By Stanley Onyekwere
To further promote Islamic norms and values among Muslim ummah and non-Muslims alike in the society, the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), yesterday unveiled its satellite Radio and Television stations “Manara”, in Abuja.
Prior to the launch of the studios of the two satellite stations located at the JIBWIS headquarters, in the nation’s capital, it was gathered that the radio and television stations with symbol 27500 transmitting on frequency 11641 H (rate 5/6 and 11595 H (rate 3 /4) respectively had commenced transmission last week.
While commissioning the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, commended the organization for the initiative, as it would help towards effectively promoting better understanding of Islam, through proper projection of the religion’s norms and values among the Muslim Ummah and non-Muslims alike.
The Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented at the occasion by Ondoma of Doma, Alh. Ahmad Aliyu Oga, however noted that even though the programming will be aired in Hausa language, it was imperative for the handlers of the stations to subtitle its contents for the benefit of non-Hausa speaking people,
He urged the JIBWIS leadership to ensure that quality is not compromised in the operation of the two stations, in order to curve a niche for its self in the mass media world.
He added that the Islamic organization should engage only quality hands to man the stations, so as to realize the objectives of setting up the media platforms.
Earlier in his address, Zamfara state governor, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, reiterated that role of the mass media cannot be over-emphasized, as communication plays critical role in any human endeavours especially propagation of true ideals of Islam in the world.
According to the governor, existence of Manara stations will help to reduce a lot of misconceptions about Islam, and improve better understanding of the religion.
Yari, who was the guest speaker, therefore called on Muslim Ummah to invest in information and communication technology, because it is a tool with which messages can easily be disseminated to people locally and internationally.
On his part, JIBWIS National Chairman, Sheikh Bala Lau, said through Manara, the organization wants to generate contributions from various mosques, which would be used to change the entire Muslim Ummah’s lifestyle.
Lau, who described Manara radio and television as symbol of Mosque, said the organization wants to create mosque to mosque approach, to give enlightenment to Muslim Ummah, and even the non-Muslim Ummah within and outside the country.
He disclosed that the organization through the help of a consultant with knowledge in GIS system has mapped out different mosques throughout the country, whose activities could be monitored from JIBWIS office.
“We have more than 15,000 mosques in Nigeria, so through the Manara GIS system, I can be able talk to Chief Imams, deputy Imams, and down to even members of a given mosque committee; to let us know what they are doing, to ensure that our people are given true teachings of Islam.
“Through Manara, we can reach to the teeming youth, to the women and even to the old men with lot of messages that would help them understand the dictates of Islam.
“And with Manara, we want to create job opportunities especially for the Muslim youths, in order to make them become self-reliant in the society,” Lau stressed.
He further explained that the two satellite stations were not transmitting from Nigeria, but from out of the country, “with help of our brothers and sisters that have the license to operate in their country.”
Peoples Daily learnt that Manara is a Non-Government Organization , which is the concept of JIBWIS, created to enable the organization collect contributions from individuals and members that usually come to Jumma’a Mosques and five daily prayers Mosques, and invest in developmental initiatives.
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