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Hate comments'll worsen Nigeria's unity challenge - MSSN

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has appealed to religious leaders in the country to stop making inciting statements.
 
The Amir of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said this while welcoming the National Executive Council and National Working Committee of MSSN to Lagos State.
 
Ashafa, who was accompanied by MSSN Lagos selected leaders to welcome the national executives, wished them a fruitful deliberation.
 
The Muslim students' leader explained that hate speeches by religious leaders were becoming worrisome.
 
He warned that no religion would benefit from the consequences of hate speeches.
 
Ashafa said, "We all should realise that Nigeria is passing through a very tough and challenging period. As religious institutions, we should mitigate tension and not heighten it. Our role should be to calm and enlighten our faithful on the path of peace.
 
"Killings in any part of the country should be condemned and not given a place in any society. It is normal for Muslim leaders to clarify that Muslims are actually the ones that are being killed against the wrong information that they (Muslims) are the ones attacking. Such reaction should be respected and not countered with threats. 
 
"Those fanning embers of crisis should desist from that to save this nation from sinking beyond recovery. Our unity is more needed now than ever. We must not worsen the economic and unity challenge Nigerians are faced with."
 
Ashafa subsequently hailed members of the MSSN NEC and NWC for their sacrifice, adding that Nigeria leaders needed to emulate them in selfless service.
 
On his part, the ‎Amir of Ikeja Area‎ Council, Muyideen Imran, whose domain the meeting is holding, prayed that members of the MSSN NEC and NWC would be guided by Allah to make appropriate decisions.
 
He explained that such a meeting was needed to ensure the growth of Islam and Nigeria.
 
 
SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA (Ph.D),
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
Lagos State Area Unit.
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As holiday ends, MSSN clamours for conducive business environment

As commercial activities resume in the country, the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria has advised government at all levels to provide a conducive environment for businesses to grow.
 
The Amir (president) of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Saheed Ashafa, said this after the completion of a 10-day vacation course organised for about 5000 Muslim youths in Lagos State.
 
During the training, the youths were drilled on entrepreneurship and development of employability traits.
 
To make the training beneficial to both the trainee and the nation, Ashafa appealed to government to assist youths who are willing to own businesses.
 
He suggested that government should consider making and implementing policies that would be favourable for small scale businesses.
 
Ashafa also called the attention of government to the inadequate efforts paid to teaching of entrepreneurial courses in schools.
 
He urged non-governmental and private organisations to assist the government in reducing unemployment in the nation.
 
This, he said, could be achieved through self discovery and entrepreneurial-oriented trainings.
 
He said, "As an organisation, we have identified that there is a gap between the entrepreneurial skills possessed by youths and their ability to transform the skills  to societal development. This resulted to our inclusion of entrepreneurship diets into our programmes in the last vacation course camp.
 
"We hope that government will take up the responsibility of ensuring convenience of youths with high morale to invest in the country. Specifically, we call on government to quickly engage an entrepreneurial based curriculum if we are really determined to address unemployment and poverty among Nigerians."
 
While appreciating the delegates that attended the vacation course, Ashafa challenged them to ensure proper application of what they have learnt.
 
According to him, the beneficiaries must take responsibility of reviving the country's economy. 
 
"Attending the training is appreciated but not enough. Our joy will be to see some of the beneficiaries of our training course unlock the economic challenge in the country within the shortest period," he added.


SIGNED:
SAHEED ASHAFA,
Amir (President),
Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, 
Lagos State Area Unit.
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MSSN Lagos ‎seeks employment of Arabic Teachers in Schools

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has appealed to government at all levels to ‎ensure the employment of Arabic teachers in schools under their domain.This was contained in a statement by the MSSN Lagos Amir (President), Mallam Saheed Ashafa, to identify with the World Arabic Language Day (WALD)  on Friday.

 

The WALD is observed annually on December 18, as  established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010.

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Ban on Hijab means victory for Boko Haram - MSSN Lagos

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has warned President Muhammad Buhari not to consider or attempt any ban on Hijab. The Amir (President) of MSSN LSAU, Mallam Saheed Ashafa, said this at the ongoing December Islamic Vacation Course holding at Epe, Lagos on Wednesday.
 
He said that such a consideration would ridicule the war against Boko Haram, adding  it was an  unnecessary approach.
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MSSN Lagos holds 100th IVC on HCDC, Epe - A Press Release

All praise is due to Allah. May His peace and blessings continue to shower on Muhammad (SAW) and the generality of Muslim (Amen).

