By Abdulbasit Abdusalam, Lagos
Tertiary institutions are the abode of the future game changers, therefore when students brainstorm, there is tendency for a brighter future.
On Saturday, the Council of Higher Institution (COHI), an organ of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit organized a Campus Interactive Forum where Muslim students in various tertiary institutions in Lagos State met to find a headway to the unprecedented gap amidst the Muslim ummah.
The programme was themed: ‘Bridging The Gap’.
“The Objective of the COHI is to have one uniform brotherhood among all institutions and we are beginning to see it manifest,” said Mr. Abdulkabeer Kuye, a representative of the Amir of the MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa.
He also emphasised on discipline in students’ life and time consciousness, saying they are part of the tools that showed the true essence of who a Muslim is.
Speaking at the event, the Amir of The Companion, Imam Nojeem Jimoh, called for unity, awakening the quest for unity.
He said, “Unity is a commandment of Allah and that made it very important and germane.”
The second discussant, a prolific author and a deputy director at Voice of Nigeria, Ustaadh Abdurrazaq Abdussalam, challenged the students to watch out for what causes disputes.
“Ideology and attachments to personality spur disputation.
“Anger against a brother is felt in the flesh not in the bone, don’t let it get to the marrow, leave it in the flesh so that it could quickly heal,” he added.
He urged the students to seek for composite knowledge of the religion, patience and invite people only with wisdom.
He concluded that they should be agents of unity not disunity.
Representing the honourable commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef is a lecturer in Lagos State Polytechnic, Dr. Nurudeen Olaleye.
He advised the students to reduce their diverging tendencies, adding “unity makes us stronger”.
And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).
Qur’an 8 verse 46.