TGIC (SEASON 2) QUIZ SHOW–CALL FOR ENTRIES

This Is A Great Chance For Nigerian Youths To Showcase Their Excellence!

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TGIC (SEASON 2) QUIZ SHOW–CALL FOR ENTRIES

Name of Competition: TGIC QUIZ SHOW–Thank God It’s Centenary Quiz Show

Theme: I Know My Country

Slogan: I am Nigeria, Nigeria is Me

Vision: To broaden the minds of Nigerians through knowledge of our history as a spring board for our future growth and understanding of our present  

Mission: To educate Nigerians about the history of the country as a means of promoting our unity. 

Background: In light of the celebration of the 100 years amalgamation of Nigeria (1914-2014), TGIC Quiz Show is the 2nd Season of the TGIC Competition that had been going online. It intends to provide edutainment to Nigerians between the ages of 18-39. The Quiz show is an integral part of the Social media platform of the Nigeria Centenary Celebration.

The TGIC Competition Season 2 is in two stages/categories

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EPISTLE TO ZUCKERBERG

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SUGGESTION ON BEHALF OF ALL FACEBOOKERS.

Hello Mr Zuckerberg;

This is probably the umpteenth time you would come across this proposition … thus, I am only attempting to reinforce it. I will be as succinct as possible in sharing my thoughts.

We have witnessed various modifications on this network … some improvements, others, not so much. I do not know how many of them were done with the consideration of the opinions of Facebookers, but I sure know there is no “open” suggestion/complaint page or
opinion poll anywhere on the site.

Without further ado, I have two major suggestions;

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One is that an ‘unlike’ button should be introduced on Facebook. Many a time, one
would wish to express dissatisfaction at a post and what better & quicker way to do
that than with a “dislike”, “unlike” or “hate” button?

The current lack of it may be as a result of the fear of been accused of mimicking other social networks such as Youtube.
However, it would be of immense benefit to all, if this simple feature is introduced.

Secondly, I also want to implore the administrators of Facebook to consider allowing Facebook users the privilege of
being able to view whoever visits their wall.

It is common to see numerous viral apps claiming to have this “blessing” only for you click on them and be utterly disappointed.
I think it is hightime Facebook itself initiated this idea. It would cost little but it’s effects, I assert, will be pleasing.
Not only would this make surfing through the site more fun, it would increase the
bond between friends and promote the basic goals for the establishment of Facebook.

Thanks, as we all anticipate the
implementation of the afore-mentioned
proposals.

Signed: Adekunle F Adebajo.

HISTORY OF YOUTHSPRING MOVEMENT

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HISTORY

YouthSpring movement started as a Facebook group, by the name, ‘Community of World Youth Leaders’ {COWYL}, at exactly 29th day of August, 2011. This group still exists with the URL address being http://www.facebook.com/groups/cowyl. Consequential to various suggestions and encouragements, most especially from individuals such as Mr Dare Dairo, Mr Okwong D. Okon and Miss Opeyemi Elizabeth, the administrator of the group decided to initiate it to enable her members hold meetings and discuss how to contribute positively to their environment.

Hence, on the 12th day of November, 2011, the inauguration ceremony was held at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar school, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state. At this event, the initiator, Mr Adebajo Adekunle, discussed the aims and objectives, mission and vision, as well as the intended modus operandi of the inchoate group. Also, professional public speaker, Ife Onaduja, gave a motivational speech titled ‘the dream diagram’, in which he explained the importance of the ‘dream nucleus’, ‘dream powerhouse’, and ‘dream wall’. Election of position fillers was conducted thereafter, which resulted in Ohacho Cystus and Ololade Otukoya getting fixed for the offices of Public Relations Officer and General Secretary respectively. Close to the termination of the programme, Mr Adekoya Emmanuel O., a pedagogue at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar school and mentor of the association, delivered a speech, advising the members to be committed to the purpose of the group, saying a few dedicated members far outweigh a large number of non-challant ones. Immediately after this, merriments followed and of course, the taking of snapshots.

