By Salisu Sani-Idris
Abuja – The Islamic Promotion Initiative of Nigeria in collaboration with Initiative for Muslim Women of Nigeria have honoured the wife of former Vice President, Amina Sambo with a prestigious Islamic award of excellence.
The groups presented the award to the recipient at the closing ceremony of Qur’anic Recitation Competition for non-Arabic Girls Secondary School in FCT, held at the National Mosque, on Sunday in Abuja.
National Ameerah of the Muslim women, Mrs Rabi’ah Ahmad, while decorating Mrs Amina Sambo, said the award was in recognition of her immense contributions to promoting Islamic propagation in the country.
Ahmad said the award recipient was a source of aspirations and pillar to Muslim women in the country.
“Despite her level in the society, she always identifies with Islam and issues of promoting the ideals and teaching of the religion even when her husband was serving the country as Vice President, she never turns down our invitation.
“I want to call on other high profile Muslim women in Nigeria to emulate the virtues of Hajiya Amina Sambo and her commitment to the course of promoting Islamic education in the country.”
Responding, Amina Sambo, said the award would motivate her to redouble efforts toward championing the course of Islam in the country.
Also honoured at the ceremony was a 15-year-old secondary school girl, Halimatus-Sadiyya Abubakar, from Kuje Area Council, who emerged best Qur’anic reciter in the category of 60 hizbs (complete Qur’an) competition.
Chairman of Islamic Promotion Initiative of Nigeria, Dr Muhammad Adam, said the winner would represent the FCT at the upcoming National Qur’an recitation competition schedule to hold in Adamawa State.
Adam, also an Imam at the Abuja National Mosque, urged parents to inculcate moral virtues in their children through the acquisition of the knowledge of the holy Qur’an.
He said Fatima Ahmad, from Gwagwalada Area Council, also emerged winner under 40 Hizbs category, while Halima Abdullahi, from Kwali won first position under 20 Hizbs category.
Similarly, the cleric said Asma’u Awwal, who hailed from Abuja Municipal Area Council emerged winner under 10 Hizbs category and Umaimah Abdullahi, from Gwagwalada won first position under 5 Hizbs category.
Responding, the overall winner Halimatus-Sadiyya Abubakar, dedicated her success to her teachers, parents and all those who supported her educational pursuit.
“The secret behind my knowledge of the holy Qur’an is that I don’t sleep in the night. I used the night to recite and memorialise the Qur’an while others are sleeping.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of gift to all the winners under different categories. (NAN)