This was the theme of sallah message delivered by the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to all Muslim faithful today.
Aregbesola, who spoke at the Oke Baale Prayer Ground, Osogbo, said it should baffle any genuine Muslim that people unleash violence and terror on people in the name of Islam.
He said contrary to the what many think, Islam is not and has never been a violent religion, wondering why a rational human being, who also submits to the dictate of the religion should engage in violence in whatever form or manner it may take.
“Islam is a religion that preaches against violence. Islam in totally against any form ofinhuman behaviours, violence, thuggery, killing and blood-letting.
“An individual, who calls himself a Muslim and engages in violence and other anti-social vices, is not a good Muslim, neither is he qualified to be called a Muslim.
“Islam as a religion discourages violence in all its forms and variance. Islam does not even encourage revenge.” Aregbesola said.
He wonders where some people get the teaching with which they behave in inhumane manners, unleashing violence on innocent people.
He added that Islam has come to aid the course of humanity and is in contrast to what some renegades are projecting it to non-Muslims.
Earlier in his sermon, the Imam, Alhaji Musa Animasahun, called on both the leaders and the follower to be good behaviour.
Animasahun, who stood in for the Chief Imam of Osogbo land and the Chairman of the League of Imam and Alfa, Sheikh Mustapha Ajisafe, said Muslims must be persevering, tolerant and honest in whatever they do.
“Our leaders, political and religious must lead with the fear of God in their hearts. Leaders must be honest and followers sincere.
“If we uphold truth, honesty, perseverance and good deeds, our state and nation will progress, develop and grow in leaps and bounds,” Animashaun said.