Let me start this interaction by extending to you on behalf of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, a most heartfelt welcome and our thanks for your devotion anytime we reach out to you on matters that bother on our collective well-being. We thank you for this and urge you not to stop giving us support when we call on you.

 

 

 

Without mincing words, we are here today to make you and the Muslims in Nigeria aware of our 2015 Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) camp coming up between December 21st 2015 and January 1st 2016, at the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC), Epe. Again, our plan for this year is to have nothing less than 5000 delegates that will be impacted with Islamic teachings, which should aid the development of the nation at large. The camping programme is billed to convey Muslim youths and impart in them moral, spiritual and academic knowledge. This edition of the camp marks the 100th IVC of society and we are making a historical progress by holding it on our own permanent site, HCDC Epe, Lagos State (see details about HCDC below). Apart from that, we will be streaming activities on the camp site live through our Youtube Channel: https://goo.gl/cKHMGC.

 

To register, delegates are expected to purchase pin and then log on to camp.mssnlagos.net to complete their registration form.

 

The society, Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, is the meeting point for all Muslim Students in all Higher Institutions, Secondary Schools, graduate and Post Graduates as well as Muslims, who attend technical institutions, like the craftsmen and women in Nigeria. The major objective is to be the forum for making every Muslim youth that is privileged to attend any school in the country, secondary or tertiary, to be conscious about Islam and being its ambassadors. The organisation has continued to adapt and respond to the challenges and needs of its members and the Nigeria Muslim community in general.

 

 

The contributions of MSSN to national development are enormous and these include serving as a potent tool of national unity and cohesion. Apart from its membership that cuts across all the geographical and ethnic barriers, MSSN is promoting national integration and building bridges through its programmes and activities that emphasize the brotherhood of Islam, in particular, and mankind in general.  The society has remained a pressure group working for the advancement of the interests of Muslims and Islam. Indeed, past members of MSSN occupy leadership of virtually all leading Islamic organisations in Nigeria.

 

 

 

Gentlemen of the press, you will agree with us that we cannot witness a resurgence of our faith - Islam; we cannot even keep the flag flying without a well-structured arrangement, collective and continuous effort to make Muslim Students graduate from various fields of study in the various institutions with a sound and well-grounded understanding of Islam and its ethics. One of the ways in which we achieve that is through our camping programmes and others. The theme for this year’s camp is THE BASIS. The camp will be a unique camp being the 100th IVC, where we are determined to return to the Basis, thereby building a solid foundation of our Islam and become ideal Muslims. During the camping programme, delegates will be empowered with knowledge about the religion of Al-Islam.

 

Many problems being confronted by Nigeria today would have been a thing of the past if we had got our basis right.  It surprises that we keep complaining about leadership and there seems not to be human solution to it. Now that everyone must be tired of the saying that "leadership is the problem", not followership, then we really need to return to the basis by applying the teachings of Al-Islam to solve our challenges. Yes, oil and poor leadership may have been some of the banes of our development as a nation, but what else are we not doing right? It is our relationship with God, both leaders and followers now act freely, forgetting that they will give account of their deeds to Allah. The injustice in the Nigeria system will always affect our growth, if not stopped. You can imagine a state like Lagos State asking students to pause exam to hold Christmas Carol but insisted that Muslim students cannot willingly wear Hijab.

 

 

One would have expected that with the prevalence of religious institutions everywhere, there should not be so much corruption and wickedness in the country, but the reverse is the case. Immorality is regrettably increasing; infidelity and corruption are gradually becoming acceptable values in Nigeria. If so, maybe we should stop deceiving ourselves and accept it, that there is an unpardonable need to return to the basis. The teachings of Allah are sufficient for this nation to grow at desired rate. Islam is encompassing, and already made clear what a nation or people require to experience growth. We should know clearly that the problems of Nigeria has gone beyond what human beings can solve, Allah remains the most reliable provider of the solutions that will lift Nigeria out of its current challenges.

 

 

During the 2015 December IVC camp, there will be soul inspiring lectures, motivational discussion on character building and memorisation of Quran among others. We hope that delegates will leave the camp with the fear of Allah, zeal for Ibadah, Dawah and better understanding of how to co-exist peacefully in a multi-facet country like Nigeria.

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