Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed, has enjoined Muslim ummah in the state to emulate prophet Muhammad by making sacrifices for the benefit of less privileged members of the society as they celebrate this year’s Eid-El fitr.
The governor in his sallah message to muslims yesterday urged the well to do citizens to be helpful to the poor and always give charity in order to alleviate poverty in the land.
He advised the muslims faithful to use the celebration to reflect on their past activities so that they may take corrective measures towards improving their relationship with their creator.
According to him, Eid-El fitr celebration marks the end end of the mandatory fasting which entailed abstinence from some of the most basic human needs such as eating, drinking and pleasure of the flesh during the day.
” Fasting strengthens our faith in the Almighty Allah and purifies our souls and guides our utterances and conduct, muslims believe that Ramadan teaches self discipline, self control, sacrifice and empathy with those who are the less privileged thus encouraging actions of generosity and clarity.
” It is my hope that we will continue to be responsible in both our utterances and conduct even after the Ramadan period, as believers, we should be guided by the teachings of Ramadan in our day to day dealings with our brothers and sisters and extend hands of fellowship to adherents of other faith.
He also called on them to consider the occasion a period to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, love, generosity and respect for one another.
Governor Bala Mohammed said the state government on its part, is committed to maintaining peaceful and harmonious coexistence amongst the various interest groups in the state and therefore appealed for tolerance and accommodation by the different ethnic, religious and political groups.
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Governor Bala used the opportunity to call on all motorists to observe traffic regulations so as to reduce accidents on highways throughout the period of the celebration.