OSUN State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has called on Muslims to embrace patience as a way of life.
Aregbesola, in a statement by his Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said this as he felicitated with the Muslim Ummah on a new Hijrah year 1438 AH.
The governor said as Muslims enter a new year, they must not only celebrate alone but strive, as part of what Allah commands, to internalise the lessons of the essence of the Hijrah as exemplified by uncommon patience and endurance by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the face of hardship.
Aregbesola noted that the occasion is a vivid reminder of what Hijrah represents in the lives of Muslims, saying Prophet Muhammad (SAW) emigrated from Makkah to Madinah in 622 A. D. after the people of Makkah stressed his patience beyond its limit.
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared today as public holiday to mark the Islamic New Year, 1438 AH.
He made the declaration yesterday at the 1438 Hijrah Grand Rally organised by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), in Ibadan.
October 3 is the lunar month of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar.
Ajimobi said Hijrah was another opportunity for Muslims worldwide to reflect on their past and channel a new way of life.
He enjoined Muslims to exhibit good character towards their neighbours, saying it’s the only way their prayers could be answered by God.