Torrent of tributes from the leadership of foremost Muslim organisations and commissions in Nigeria have continued to pour in for the five Muslim women and two kids, who lost their lives in an autocrash that occurred on Wednesday, December 28, at Shagamu-Benin expressway.
Muslim News had reported that the victims, members of Al-Mu’minaat (the Believing Women), one of Nigeria’s notable Islamic organisations from Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State, were burnt when their 16-seater Mazda bus that was conveying them to the the 28th National Training Forum, NTF, at Odosengulu, Ijẹbu-Ode, Ogun State, went up in flames.
Two days after the accident that has thrown the ummah into mourning, notable Muslim organisations are still expressing their sympathy for Al-Mu’minaat, their members and families of the victims, over what they describe as devastating, while praying Allah to grant them aljannah firdaus.
This is a great loss to the Nigerian Muslim Ummah – MSSN, B-Zone
The B-Zone chapter of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, through its Amir, Barr. Qaasim Odedeji, expressed grief over the sad occurrence and prayed for the deceased and the injured.
In a statement, he said, “On behalf of myself and the entire members of MSSN B-ZONE, I commiserate with the leadership of The Muslim Congress and Al-Mu’minaat on the sad event of the death of some of their members on their way to Al-Mu’minaat camping program.
“We are devastated by this occurrence as it is not only a big loss to them as a Muslim organisation but also to all of us as Muslim ummah in Nigeria. I pray Allah forgives the deceased their shortcomings and admit them to paradise. I pray that Allah also give the injured quick recovery. May Allah grant the organisation, the friends and families as well as the Muslim ummah in Nigeria the fortitude to bear the loss.”
It is our belief that they are inmates of paradise – MSSN Lagos
The Amir of MSSNLagos, Miftahudeen Thanni, who led a delegation to attend the burial, commiserated with the families of the deceased, Al-Mu’minaat (The believing women) and the generality of Muslims.
According to him, “We grieve with our mothers, sisters at Al-Mu’minaat and the Nigerian Muslim communities at this trying time over the auto-accident that killed some Muslim women on the road travelling for the annual Islamic training exercise in Ijebu-Ode.
“They were striving to earn paradise but they died in the process. It is our belief that they are inmates of paradise at the moment. These are women who have worked so hard to build an ideal society, train responsible youths and keep the flag of Islam flying.
“We are devastated but pray that Allah grants them jannah and give their families the fortitude to bear the great loss.”
Thanni also wished other survivors who sustained burns and injuries quick recovery.
Our beloved sisters died as martyrs, says NAHCON Chairman
The National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, also joined in commiserating with the The Muslim Congress, Al-Mu’minaat and the entire Muslims on the sad event of the death of “our beloved sisters who died on their way to the Islamic vacation training in Shagamu, Ogun State.”
In a statement signed by the Chairman/CEO, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, the commission said it’s devastated by the sad news, adding that, “we take solace in the fact they died as martyrs and whom the Almighty Allah has promised aljanatul firdaus. Ameen.”
According to the NAHCON Chairman, “I beseech Almighty Allah to forgive our beloved sisters and elevate their stations among those who are guided, send them along the path of those who came before and forgive them all. Lord of the worlds, enlarge for them their graves and shed light upon them in aljanat. Ameen.
“My heart is also with the TMC and Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) at this moment. Their training forum and contribution has been a source of spiritual inspiration to uplift and prepare Muslims to be better persons for the growth of the family and the society,” he said.
Quoting Qur’an 23:169, Alhaji Hassan prayed Almighty Allah to give the family and the entire Muslim ummah the fortitude to bear this great loss.
“We should all take solace that the deceased died while striving to be better Muslims”, he added.
We shall always remember their last deeds – Kamor
The Muslim Public Affairs Center (MPAC) Nigeria, also condoled Al-Mu’minaat on the loss of its members in the tragic accident, saying that the community shall always remember their last deeds as “acts of worship, dedication to Allah and knowledge, and selfless service to the community.”
The Muslim rights organisation also prayed for the quick and complete recovery of the survivors who are receiving treatment at different orthopedic hospitals in Lagos.
In a personal message made available to Muslim News, the Executive Director of the Group, Mal. Disu Kamor said, “My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the sisters involved in the tragic accident yesterday, members of Al-Mu’minaat.
“While we pray that Allah accepts them as martyrs, heal the injured and give patience to the community, we shall remember that the last deeds on which Allah took their lives were acts of worship, dedication to Allah and knowledge, and selfless service to the community.
“My sincere condolences and prayers to Al-Mu’minaat, a group of believing women who have worked across the country to raise the flag of Islam, enriched the nation’s spirituality and championed works of charity and national development.