In attendance at the ceremony were;

  1. Adebajo Adekunle  Fisayo  08094175018
  2. Ife Onaduja  08153266073
  3. Ohacho Cystus Kenny  08037684461
  4. Ufford Christian Francis  08053043924
  5. Otukoya Ololade Moridiyat  08093741198
  6. Ashir Zainab Opeyemi  07053206615
  7. Antonio John  08101799125
  8. Oduwaye ‘Abdul-‘Azeez  08133184873
  9. ‘Abdul-Ayoola Wahab  08093340868 
  10.  ‘Abdul-Hameed Farouq 
  11.  Ogunsanmi Odunayo
  12.  Owodunni Adebisi
  13.  Kukoyi Mujibat Opeyemi (later attendance)

And

  1.  Mr Adekoya Emmanuel Oluwasegun

Subsequent to this programme, the members, most especially the President and the PRO engaged themselves in the writing and dispatching of letters to various high schools in Ijebu-Ode. About six [6] schools were visited, including Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Muslim College, Anglican Girls Grammar School and Great foundation college. However, an appointment was only immediately secured at Adeola Odutola College.

 

The letter went like this:

 

THE COMMUNITY OF WORLD YOUTH LEADERS, NIGERIA

98, Abeokuta road, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state,

E-mail: cowylnigeria@yahoo.com

Telephone: 08093741198, 08094175018

Motto: the future is in our hands.

Our Ref: ____________                      Your Ref: ____________                    Date: _______________

 

 

_________________

_________________

_________________

Dear Sir/Madam,

REQUEST FOR AN AUDIENCE WITH YOUR STUDENTS.

With due respect and in recognition of your authority, we, members of the aforementioned organisation, hereby request for your permission to address your students. Since this is our fight against ______________ month, we will be lecturing them on _________________________________________________.

We would appreciate it if you can present ___ representatives from each class for this purpose. This will help to prevent the disruption of the school’s activities/learning process.

Granting our request will assist us in achieving our aim of tackling corruption, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy and immorality through the education, enlightenment and empowerment of the Youths.

Thank you for your anticipated support.

 

____________________                                                                                            ______________________

       Otukoya O.M.                                                                                                                           Ohacho C.K.

   (General Secretary)                                                                                                              (P.R.O)

                                                                   ____________________

                                                                           Adebajo A.F.

                                                                            (President)

 

 

 

Eleven {11} days after the official initiation of the group, that is on the 23rd of November, 2011, we had an outing to Adeola Odutola College. The lecture to be delivered was titled ‘THE YOUTHS’ ROLE IN TACKLING CORRUPTION’.

The programme commenced a few minutes past 10 O’ clock inside the school hall. Members in attendance included Adebajo Adekunle, Ife Onaduja, Ohacho Cystus and Ashir Zaynab. The president started by introducing the participants, seventy-eight {78} in number, to the aims and mission of the organisation, Community of World Youth Leaders. He then further discussed the topic, in the end giving 3 tips on how to personally tackle the menace called corruption. The next speaker was Ohacho Cystus. He buttressed the points of the first speaker, diverting a little into the spiritual realm. And then lastly was Ife Onaduja, who spoke on the importance of knowing ones temperament in the pursuit of ones goals. He briefly noted the key features of people who are melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic and sanguine. He also helped many of the students to identify their temperaments through their handwritings.

All through the lectures, the students kept jotting down whatever they found note-worthy. But the lecture was not all that was on our agenda, we also ensured we took a group photo and pasted posters containing thought-provoking assertions such as CORRUPTION IS THE ROOT-CAUSE OF THE MYRIADS OF PROBLEMS BEDEVILLING THIS NATION… LACK OF BASIC INFRASTRUCTURES, EDUCATIONAL BACKWARDNESS, ECONOMIC STAGNATION, POLITICAL INSTABILITY, SOCIAL DECAY, UNEMPLOYMENT, INSECURITY, TO MENTION BUT A FEW… LEARN TO SAY NO!!!’,       ‘DID YOU KNOW THAT IN A LIST OF THE CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX OF COUNTRIES WORLD-WIDE {FROM THE LEAST CORRUPT TO THE MOST CORRUPT}, NIGERIA RANKS 147??? SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’,       ‘THE BILLIONS IF NOT TRILLIONS OF US DOLLARS THAT ARE STOLEN BY BOTH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND CIVILIANS COULD HAVE TRANSLATED INTO MILLIONS OF VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN, THOUSAND OF KILOMETRES OF ROADS, HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS AND WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES THAT NEVER CAME TO BE!!! SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’,       ‘DID YOU KNOW THAT BETWEEN 1960 AND 1999, A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF US$400 BILLION WAS EMBEZZLED FROM THE NATION’S WEALTH RESERVE???WITH THIS MONEY, YOU COULD MAKE 75 ROUND TRIPS TO THE MOON… SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’,       ‘THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUTION IS NOT ONE PERSON’S FIGHT. IT IS EVERYBODY’S FIGHT. IT IS THE LEADERS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE FOLLOWERS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE TEACHERS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE STUDENTS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE ADULTS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE YOUTHS’ FIGHT…BECAUSE WE ARE ALL AFFECTED BY IT. SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’

