Muslims have been urged to plan for their as party measures to guard against the problem of out of school children which is reported to be above 10 million.
A renowned Islamic cleric and scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Nura Khalid, gave the advice in Abuja at the first annual Ramadan lecture organised by the Forum for Islamic Guidance (FIG) titled, “The Family as the Heart of the Ummah”.
He said Islam places high premium of family ethics and values and has thus designed the roles of every family member to promote a peaceful, organised and conducive society.
According to him, without the family, the society would be meaningless and destroyed, adding that starting a family is about maturity and emotional state of the mind and not just bringing forth children that one cannot cater for. He said most families have deviated from the norms that bind them and are thus at crossroads.
He said, “The threat poses by out of school children cannot be overemphasized. They are becoming a menace to the society and most of them are Muslims from the north and this is a result of the way we reproduce children without planning and necessary consideration of our own responsibilities and this is gives birth to out of school children. We need to do something about this and of one such is to plan our family.”
The Ameer (leader) of FIG Brother Abdulfatai Lawal, and the chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Yusuf Oriyomi, in their separate remarks said the collapse in family values have contributed negatively to the society and urged participants at the lecture to take to the advice of the guest lecturer.
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