It has been on record that Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq has being the first Son in the history of Ilorin Emirate to attend the annual Maolud Nabiyy celebration organised by Ilorin Emirate Decendant Progressive Union (IEDPU).
The annual Maolud Nabiyy usually Organised by the Kwara State Muslim Council under the headship of the Emir of Ilorin, (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari was ever attended by any sitting governor who are the indigene of Ilorin Emirate.
The 1443 A.H. Maolid Nabiyy was well attended by creme de la creme of the Muslim communities, cabinet members, Islamic scholars in and outside the state, religious organisations and school children graced the ceremony.
The Governor’s early arrival and patiently waited till the end of the programme and his active participation did not go unnoticed with the organisers commending his exemplary character especially on his time management and also as the first Ilorin-born incumbent governor to grace the event.
Speaking at the event on Tuesday, the Kwara state Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has enjoined Muslim faithful in the state to reflect on the messages and character of Prophet Muhammad, urged them to be their brothers’ keepers, saying that such will promote peace and sustainable development.
“As we mark the anniversary of this epoch, I appeal to everyone to reflect on the message of the prophet. Especially important are what Allah and history recorded of the excellent character of the noble prophet. Let us strive to walk in the shadows of the prophet,” the Governor told the gathering.
“If we do this, peace and sustainable development will envelope our world. This is because we will see and treat ourselves as brothers and avoid things that can tear us apart, subjugate or hurt one another under whatever guise.
“As an administration, we strive to be fair to every segment of the society in the belief that all of us are from Adam and Adam is from dust. We make no negative distinctions on the basis of faith or class. This is why our programmes executed with public funds are blind to political divides.”
AbdulRazaq, who congratulated the Muslim community, the Emir of Ilorin and the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) and entire people of Kwara State on the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, said history has always confirmed the prophet’s place as the greatest man to ever live and urged the faithful to take after him.
Chairman of the Kwara State Muslim Council and former Grand Khadi Justice Salihu Olohuntoyin Muhammed urged the Muslim ummah to sustain the good legacies left behind by the first Sarkin Malami of Ilorin by living in peace with adherents of other faiths.
In their seperate sermons, Mudiru Markaz Sheikh Habibulahi Adam and the National Missioner Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, Sheikh AbdulMumin Ayara called on adherents of both Islam and Christianity to embrace peace and tolerate one another, adding that neither prophet Muhammad nor Issa (Jesus) preached violence or disunity.
Sheikh Habibulahi identified love for materialism as an impediment to spiritual growth and good morals in our society, charging all clerics to tailor their sermons towards instilling religious discipline and acceptable conduct in their congregations.
“Our religious leaders have roles to play in promoting peace and religious tolerance. Let us celebrate diversity in unity and celebrate unity in diversity. Let us eschew materialism and go back to pristine belief in God. Our society is today marred with social vices because we condone materialism and lack morals. We need to retrace our steps,” he added.
No fewere than 77 Islami Schools in Ilorin metropolis actively participated in this year annual Maolud Nabiyy match pass.
The dignitaries at the event were the Emir of Ilorin, Mamartaba Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari (CFR), the Olupo of Ajase Ipo, Oba Ismail Yahaya Atoloye Alebiosu, Olomu of Omu Aran, Oba AbdulRaheem Adeoti, Mudirul Markaz Sheikh Habeebullah Adam el-ilory.
Others are Khalifatul-Adabiyah, Sheikh AbdulQodir Kamaldeen, Grand Khadi of Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice Ola Abdulkadir, Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Sheikh Suleiman Faruq Onikijipa, Professor Lanre Badmus, Chief Imam of Ilorin, Imam Soliu Bashir, Baloguns, Magajis, Alanguas and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria Dr. Ibitoye among others.