 

Students of Adeola Odutola College who benefitted from the initiative include:

  1. 1.      Adeleke Nofisat  08153266073
  2. 2.      Talabi Adenike  08051907336
  3. 3.      Adebayo Zainab  08167286352
  4. 4.      Iranlade Emmanuel  08076481835
  5. 5.      Maurice Emmanuel  08090629071
  6. 6.      Samuel Omonla  07063786573
  7. 7.      Effiong Isaac  08139223393
  8. 8.      Igwe Famous
  9. 9.      Solomon Oluwatobi  08076206334
  10. 10.  Ogunbule Oluwatoyin  08078368024
  11. 11.  Adedeji Olayinka
  12. 12.  Ayobatele Victoria
  13. 13.  Ajibade Omolola  08052322375
  14. 14.  Ogunfowodu Oluwaseun  08079051221
  15. 15.  Kalejaye Olayinka  08151103035
  16. 16.  Anifowose Kofoworola  07090856738
  17. 17.   James Olufunsho  07052196498
  18. 18.  Egbums Samson  08180525671
  19. 19.  Olawale Olumide  08093730247
  20. 20.  Osunkoya Kehinde  08100523428
  21. 21.  Agunanne Henry  07036341854
  22. 22.  Onikosi Adesola
  23. 23.  Ogunmah Jennifer  08067828183
  24. 24.  Oresile Moyosore  08166269584
  25. 25.  Alimi Olayemi  08180747595
  26. 26.  Sogbesan Emmanuel  08053429119
  27. 27.  Adebayo Femi  08022853747
  28. 28.  Raimi Adeniyi  08070540576
  29. 29.  Adesoji Temidosa
  30. 30.  Anifowose Abiola  08151479750
  31. 31.  Ogunkoya Bukonla  08153254052
  32. 32.  Anyanwu Faith
  33. 33.  Owolewa Oriyomi  08054530793
  34. 34.  Bakare Kayode  08095622093
  35. 35.  Olanrewaju Kehinde  08057347028
  36. 36.  Okoro Louina  08153721115
  37. 37.  Adebambo Adepeju  08058385894
  38. 38.  Oduniyi Olawunmi  08183178507
  39. 39.  Olayemi Maria  07058804925
  40. 40.  Ettu Jarinat  07030644254
  41. 41.  Subair Temidayo  08189401152
  42. 42.  Akanji Timilehin  08077283927
  43. 43.  Mark Nnamaka  08090886552
  44. 44.  Godwin Christopher O.
  45. 45.  Olanrewaju Taiwo T.  07054650003
  46. 46.  Lawal Olatunbosun F.  080903312733
  47. 47.  Okoliko Caleb E.
  48. 48.  Okorafor Faith O.  07067449547
  49. 49.  Amoo Olajumoke  07055508035
  50. 50.  Atobatele Gloria M.  08054130403
  51. 51.  Omowunmi Clintona  08059562004
  52. 52.  Alao Idayat  07057567690
  53. 53.  Onasanya Adewale O. 08077017794
  54. 54.  Owoseni Emmanuel D.  08069192412
  55. 55.  Okenu Michael O.  08188866364
  56. 56.  Arogundade Atinuke A.  08093176335
  57. 57.  Aina Deborah O.  08092451875
  58. 58.  James Praise D.  08158064851
  59. 59.  Balogun Opeyemi A.  08153136383
  60. 60.  Ogunfowoke Oluwaseun A.
  61. 61.  Ibrahim Olumide Q.  08189563534
  62. 62.  Muntal Femi  08132992751
  63. 63.  Mose Victor O.  08135840800
  64. 64.  Adekanbi Damilola  08071583764
  65. 65.  Adebowale Mariam  08161298580
  66. 66.  Badru Aminat  08053338127
  67. 67.  Odekwo Blessing  08076084423
  68. 68.  Adubi Adefoluke  08078909836
  69. 69.  Olayode Onikepo  08188457735
  70. 70.  Badru Moryam  08057417809
  71. 71.  Abiodun Tosin  08191988366
  72. 72.  Lawrence Olawale  08071813850
  73. 73.  Avono Willkins  07032448429
  74. 74.  Asikhia Micheal  08057233400
  75. 75.  Olufemi Segun  08056147033
  76. 76.  Erhiakporech Ono’s

