The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017 public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New Year. A statement signed by the stateâ€™s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa said Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the New Islamic Year 1439 AH.
Baderinwa said Governor Aregbesola wishes every Muslims in the state and across the world a happy New Year celebration and enjoined residents of the state to continue living harmoniously and peacefully with tolerance and understanding. Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state He said the Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in Saudi Arabia. â€œGovernor Rauf Aregbesola had adopted the day as official public holiday in the state on November 15, 2012.
â€œGovernor Aregbesola wished Muslims in the state and across the world a happy New Year celebration and enjoined residents of the state to continue living harmoniously and peacefully with tolerance and understanding. â€œThe governor said as Muslims enter a New Year, they must not only celebrate but also strive, as part of what Allah commands them, to internalise the lessons and essence of the Hijrah as exemplified by uncommon patience and endurance of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the face of hardship.
â€œThe Governor expressed the hope that the new year would usher the state into another era of economic prosperity, stability and peace. â€œGovernor Aregbesola specifically charges Muslims and other people of the state to imbibe the lessons of the Hijrah by leaving sinful and malfeasance practices that have been constituting stumbling block to the progress of the state and Nigeria for a new life and conduct that will add value to the state and the country.
â€œThe governor advised the people to use the new Islamic Year for their spiritual development. â€œGovernor Aregbesola call on the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the nation against all manners of afflictions that we seem to be currently undergoing in term of economic hardship, and insecurity, praying for Allahâ€™s intervention.â€
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