The leading Islamic organisation, Nasrul-lahi-li Fathi Society of Nigeria, NASFAT has called on Muslim elites in Nigeria to exhibit the right virtues that can enhance propagation of Islamic faith.
This was part of the submissions at a virtual symposium organised by NASFAT to celebrate 70th birthday of her founding father, Dr. Abdul Lateef Wale Olasupo.
NASFAT President, Alhaji Niyi Yusuf said the event put together to honour Dr. Olasupo is to reinstate the group’s commitment to education, enlightenment to awaken the elites among Muslims.
According to him, the solid foundation laid by the celebrant for NASFAT since inception should be worthy of emulation by today’s Muslim elites.
He said the topic of the symposium, “Awaking the Elites for Islamic Evangelism” is to gear up the Muslim elites to prove the right leadership for current generation to practice Islam and spread the message.
Yusuf noted that the event is beyond honouring Dr. Olasupo because, it’s about celebration of unity and Islamic propagation which NASFAT has demonstrated in the last 25 years.
He explained that people build institutions to achieve different purposes but, Dr. Olasupo built NASFAT, Fountain University Oshogbo as well as other institutions to uplift lives of Muslims.
Yusuf noted that NASFAT is therefore, celebrating Dr. Olasupo because the reward for ‘goods is good’.
The chairman of the occasion, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mallam Yusuf Ali said the life of the celebrant represents Islam which he urged other muslims to follow.
He said the situation of Islam today has made it mandatory for muslims to stand for all that is noble.
Ali explained that the level of moral decadence in the society is a wake up call for Muslims to build morality as standard for bearers of Islam.
He said, “We should make Islam a cornerstone in all our actions”.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board JAMB, Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede described the occasion as a celebration of God’s pleasure on the life and works of Dr Olasupo.
This he said is because some people also contribute to Islam which are not noticed or being blessed as much as that of Dr Olasupo.
Presenting the celebrant, Alhaji Mogaji Remi Babalola acknowledged the immense contributions of the celebrant to establishment of NASFAT which has brought Nasfat family all over the world to the public to a lecture to celebrate him as a humble servant of Allah, the pioneer President and BOT chairman of great society.
Mogaji stated that his citation is not how or where he was born but the impact made out of his life by the wish of Allah.
He said, sometimes 25 years ago Allah chose him to play a pivotal role and be the rallying point in the formation of Nasfat.
“From your sitting room in Dopemu to Lagos State Old Secretariat Mosque to current State Secretariat Mosque in Alausa, Nasfat became a magnet that attracts Muslim at all levels to listen to the word of Allah, to praise Allah and fellowship together every Sunday.”
“Nasfat changed the face of dawah “evangelism” and Islamic renaissance among muslim elites starting in Lagos and spreading across the globe. Today to the glory of God, the coming together of about seven families in a simple sitting room has turned to over 360 branches across the globe with thousands of faithful.
Although the formative years were challenging yet interesting. But what stood you out were your sincerity of purpose, stirling leadership quality, unquestionable dedication, unquantifiable sacrifice of your limited resources, time and energy.”
Nasfat made us to be proud that we are Muslims,to this we thank Allah for the honour He gave you to play this embryonic role. A humble man of peace who will attend Nasfat program and will neither want to be seen nor be ascribed as the founder of Nasfat.”
This unique disposition to life has not only serve as inspiration to many but has also left an indelible mark on the sand of time.”
Representative of the Lagos State Government, the honorable commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Lanre Elegushi expressed appreciation to NASFAT recognition of her founding father with such an impactful event to challenge the elites.
He said no society can develop if the elites fail to provide right example and leadership.
Elegushi charge other Islamic organisations to emulate NASFAT, key into various activities of the State government by aligning their activities with goals and aspirations of the authority for a better society.
The chief missioner and the spiritual leader of NASFAT , Imam Maruf Abdul Aziz Onike prayed to Allah to spare the life of the celebrant for success in this world and the hereafter.
The event witnessed lectures delivered by Dr. Abdul Lateef Abdul Akeem and Prof. Afis Oladosu, panel discussion with the Chairman and CEO, National Hajj Commission NAHCON Barr. Zikrullah Hassan, Alhaji Saheed Timehi and Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede as well as goodwill messages from dignitaries.