Imam Yahya Al-Yolawi
The Chief Imam of Area 10 Garki, Abuja Juma’at Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi, has cautioned Muslims against neglecting ideals of Islam and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Al-Yolawi made the call while delivering his Juma’at sermon titled, ” What is your contribution to Islam?,” on Friday in Abuja.
The cleric expressed concerned that some Muslims would have digressed far away from what Allah and His noble Messenger wanted them to be.
He said:”The Muslim ummah nowadays are experiencing degradation after respect, ignorance after knowledge, weaknesses after strength and has taken over to the back seat after occupying the driver’s seat.
” Verily people have changed the pattern of Islamic teachings and deviated from sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
” And Allah is saying indeed, Allah will not change the condition of people until they change what is in themselves.
” As a result of that Muslims community become weak, humiliated and over powered even by devils.’
The cleric enjoined Muslims to contribute immensely towards progress and development of Islam
He said: ” It is imperative for every Muslim to ask himself what is my role toward Allah’s religion?”
Al-Yolawi said it was a question that needed to be repeated routinely, adding,”we need to remind ourselves this question always what have I done to my islam.”
According to him, the answer may lead some people, most especially young Muslims to begin to think and ask the contributions they can make to the religion of Islam.
Al-Yolawi added:” The question sounds a very good one but in reality it signifies the weakness of any one asking that kind of question in understanding what religion needs from him.
“This ibecause, his question and thought comes only when or after receiving admonishing or listening to an imam.
” But if the issue of contributing toward his religion matters to him, it will constantly be with him.
“It makes him always think of it day in day out and when each and every one of us thinks of it would definitely find the gap to contribute his quarter in this religion.”
Al-Yolawi, however, said that the issue of religion unfortunately has become a a secondary issue to almost all Muslims.
” He will see evil or bad things happening to Islam and his people he just shake his shoulder and move on, as if he was only created to eat, drink, obtain certificates, get a job buy a car, marry a beautiful wife and die.
” I am not saying one should not pursue what is good for him in this life, but what supposed to come first in his or her life as Muslims in Islam.
” Let me be frank with you. you were not created but just to work for religion of Allah or to worship Allah or to obey Allah and His messenger.
” Allah says and I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed me,” he said.
He emphasised the need for every Muslim to contribute his quota towards Islam, saying, ” we should never feel big or small to work for our religion.
” You as an officer, doctor, lawyer, senate, house of Reps, Governor, minister, president chairman, director, l house wife, manager in your office in your workshop or market place you are an ambassador of islam.
” You have role to play, you have something to contribute to islam. Conducting yourself according to Islam is a contribution to Islam.
“To stop bad things to happen is also a contribution to Islam,”Al-Yolawi said. (NAN)