MURIC demands Hijrah Day to be declared public holiday in Nigeria.
The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has called on the Federal Government recognize and declare every first day of the Islamic calendar as public holiday or Allah will punish them.
The demand was made by MURIC through a statement signed by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola on Wednesday.
Muslims in Nigeria are set to join others who practice the faith around the world to mark the Hijrah Day on Monday 9th August, 2021 which is the first day of the Islamic year.
The group lamented that the Federal Government had persistently ignored several calls and demands made by several Islamic groups in the country to declare Hijrah Day a holiday.
The group said it deemed it fit to amplify the demand this year as the date gets closer.
“We are calling on all state governors who are Muslims to identify with this noble, peaceful and divinely rewarding struggle by declaring this coming Monday (9th August, 2021) as Hijrah Day holiday.Advertisement
“Members of state executives (commissioners, chairmen of agencies, etc) who are Muslims have a duty to bring this to the attention of state governors as a matter of urgency.
“Also, chairmen of local governments who are Muslims should encourage and support Islamic organizations and schools within their jurisdiction to organize events to mark the Day.
“On the other hand, Muslims in public offices who fail to promote it will have questions to answer before Allah yaom al-Qiyamah because they will have to explain why they abandoned their faith and their fellow Muslims for worldly gains,” it said.
The group called on Muslims in public offices to not only be conversant with their religion but be bold enough to practice, manifest and seek to entrench it among fellow Muslims.
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