Seven Things You Should Never Do This Upcoming Eid

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The celebration of the end of the Holy month of Ramadan is drawing near. It is called Eid Al-Fitr. A day where all Muslims troop to the praying ground in different parts of the world including Nigeria to offer prayers. On this day, there are certain things you are not expected to do on the day so that you will get the utmost reward.

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  1. Taking too many Selfies

There is nothing wrong with taking selfies. However, do not overdo it by taking pictures every minute and splashing it on your social media pages. Eid celebrates the end of Ramadan, reflect and ensure you do not return to the bad habits you have dropped.

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2. Food bingeing

Granted, you have the tendency to food binge at the end of Ramadan especially in the morning of going to the prayer ground. Just eating Date is enough and then after you return you can eat. In summary, do not over eat.

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3. Appearing dishevelled

You are supposed to wear your best attires on the day of Eid and men are allowed to use perfume. This will reflect the fact that you are celebrating. However, dressing shabbily and looking dirty is not really encouraged.

4. Returning to your bad habits

Some persons are just waiting for the morning of Eid to return to their bad habits. They take and do all sorts of things that are prohibited in Islam. So what is the essence of your abstinence from all these things during Ramadan?

5. Fasting on the day of Eid

You are not allowed to fast on the day of Ramadan. It is highly prohibited and not permissible. If it is just water, you should drink.

6. Sleeping during Eid

Eid is all about celebrating the festival with your family, relatives, and friends. Instead of spending it by sleeping and doing nothing, go out, to visit your relatives and spread the joy of Eid. For those whose family and relatives live quite far away, they can lodge in a hotel where they get an extra 50% off on all hotels with code EIDNG50 if they book on Jumia Travel.

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7. Forgetting to give Zakat al-Fitr

Zakat is a payment made annually under Islamic law on certain kinds of property and used for charitable and religious purposes, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Zakat al-Fitr is money, food, or similar items given to the poor as a charitable act to celebrate the end of Ramadan. The purpose of the Zakat al-Fitr is to prevent people from begging during the celebration. It must be given on behalf of all Muslims, young and old, male and female. It is also obligatory to give it before the Eid prayer, and not permissible to delay it until after the Eid prayer.

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‘Hallelujah Challenge’ – Why Nathaniel Bassey’s online praise session matters for Nigerian music

Imagine a daily 30-minute show by Psquare for an hour on Instagram or Facebook for one month.

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Nathaniel Bassey

Imagine 50,000 people in a space, singing and screaming their hearts out. They are led by one singer, who is in charge of proceedings. That’s what is happening every night in Nigeria now.

Gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey is killing it. He is doing what no other Nigerian musician has done at his level of success with his trending Hallelujah Challenge.

The Hallelujah Challenge, a 30-day prayer and praise time from 12 am to 1 am throughout the month of June 2017. It is led by Nigerian gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey.

It is a live Instagram session where followers tune in to worship God in fellowship. #HallelujahChallenge is currently the most widely circulated praise and worship movement on social media.

In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

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What started as a speculative and inventive way to utilize social media for praising God via music, has become a growing movement changing the face of worship. Starting off at less than 5k people, the event has grown rapidly. In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

The Challenge is a mandate from God, and I am just a vessel,” said Nathaniel Bassey, convener of the Session during a Live Brief. “Beyond all the miracles and testimonies, God is doing something eternal – something that will outlive generations.”

On June 11, 2017, the Hallelujah Challenge recorded its highest numbers. Over 50,000 people came together to make it a reality and give Nigeria its largest online praise worship session. That’s outstanding.

And seeing how much people are hyped about it, it can only grow. Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in. D’banj in complete D’banj fashion registered his presence with a comment which read: “Suddenly”.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

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There is a lesson in there for Nigerian musicians. The main attraction here is spirituality. Nigerians are gathering to join an online worship praise session for God. Gospel music is the leading tool here and forms the medium with which the people offer up these praises.

Secular artists can learn from this. They have enough star-power, influence and fan base to make this a thing. Social media continues to provide more tools for endless connections between fans and their idols. These tools are underutilized by mainstream Nigerian artist.

Imagine a daily 30-minute show by Psquare for an hour on Instagram or Facebook for one month. The Okoye twins show up, choose one song from their catalogue, talk about the entire song, sample opinions and get people to comment. If well-organized, the brothers will successfully inject new life into their profile.

It’s simple.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

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With the advent of live streams on social media, the possibilities of fan interaction just got broadened. There’s a spectrum of activities and activations that can happen. Our artists need to employ people to generate inventive ways to utilize them for profit.

What’s next? The first live stream-only mega concert on Facebook?

