According to him, “Media framing of Islam dates back to 1859 when journalism was packaged to us alongside Christianity. The place was Abeokuta. All sorts of things were packed into it, especially the ones that will affect Islam.
“They created their imaginary Islam, started loading their own ideas into it and turned it into propaganda to smear Islam to whoever reads about it, so that as you are reading, you will begin to develop hatred for the religion called Islam.
“Muslims do not see rivalry in other religions, but our counterparts, especially in Christianity see it as such, believing the only way to propagate their religion is to smear Islam, believing doing so will create hatred for it”.
Speaking on his nomination as the Nigerian Muslim Media Person of the Year, the columnist expressed his indifference to awards.
“When AbdurRasheed got in touch with him, I told him I am indifferent to awards. Whatever I do in the way of Islam, I expect the reward from Allah. So, this award is the 52nd but I accepted only one before the one given to me by Muslim News. That’s my nature. I don’t make noise, I prefer my work to speak for itself.”
Alhaji Abbas, however, eulogised the establishment of Muslim News Nigeria in August, 2018, saying its advent is timely, especially at the time the Ummah needs a mouthpiece. He urged Muslims to buckle down and give required support to the media platform. READ HIS FULL KEYNOTE ADDRESS HERE
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MUSLIM MEDIA PRACTITIONERS SPEAK…
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Hajiah Rafiat Idowu Sanni traced the under-reporting of Muslims in the media to their negligence in celebrating their own successes.
Hajiah Rofiat, while speaking at the #MNAwards2020, said that it’s her delight to see that Muslim News is celebrating Muslim achievers in the academia and in different professions through its publication.
The newly appointed Amirah of FOMWAN, an umbrella body for the Nigerian Muslim Women Organisations therefore emphasised the need for Muslim personalities and organisations to support Muslim News, so that copies of its print edition can be circulated across Nigeria.
According to her, “I do tell people, it’s because we don’t celebrate the blessings of Allah among ourselves, that is why people erroneously believe the Muslims are not making it. But today, Muslim News has done it for us, by celebrating our achievements. AlhamduliLlah, that our prayers over the years have come to fruition today through this publication.
“When you read the newspaper, you see it celebrating one Muslim student’s emergence as the best graduating student in his or her school. Another one, most especially, in Hijab, coming first in her school and so on. If these continue, people will stop telling us that Muslims are failures. So, we appreciate Muslim News. You are doing a very good job. May Allah reward you abundantly,” she noted.
She therefore called on the Muslims to patronise the newspaper by buying several copies for free distribution to offices and homes. According to her, “On this note I would want everyone of us to contribute to Muslim News, to buy as many as possible and distribute to people in our offices, schools, even at home to our children, so that they will know and will appreciate the blessings of Islam
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She further appreciated Muslim News for its regular and in-depth coverage of FOMWAN activities, especially during the recently held 36th National Conference. She said, “I had never set my eyes on brother Abdurrasheed until this morning, but what he did during the last election has never happened in the 36-year history of FOMWAN.
“I shed tears when I saw people calling me from different places and just because of that contribution of his to the result of the FOMWAN National Election, I have gotten appointments in many places to participate in their conferences and activities.
“If I’ve never seen you in my life, I’ve never known you and you were able to do this for us — all Muslim women in Nigeria and Abroad, I say Jazakallahu khairan.
“FOMWAN is not only in Nigeria, that of Nigeria is FOMWAN, that of UK is FOMWA UK, that of US is FOMWA US, that of Liberia is FOMWAL, that of Sierra Leone is FOMWASL, that of Ghana is FOMWAG. So, if you work within the confines of your room or office and it was all blown across the whole world, it means your reward has no limit. May Allah reward you abundantly for making us proud.
“As I do tell our people in FOMWAN, when we were very young, by the time we were bearing children, I was about 4 months pregnant with my second child when we went to Kano in 1985, where the idea of FOMWAN came up. When our mothers like Mama Adekola, Alhaja Fatimah Dele, Alhaja Tafa Salam, Alhaja Oyero, Alhaja Adams, Alhaja Alokolodo, Alhaja Akinola and a host of our mothers in Oyo State came to FOMWAN meetings, they will donate any amount they had, be it 1 Naira or 50 Naira for sadaqa. They will tell everyone to thank Allah on their behalf for their sons or daughters emerging best graduating students in their schools.
“As my own mother always told me, anywhere you see them doing good things, go there and beg Allah. I will just move to one corner of FOMWAN room and say, the child of Alhaja Ayero is a Medical Doctor, I want my child to be a Medical Doctor too, the children of other persons are pharmacists, lawyers, and so on, I want my children to be successful. Do you know that today, all the prayers said in those days have become fruitful. Alhamdulillah”, she noted. READ HER FULL SPEECH HERE
HCFI, IMAN provides free medical screening
A Non-governmental Organisation, Human Concern Foundation International (HCFI) conducted free medical screening for the first 50 attendees at the Muslim News Nigeria 3rd Anniversary Lecture/#MNAwards2020.
One of the representatives of HCFI, the facilitators of the pre-event medical screening, Mr. Olaiya Abdul Hafeez (MLS) expressed appreciation for the invitation to carry out the screening in conjunction with the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Lagos State chapter.
Mr. Olaiya said Muslim News has been doing very well in the area of celebrating Muslim achievers since its inception, adding that, “we deemed it fit to honour this invitation by our brother, the publisher of Muslim News and today, we’ll be checking their vitals, blood pressure, sugar level, among others.”
Speaking further, Mr. Olaiya who led his team to the venue, said, “We also created the opportunity for a consultation where we counsel them on healthy living and if there is need for referral, we definitely do.”
One of the first attendees that benefitted from the exercise was Alhaji Femi Abbas, guest lecturer and one of the awardees at the event, honoured for his decades-long contributions to journalism in Nigeria.
The NGO also provided free face masks for the participants and provided facilities to wash their hands and apply sanitisers, following the COVID-19 protocols.
The publisher of Muslim News Nigeria, Rasheed Abubakar thanked Allah and then those who made the event a success story.
According to him, “I feel extremely happy with the turn out of this event after months of planning. Alhamdulillah for the success and those that made it come to a reality, especially the professional Muslim bodies that worked together with us to ensure credible winners emerged from law, health, finance, and media sectors without forgetting the Muslim Celebrity Category which was won by Ahmed Musa, Super Eagle’s captain who now plays for Turkish Club, Fatih Karagumruk.
“Next year will be bigger, in shaa Allah, as we introduce more professional bodies, especially teaching, who deserve to be recognised more while they’re alive. We want to correct the notion that the teachers rewards are only in heaven. Ditto other professions. We want to encourage Muslim individuals to team up with their professional bodies and make meaningful contributions to the Ummah and the nation at large. Islam and developmental project cannot be done in isolation,” he added.
The event was also attended by the Chairman, Lagos State chapter of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, MULAN, Barr. Ajibola Kaka; Amirah of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria, Hajiah Rafiah Sanni; Former Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Dr Qasim Akinreti; MD/CEO of Complete Sports, Alhaji Mumuni Alao; Alhaji Tajudeen Uzamat of Uzamat Communications, Publicity Secretary, Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU), Alhaji Abdul Fatah Olajide, representatives of TMC, The Companion, and Lekki Muslim Ummah, among others.
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