ABUJA - Following the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), a group of young Nigerian Muslims have launched a campaign to promote the message of Islam through contributions to their society.
[The Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness] hopes to move its members and society at large from a point of speaking to acting and to positively affect their communities and influence change for the better, MICA executive secretary Mallam Sulayman Olokodana told OnIslam.net.
Themed Dawah by Social Responsibility, the group has launched a campaign to serve the society as a way to promote a better understanding of Islam.
The project is MICA's token contribution to Islam at this time of our national history and in view of the negative image some have created for our deen, Olokodana said.
He believes that the universality of human brotherhood can be achieved if we Muslims act on the prophetic example of showcasing Islam through personal examples.
Olokodana says that the campaign is part of the group's efforts to re-awaken the spirit of Muslims and highlight the tenets of Islam among younger generations.
The movement intends to affiliate with other Islamic organizations for young people in all parts of the world, he said.
Founded in 1994, MICA is an association of young Muslim professionals, graduates and undergraduates to promote Islam.
It describes itself as an antidote to the contemporary social-cultural problems facing Muslims in the corporate world.
It says it aims to create an awareness of Islam and impart Islamic culture and values on the Muslim for the improvement of contemporary society and in the cause of Allah.
The group has a number of investments, especially in the education sector, to assist Muslim families in Nigeria.
Olokodana says his group has spearheaded a number of initiatives to promote Islamic Da`awa through social responsibility.
This project is relatively new, but we have carried out visitation and presentation of health packs to the children's ward at LASUTH (Lagos State Teaching Hospital), he told OnIslam.net.
We are working on improvement of identified mosques around the Lagos State, among other pro-masses projects.
Olokodana says his group partakes in several public-spirited ventures, such as taking part in campaigns for better and safer environment, pressuring elected officials to show good examples or resign and contributing to public works.
If Islam calls for an orderly and corrupt-free society, it is our responsibility as Muslims to not just say Allah said or Allah said that but to also demonstrate such behavior in our communities.
That way, we will be sending the message of Islam from the position of strength. But when Muslims are allegedly actively involved in the Boko Haram mentality then we are not serving the cause of Islam, he said.
It is therefore our resolve at MICA to show that Muslims are indeed the torchbearers for good and human brotherhood.
The Qur'an said so and the Prophet and his trustworthy companions showed these good examples on the basis of which their message gained the ground in Makkah, Medinah and across the whole world. Today's Muslims must follow in their footsteps.Muslims make up nearly 55 percent of Nigeria's 140 million population, while Christians account for nearly 40 percent.