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MSSN Lagos calls for suspension of erring principal

 

Twelve-year–old and a JSS 1 student of Kadara Junior Grammar School, Ebute Metta, Lagos, Aisha Alabi was recently subjected to very horrible and inhuman treatment by the School Principal, Mrs. E.C Ukpaka, because she used hijab.

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit in a press release signed by its PRO, Sulaimon Alamutu, therefore called the attention of the state government and the entire peace-loving citizens of the state to the inhuman, unprofessional and barbaric act of the principal.

“Our findings show that Aisha wore the Hijab outside the class in the school compound when she was seen by Mrs. Ukpaka who immediately called an emergency assembly and allegedly ordered her to be beaten. The students at the assembly, we learnt, counted no less than 43 strokes of cane landing on the hapless little girl’s body!

This happened on Tuesday February 5, 2013 around some minutes to 4pm. This is quite unfortunate and unacceptable in a country where the constitution guarantees the citizens right to practice and manifest any religion of their choice without any interference from any quarter.”

If all these provisions are clearly guaranteed in the nation’s constitution, we are seriously at a loss as to why Mrs. Ukpaka, who we expected to know better and act accordingly, would deliberately and with impunity; violate the provisions of the constitution. Aside the fact that the principal brazenly violated the constitution, what if the little girl dies in the process of beating her, what excuse would she give as her reason?

 

This amounts to child abuse!” Mrs Ukpaka’s action demonstrates the deep hatred and disgust that most non- Muslims school principals in Lagos State have against our law abiding female members.

Hers is not the first as others had done similar thing in the past without any disciplinary action against them by the state government. In the light of this, the student body called for the immediate suspension of Mrs. Ukpaka and orders a full investigation into the matter.

 

“Ours is a law abiding organisation and the state government can attest to this fact. It should be noted that the leadership of the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit had had course in the past to keep its members across the state calm over recurrent abuses and discriminations against our sisters in the face of government’s indifference towards bringing to justice those maltreating them because of Hijab.

However, we must state that failure to take disciplinary action against Mrs. Ukpaka this time around would draw the anger of the entire Muslim Students’ population in the state.”

 

MSSN, sharing glad tidings for a better Nigeria

All over the world, there seems to be no hope left for the salvation of humanity from the abyss of socio-economic crisis that man finds himself. The situation is so terrible that some have resigned to fate and are expecting that the world should just come to an end, so that judgment takes place and everybody goes to where he or she deserves. At the global stage, the level of corruption, injustice, man’s inhumanity to man and political enslavement has reached its crescendo. Powerful nations are lording it over weaker ones thereby stifling their advancement towards greatness. Economic agreements favour only the already industrialised countries.

At our local level here in Nigeria, it has reached a point of absolute hopelessness that you often hear people say the country’s poor condition is irredeemable. That Nigeria can never become a better country now or in future where things will work. This is predicated on the fact that evils, sins and vices have become the norms in our daily existence. Corruption seems to be the only way out of poverty. Malpractices are now the only shortcut to success in examinations. Smoking and alcoholism are seen as symbols of maturity and civilisation. Zina reigns among both the old and the young. Pornography is the pastime of the youths. Cyber fraud is another means to wealth in the circle of unemployed graduates and idle youths. Riba is now part of everyday life. The leaders are greedy, wicked and merciless towards the masses. Funds meant for the common good of the people are being embezzled with sheer impunity on a daily basis and the perpetrators confidently walk free. The Faruq/Otedola subsidy scam, power probe, pension probe and some others are examples of the level of degeneration in justice dispensation in the country.

However, terrible, worst and hopeless as the situation may appear at the moment, there is still hope of redemption for the nation. And this was the thinking of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit at the just concluded 94th edition of the Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) held between December 22, 2012 and January 1, 2013 at the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC) in Epe and Towergate Private School, Ipaja, Lagos. Participants, drawn from secondary schools, higher institutions and working class, were taken through series of lectures, workshops and tefsir sessions by eminent scholars and professionals with a view to reassuring them that all hope is not lost after all. Some of them include the Grand Mufti of the Conference of Islamic Organisation (CIO), Sheik Dhikrillahi Shafi’, Director, Vanguard Academy, Ogun State, Dr Zafaran Adeniyi, Director, Centre for Islamic Reawakening, Yaba, Lagos, Ustadh Sa’eed Salman, Director, Hajj Mabrur Ventures, Alhaji Abdulhameed Solate and immediate past Amir of the Unit, Captain Abdulhameed Bankole.

With the theme; ‘The Glad Tidings,’ the camp sought to spur the youths, particularly Muslims, to change the current deplorable situation in the country for better. It also encouraged participants to have the belief and conviction that no matter how bad the situation appears at the moment, it could still be remedied. Participants were told that they are the hope and ‘glad tiders’ of the nation.

Speaking at the formal welcome ceremony at the HCDC, Epe venue, the Amir of the society, Alhaji Qasim Badrudeen, painted a gloomy picture of the present situation in the country. He lamented that corruption had permeated virtually all aspects of lives in the society, adding that Muslims are unfortunately not left out of the decadence. While charging participants to imbibe the lessons of the camp, Alhaji Badrudeen, also urged them to spread the message to the society and illuminate it with the light of Islam. ‘We are the hope of the world. We have to go out and change the world. We need to work tirelessly to change the society,’ he said.

