Denying El-Zakzaky, wife freedom 4 years after, Buhari’s worst violation – IMN

January 16, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has condemned federal government’s failure to release its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat four years after both were granted freedom by a Federal High Court in Abuja. IMN in a press statement signed by Chairman of its Resource Forum, Prof. Abdullahi Danladi, Saturday, noted that federal government’s inability to heed to Justice Gabriel Read More

The Farewell Hajj: Discussing Human Rights – II

January 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

  ContinuedTodays civilization, more accurately the shockingly materialistic modern civilisation, propagates its own set of principles regarding human rights. It is a fact that these rights are weak, deficient and geared only towards greed, even at the expense of religion and morals. Moreover, these rights are not underpinned by faith, nor is there any belief behind them that would revive Read More

OPERATIONALISING THE QURAN WITHOUT ISLAMIC STATE (I)

January 14, 2021 Barr. Mutiu Olaleke Agboke 0

IntroductionQ33:36General Definitions & IllustrationsOperationalising the Quran without Islamic state is a conscious effort by Muslims to live by the Quran in its essence and application covering both the mundane and spiritual aspects of their lives without the existence of any government established based of sharia law. In other words, it is a deliberate determination to live by, with and for Read More

Religious freedom: Nigeria under Buhari rated most tolerant nation globally

January 14, 2021 Editor 0

No country in the world enjoys religious tolerance, freedom of speech and political association as much as Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has said.  The centre, in a strategic report on the state of the nation, on Thursday, ranked Nigeria as the most tolerant amongst other nations across the world.  In the report Read More

Pictures: Buhari receives NCPC delegation inside state house

January 14, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday afternoon, received in audience a delegation from the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), led by Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, at the Council Chambers, the State House, Abuja. The delegation however briefed the President on efforts so far in their various activities.

The farewell Hajj: Discussing human rights I

January 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

On his last (farewell) Hajj, a year before his death, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam delivered a beautiful, poignant Khutbah (sermon). The principles and ideals mentioned in the Khutbah were not empty slogans but the same principles that he had propagated from the dawn of Islam, when he was vulnerable, oppressed and with few followers. These principles never changed Read More

The story of Prophet Solomon in the Quran

January 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Muslims believe that the Prophets of Allah (God) were gifted with the special grace of being called by Allah to deliver a message to His people, but they were, nonetheless, men.The message they delivered was free from error, but their lives often showed many of the mistakes which ordinary people make.King Solomon (peace be upon him) is just such a man. His life shows Read More

Kukah’s Christmas homily irresponsible, poisoned arrow against Islam, Muslims – JNI

January 6, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has described the 2020 Christmas homily of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, as irresponsible, condemnable, inciting and a poisoned arrow targeted at Islam and Nigerian Muslims.  JNI, in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, on Wednesday said that the homily, rather than be laden with message of hope, Read More

In 2021, God ‘ll expose Boko Haram sponsors – Clergymen deliver prophecies

January 5, 2021 Editor 0

The sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements in the country will be exposed this year, some renowned clergymen have revealed.  This was part of the 21 prophetic declarations by the National Interfaith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) at the opening ceremony of its 21 days prayers, fasting and intercessory programme for Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari on Read More

2021: Group commences 21 days inter-faith prayers for Nigeria, Buhari

January 5, 2021 Editor 0

The National Interfaith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) has commenced a 21 days prayer and fasting session against agents of destabilisation and improved security in Nigeria.  The session which is also aimed at ensuring the success of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration kicked off at the Unity Fountain, Abuja with over 500 clerics in attendance.  The Grand Patron of Read More

Crossover: National Inter-Faith organisation declares 21 days prayers for Nigeria

January 1, 2021 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisation for Peace (NIFROP) has declared 21-day intercessory prayers for Nigeria to usher in the new year.  The inter-faith group, in a statement signed by its grand patron, Archbishop Julius Ediwe, Thursday, said the spiritual exercise is themed, ” 2021: Our Year of Overcoming Agents of Destabilization, Coup Plotters and Blood Sucking Demons working against President Muhammadu Read More

State of the nation: Vilifying Kukah for speaking truth to power wrong – Muslim Professionals

December 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A coalition of Nigerian Muslim professionals has condemned attacks trailing Bishop Matthew Kukah following his Christmas Day Message, where he allegedly berated the state of the nation, warning that unless leaders sit up, Nigeria was heading towards a failed state. The revered Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Archdiocese was also quoted as accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of piloting Nigeria into darkness Read More

