Islamic Cleric Harps On Moral Rebirth For Societal Reformation
The rector of the newly established Federal Polytechnic, Ayede, Ogbomoso in Oyo State, Dr Taofeeq Abdulhameed has identified moral rebirth as essential for societal reformation.
He stated this at an annual Ramadan Lecture/ Appeal Fund for the School Mosque organised by Muslim Old Students Association, Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Ibadan held at the school hall.
Dr Abdulhameed who until his new appointment was the Chief Imam, Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, said every individual has a role to play in reforming the society through good moral conduct which is the foundation of everlasting reformation.
“Societal reformation starts with you and I. It starts with each individual. Except we reform ourselves morally, the society will be in chaos”.
“To achieve this, there is no need for everybody to be craving for material things all the times. Excessive craving for material things would lead to corruption. We should try as much as possible to emphasize on morals.”
“Where morality is the order of the day, there will be discipline and there will be consideration for others unlike being selfish. Today most of us are self-centered in our daily activities, in everything we do, we considered ourselves first. There is nothing bad in considering oneself first but should not be at the detriment of others”.
Dr Abdulhameed urged Nigerians to appreciate Allah, make firm their belief and control their innate desires as well as greediness for the betterment of the society.
Chairman on the occasion, former Secretary to Oyo State government, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Olajide represented by Chief Gbade Oyepeju advised youths, especially students to make contentment and uprightness their watchwords for better future.
“As Muslim students, they should not be found wanting in all ramifications of life. They should not join bad gangs like Yahoo boys. Let them use good characters to preach Islam to others.”
In a keynote address, Chairman, Old Students Association, Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan Branch, Alhaji Kola Animasahun pointed out that the lecture was a means of guidance to the upcoming generation, urging parents to spread the message to their children.
Earlier, the Amir, Muslim Old Students Association, Lagelu Grammar School, Branch, Dr Ibraheem AbdHameed said the lecture was put in place in a bid to see how the society could be better from its current troubled state.
The theme of the lecture is “Societal Reformation: My role as a Muslim”.