Highpoint of the camp activities was the fundraising ceremony for the construction of a 10,000 capacity multi-purpose hall at the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC).
Giving an overview of the project, chairman of the HCDC, Eng. Idris Muhammadul Awwal, said the MSSN Lagos Area Unit was aiming at constructing a world class edifice that would meet international standards. He added that the fund for the construction of the hall few years ago would first come from the members of the society before other well-wishers can come in to render assistance.
Also speaking, the Amir (President) Alhaji Qasim Badrudeen, said the leadership of the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit decided to acquire the piece of land for the HCDC few years ago, for many purposes. Among them, he said, is for the land to serve as a site for the hosting of ‘our camps.’ It is also to serve as human capital development centre for MSSN members and the generality of the public who share MSSN’s goals and objectives of reforming the society for good.

He urged participants to donate generously as Allah says in the Qur’an that whosever aid his course He would make his feet firm on the path. The 94th IVC may have come and gone, the experience will linger for long in the memories of participants as they all agreed at the end of the 10-day camping exercise that indeed hope is not lost on the nation, and that only when Muslim youths rise to the task of spreading the glad tidings of Islam that the situation will change.

ISLAMIC VACATION COURSE - 1434A.H (2012) DECEMBER IVC

ISLAMIC VACATION COURSE - 1434A.H (2012) DECEMBER IVC

 

THEME: THE GLAD TIDINGS

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FEE: TFL-#1,500; Secondary School - #1,800 & Others - #2,500

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Batch A: SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

DATE: 22nd to 27th December, 2012

VENUE: Queen's College, Yaba Lagos (Brothers & Sisters)

FEE: #1,800

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Batch B: THE FUTURE LEADERS (TFL/Kiddies/Primary School)

DATE: 28th December to 1st January, 2013

VENUE: Queen's College, Yaba Lagos (Male & Female)

FEE: #1,500

 

UMMU'AT & OTHERS (School-Leavers' & Higher Institution Inclusive)

DATE: 28th December to 1st January, 2013

VENUE: Queen's College, Yaba Lagos (Sisters Only)

Human Capital Development Centre, Epe Lagos (Brothers only)

FEE: #2,500

 

[Be notified that registration is online. Purchase Registration Card at Secretariat of your respective Area Council across the state. Registration at Campsite shall attract extra payment].

Registering at Camp Site

TFL: 1500

SECONDARY: 2000

OTHERS: 3000

 

Also, note that delegates who register before 5th December, 2012 shall be given consolation prizes.

Registering Online Now

 

Of IVC, Unity and MSSN Lagos State Area Unit

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<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">The Leadership of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit has observed the trend of events on its facebook platform with regards to the forthcoming Islamic Vacation Course (IVC). For the purpose of clarification and setting the record straight, we state as follow:</span></div>

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<div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt 54pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;"><span>3<span style="font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;"> </span></span></span><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">That the leadership of the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, ably led by Alhaji Qasim Olarinre Badrudeen, is ever committed to the unity of Muslims in Nigeria and beyond. At our local level -MSSN-we only go along with those who are sincere and ready to pursue this unity with the sole aim of taking people back to Allah and not those who are seeking power by all means and are doing nothing to advance this course. </span></div>

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<div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt 54pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;"><span>4<span style="font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;"> T</span></span></span><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">hat we shall not be deterred by blackmail, propaganda and misrepresentation of facts by those bent on destroying (with no reason) our humble sacrifices towards the reformation of the society for Allah. It not our course but that of our Creator and we are ready to continue sacrificing for it without looking back. <em>‘O believers! Whoever among you renounce Islam, let them do so; soon Allah will replace them with others whom He will love and they will love Him, who will be humble towards the believers, mighty against the unbelievers,<strong> </strong></em></span><strong><em><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 16pt;">striving hard in the way of Allah, and will have no fear of reproach from any critic. </span></em></strong><em><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">Now this is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases. Allah has boundless knowledge.’ Q5:54</span></em></div>

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<div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt 54pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;"><span>5<span style="font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;"> </span></span></span><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">That the MSSN Lagos State Area Unit has its well established structures and programmes that testify to its seriousness and commitment to the course of Allah. Our secretariat is functional. Our website is up-to-date. The leadership at all levels meets regularly to think for the society and execute laudable programmes and projects. So, for those seeking the truth, let them be sincere and investigate all issues before making comments <strong><em>‘O you who believe, if an evildoer comes to you with some news, verify it <span>(investigate to ascertain the truth)</span>, lest you should harm others unwittingly and then regret what you have done.</em></strong> (Qur’an 49:6)</span></div>

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<div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt 54pt; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;"><span>6<span style="font: 7pt/normal &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;"> </span></span></span><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">That those using our platform (Facebook) to create confusion by spreading lies and misinformation should desist from such. We, on our part, will not descend to that level so that people will attend our camp. We, however, implore such individuals to use their own platform, if any exist; to invite people to their programmes and let everyone chose where to attend.</span></div>

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<p><strong><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">PRO, MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit</span></strong></p>

Happy New Islamic Year 1434

 

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As Year 1433 is coming to an End...
And We’ll Enter into a New Islamic Year...
With New Hopes, Plans and aspirations...

Let‘s Pray to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) for A Blessed and Wonderful New Year full of Peace and highest levels of Imaan ... and


All of our Dreams Come True and the Islamic Ummah should be united and victorious... Aameen

Happy New Islamic Year 1434

 

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