By Mojeed Adeyinka Ajibola
The Special Assistant to Oyo State Governor on Islamic Affairs, Alhaji AbdRasheed AbdAzeez has donated two hundred and fifty Hijabs to Muslim women in commemoration of this year’s World Hijab Day.
The beneficiaries were Islamic organisations which included Al-Akhwaatul Muslimah, Alhamdulilah Islamic Society and Peoples Democratic Party’s Muslim women of Ward 8, Ibadan Northwest Local Government.
Addressing members of Al-Akhwaatul Muslimah Organisation, Oyo State Chapter who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Alhaji AbdAzeez stressed the importance of Hijab as a pride of believing women.
He emphasized that the use of hijab is compulsory in Islam while hijab sisters should avoid discriminating against those who are yet to use it “as the good character of the regular users will serve as a motivating factors for others to join them”.
The Special Assistant noted that the administration of Engineer Seyi Makinde has been fair to all religions and would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among adherents of different religious organisations.
He said the Governor had done a lot for Muslims before he came into office and how would he not give what’s due for Muslims now that he is at the helm of Affairs.
Alhaji AbdulAzeez called on people especially the politicians to desist from campaign of calumny and engage in constructive criticism to enhance the development of the State.
The Amirah of Al-Akhwaatul Muslimah Organisation Oyo State Chapter, Alhaja Bashirat Ashim who said the visit was aimed at identifying with the Special Assistant and to celebrate the day expressed confidence that the occasion would encourage more Muslim women to embrace wearing of Hijab .
“The Hijab is not fashion but a dress code to encourage morals in Muslim women.
“The celebration is also aimed at addressing the issue of discrimination face by Muslim women in our society in some occasions.
According to the Amirah, wearing of Hijab has nothing to do with social vices such as the Boko Haram insurgence in our society as believed by some people.
She then commended Governor Seyi Makinde for identifying with Muslims across the state and for creating enabling environment for them to thrive in their activities.
The group also paid a similar visit to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Fausat Sanni.
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