By Lere Olayinka

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni has urged Muslims in the country to emulate Prophet Ibrahim by always submitting themselves to the will of Allah, saying; “Prophet Ibrahim exhibited faith and great submission to the will of Allah by offering his only son as sacrifice to Allah and this should be emulated by all Muslims.”

In a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, the former governor, in his goodwill message to Muslims on the occasion of this year's Eid-el-Kabir noted that “celebration of Eid-el-Kabir goes beyond slaughtering of ram and merry making. Rather, it is a demonstration of faith in Allah and total submission to His will as epitomised by Prophet Ibrahim.

He said even though the test Allah gave Holy Prophet Ibrahim was a tough one, the prophet did not question Allah, adding that; “Ismail, his son too was an epitome of faith and total submission to the will of Allah.”

“When Prophet Ibrahim had a dream that he was slaughtering Ismail as a sacrifice to Allah, he (Prophet Ibrahim) told Ismail and he (Ismail) said without hesitation: 'Do what you are commanded, you shall find me very patient insha Allah.'

“Both Prophet Ibrahim and his son submitted to the will of Allah. And at a point when Ibrahim had laid his son prostrate, put his forehead on the ground and directed a sharp knife towards his neck, Allah called him: 'O Ibrahim! You have fulfilled the dream! Thus do We reward the good doers!' A big sheep was sent down from heaven to be slaughtered instead of Ismail, which Ibrahim did, and they both had a big celebration that day.

“That was the height of faith in Allah and total submission to His will and I urge our Muslims brothers and sister to learn from this rare demonstration of faith in Allah,” Oni said.

While urging Muslims and other Nigerians to continue to have faith in the country and its leaders, Oni said; “If we have the kind of faith demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim in Nigeria, we will all do that which will promote the unity and well-being of the country and its people.

Oni said.