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To serve as a platform for Youth leaders to meet, discuss issues affecting their societies and propose solutions to the problems.
  • To educate and enlighten Youths on various issues especially corruption, HIV/AIDS, their rights and how to fight for them etc.
  • To cohort with other organisations and NGOs by involving our members ion rallies, campaigns, seminars, contests and workshops of these organisations.
  • To function both as an advisory body and pressure group to the government.
  • To produce not just future leaders but government officials that will change things for the better.

 

WE STAND AND FIGHT FOR:

  • JUSTICE
  • FREEDOM
  • EQUITY
  • CHANGE

 

WE STAND AND FIGHT AGAINST:

  • CORRUPTION
  • ILLITERACY
  • HIV/AIDS
  • IMMORALITY/SOCIAL DECAY

 

 

MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT

          The enlightenment, empowerment, revival and emancipation of world youths from the bondage of corruption, illiteracy, HIV/AIDS and immorality; thereby making them useful positively to themselves, their society and the world at large.

 

MODUS OPERANDI

MEET

 

BOOK FOR EAR-TIME

 

REHEARSE

 

 

OUTING

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

  • GENERAL SECRETARY: he/she takes the minutes, captures the moments and records all events.
  • FINANCIAL SECRETARY: he/she is in charge of collecting and saving money. He/she is also in charge of raising funds for the group.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: He/she distributes letters to schools. He/she also represents the organisation at public events.

 

PHOTO ALBUM

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

THE BIRTH OF YOUTHSPRING MOVEMENT.

Due to the fact that, as at the time the group was founded, many if not all of the members were admission-seekers, a few weeks after the first successful outing, there was none that followed. However, the vision and essence on which the foundations of COWYL rest still remain fresh.

The name, The Community of World Youth Leaders, is undoubtedly perfect for a virtual group on Facebook. But for a concrete association of individuals who carry out humanist and philanthropical activities, it appears odd. In the light of this, it has been decided that a name-change is inevitable.

This is what has led to the birth of YouthSpring movement, which will emerge in the city of Ibadan, Oyo state, driven by a set of intellectuals schooling in the premier university in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan.

 

NEW MEMBERS

 …

A MOSLEM BUT

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A MUSLIM BUT.
This is a conversation that took place between a Muslim, who just got to his workplace, and his non-muslim boss.

Muslim: Good morning boss.
Boss: Good morning, how was your night?
Muslim: Thanks be to God, it was fine. And yours?
Boss: It was very stressful. I could not sleep. Spent most of the night reading this article that discusses Islam. . .By the way, do you know where I can find any moslem? I have a couple of questions.
Muslim: err. . .well, I am a Muslim. I’m sure you can ask me.
Boss: Really?
Muslim: Yes.
Boss: Well, it says here that moslems believe in one God called Allah, and in Mohammed as His final messenger.
Muslim: Yes. Yes. Exactly. I believe in those.
Boss: Okay. It also says here that moslems observe. . .err. . .Solah. . .five times everyday. . .do you do that?
Muslim: err. . .I am Muslim but I do not pray five times daily. But, at times, I do observe the morning prayer.
Boss: Hmmn. Okay. I think it is also written here that it is mandatory for Muslims, who are well-to-do, to pay a particular percentage of their income. . .Zekkah, right?
Muslim: yes, weeell. . .I am a Muslim but I do not pay zakat.
Boss: Is that so? I also remember the article says that Moslems observe fast in a month, is that r-romaddan? We are in that month, right? Is that not a can of coke in your hand?
Muslim: It’s true we’re in the month of Ramadan. But, I-I-I don’t fast.
Boss: Hmmn. . .interesting. . .it says some other stuffs like; Moslems perform holy pilgrimage to Mecca, they do not shave their beard, they do not eat pork, they do not collect interest. . .how about those?
Muslim: w-w-e-e-ll, I am a Muslim but I’ve never been to Makkah, you know, because I’m not very rich, I need to get another car and a lot of other expenses are at my hand. . .I shave my beard, since we’re in New york and that’s the common practice. . .I also eat pork occasionally. . .However, I am a Muslim. . .you see, my name is ‘Abdullah.
Boss: I don’t understand. . .oh-oh. . .now I get it. . .you are a Moslem butt, not a complete moslem. . .I suggest you get the head, trunk, hands and legs, so that you may become whole.