 

 

Source: http://www.pulse.ng

FIVE THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RAMADAN

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The period of Ramadan is a period in which Muslims turn towards their spiritual communities in a time of heightened spirituality. To help deepen your understanding of this spiritual period, we share five things you probably didn’t know about Ramadan.

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  1. Aside Fasting, It’s also a Time for Spiritual Reflection

For many muslims, as much as Ramadan is a period of fasting for them, it’s also a time for deep spiritual reflection and personal growth. It’s not just about fasting. Fasting helps to afford the peace of mind that allows them spiritually reflect and think clearly and rationally without being clouded by overwhelming emotions or distractions. It offers an opportunity to forgive, let go and focus on what’s most important.

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2. Muslims Don’t Only Abstain From Food and Water

During Ramadan, Muslim also abstain from bad habits; they don’t just fast from food and water. The fast is not just about denying the body food and water, it also involves a taxing challenge of avoiding bad behaviours like loss of temper, ill speech etc. The point of this is to demonstrate submission to God and keep the mind ‘focused on a spiritual plane’.

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3. Ramadan is Often Called the “Month of the Qur’an”

Ramadan is often referred to as the month of the Qur’an because during this time, Muslims try to recite as much of the Qur’an as they can. Typically, Mosques will frequently recite a sizeable portion of the Qur’an each night.

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4. Many People Give More to Charity During Ramadan

One of the Five Pillars of Islam is giving money to charity. It is not unusual to see an increase in this practice among Muslims during Ramadan more than any other month of the year.

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5. Muslims Would Appreciate You Not Feeling Bad For Them

Ramadan is not a period of suffering; it’s a period of spiritual reflection and growth for the Muslims. As a result, Muslims typically appreciate if you don’t feel sorry for them, as they are not suffering. Though fasting can make them tired and sleepy, the benefit and value of the season for them is much more satisfying and thrilling.

Lenten Season and the Spirit of Sacrifice

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Today, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, is Ash Wednesday. The day kick-starts Lent, a forty-day period of fasting and almsgiving. Lent is a season of solemnity and sacrifice commemorating Jesus’ exodus into the wilderness. It is a Christian tradition that is observed in many denominations. It is the hallowed forty-day period of sacrifice leading up to Jesus’ death and Resurrection. During Lent, Catholics and some Protestants prepare for Holy Week by fasting, praying, and reconciling with the Lord. These forty days are wonderful times to rethink everything and allow ourselves to take up our crosses, as Christ once did.

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During the Lenten season, we are expected to make sacrifices, as children of God and followers of Christ. The sacrifices should remind us of the one made by Jesus through which He saved us from sin and won for us salvation of our souls. The sacrifice does not have to be something extraordinary. It may mean cutting down on our excesses on a daily basis and allowing God’s grace to reign in our lives. If, for instance, you are in the habit of eating three square meals, you may need to cut it down to twice and give the third ration to someone who does not have to eat. If you are in the habit of consuming much alcohol, you may decide to cut it down drastically or just do without it during this period of lent.

We are expected to show more concern for the poor and needy this lent. The poor are those lacking in material needs. Due to circumstances beyond them, they are unable to provide adequately for their daily needs. They abound in our society. We can find them at the bus stops begging for alms, down the street and even in our neighbourhoods. Some of them are our neighbours. What are we doing to assist them?

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We may recall that the early Christians were very particular about helping the poor, especially the brethren. When we read the book of Acts, we see what commitment the early Christians had for the poor in their midst. In fact, in order to remove any form of disparity, they even decided to live in a community in order to abolish the existing class system. They did things in common. Those who were poor sold their lands and properties and brought the proceeds before the Apostles. What does this show us? Through it, we are taught that we cannot truly call ourselves followers of Christ, if we fail to help those who are genuinely in need.

Apostle Paul in the book of Galatians 2: 9 and 10, enjoined us to always remember the poor in our midst. In Colossians, we see how he instigated a special collection for the poor, which were then taken to Jerusalem. What does this tell us? We should not be selfish. We should try and share our wealth with others. You can also make sacrifices this Lenten season, by giving to the poor and needy around you.

Man is made up of spirit, soul and body. Each day, we nourish our body with food, water and other nutrients. Without food and water, the body gets ill, mal-nourished and eventually dies. And because we don’t want to die, we invest so much on food and other nourishments, making sure that we remain strong and healthy. That is good. But beyond the upkeep of our mortal body, lies the need to also take care of our spirit, that part that links us to our Creator.

I believe it is divinely arranged to help bring sanity into our polity. As a solemn period of prayer, fasting and abstinence, if well observed, it is capable of attracting God’s divine favour to our land, and drive away all the forces of darkness and dis-stability.

If we are faithful to the sacrifice of the period, God would drive away the stubborn hearts in us and turn it to one of love and tolerance. So, I want to call on all Christians, and indeed all Nigerians, to use this period of spiritual reflection to solicit for divine intervention for our country.
CREDIT: Very Rev. Msgr. Osu is the Director, Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.

