The Wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, has urged parents to inculcate the love of religion and the desire to worship God in their children and wards.
Dr Zainab Bagudu spoke on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi at the 6th Annual Kebbi Women’s Ramadan Lecture, with a theme, “Path to Paradise.”
The Ramadan lecture was started in 2016 for the women of the state through the initiative of the First Lady.
Dr. Bagudu also urged youths to be very conscious of the company they keep, adding that children are indeed a gift from Allah and their upbringing is a matter of trust.
“It’s an amana (trust) from God. Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas with Allah! With Him is a great reward (Paradise),” she said.
Dr Bagudu admonished Muslm mothers to put in their best efforts to ensure that their children become true inheritors of Islam, and to keep Islam alive in their lives and their families’ lives after their death.
According to her, parental efforts are, therefore, quite instrumental in inculcating the love of Islam and the desire to worship in the right manner.
“Parents should also recognize that raising good children can be a source of their salvation in the hereafter.
“The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
‘Upon death, man’s deeds will stop except for three deeds.
“They are a continuous charitable fund, endowment or goodwill; knowledge left for people to benefit from; and a pious righteous and God-fearing child who continuously prays to Allah, for the repose of the souls of his parents.'”
This year’s lecture held with five prominent speakers including Sheikh Mufti Ismail Menk, Dr. Jabir Sani Maihula, Mallama Juwairiya Usman, Mallama Zainab Jafar Adam and Sister Jamila Lawal.
In his address, the Governor of Kebbi State, H.E Sen Abubakar Atiku Bagudu congratulated his wife and the organising team for the success of the lecture. He thanked the speakers for
making the trip to share knowledge. The Governor noted that all the lectures by the speakers are all connected.
The Governor emphasised on the young people in Kebbi to note that all the people invited are young people of knowledge and should as such emulate them and also, take the lectures to heart so that by next Ramadan lecture they will all be better people.
The first lecture of the day was delivered by Dr Mufti Ismail Menk who spoke virtually on Parenting.
The second lecture by Dr Jabir Sani Maihulla focused on Justice centered around Surat Al-Nisa.
Third speaker of the day, Mallama Juwairiyya presented in Hausa, building on what Dr. Jabir spoke on – justice. She however narrowed down to justice in marriage.
The fourth speaker, Malama Zainab Jaafar Adam (daughter of renowned late Scholar Jafar Adam) highlighted that Allah has bestowed upon his subjects a lot of mercies (rahma) most important among which are Islam and the mercy of peace.
The fifth and final speaker, Sister Jamila Lawal, spoke on appropriate Ramadan diet.
She discussed the various components of a balanced diet which includes: protein, carbohydrates, vitamins water and oil and their nutritional values.
Other highlights of the event were the beautiful recitation of the glorious Quran by an orphan from Zuru, Malama Rumaisau and spoken words poetry (Qasidah) by Amir Nazir Amir and Kafayat Lawal.
Iftar was served and 10kg bags of rice were distributed to over 1000 participants.