nigeria”.
The scholar said that Islam does not forbid Muslims from acquiring wealth and seeking western education, but such must be done legitimately with fear of Allah and not through ungodly means.
He said that some Muslims denied themselves of some basic needs of life, while others worn torn or dirty clothes on ground of being pious, thereby, portraying religion in bad manner.
Amoo said that Islamic practice has laid down rules and regulations as contained in the Holy Quran and Hadith, which he said must be practiced accordingly and not the way he or she want.
“Islam is about life fulfillment and not for life denial. Islam does not teach us not to strive for life and appear dirty in the society; dressing neatly is part of the teachings of Islam,” he said.
The scholar urged Muslims to fear Allah, worship Him accordingly and constantly prayed for Allah’s guidance and protection in other to overcome any challenges in life.
Amoo advised the politicians not to embezzle public funds and remember that they would account for their deeds on the day of judgment.
In his lecture, Prof. Abioudun Aibinu, the Vice-Chancellor of Summit University, Offa, called on Muslims and Nigerians in general, to adopt lifestyle that would assist their livelihood in other to avoid midlife crisis.
Aibinu said that people must refrain from lifestyles that would have negative repercussions on them as they grow old, urging them to share their feelings with trusted individuals for prompt assistant.
The vice-chancellor further urged Nigerians to always upgrade their skills and knowledge to meet the present day life in order not to be left behind and lost out in the labour market.
He, also called on Nigerians to always extend hands of assistance to their family members in need, no matter how small it might be.
Earlier, Alhaji Ibrahim Adigun, National President, Muassasat Nasrul-ilm Wa Dawat Foundation, said that the celebration was to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammed and teach people about his lifetime and legacy.
Adigun said that the Prophet lived a perfect way of life that must be emulated by Muslims.
He said the group has been organising the celebration annually for decades, adding that it has grew from its initial arrangement.
Also, Mr Saheed Olarewaju, the Chairman, Planning Committee for Youths programme, said that inclusion of workshop for youths in the celebration was to inculcate good moral and uprightness in them and build them for future challenges.
Olarewaju said that majority of youths in the society nowadays lacked morality and dignity of labour and could do anything to get rich by all means.
“We want to mold this set of youths and give them the kind of mindset that would enable them to behave positively with good moral and be God fearing in their endeavour,” he said. NAN