“May Allah ease our pains as we deal with the Ummich tragedy in total submission to Him. Indeed, from Allah we came and to Him we shall return.”
It’s a trial from Allah, says Muslim media body
The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), commiserated with the leadership and families of the martyred seven Al-Mu’minaat sisters as well as the Muslim Community in Nigeria.
The condolence message was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the National president of the Muslim media body, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun.
It would be recalled that some of the members of MMPN in Lagos State were recognised with Media Excellence Awards by the female organisation earlier on Wednesday during their Convention at Vanguards Academy, Ijẹbu Ode, before the unfortunate incident.
According to him, “We see this sad and unfortunate incident as a trial from Allah and we accept it in good faith as all souls will definitely return to the Creator, Allah SWT, at the appointed time.
“We pray Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the Al-Mu’minaat sisters, who died in His cause, and other dead Muslims, restore the health of those injured, console the families and the entire Muslim ummah in the best form and make the deceased inheritors of al-janah firdaus. Aamin.
“Indeed, the words of Allah are always true. They are all martyred.”
MMPN Lagos commiserates with Al-Mu’minaat over death of members
The Lagos State Chapter of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) has commiserated with Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) over the death of their members in a motor accident which occured at Shagamu-Benin expressway last Wednesday.
In a press statement issued on Saturday by MMPNLagos, the chairman, Dr Kabir Alabi Garuba, said the news of the incidence was devastating, adding that it was a huge loss to the Muslim ummah in Nigeria.
Dr Garuba said; “The executives of MMPN and entire Muslim journalists in the state commiserate with the leadership of Al-Mu’minaat, family members and their loved ones. We beseech Allah to forgive their sins and admit them into Aljanah firdaus.
“We also pray Allah to give the family of the deceased the strength to bear the huge loss.”
MURIC sympathizes with Al-Mu’minaat, TMC
The Ogun State chapter of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), through its chairman, Ustadh Jimoh Tajudeen Alao also mourned the passing of the members of Al-Mu’minaat who died on the path of Allah.
“We commiserate with the entire Muslim Ummah and most importantly,The Muslims Congress on the loss of our sisters and mothers who answered the call of Allah on their way to Al-Mu’minaat’s camping programme. But we take solace in the knowledge that they died in the cause of Allah.
We pray Allah (S.W.T) to grant their families succour, strengthen The Muslim Congress, and give the entire Muslim ummah the fortitude to bear the loss.”
MAVIN COMMISERATE WITH AL-MUMINAAT
The National Secretariat of the Muslim Association of Visually Impaired of Nigeria (MAVIN) , on behalf of its entire members, joins the Muslim community in Nigeria to condole with Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) as they mourn the tragic death of 5 of their members, along with 2 children, in a fatal lone accident on the Lagos-Benin expressway, on Wednesday, 28th December, 2022.
This is no doubt a sad incident and indeed, a big loss to the Muslim Ummah, but we are confident that their shocking and painful passage is a glorious one because they met their Lord in the cause of His mission.
Even though family members and friends of the deceased will definitely miss them, we are seizing this medium to admonish them all to be patient with the decree of Allah (SWT) , and be content with the fact that their departed loved ones are surely martyrs on the Path of Allah by virtue of the nature and circumstances of their death ….
(. And he who goes forth from his house as a migrant in the way of Allah and His Messenger, and whom death overtakes, his reward becomes incumbent on Allah. Surely Allah is All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate. Surah An-Nisa 4:97-100 –
. But do not think of those that have died in God’s cause as dead. Nay, they are alive! With their Sustainer have they their sustenance,
exulting in that (martyrdom) which God has bestowed upon them out of His bounty. And they rejoice in the glad tiding given to those (of their brethren) who have been left behind and have not yet joined them, that no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve”. Surah Al-Imran vs 169/170.
We are equally wishing all the 10 members of the organisation that are currently recuperating from the serious injuries sustained from the sad incident, a quick and complete recovery.
May Allah forgive the sins of the martyred believing women and children, overlook their shortcomings, illuminate their graves and grant them al-jannah firdaus, MAY ALLAH GIVE THE BEREAVED FAMILIES THE FORTITUDE TO BEAR THEIR LOSSES. Amin.
.. O believers! Do not be like the unfaithful who say about their brothers who travel throughout the land or engage in battle, “If they had stayed with us, they would not have died or been killed.” Allah makes such thinking a cause of agony in their hearts. It is Allah who gives life and causes death. And Allah is All-Seeing of what you do”. Surah Aal-E-Imran, vs 156
We seek Allah’s protection on all Muslims always and also pray for peace and prosperity for our dear nation.
Alhaji AbdulWasi’ Salaudeen.
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