By Jumu’ah Abiodun
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria Higher Missionary Training College at Ilaro (Jamia tul Mubashireen,Ilaro ) has graduated eleven Missionaries expected to serve the Islamic community and propagate peace religious coexistence in Nigeria and beyond.
The students were drawn from Nigeria and Benin Republic for the four year programme covering Islamic jurisprudence, Arabic , Hudu and English Languages, Quran and Hadith, Tajweed , Quranic memorarization(Hafisul) sports and contemporary Islamic preaching techniques.
According to the Provost of the Jamiatul Mubashireen, Maulvi Nadeem Ahmad Waseem, three of the graduates had second class Upper Honours, 2:1, with an aggregate of 3.9 points. One of the Missionaries Musa Abdul Matin became an Hafiz – memorising the complete Quran before his graduation, while Abdul Naeem had the best project from the class.
Lamina Nurullah emerged the best graduating student. Benin Republic equally produced its first Missionary Graduate from Nigeria.
In his advice to the graduants, the Spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, challenged them to be of great humility, spread of the true teachings of Islam and an ambassador of peace . In his words,” always remember that to get a degree is not enough but is in fact only the very first and small step. You have many more steps to climb. Always remember that the key to your success is your humility. You should not just be the type of Missionary who guides or lectures others, but in fact you should make sure that every point that you try to inculcate in others has already been developed within yourself.”
Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria, Dr Mashuud Adenrele Fasola states that good conduct should set the trained Missionaries apart as role model to others.
Missionary in Charge Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria, Maulvi Abdul Khalique Nayyar, congratulated the parents for sending their wards to the Missionary training college. He admonished the Missionaries to also be a good example to all and fear Allah in the line of duties in any parts of Nigeria.
The Representative of the Chief Imam of Ilaro, Alhaji Musa Kareem commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim community for his efforts towards the peaceful propagation of Islam and the uniqueness of the establishment of the Missionary training college in Ilaro.
Divisional Police Officer in Ilaro Divisional Police Station, Ali Lukman Akeem, equally appreciated the contributions of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community globally to Islamic, secular education and peaceful propagation of Islam. As part of his appreciation, he promised to send his children to the school for Islamic knowledge and memorisation of the Holy Quran.
In his own remarks, Engineer Yinka Akintunde, a Christian friend of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, recalled the good conduct of Ahmadi Muslim who had been his friends for over 40 years. He promised to rehabilitate the streets lights along the Jamia Ahmadiyya Missionary Training College road.
Parents and the graduants expressed joy on their successes.