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Qur’an recitation and memorization: A catalyst for youth mental development, says Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

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In a resounding endorsement of the mental benefits derived from the recitation and memorization of the Holy Qur’an, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State urged the Muslim community, especially the youth, to engage in the constant reading and memorization of the sacred text. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Qur’an and Hadith Competition organized by the Saudi Arabian embassy, Abuja, and the As-Sunnah Academy of Da’awah and Research in Ilorin, Kwara State, Governor AbdulRazaq highlighted the profound impact of this spiritual practice on mental development.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mamman Saba Jibril, Governor AbdulRazaq emphasized the importance of pursuing knowledge of the Qur’an and Hadith, encouraging memorization as a means to advance the cause of Islam and guide individuals’ ways of life. He described the holy book as the root and science of all knowledge, urging the faithful, particularly the youth, to dedicate themselves to regular recitation and study. The Governor congratulated the organizers and winners of the competition for a successful event, reaffirming his government’s commitment to fostering an atmosphere of peace and religious tolerance among all faiths in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the competition, which comprised six categories, showcased the talents of brilliant reciters and memorizers of the Qur’an/Hadith. Among the leading participants were Abdulrahman Ismail, Ahmad Abdulsalam, Abdullateef Zakariyah, Khadijah Ajijolakewu, and Zainab AbdulGafar, along with several others who displayed their expertise in Quranic recitation and memorization.

Governor AbdulRazaq’s endorsement of the mental benefits derived from engaging with the Qur’an echoes the sentiments of scholars and practitioners alike. The event underscored the significance of fostering a deep connection with the sacred text as a means of personal and spiritual growth.

The Cultural Attache of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria and Chief host, Sheikh Nami Asshamari, hailed the competition as a testament to Saudi Arabia’s dedication to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His noble Messenger. He emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to fostering peaceful coexistence globally and showcasing the true voice of Islam, free from extremism, excess, negligence, and decay.

Sheikh Nami Asshamari expressed gratitude to Governor AbdulRazaq and all royal fathers for creating a suitable environment for hosting the competition. He also commended the organizing committee for their efforts in ensuring the ceremony’s success.

Justice Abdulateef Kamaldeen, Chairman of the Occasion, highlighted the scholarly nature of the gathering, recognizing not only the importance of the Qur’an but also honoring the committed memorizers whose efforts and dedication were acknowledged during the event. The competition served as a platform not only for showcasing talent but also for reinforcing the significance of the Qur’an in fostering intellectual and spiritual development among the youth.

In conclusion, the Qur’an and Hadith Competition in Kwara State emerged as a testament to the enduring influence of Islamic teachings on the mental development of individuals, particularly the youth. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s advocacy for the continuous engagement with the holy text echoes the commitment of leaders and scholars to instill a deep sense of spiritual purpose and intellectual growth within communities.

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More than 110 killed in earthquake in Northwest China

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More than 110 killed in earthquake in Northwest China

At least 110 people killed and many injured after an earthquake hit northwestern China.

 

The shallow 6.2 magnitude quake struck during the night near the border of Gansu and Qinghai provinces, sending people rushing out onto the street.

 

The earthquake, measured at 6.2 according to state news agency Xinhua, struck at about midnight in Gansu Province near the border with Qinghai, causing significant damage, state media reported on Tuesday.

 

The tremor was felt as far away as Xi’an in northern Shaanxi province, about 570km (350 miles) from the epicentre.

 

 

Gansu provincial authorities told a press conference that as of 7.50am (23:50 GMT on Monday), 105 people had been confirmed dead, and 397 injured.

 

More than 4,700 houses had been damaged, they added. Power and water supplies were disrupted in some villages, Xinhua said.

 

A further 13 died, 182 were injured and 20 were missing in the city of Haidong in neighbouring Qinghai province, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

 

People living close to the epicentre rushed out onto the street as they felt the earthquake. Some buildings collapsed.

 

 

Rescue work was under way with Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for “all-out efforts” in the search and relief work. Nearly 1,500 firefighters were deployed with another 1,500 on stand-by, according to state media. More than 300 officers and soldiers were also mobilised for disaster relief

 

 

Supplies including drinking water, blankets, stoves and instant noodles were also being sent to the affected area.

 

Footage on state television showed emergency vehicles driving along snow-lined highways, and rescue workers pictured shoulder-to-shoulder in the trucks.

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Gov Lawal issues shoot-on- sight order against illegal miners in Zamfara

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Zamfara Governor Dauda Lawal issued a ban on illegal mining in the state on Saturday.

 

He also ordered security agents to shoot violators of the order at sight.

 

The governor’s media aide, Malam Suleiman Idris, quoted Lawal as saying in Gusau that the order was part of measures to restore law and order.

 

The governor noted that illegal mining had fuelled banditry and other criminal activities in parts of Zamfara over the years.

 

“Illegal mining is undeniably one of the driving forces behind the rampant banditry plaguing Zamfara.

 

“We must take swift and decisive action to curb this menace and restore peace and security to our communities,’’ Idris quoted Lawal as saying.

 

The governor ordered security agencies to take other stringent measures against those caught violating the order.

 

According to him, it is time to end the destructive activity and implement measures to protect the safety and well-being of the people.

 

“The directive is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the people of Zamfara and deter potential wrongdoers.

 

“It is also a swift action to enable the government to be in total control of the state’s resources and block activities that endanger the lives and properties of the people,’’ the governor said.

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American investment fund buys Everton from Moshiri

Premier League Everton have new owners after Farhad Moshiri sold his 94% stake in the club to American investment fund 777 Partners.

The takeover brings to an end the tumultuous tenure of British-Iranian Moshiri, who first invested in the club 2016.

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