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Pray for peace, progress, Islamic scholar urges Muslims

01 October 2013, 14:38

Abuja - An Islamic scholar, Alhaji Mustapha Agbarere, on Tuesday urged Muslims to use the nation's 53th independence anniversary celebration to pray for peace and economic prosperity in the country.

Agbarere gave the advice in Abuja at the special prayers and Qu'ran recitation organised by Dairat Jafariyat Fitorikat Tijaniyat Islamic Organisation.

"Government alone, without the support of the citizens, cannot build a society where everyone is free and safe without fear of any form of violence.

"We must come together in unity and pray to ensure a secure and progressive nation,'' the scholar said.

He appealed to citizens not to relent in their prayers and to continue to strive to build a vibrant nation that would be the pride of all.

Agbarere, who urged people to be agents and promoters of peace, said one of the teachings of Islam was peace.

"Muslims must live in accordance with the teaching," he said, adding that if there was no peace, there would be no progress in the country.

"Islam prohibits disgrace, shedding of human blood and deprivation of people's rights," he said.

He urged religious leaders to inculcate moral values in children in order to rid the country of violence and terrorism.


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