LESSON: AS MUSLIMS, WE SHOULD LET OUR ISLAM BE BY NAME or CALLING ALONE. ISLAM MUST BE REFLECTED ALSO IN OUR CREED, BEHAVIOUR AND MORAL OUTLOOK. WE SHOULD COMPLETELY AND WILLINGLY SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF ALLAH, AS THAT IS WHAT ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT. ALLAH SAYS IN THE QUR’AN [Q.5, V.3] THAT HE HAS PERFECTED ISLAM AS A WAY OF LIFE, FOR US. HE ALSO SAYS IN SURATU-L-BAQARAH [Q.2, V. 208] THAT WE SHOULD ENTER COMPLETELY INTO ISLAM.

WE SHOULD LET ISLAM PERMEATE THROUGH ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES. IT IS ERRONEOUS FOR US TO WANT TO BE RELEVANT WHEN IN THE MIDST OF FELLOW MUSLIM BROTHERS, AND AT THE SAME TIME BLEND WHENEVER WE ARE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DISOBEDIENT TO ALLAH, subhanahu wata’ala. IT IS ERRONEOUS TO SEEK TO PLEASE ALLAH, AND THE SAME TIME SEEK TO PLEASE OUR SELFISH APPETENCIES, OUR FRIENDS AND THE SOCIETY…

...LET US BE MUSLIMS !

<<<NOTE: THE ABOVE CONVERSATION IN AN EXCERPT FROM ONE OF SHEIKH YUSUF ESTES’S LECTURES>>

SIN: IT’S BEHAVIOUR, IT’S REMEDY.

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SIN: IT’S BEHAVIOUR, IT’S REMEDY.

