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Communal Clash: Southwest Muslim Leaders Visit Ile – Ife

Dr Sakariyahu Babalola Addressing the Congregation


Sodiq Lawal

The leadership of the Muslims Umuah Southwest, Nigeria on Friday visited Ile- Ife to condole with the people of the ancient city and engage religious leaders on  how to sustain existing peace in Ife land.

Muslims leaders were led  by the  Southwest Deputy President  General  Muslims umuah,  Dr  Sakariyau  Babalola, Professor D. Nahibi, Pofessor K. Olosho among others.

Babalola and other top Muslims leaders arrived on Friday afternoon and observed the Jumat service at the city central mosque and  held brief discussion with Ile – Ife Muslim community

Addressing the congregation during the Jumat services,  Babalola described the last month crisis as unfortunate and bad omen for Osun State and Nigeria at large.

He said Muslim leaders after several consultations decided to visit the city and engage the stakeholders especial Muslims within the two tribes, Hausa and Yoruba on the need to maintain peace and sustain already existing harmonious relationship.

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Babalola explained that Islam as a religion forbids shielding human blood for whatever reason adding that the most rewarding conducts is to tolerate, accommodate and provide needs for neighbours, no matter colour or tribe differences.

He said according to Prophet Muhammed, “ who believes in Allah and the day of resurrection, should honour his neighbour, if he asks you for something, give it to him; if he needs your help, help him; if he asks for a loan, lend it to him; if he invites you, accept his invitation; if he is sick, visit him; if he dies, follow his bier; if some problem befalls him, comfort him. Do not trouble him with the smell of your cooking, unless you send some of it to him; do not raise your house above his, which may obstruct his ventilation, except by his permission”.

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He urged the Muslims to adopt from the narration he made.

The Chief imam of Ife land, Shaykh Abdul Samii Abdul Hamid commended the Muslim leaders for their visit and appealed for continuous harmonious relationship between Yoruba and Hausa.