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We gained entrance into the premises at 12:45 PM. The lecture started immediately after Solatu Zuhr.

The Lecturer, Barr. Abdullateef Abdullahi (As-sudaisiy) gave an opening speech by thanking Allāh for making it possible to inaugurate the monthly Tawheed Class in the Correctional Centre after several attempts owing to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. The class was on general admonition which centred on the Tawheed, seeking knowledge and the need to follow the Sunnah of the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

The Lecturer admonished us all to enter into Islam completely, and make sure that we all die upon the pristine Islam, because it is only those who die as true Muslims that will enter paradise. He supported this with several provisions of Qur'an. In  Q2:208, Allah SWT said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِى السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوٰتِ الشَّيْطٰنِ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

"O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy."

( Al-Baqara 2: Verse 208). 

Allah also said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُّسْلِمُونَ

"O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him]."(Aal-i-Imraan 3: Verse 102).

The lecture also extol the importance of seeking Islamic knowledge, saying learning about Islam precedes practice of Islam. He enjoined the Inmates to seek for beneficial knowledge, as that is the only way they can become Muslims by practice. 

The Lecturer also pointed it out that, the only way to die as a practicing Muslim to practice Islam in accordance with the Sunnah of prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, and his companions because he is the one that Allāh sent with the message of Islam, and not any Alfa or Shehu. "You can't claim to be a Muslim without following the Sunnah of the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, because only him understand Islam as Allāh wants it, and those who were with him that time are the best to be followed. This is the right Path to be followed".

The Lecturer explained the meaning of the clear path with narrations from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, where he made an illustration by drawing a straight line and some other lines besides and he told the companions that the straight line is the path of Islam. The Lecturer warned inmates to always follow the path of Sunnah not to deviate, because anyone who deviates from the straight line may not find his way back again. And being on the clear path means holding onto the rope of Allāh; as Allāh said:

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا ۚ وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَآءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِۦٓ إِخْوٰنًا وَكُنْتُمْ عَلٰى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنْقَذَكُمْ مِّنْهَا ۗ كَذٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ءَايٰتِهِۦ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ

"And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided."

( Aal-i-Imraan 3: Verse 103).

Lastly, he implore the inmates to accept their present condition as a trial from Allāh, and use it to serve Him as only Him know the reason for keeping them in prison at this time, citing the example of Prophet Yusuf and how he later became an important personality, after his acceptance of Allah's trial.

The lecturer thereafter entertained questions and answered them to the best of his ability.

Appreciation: The welfare officer in charge of Muslim inmates, wholeheartedly appreciated the Foundation for her relentless efforts at making the lives of the Inmates more meaningful, especially from the period of Covid-19 Pandemic till now. He used the opportunity to pray for everyone involved in the running of the affairs of the Foundation.

Request: The Inmates through the welfare officer made requests for the following items:

Copies of Hisnul Muslim

Gari, kulikuli sugar, slippers and soap and other toiletries.

Fines and transport fare for some of the inmates set to be released soon.

The UCIF Ilorin team which had 2 brothers in attendance left the Correctional Centre at around 2:10 pm.

Sambo Dare Ibrahim

For UCIF Ilorin.

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