Do I really deserve eternal peace? Will God ever forgive me? Are my good deeds accepted? Why do I keep sinning even when I know it is bad, and after I have repented sincerely? This is the chain of thought that lingers in most of our minds much of the time. We wonder if God is or will ever be pleased with us. And we wonder what our fate will be in the next life.
Sin. This 3-letter word is a problem we all have, but only a few worry about. The world, today, is almost nothing but a reservoir of sin, taking different shapes and various manifestations. Sin takes the forms of beer parlours, movies, beauty pageants, fashion, lottery, music etc. No man is immune to sin, except of course, extra-ordinary men such as Prophets of God. As long as man continues to be imperfect with a possession of volition and free-will, sin will continue to be. It is part and parcel of the human nature. As it is, in philosophical parlance, a universal (phenomenon), I believe it is a subject worthy of discussion.
To say that sin will always be inter-woven with the world is not to suggest that it’s rampancy cannot be checked. Just like any other affliction, disease or malady, it can be restrained. There is a popular saying that a problem known is half-tackled and an enemy sighted is half-defeated. In this light, what is sin and what are its attributes? Even a toddler would have an idea of what sin is. It is an act that breaks a religious or moral law. It contravenes natural ethics and divine commandments.
One of the most conspicuous attributes of sin is that it is ubiquitous. It exists all over the globe, in almost every nook and cranny. It is only in Utopia: the ideal world that can be reached through our imagination, that sin perhaps does not exist. Therefore, an attempt to wipe it out will prove futile, yet fruitful.
Another major attribute of sin is that is often endearing and attractive. Even the most dastardly and horrendous acts are still, to some people, luring. It is like an unclad fiery beauteous lady calling you to copulate with her. You know, full well, that you will get terribly burnt if you answer the call, but you still go ahead to do exactly that. Such is sin, the tool of the devil, used by man against himself.
Also, sin is a boon companion to darkness, a brother to isolation and an ineluctable offshoot of excessive privacy. It becomes weak whenever it encounters light and togetherness. But this only so if those keeping us company are friends in virtuous progress and not in sin. That is, if our objective of being friends or meeting is not originally to commit sin. Someone planning to sin would long for extra freedom and would always be on a qui vive to ensure no one is watching. I needn’t provide evidence to prove that people find it more comfortable to perpetuate heinous crimes such as larceny, suicide, rape, murder and even cyber-crimes in corners and in the dark.
Furthermore, sin is very addictive. It comes in tit-bits, proposing the small versions of a bigger sin first, pulling you to its den, gradually and gradually, poco-a-poco. And once you’re inside, there is hardly an escape, for addiction is a room with no doors. To break out requires great effort. A murderer today must have been an assaulter yesterday. An armed robber today must have started as a pickpocket. And someone who fornicates must have started as a patroniser of pornography. Hence, it is indisputable that little sins are bread-crumbs that eventually lead to the great ones.
Apart from these, another of ‘sinal’ behaviours is that it is expensive. Never is it free. For a man to indulge in amoral things, he will unavoidably have to forfeit some of his most precious possessions. It may be his intelligence, money, health, reputation, family & friends or time, the only product that cannot be recycled if wasted. It is for this reason that veritable sinners live the most miserable lives. They are often not okay financially, medically, socially, academically and psychologically. Many would, as a result of addiction to a particular sin, resort to stealing, substance and human abuse just to satisfy they amoral urge.
Lastly, sin often appears in a facade. It is not usually advertised as what it really is, but rather as a contest, entertainment, fashion, pastime, freedom/right etc. In essence, pornography and gambling are disguised as contests, music as entertainment, substance abuse(alcoholism and smoking) as pastime and gaiety, lesbianism & indiscriminate abortion are masqueraded as fundamental rights. In order to promote evil and make money, it is dressed up by a set of people as something not pernicious. Consequently, people realise too late the implication of what they have gotten themselves into.
At this juncture, I will attempt to discuss the cures, panaceas and possible remedies to the scourge of sin. Although, we cannot achieve a state of ‘sinlessness’, we can at least strive to make efforts towards a considerable decline in it.
Firstly, we must identify what is sin and what is not. Very few are incapable of discerning between right and wrong. However, the problem most people have is accepting a sinful deed as evil and unworthy of indulgence. We find it hard to do this because of the gain and pleasure we get from it. Apart from this, some people erroneously categorise some sins as small and immaterial. Hence, one of the first things we must do is to evaluate and correct our mentality towards some sins, making sure we use the scriptures as our yardstick. As I always say, the right mentality begets a good personality and a good personality gives rise to a great society.
Then, we should maintain a close propinquity with religious gatherings and righteous people. This will assist us in the remembrance of God and prevent us from considering committing sin. This is the case only when our attendance at religious programmes is done solely to gain knowledge, increase in piety and remind oneself of the content of the scriptures. It is disheartening that many who go to mosques and churches today, go for reasons such as charging of phones, meeting of friends, flirting, feeding the eyes or because others are going and we do not want to be left at home. Equally important are the acquaintances we keep. A person aiming at improving his spiritual life cannot do it alone. He must seek the advice, company and succour of others with similar aims.
In the same vein, one must avoid going to dishonourable places such as beer parlours, gambling joints (aka. Baba ijebu), music concerts, queer houses etc. Bad companies must also not be kept. It is a factual reality that one’s friends will always have impact, whether positively or negatively, on us. They will either make or mar us. It is therefore very vital that we make meticulous and felicitous selections of our friends.
John Green once wrote that ‘some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom most people find sin.’ Hence , an avoidance of isolation, privacy and excessive freedom is important as these are the fertilisers with which a sinful soul can easily grow. This can be achieved by having room-mate(s) at home and in school, never being on the net in an extremely private area, not inviting strangers & someone of the opposite sex into a deserted place & not accepting such invitations, and of course endeavouring to enter into a valid marital contract as early as possible.
There is an old saying that ‘Idleness is the beginning of all vices’ and that ‘idleness is the devil’s handy work’. Even Walter S. Gaston once said that ‘the real source of almost all our crimes, if the trouble is taken to trace them to a common origin, will be found to be in idleness’. It is apparent from these that idleness is very harmful, and must be shunned at all cost. This should go hand in hand with not giving procrastination room in our daily activities. Whenever, we feel like doing something productive and rewarding, we should do it with utmost alacrity.
Furthermore, it is usually helpful if one openly preaches against an act one intends to desist from. No one wants to be caught doing what he boldly advises others not to, as it would amount to being labelled as inconsistent. If you want others to accept your advice, personally follow it and if you want to follow an advice, preach it to others.

