Iftar, breaking of Muslim fasting has been described as great way of fostering unity and progress in a multi religious community, state and the nation at large.
The Chief Imam of Akure Kingdom, Alhaji Dr. AbdulHakeem Yayi Akorede made the statement at the first Royal Iftar with the Deji of Akure Kingdom Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun ll held on Tuesday at the Oba’s palace in Akure, Ondo state.
Akorede said there is great reward for feasting the fasting Muslims in iftar charging governments at all levels to include it in their administrative activities
While saying that the programme indicated the royal father’s love for Islamic religion, Akorede applauded Akeredolu’s administration for supporting the Muslims across the state.
He said Akure kingdom has benefited in many areas from Oba Aladetoyinbo among which included, building of a beffiting mosque in the royal abode inspite of not being a Muslim, breaking the record of hosting the royal iftar.
The speacial Adviser to the Governor on Public Utility, Engr. Tunji light Ariyo felicitated with the Muslim Faithfuls observing the programme as a way for the purpose of rigthousness.
He said he shared in the sentiment and support what will foster unity and development of the nation.
The Muftasir of Akure Kingdom, Alhaji Muhammed Raji Kewuyemi, who delivered the lecture at the occasion spoke on the relevance and purpose of Ramadan fasting.
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He described the importance of Ramadan spiritually, socially and morally, all aiming toward good relationship with people of different race.
The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun-ll appreciated the Muslim faithfuls for gracing the occasion while promising to improve and extend invitation to the Muslims across the state next year.
Earlier, in his welcome speech, Alhaji AnurJimoh Ibrahim noted that the Iftar was organised for the Muslim Umah to know the extend of the Deji’s love and interest in islam and the faithful.
Present at the occasion were the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abdul Wahab Adegbenro, Chairman Akure South local government Mrs. Margaret Atere, the Obalogun of Igoba , His Highness ,Adinlewa Adeniyi, the Chairman of FUTA muslim community, Prof. Isiaq Adekunle Amoo, Imam Ratibis in Akure South Local government, Members of FOMWAN, members of MULCON and many others too numerous to mention.