Meet Pastor Obayemi, former SA appointed by Pastor Adeboye as RCCG National Overseer

It is no longer news that Pastor Enoch Adejare has stepped down as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) IN NIGERIA.

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The Church is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi, as Pastor Funsho Odesola will serve as the new Church Secretary and Pastor Joseph Adeyokun as the new Church Treasurer.

This is sequel to the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered Churches, Mosques, CSOs. They now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organizations. In retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families.

Meet Pastor Obayemi, the former SA who will succeed Pastor Adeboye as RCCG GO
Pastor EA Adeboye passes on the mantle of the Church’s leadership in Nigeria to Pastor Obayemi

Many Nigerians, unlike RCCG members, are not totally conversant with the man who is to now become the new face of the ministry, therefore, we present six solid facts you should know about the man who will now head the church in Nigeria.

1. Pastor Obayemi was picked from Lagos state, as he was the clergyman in charge of Lagos Province 28, Region 2.

2. As one of the prominent ministers of the assembly, he has been one of the decision makers as a member of the governing council of RCCG.

3. He also seems to be a trustworthy fellow to have been picked by Pastor Adeboye as he was a deputy in charge of Finance.

4. The incoming GO also headed the board of governors, House fellowship of the RCCG body.

5. His selection may also have been based on the fact that he was a special assistant to Daddy GO on Finance PICR in the region where he was the pastor.

6. In 2015, he laid the foundation of the place of worship of the province, although it was a temporary site.

Meanwhile, Pastor Enoch Adeboye who became the General Overseer of the RCCG in 1991 and at age 74 (after more than two decades in the same post) remains the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide.

Easter: Like Christ, it is time for all Christians to rise from the death of sins

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It is Easter again, the day and season set aside by Christians to mark the arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For more than 2000 years this has been the practice the world over. It was an event that shook the world and changed practices, cultures and perceptions – especially of God.

The Christian world is agog at this moment because of the significance of the teaching, perseverance and person of Jesus who the Christians regard as the messiah and saviour. A major lesson from the life of Christ is that he did not only live to please the father, God almighty, but to serve mankind.

Even when he was misunderstood, knowing his purpose on earth, he remained faithful and steadfast. He had come to reconcile man to God, so his followers believe till this day. He fulfilled his mission. Jesus showed the way by being humble and living a lowly life. The flamboyance associated with some Christian leaders did not originate from Him. Even when he had to depict his glory and victory by riding into Jerusalem just before his crucifixion, he chose to do so on a donkey. He was not carried away by the multitudes that followed him everywhere because of the signs and wonders they saw him perform. At every point he ascribed all things to his father.

Jesus identified with the poor and the sinners. He said he came to seek the lost and heal the sick. He was not one to identify with only the rich, high and mighty. Rather, he taught that a rich man will have to humble himself, if he is to gain salvation. At a time he taught that it would be easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

We therefore call on all Christians, especially in Nigeria, to be faithful to the tenets and doctrine of their religion as laid down and depicted by the crucified and risen Christ. In the Christian fold today, there are strange divisions along racial, ethnic and class lines. This is contrary to the teachings of God. Christ taught tolerance. While he was buffeted and assailed, he kept praying for his traducers. Those who preach an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth are therefore not practicing Christianity.

Christianity is a religion of love and truth. It teaches love to God and love to man. It teaches sharing with the under-privileged. If the leaders of Nigeria could follow the examples of Christ and his disciples who were selfless in all things, the country will not be in the doldrums today. The corruption that has eaten so deep into the social fabric stems from selfishness, nepotism and utter lack of love. Yet, many of those in government and the corridors of power profess to be Christians.

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We therefore call on all churches to teach the pure, unadulterated word of God. If there is love in our country, we would overcome the current challenges. Christians would love not only Christians but Muslims, adherents of other religions and free thinkers, relating and associating with them as Jesus ate with the sinners. If Nigeria is to rise again, there must be tolerance. It should be realised that no one should forcibly convert another.

For decades, Nigeria has been known as a potentially great nation, the challenge now is to make it great. All, as Christ taught should stand on the truth at all times. When this is the case, electoral perversion will be averted, the judiciary will dispense justice without fear of favour, elected and appointed leaders will run public affairs with the fear of God. The followers too will seize putting unnecessary pressure on political leaders who then see this as an excuse to embezzle inadequate resources; this is the recipe for national development

Christians and, indeed all Nigerians, owe it a duty in this season to seek the good of all and pray for divine intervention in the country’s affairs. The slide in the social, political, economic life of the country should attract the attention of all during this period.

We therefore call on Christians all over Nigeria today to elevate religious observances beyond marrying and partying.