Prof. Biliaminu Ayinde, the Chief Imam, University of Benin (UniBen) Central Mosque, has admonished Muslims to leave behind legacies that would be a good reference point.
Ayinde gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on the lessons of Eld-el-Kabir festival celebration.
He said the legacy of Prophet Ibrahim still lingers after many years because of his demonstrated faith and submission to the will of Allah.
“The legacy lingers forever because of his faith in Allah, his submissiveness and obedience. What legacy do you want to leave behind?
“Wherever we are, let’s try and leave good legacy behind, either as students, civil servants, politicians or traders, among others,” he said.
The Islamic leader also preached complete obedience of children to their parents like it was played out between Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ismail.
He called on the faithful to be good representatives of Islam in their callings.
On the spiritual sacrifice of animal for the festival, the clergy cautioned Muslims from seeking unlawful means to slaughter ram.
Allah, he said, had not overburdened anybody and that the spiritual rite was only for the privileged.
He, however, urged those with the means to slaughter healthy animals, saying it is forbidden to kill deformed animal for the spirituality.
Besides, the Imam admonished Muslims to increase their supplications to the Almighty during the festival and use the period to pray for the security and unity of Nigeria. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)