Araat Ajenifujah Foundation: Promoting Islamic Faith Through Children’s Literature

Araat Ajenifujah Foundation: Promoting Islamic Faith Through Children’s Literature

Araat Ajenifujah Foundation with a quest for promoting Islamic faith had a presentation and Launch of an Islamic Literature for Children. The event, which took place on October 27, 2018, at the National Mosque Abuja witnessed the attendance of notable Islamic scholars. In his opening remarks, Chairman of Islamic Youth League Foundation, Abdulfatai Adedeji, reiterated the importance of knowledge to mankind, saying its values cannot be over emphasized. He said: “In the secular world today, knowledge is the new money. What somebody knows is the edge he or she has over the other. And as Muslims, seeking for knowledge is compulsory on all men and women of the faith.” The idea for the book titled ‘Stories of Prophets in Islam for Children’ started 14 years ago and only came into being this year, 2018. The author of the book Hajiya Shakirat Solebo said it is a dream come true for her due to the rigorous schedules she had to combine. And seeing the book come to life despite all the trials is a testament that hard work and persistence pay. “It’s indeed a dream come true. It is mainly to challenge myself to come up with subsequent volumes because this is Volume 1.” The literature for children is emphatic on portraying authentic Islamic values adapted from the Qur'an and hadith beginning with the narrations of creation and the first man on earth Adam and how his journey on earth began. There was a short children play describing that scene. A review of the book was done by Kareem Olatoye highlighting the content as a spiritual food for the souls of human. The message is educative on creations, the prophets of Allah, and didactic representations; it also instigates morality expiating on the consequences of disobedience and explaining the negative consequences of wickedness and man’s inhumanity to man. Present at the event was the chief Imam of National Mosque, Sheik Ahmad Oniwelura who recommended that the book should be promoted. He also emphasized that the issue of spreading and searching for knowledge is one of the things Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) encouraged his ummah to pursue from cradle to grave. He admonished parents and guardians to create a sound and basic understanding of Islam in their children. And for those present to contribute to the success of the book because writing and publishing is not the end. An Islamic jurist, Prof. Iysa Bello who was also the Father of the Day said the bedrock of Islam is knowledge therefore Muslims should seek for knowledge of everything that is beneficial to mankind, reiterating a hadith. "A Muslim has the responsibility of delivering the knowledge or message of Islam, even if it is one verse." He also said that anyone that has knowledge that is useful to the Islamic community should pass it on. Some of the participants at the event were impressed with the form of literature produced; encouraging that more of it should be published. Fatima Abubakar said, “We should encourage Muslim writers to write on Islam.” Mallam Nasiru Owolabi said that such literature should be promoted in schools and Islamic gatherings so as to enlighten children with it. Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to three persons by the Araat Ajenifujah Foundation. Two of the beneficiaries, Halima Abdurrahman and Nana Firdaws Abdullah, were awarded educational scholarships while a widow was given a grant.
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