… (contd.)

TIME to REFLECT!

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TIME to REFLECT!
Author: ‘Abd-Al-Fattâh b. Tajudinn.
Published on the 26th of October, 2012.

It is true that today, being the ‘Id-l-Adha (festival of the Sacrifice), is a day originally meant for felicitation. However, it would be equally felicitous if we chose this day for great warranted meditation. This is especially so because of the highly lugubrious sights that meet the eye on this day.
Prior to this special day, Muslims far and wide and across the globe have been running helter-skelter to ensure they fulfil the spiritual as well as the social obligations of the festival. Some have been gathering tit-bits from their earnings for months in order to meet-up while a microscopic few, the elites, just allocate a meagre percentage of their enormous income for the purpose.
More often than not, nominal and non-practising Muslims are seen to purchase rams/cows of greater quality and quantity. This is obviously not meant to please Allah (SWT); the aim is to show off and command respect among their counterparts.

On the first day of the festival, are happenings that are more disheartening. Numerous shameful things behold the eye on the path to the ‘Id ground. Despite the fact that Islam emphasises the importance of Modest dressing, and in fact strictly forbids transparent, tight and seductive attires, many still see today as the time to flout such injunctions.
Ladies wearing tranparent laces, perfume, short skirts, hair attachments, excessive make-up, high heels, and walking unashamed is such a common sight. Some would even go to the extent of exposing part of their assets.
In the same vein, some of their male counterparts are seen sagging, dying their hair, doing ‘galass’, ‘obama’ or any of those crazy hair-do’s, wearing gold chains and dragging their trousers on the floor as if doing a community service.

Before the prayer commenced, I couldn’t help but notice the ongoing inter-mingling. Aside from the fact that there was inadequate co-ordination, some (esp. women) actually dared lay their praying mats beside or infront those of the opposite sex.
This is nothing when juxtaposed with the issue of the non-observance of Salat by majority of muslims. There exist, a breed of Muslims who only observe As-Salatu Jumu’a (friday prayer), and worse-still are those who deem only the two annual ‘Id prayers as worthy of attention.

The number of Muslims we see on the streets this day, all over Nigeria, and in the world at large, is no doubt massive. But does this exact number reflect in our 5 daily salawaat in various local masaajid? The answer is NO!
Apart from this, I observed that many, in fact, TOO many muslims do not know the etiquettes of the Second pillar of Islam: Salat. We cannot perform it consistently with sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH). I was chanced to see a brother behind me doing the teslim after doing mine. By Allah, you’ll think he hasn’t engaged in any body exercise for months.
Thereafter, on our(i.e my brothers and I) way back home, there was the set of drummers and entertainers. Their presence is not even as annoying as the patronage they got from those celebrating.

Alas! It does not end there. Many; after praying, asking for guidance, and testifying that Allah is the King who will judge us fairly and accordingly on the Day of reckoning; will go back home to party, drink alcohol, listen to corrupt music, inter-mingle etc. all in the name of ‘Id. Thousands, if not millions of Naira, will be wasted only on the organisation of parties.

My cause of dissappointment does not end there. I still anticipate, with a mixture of indifference and pity, the famous OJUDE OBA festival which always takes place the 3rd day of the ‘Id. Indifference, because I am a staunch non-participant and pity because of the inevitable loss of properties, lives, virginities, manhoods and promising futures that will take place. My great source of concern is that this to-some-extent-gruesome event is inextricably linked with Islamic festivities.

Hence, and with these observations in mind, don’t we think we ought to dedicate time out of our merry-making to sincere reflection? What has befallen our Ummah? Are we comparable to the earlier generations of Muslims? What is lacking? Are we just increasing in figure with a relative decline in Strenght and Relevance? Where is our Iman, our Taqwa, our Closeness to God ???

We need to reflect and take actions,as a matter of urgency, starting with ourselves and purifying our souls.
We need to gain better understanding of our Deen and make it our most precious belonging.
We need to live this world, with the Akhira in mind.

Our Lord, forgive us our misdeeds and reward our good deeds.
Our Lord, bestow on us, Your mercy, guide us to the straight path and make us steadfast in Your service.
Our Lord, bless us in this world with good and in the hereafter, make us pleased and save us from the torment of the grave and the raging fire.

AMIN!