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And don’t get angry,it’s the Prophet’s birthday

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By Yakubu Musa

I often write a eulogy of Prophet’s Muhammad– peace be upon Him– on a day like this. This year will mark a departure. I am writing to pontificate on a reminder. In doing so, I’ll go with the most trending topic involving Muslim families, especially Nigeria.
We were recently shocked by the story of a jealous wife who allegedly stabbed her beloved husband to death. The story went viral on social media, with tongues set wagging everywhere. Both the pundits and the disciples chipped in with what they thought was the real cause of that heinous crime.

Yet only a few looked at the angle of anger management as the possible reason we are ending up with tragedies like that. Many commentators preferred the easy option of finding a scapegoat in drugs, Hausa Films (Media Effects Theories), and the general moral decadence in the society. I am not absolving anyone on the list.

But take a look at this beautiful saying of our beloved Prophet, Muhammad, PBUH, again, and the catastrophe of Maryam Sanda and many of us indulging in domestic violence and road rage, is diagnosed in a simple prescription.
“A man said to the Prophet, ‘Give me advice.’ The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, ‘Do not get angry.’ The man asked repeatedly and the Prophet answered each time, ‘Do not get angry,” reported Aba Hurairah

The above-quoted hadith is one of the most famous sayings of the Prophet. I can still remember that it was taught not only at Islamic schools those days, it was even part of Islamic Religious Knowledge lessons in our junior secondary schools then.

Then where are we producing these “children of anger from”?
Something is indeed amiss somewhere. My two cent is that just as we are yet to appreciate the full connotation of various teachings of the Quran, we take also fail to go beyond the superficialities on the takeaways from those hadiths.

For instance, this particular hadith is not saying one cannot get angry. It is advising us to control the anger. Emotional control is one of the best things that you learn in any course of emotional intelligence.
In another hadith, the Prophet says: “The powerful man is not the one who can wrestle, but the powerful man is the one who can control himself at the time of anger.” Controlling anger can be an indicator of the strength of one’s personality.

The fourth chaliph, Aliyu Ibn Abi Talib, Karramallahu Wajhahu, was said to have risked being killed in the battlefield when Ibn Abd Wood, after hitting the canvass, following a strike from Ali, spat on him (Ali). Ali was so angry but had to wait for the anger to subside before he continued with the duel. His reason was that he was not fighting a personal combat. That’s the ultimate example of emotional control.

If Ali could control his anger at a time when adrenaline was so high and the dangers of losing his life were unmistakable, why is it difficult for us to control our rage on matters that are even trivial? A Muslim has stabbed a Muslim because of that a football club thousands miles away in Europe has suffered an inconsequential defeat at the hands of another.
Whenever I ponder on the tremendous knowledge compressed in Imam Nawawi’s collection (40 Hadith of Al Nawawi) I keep telling myself that every course that I need to attend for personal effectiveness is there.

Al Nawawi’s collection is still in circulation. The only snag is the near absence of living by the dictate of its significant lessons by us.

Ibn Abbas was said to have shed tears when he recalled that the Muslims had made a costly error of not receiving what would have been the final admonishing of our Beloved Prophet, PBUH. I also cry that the calamity of the present Muslim is in the fact that they cannot even adhere to the teachings of merely 20 out of 40 great hadiths in Alnawawi collections.

Happy Maulud!

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Ganduje Donates N10 Million to EFCC, ICPC for Anti-Corruption Event

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The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has donated N10 million to the organizers of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes, ICPC, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN and other stakeholders organized the first National Anti-Corruption Marathon, in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, for his fight against corruption.

Announcing the donation when he received members of the main organizing committee in Abuja, Mr Ganduje promised that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission would collaborate with the organizers, as an official partner, to ensure success of the event.

He said his administration not only engaged in sensitizing the citizenry on the evils of corruption but also reorganized and strengthened its anti-corruption agency to offer optimal professional services.

“Before now, people find it difficult to access the services of the agency but we established offices across the 44 local government areas so that the services can be available to the common man”, the governor stressed.

“We also facilitated the recruitment of additional personnel and subjected them to training by professional agencies like EFCC and ICPC so that they can deliver.

“We also ensured cooperation with these agencies and that attracted international organizations to support us in reinforcing our anti-corruption system.”

The governor stated that as a result of the renewed professional and vigour of the state anti-corruption agency, highly placed individuals such as Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service and a commissioner were removed and prosecuted for involvement in corrupt practices.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Jacob Onu, told the governor that the organizers intend to “use the image and popularity of marathon races to create massive awareness and bring together all segments of the Nigerian population in support of Mr. President’s fight on corruption in all facets of national life”.

“This will strengthen unity among the citizens of this country and also satisfy the desire to exploit and harness the abundant talent in our youth for national integration,” Mr Onu said.

He added that the campaign was aimed raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and humanity in general.

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Buhari Approves New Salary Package for Police Officers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a new salary package for police personnel.

Mr Buhari also assured that his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with a view to restoring its lost primacy in the internal security framework of the country.

Mr Buhari said this during an audience in the State House, Abuja, with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force on a “Thank You” visit.

The visit followed his approval of Rank Salary Structure Adjustment, by which salary, allowances and pension of police officers will be increased.

Mr Buhari regretted that the inability of the police in their constitutional role as the frontline force in the prevention of crime had led to military involvement in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.

According to the president, “From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-south, people don’t feel secure until they see the military. I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.”

Mr Buhari observed that the more efficient the police is, the more confident the government and citizens will be.

According to him, “The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes. In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first-class intelligence to you on which to act.

“There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in–emergency in the North-east, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country. I congratulate you on the success you recorded against criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms. We are expecting more from you,” the president told the team.

A Commissioner in the Nigeria Police Service Commission, Clara Ogunbiyi, a retired judge, who represented the chairman, Musiliu Smith, had informed the President that the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment would enhance police welfare and morale.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also assured that the police would redouble efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections throughout the country next year.

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Eid-El Maulud: FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has declared Tuesday as public holiday to mark the Eid-el Maulud.

The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), made the declaration on Friday in Abuja in a statement by Dr. Mohammed Umar, Permanent Secretary of the ministry.

Dambazau called on Muslim faithful to align themselves with the Prophet’s teachings which border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others.

He also called on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country.

Dambazau assured that the Federal Government remained committed to the unity of the country, and as such, would put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that forthcoming general elections were credible, free and fair.

He wishes all Nigerians a joyous and peaceful Eid-el Maulud.

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