The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Adul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi yesterday cautioned Muslim clerics on their manner of preaching.
In separate remarks at the inauguration of the Central Mosque of Wings Schools in Iwo, the traditional rulers appealed to all Muslims in the country to live with adherents of other faiths with love.
The sultan said it was only in love that progress could be sustained in any country.
According to him, life could be better in the society if all Muslims close ranks and unite for development.
“A good practicing Muslim should not pretend to be one but work religiously to uphold its doctrinal principle which is love,” he said. He charged them to eschew acrimony and mistrust.
The Oluwo also charged Muslims to always centre their preaching on love. Oba Akanbi said centering Islamic preaching on Sharia for punishment and killing had caused a lot of setback, segregation and disharmony between Muslims and adherents of other faiths.
He said it is only the message of love that could promote peace among the citizenry, adding that preaching tolerance, endurance, peace, and harmony, mutual understanding; sacrifice among other things would promote love among the people.
He added that if love reigns supreme in the Islamic circle, remarkable progress would be recorded and appealed to Muslims to always embrace love in their various dealings.
Also speaking, the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the South-West, Professor Lai Olyurode, called for better understanding and promotion of knowledge and more dialogue in addressing issues of national interest.
He said: “We need to understand and appreciate the values of others in order to concede to them a measure of respect as humans.”
He also urged all Nigerians to be practically committed to the promotion of cultural literacy, particularly it’s religious component.