Northern coalition hits Kukah over comment against Buhari

December 28, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has berated Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese for his Christmas sermon, describing it as instigation to coup, genocide against Northern Muslims, noting that it is immoral and unacceptable.  A statement signed by CNG Spokesman, AbdulAzeez Suleiman, Monday, said “with utmost concern, CNG notes the latest attempt by a Reverend Father Mathew Hassan Kukah Read More

Christmas: Northern Christians wash hands off Kukah’s statements on Buhari’s administration

December 27, 2020 Editor 0

The Northern Christians Forum of Nigeria (NCFN) has distanced itself from statements credited to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.  The group, in a statement signed by its President, Rev. Dr. Josiah Nabut, on Sunday in Barnawa, Kaduna state warned Kukah to avoid using the pulpit for political gains.   According to the Northern Read More

Christmas calls for spiritual, physical celebrations – Catholic prelate

December 24, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has described Christmas as celebration of love that requires spiritual and material resources to be complete. Ezeokafor, who disclosed this in a media chat, Thursday, said spiritual aspect of the festivity was for one to reconcile with God, while the physical aspect calls for reconciliation with neigbours.He said, “It is Read More

Oppression and scheming and the expedited punishment (II)

December 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Jews as well devised wicked schemes against the Prophet and attempted to assassinate him. They colluded with the polytheists against him several times, as it is well known. As a result, he killed some of them and evicted others. He was granted triumph over them, and his message was propagated to all people. As the Last Hour approaches, Allah, The Exalted, Read More

Copycats: Can a Muslim partake in celebrating Christmas?

December 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Q. Is the imitation of non-Muslims categorically prohibited in Islam? If so, wouldnt that make the wearing of suites, trousers, shirts and ties impermissible? And given the current political climate, can or should Muslims partake in their religious festivities and celebrations?A. The basis for such a viewpoint is taken from the Prophets statement: Whoever imitates a people is from them (man tashabbahu bi qawmin Read More

Christmas: 300 Muslims, Christians, others benefit as Catholic Bishop share gifts to vulnerable

December 23, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

In the spirit of Yuletide, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Wednesday, gifted over 200 bags of rice, cash, cartons of noodles, biscuits, fruits and other items to over 300 vulnerable persons from across religious and ethnic groups. Ezeokafor, while delivering the items at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Awka, enjoined the affluent in the society to extend Read More

Sokoto commissioners head Qur’anic schools’ old boys’ associations

December 21, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Sokoto state government has inaugurated old boys associations for Qur’anic schools across the state, with serving commissioners as heads in their various alma mater. A statement from Government House Sokoto Sunday listed the commissioners to  include  that of  basic and secondary education; Alhaji Bello Abubakar Guiwa who is the chairman, Ma’ahad Malam Faruku Quar’anic School Old Boys;  animals and fisheries development; Prof Read More

COVID 19: What are the limits to virtual Islam?

December 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In 2020, more of life went online than ever before, including religious activities. Prayers and lectures were streamed over platforms like Zoom, and Ramadan virtual iftars became commonplace.Will this become the ‘new normal’, as believers accept the shift to a virtual religious life amid COVID-19, possible future pandemics, and looming challenges like climate change, which may affect the very way Read More

Oppression and scheming and the expedited punishment (I)

December 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In the name of Allah, praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah his family and Companions, and those who follow him.The divine norms of Allah, The Exalted, have no scope for favoritism or flattery; He Says (what means):(And you will not find in the way of Allah any change.) [Quran 33:62] (And you will never Read More

Cleric ‘uncovers’ plot to ‘undermine Buhari’s govt’

December 17, 2020 Editor 0

Foremost Islamic cleric Sheik Abdullahi Isah has alleged grand plan to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration by some politicians across the country. Isah stated this at a media parley with select journalists in Minna, Niger state capital on the state of the nation, and the efforts of President Buhari in addressing the myriads of challenges in the country. “The bulk Read More

Buhari’s refusal to rejig security mysterious -Interfaith group

December 16, 2020 Paul Okah 0

  An interfaith group, under the aegis of National Coalition of Interfaith Group of Nigeria (NCIGN), has decried the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the nation’s security architecture over the growing insecurity in the country. In a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja Wednesday, which was signed by its National Coordinator, Sheikh Mohammed Ibrahim and Co-Coordinator, Bishop John Adebayo, Read More

Group holds national prayer for safe return of Katsina students

December 15, 2020 Editor 0

The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP), on Tuesday, held a one-day national prayer session for the safe return of abducted Katsina students and the leadership of the armed forces of Nigeria.  According to the group, the best way to get the nation out of the clutches of agents of darkness hell-bent on bringing sorrows, tears and blood to Read More