The Chief Imam of the University of Lagos, Professor Ismail Musa, has enjoined Muslim clerics and preachers to focus their sermons on reforming the practice of Islam.
Musa who doubles as the Head of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Lagos, made this disclosure while delivering a lecture at the 30th Ramadan lecture organised by the Muslim Community of the University of Ibadan on Saturday.
The event was attended by Barrister Ahmed Raji (SAN), who was represented by Hon. Saheed Alaran, Executive Secretary of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Dr. Rahman Adeniran Tella, wife of former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Professor Hamdalat Olaniyan, Mrs. Romoke Ayinde, and Chief Imam, University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede.
Musa, who lamented that Muslims are currently lagging in the areas of education, research and technology, enjoined the clerics to focus on how to address the deplorable condition of Muslims, especially in the areas of education and research.
He said Muslims should not just sit down and lament the problem confronting them, and insisted that they should take individual and collective actions to address the issue of illiteracy and poverty among them.
He added that it is important to create awareness about integrated early childhood education to address the problem of out-of-school children in the country.
He said, “Our sermons and mass education programmes should focus on reforming the practice of Islam, we should emphasise, in addition reforming our deplorable condition, especially in education and research endeavours.
“As a long-term measure, it is crucial that awareness is generated about integrated early childhood education.
“The lecture is a wake up call for the entire Muslim community that the resources God has domiciled in the Quran and Hadith have not been making use of them, so the lecture called our attention to the need to utilise the resources, because the purpose of giving us those resources is for us to achieve excellence in all aspects of life.
“So, we should not just sit down and start lamenting, we have to take individual and collective actions to ensure that Muslim community that Allah says it is single, we have to make it single.
“Development is a product of quality of education and research, we have large population of Muslims here and there but that population is not bringing out the dividends that should accrue to such a population.
“So, we are saying that we should focus on education, quality education, and we should focus on research, research that will be beneficial, not research that will have side effects.
“We in this part of the world are in dire need of development, we are in dire need of development, we are backward scientifically and technologically. The intellect that God has given us is the same intellect God has given to people in developed world, it is because we have refused to use our own”.