ICICE DG Recommends Ten Commandments for FCT Imams
The director general of International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) Dr Kabir Kabo Usman, has advised Imams of Mosques in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to assume the roles of constructive critics of authorities in Nigeria.
“Correct the government when it is wrong and commend it when it is right,” his special assistant on media and publicity, Abdulkadir Ahmed Ibrahim, quoted him to have said while delivering his goodwill message at a ‘Seminar on Unity of Imams as a Forte to the Ummah and Secure Nation’ organized by the Committee of FCT Imams Initiatives (C.F.I. I.) held at Fou’ad Lababidi Mosque, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.
Abdulkadir, in a press release he issued on Thursday, quoted Dr Kabir Kabo to have said as “Leaders and Heads of the Muslim Ummah (Community),
an ideal Imam should be: Knowledgeable, Taqwa – Fearful of Allah, Courageous, Sincere (ikhlaas), Humane, Contented, Organized and focused, Determined, Hard-working and diligent, Punctual, of Good conduct and habit, Tolerant and humble, Commend and appreciate followers efforts, Avoid frequent criticism, Neat, of Integrity – Disciplined and Generous.”
He said the DG commended C.F.I. I. for the successes achieved in its objectives which he attributed to “qualitative leadership that is based on integrity, fairness, justice, honesty, and etiquettes.”
According to Abdulkadir, Dr Kabir Kabo Usman spoke at length on ‘Islamic Practices and Activities – Shari’ a, Mosque (Masjid), Islamic Knowledge and Education, the Role of Imams in Da’awa and the Concept of Islamic Leadership where he recommended “ten commandments” for the FCT Imams.
The remaining included the establishment of Imam forum for dialogue and dissemination of best practice in all local governments; knowledge, moral and etiquettes; capacity development; leadership by example; management skill; administration of justice; spiritual upliftment and focus on commonalities rather than differences.”
He said others are good human relations, accountability, integrity, honesty, transparency, delegation, deliveries, courage, knowledge wisdom, strategy, trustworthiness, care and service.
The remaining consisted of being “a solution not the problem to society, advising and participating in the affairs of Muslims in government at all levels to advocate for justice and fairness.”
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