Muslims have been advised to uphold the holy Qur’an and to also give thanks to God Almighty always by seeking for the forgiveness of their sins.This was the advice of a Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Public Service Office, Alhaji Bashir Braimoh, who was a Guest lecturer at the Annual Eid-Ul-Adha, Get-Together of the Muslim Community of the Lagos State House of Assembly, which held on Wednesday .
Braimoh said that the gathering was meant to show gratitude to Allah for “creating us, making us Muslims and the joy inherent in practising Islam and upholding the holy Qur’an as our manual.”The lecturer added that to have witness Eid-ul-Adha was a blessing from Allah, adding that people should show gratitude to God Almighty always.
“We need to thank Allah for Him to know that we appreciate what he has done for us. We should not feel that it is our fasting and prayers that make us to be alive.”Those who believe know that it is not their fasting and prayers that kept them alive. should give thanks to God Almighty always,” he said.
Quoting copiously from the Quran, Braimoh advised that whoever knows how to thank Allah will always be blessed by God.He stressed that anyone that does not give thanks to God is owing a debt and that Allah honours those, who give thanks to Him.”Allah said if you thank me I will thank you. That you have eaten what you want to eat is enough for you to thank Allah. God is not a giver of free things.
“Thank God for what you want more and to avoid His punishment. You don’t have a choice about this. Allah expects you to thank Him in every area,” he stated.He added that one of the best ways to be blessed by Allah is to ask for forgiveness and that He is ready to forgive.According to him, whoever asks for forgiveness should forsake his sins to show that the person is nearer to Allah than any other person.
“Allah said He would not punish us as long as we have the Prophet (Muhammad) among us. He says He would not punish us so long as we seek forgiveness from Him. He told the Prophet that there are things he would give you if you ask for forgiveness. He said all He told them is to seek forgiveness from Him.
“If you thank Allah, you are seeking His blessing. He promised us Paradise on earth and in heaven. Glory be to God, the gracious. If you recite the Quran on Thanksgiving more than 100 times a day, you would be blessed. Praising God weighs more than anything in the world,” he said.
He stressed further that true worshipers of God should focus on heaven and not the things of this world, and enjoined Muslims to shun the allure of this world, saying that the Quran contains everything they needed in life.”If there is any book that can bring the dead back to life, make life better and get you to where you are going, it is the Quran,” he said.
The highpoint of the event was presentation of awards to the State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Chairman of the Assembly Muslim Community, Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo among others.
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