Muslim faithful, under the auspices of Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya (JAA), on Saturday converged in Abuja to marks the 2nd Nigeria World Maulud Anniversary in honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the anniversary drew thousand followers of JAA, who gathered at the Old Parade Ground.
Addressing the adherent of the movement, International Secretary General of the JAA from Senegal, Sheikh Muhammad Niass, said the celebration was to preach the virtues of the Prophet as a solution to current challenges facing humanity.
He said the birth of Prophet Mohammed and his rise to prophethood have altered the course of human history.
“Like his brother prophets and messengers, the Prophet Muhammad epitomised the best of character.
“He heralded the sort of sociopolitical transformations never seen in history and upset oppressive regimes as he campaigned to restore human dignity and man’s relationship with Allah.
“On this occasion of the Prophet’s birth anniversary, I urged all Muslims to imbibe the noble Prophet Muhammad; a man who brought a message of peace, piety, truth, unity and universal brotherhood.
“We must emulate the prophet’s character of love, kindness, compassion, leniency, brotherhood and tolerance towards one another,” he said.
President-General of the JAA in Nigeria and Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, advised muslims to contribute their quota to build a community united by belief and love of Allah.
The monarch also urged Muslims to accommodate their differences and embrace collective efforts to make life worth living for fellow human beings.
The Maulid was attended by scholars from different parts of the world and singers from Sudan, Senegal and Nigeria sang in praise of the Prophet.
The Maulid was concluded with the recitation of the Qur’an and prayers for peace, security and unity of Nigeria.
A special prayer was also conducted for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successful second term.