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An Islamic cleric in Ogun State , Prof. Kamaldeen Balogun has cautioned the religious preachers against hate speech and verbal attacks on the media as Ramadan is fast drawing near .
Balogun who is also the Chief Imam of Gbagura land in the state gave the warning during his keynote address at one-day capacity development workshop organised by the state Rabitah for Imams, Dawah workers and all presenters of the Islamic programmes on the media in the State.
Balogun who spoke on ‘quality presentation of Islamic messages on the Media’, lamented the wrong attitude of some Muslim preachers on the media .
He said some of the religious preachers do not practise what they preach; while some of them have taken
Islamic evangelism as a way to enrich their pockets.
He also decried the spate of antagonistic tendency which has now permeated the airwave, especially on the social media.
He noted that the development have wrongly impacted on the delivery of the correct message of Islam.
He said “listeners have sometimes had to tune off their gadgets because of the
balderdash being presented as messages of Islam’.
He urged them to focus on Allah’s instruction to ‘enjoin charity, command
that which is right and make conciliation between people’ while preaching.
Also speaking at the workshop ,a prominent religious leader in the state, Dr. Hafiz Musa urged them to prepare well for their lectures on air .
He said ” it is bewildering to see preachers wasting precious airtime chanting eulogies of their sponsors and themselves. This should stop”
Musa cautioned that preachers should be soft hearted, giving people hope for
the mercy of Allah even as he warned them of the wrath of Allah for wrong