By: Ade Adeleke
The Paramount Ruler and Prescribed Authority, Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom in Ifedore local government area of ondo state, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede has appealed to Muslim brothers and sisters to sustain the lessons of Ramadan and replicate same in their daily lives for a better society.
While congratulating the faithful on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri Celebration, the Highly respected Monarch said the celebration, which marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, goes beyond merry making with one another, but a period of total submission to the will of Allah (SAW) as demonstrated during the fasting period.
In a Sallah message signed by Ayodeji Owolabi, his CPS, the Olowa felicitated the Muslims in Ondo State and Nigeria on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
The monarch stressed the importance of putting the lessons learned during Ramadan into practice beyond the season, and urged them to avoid acts forbidden by Islam after Ramadan.
Oba Agbede also urged to Muslims’ brothers and sisters to sustain the lessons of Ramadan and replicate same in their daily lives for a better society and in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
Oba Agbede said they should be guided by the spirit of total abstinence, keeping away from all vices and imbibing the teachings and pious lifestyles of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
While congratulating them on completing this spiritually significant month of sacrifice, the monarch urged them to imbibe the true virtues of Islam, which are grounded in love for our fellow man and living in peace with all our neighbours.
He said Ramadan was a period of prayer, thanksgiving, benevolence, forgiveness, spiritual training and self-examination.
The Igbara-Oke Royal father enjoined them to use this period to pray fervently for unhindered peace, progress and unity of our dear Sunshine State as the Gubernatorial election approaches, and for the grace to overcome the challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic that has ravaged the nations of the world.
He therefore charged all citizens to reflect on how to contribute meaningfully towards making Nigeria great and pray for greater strength and unity in our diversity.