Elections: JNI sues for prayers , warns politicians against violence

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has called on the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to engage in ardent prayers to ensure a peaceful, hitchfree 2019 general elections, while urging politicians to eschew hate speeches and violence in their campaigns. 

JNI Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, who made the call on Tuesday in a statement made available to Blueprint, said that the election is crucial to the development of Nigeria, and there is need for prayers to ensure peaceful polls, considering the seemingly palpable fear and anxiety from some quarters and the dimension of politicking in the country.  

“Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, uses this medium to call on the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to engage in ardent prayers considering the fact that 2019 general elections is around the corner. 

“This call has become imperative bearing in mind that as Muslims, supplications to Allah, the Almighty, is the nucleus of worship, and there is nothing that is dearer to Allah than invocation, it is also the most honourable thing before Him, the Most High, and a surest way to attaining requests put before Him. Hence, Muslims are implored to frequently engage in du’a, especially for the seemingly palpable fear and anxiety from some quarters towards a resentful free 2019 general elections.

“To Muslims, Du’a is paramount at all circumstances of our lives, most especially in trying times like what we are witnessing daily in Nigeria today, as a result of political permutations resulting in grave uncertainties towards the forthcoming 2019 general elections, commencing in February. 

“The call for prayer has inexorably become necessary because nothing is as honourable before Allah as prayer. For whoever, to whom the door of prayer is opened, will have his prayers answered. 

“We reiterate our call on imams to return to special prayers in calamitous situations and trying times (Qunutun-Nawazil), as well as seeking Allah, the Most High for His compassion during and after the 2019 general elections, for peace and harmony. Muslims throughout the country are hereby urged to embrace more dhikr (remembrance of Allah), through glorification of Allah, Istighfar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness) and ceaseless du’a (prayers and invocations), for ease and relief.

“This call has become inevitable because prayers remain the most powerful instrument upon which we beseech Allah for His intervention in dealing with evil plotters, as well as Satan himself. Likewise, we call on all Muslim brethren to see it as a point of duty to always include the 2019 general elections in their respective daily supplications to Allah, for hitchfree general elections, not minding the provocative utterances of the political gladiators. 

“We nonetheless call on politicians to be mannered and avoid hate speeches as well as all violent tendencies, seeing that responsible conduct of campaign is a panacea in ushering responsible leadership.”

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