The JIHAD WEEK with a Difference
LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 2 -- The JIHAD WEEK with a Difference
Muslim Students Society of Nigeria Lagos State University branch (MSSN-LASU) has just concluded her 1433 A.H Jihad week. NURUDEEN YUSUF (200 LEVEL LAW) and MUSBAUDEEN SHEKONI (200 LEVEL MASS COMMUNICATION) reports.
As a custom, the Jihad week started with the great procession of about five thousand Muslims Students at the Ojo campus of Lagos State University. The procession is a trek round the campus to sensitise the University community about the commencement Jihad week. According the Ameer AbdulMojeed Olayinka, 300 Level Mathematics, “it is aimed at reawakening the spirits of Muslims, and making firm their Iman (faith) against all evil forces on campus”.
There was a silt difference from the status quo ante, this year’s Jihad week featured other programmes intended at correcting the barrier between the branch of the Main Campus, and all other arms of the society in other campuses. As first of its kind, the mother campus visited The College of Medicine, Ikeja, School of Engineering, Epe, and Adebola Adegunwa School of Communication, Ojuelegba, to fix the broken walls that existed between the Main Campus and others. “Indeed, it was a breath-taking event” perturbed the Chairman of the week; Ahmed Kosoko 400 level, Law.
The MBA Hall, Ojo was the venue for the formal Opening. The epoch making event had in attendance representatives of the Governor of Lagos State represented, delegates from the State of Osun representing the Governor who was also the Ogbeni Unstoppable, Professor Bidmos; the Chief Imam UNILAG and Dean Faculty of Education who doubles as the guest speaker, Professor Okuneye; the Chairman LASU Muslim Community, Kazeem Alabi; Amir, MSSN B-ZONE, amongst others.
Speaking on the theme of the Jihad Week “Unstoppable Certainty”, Professor Bidmos said “in all our dealing on earth, death is the only unstoppable certainty that everybody of will experience, after death is resurrection (for judgement on the day of beckoning) and after resurrection is either heaven (al-janat fridaus) or hell (jahanamah) as the case may be according to our deeds. So, we should prepare for al-janat with our good deeds”.
During the award presentation session, The Governor of The State of Osun, His Excellency Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was presented with the award of “Ogbeni Unstoppable” meaning, the man with unstoppable achievements. Others are Professor Muhibu-Din; an Ex-Offico of the Muslim Community and Professor Okuneye; Chairman, LASU Muslim Community.
The week also featured youth empowerment programmes. It taught youths who have set goals all they needed to achieve these goals. It was fun and educative all the way as the participants were put through on how to combine their goals with developing in the deen (Islam).
A public lecture was held under the aegis of Muslim Youth Summit on the topic “Attainment of Goals: Unstoppable You” at the Julius Berger Hall, Faculty of Management Sciences and later in the evening at the frontage of the Badagry gate on the topic “Lessons from the Middle East Uprising” to benefit not just students, but also the outside world. Under the drizzling atmosphere, the lecture persisted with an encouraging population. “This is one lecture every youth must attend because it came at the right time and it was a food for thought” said Ridwna Adisa 300 Level Accounting.
Next was Press briefing, the Ameer ceased the medium to reaches out to the world on contemporary issues boiling in the jocular veins of Muslims and Islam as a whole. The press briefing was attended by Media houses. Reading the press text, he denounced Boko harram to be Islamic and condemn all their activities, called for a sovereign national conference and implored the Lagos state government to revert the school fee to a reasonable one as many indigent Muslims are presently denied university education”
During this period, all faculty associations under the supervision of the parent body, MSSN-LASU, are given the opportunity to have their faculty symposium, which springs through two days of the Jihad week.
For unity and the spirit of sportsmanship in Islam, a football competition tagged the Ameer’s Cup, brothers filed out to compete for the championship. Declaring the event open, the Jihad week’s committee chairman said it was aimed at sensitizing Muslims on the position of Islam on sports. The competition fun filled ended and with the Faculty of Management Sciences on the auspices of Association of Management Science Muslim Students (AMAMS) lifting the gold cup.
Part of the Jihad week was a film show. With the film show a documentary of the conspiracy of the western world brought forth to the knowledge of the Muslim Students as a caution on the path to thread during and after school life. The film show was another technique of orientation and redefining the thoughts of the Muslims of the world today.
Well wishers and invitees graced the luncheon and formal closing of the week at the Lagos state Secretariat Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja. Justice was done to the topic of event “The Resilient Youth” by Dr. Taofiq Yekeen of the department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Ibadan.
Speaking with CAMPUSLIFE, the Ahmed Kosoko the Chairman of the Jihad week said “the just concluded Jihad Week is the first of its kind and it goes a long way in changing the lives of many Muslims students on Campus. It also assisted in making the views of the society count and passed to the world about the negative feelings of people regarding Muslims and Islam”.