Almajiri Phenomenon, Zakkah On Front Burner As Women In Da’awah Conference Pulls Top Islamic Cleric To Kaduna

National President, Women in Da'awah, Maryam Idris Othman (middle) with other executives of the group during a press briefing at the NUJ Kaduna Secretariat on Thursday June 20, 2019.

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

The. Almajiri phenomenon, Zakkah and reconnecting with Allah would be key topics on the front burner, featuring top Islamic clerics as the 14th Annual National Conference of Women in Da’awah  begins in Kaduna on Friday.

This was made known at a press conference, held on Thursday June 20, 2019 at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Secretariat, presented by the Women in Da’awah National President, Maryam Idris Othman.

“The conference will showcase three days of lectures, discussions and meetings including ten lectures, seven topics and a youth session. 
“Other activities include this press conference, several media appearances and visits to designated locations to give succour and support.

Prominent scholars are scheduled to attend and/or deliver papers including Dr Muhammad Sulaiman Jos, Dr Bashir Umar Aliyu, Sheikh Muhammad Bn Uthman, Dr Mansur Ibrahim Sokoto, Ambassador Bukar Yusuf Al-Amin, Dr Shettima Aji Ali, Dr Jabir Sani Maihula, Dr Mansur Yalwa & Professor Bello Dogarawa among others.  Some of the topics that will be analysed include; 
1. Reconnecting with Allah through our actions- a guide for Muslims   2. The Almajiri phenomenon in Northern Nigeria and the burden of society 3. Institutionalizing Zakkah and Waqf as social safety nets for the Ummah.

“The main event of the conference is the opening ceremony on Saturday June 22nd, 2019 where an array of distinguished scholars and personalities are expected. These include our chief host, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, the keynote speaker, Dr. Abubakar Sani Birnin Kudu, our special guests, Her Excellency, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, wives of several state governors among many others,” she said.

Reading from a text of the conference, she added that this year’s theme is drawn from the Noble Qur’an chapter 2, verse 208, “Believers! Enter wholly into Islam226 and do not follow in the footsteps of Satan for he is your open enemy” (Qur’an- 2:208).

 “The intent of this year’s theme highlights the spirit of this verse where God demands that man should submit, without reservation, the whole of his being to His will. 
“Man’s outlook, intellectual pursuits, behaviour,

interaction with other people and modes of endeavour should all be completely subordinate to Islam. God does not accept the splitting up of human life into separate compartments, some governed by the teachings of Islam and others exempt.

“The choice of theme therefore is a direct outcome of happenings and issues experienced in 2019. Indeed 2019 has reached an unwholesome height as one of those years which showcased and featured series of dislocations among the populace, including kidnappings, banditry, political thuggery and the negative manifestations of election season. But as a resilient people, we cannot sit back, lament and expect miracles,” she explained.

She further explained that the organization instituted its annual conference series in 2006 when it held the first national conference at Kano in June 2006 and has held thirteen successive national conferences in twelve states of the federation and the FCT. 

“These annual conferences seek to achieve the main objectives of educating WID members, equipping them to meet the challenges in our constantly changing world, and also calling general public attention to topical issues that affect society, proffering various solutions to address them.  

“The annual conferences create a forum for the review of strategies and collaboration for our outreach activities. It is also an opportunity to bring together women involved in da’awah activities from various backgrounds to rub minds and share experiences.

“As with earlier outings, the 14th edition of the Conference focuses on a specific theme that captures the aspiration and mood of the populace especially the Muslim community. 

“The intent in Kaduna 2019 revolves around reconnecting with the spirit and substance of the Qur’an in word and deed, redirecting our priorities and remaining firm in the hope that indeed things will get better by our effort and commitment and not by chance or miracles. The lectures and discussions will focus on how we reconnect with our creator, thereby fulfilling his purpose for us. How do we change our situation positively? How do we engage ourselves in honest retrospection? How do we empower and inspire the future generations?” She stressed.

Women in Da’awah called on government at all levels to intensify concerted efforts in addressing challenges threatening communities, rekindling hope in the populace and providing opportunities to actualize them. 

“We especially call for the restructuring of almajiri schools, to give all children a chance in living purposeful lives. We call on citizens to fulfil their obligations to Allah in word and deed by imbibing noble citizenship values, excellent communal relations, community development and contributing to the betterment of their own societies. As Muslims we are expected to be shining examples in doing good and enjoining it. We should revive that,” she stressed.

She appealed to the media as the mouthpiece and lens of society to publicize the message to all nooks and crannies of the society.

“For indeed the citizens of our great nation, Nigeria, need to connect with their purpose in life, commit to individual and collective contribution to the betterment of society and inspire and symbolize positive change for the betterment and empowerment of our future generations. You have a duty, a calling and an obligation which your creator will ultimately hold you to account for.

“Women in Da’awah” is an umbrella group of Muslim Women Organizations involved in education, enlightenment, outreach, empowerment and advocacy on women and general family issues in Nigeria.

 It was established in 2003 in FCT and is a not for profit membership organization with the overall goal of ensuring the spiritual, moral, economic and psycho-social well-being of members and the entire community. 

It was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on 5 October 2006 and has a well-established and functional seven-member Board of Trustees. 
The organization has its membership drawn from Women from all walks of life especially professionals and grass root women engaged in Islamic propagation and outreach.

 The head office of the Organization is No. 7, Safi Street Zone 4, Wuse Abuja.  It has grown in the last thirteen years and presently has chapters in eighteen states of Nigeria. 


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