The Jama’atu Izalatul Bidah Wa Iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), an Islamic organisation, on Wednesday launched its radio and television satellite stations for the propagation of Islam.
The Chairman of the organisation, Sheikh Bala Lau, told guests at the inauguration in Abuja that the two channels would be known as Manara Radio and Television stations.
He said that the stations were coming at a time when the country was facing serious security challenge.
Lau said that the launching of the two stations would give enlightenment to the Muslim Ummah so that they could become self-reliant, especially in areas of information and communication.
He said that the launching of the two stations would also create job opportunities and empower women, especially the youths.
“We are thinking of generating funds through various Jumaát Mosques using Manara stations to assist the less privileged in the society.
“We want to change the entire Muslim Ummah’s lives through Manara, in area of preaching to them to do the right thing and always avoid anything capable of breaching the peace,’’ he said.
Lau said the organisation had been very instrumental in the area of philanthropy, as it had sent relief materials to the North eastern states affected by insurgency.
He recalled that long before now, the organisation had a television satellite called Sunnah satellite television, transmitting from outside the country “by our brothers and sisters who had the license”.
He said that both the Muslims and non-Muslims would benefit from Manara stations to enable them understand the teachings of Islam better.
He called on the Muslim Ummah to do the right thing and abstain from “what Allah hates in order to deepen their religious belief as well as believe in Almighty Allah”.
Responding, Gov. Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara said the launching of Manara Radio and Television stations would create an opportunity for the Muslim Ummah to communicate more with one another.
Yari, who was the Guest Speaker at the ceremony, said that the stations would also create an enabling environment for the Muslims to interact more and freely with non-Muslims within and outside the country.
He said that information and communication had become very important to the Muslim world today, especially now that everything had gone digital.
“We are happy that Manara Radio and Television stations and many others have come on board.
“The Muslims should put in their best in the area of communication and information because it is the bedrock of whatever an individual, groups or government is doing today,’’ he said.
Also, the Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, the Sultan of Sokoto, represented by Alhaji Ahmed Oga, the Andoma of Doma, urged the organisation to employ quality staff for quality service delivery.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the stations will compete favourably with their foreign counterparts like VOA, BBC and CNN, among others.
“I can assure the Muslims and Nigerians that another innovation in the area of radio communication and television has come on board,’’ he said.
The Sultan, however, urged the Muslim Ummah to give the stations the necessary cooperation in order to achieve the aims and objectives for setting them up.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the radio station would be received on SW 15.440 frequency in morning hours and SW 177.65 frequency in the evening, the television station would be broadcast on 11595 Channel. (NAN)
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