By Roqib Akinyemi
Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Lagos State has recorded the participation of 53 riders and 93 people including adults and children during the Ride for Peace exercise held recently.
The Ride for Peace, an initiative of the Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Nigeria, which is centered towards promoting peace and religious tolerance.
The Majlis joined other members in Nigeria to perform this exercise, riding bicycles while putting on shirts that display the exercise and the motto of the Ahmadiyya community which is “Love For All, Hatred For None”.
The exercise, declared open by the Naib Sadr South South/South East, Bro. Sulaiman Ameen, lasted for 2hr 15mins with distance covered 16.6km.
The riding started from Rowe Park, Herbert Macaulay, through Unilag Gate to Pako Bus Stop to Fola Agoro Bus stop and/to Jibowu. They rode back to the starting point from Jibowu through Muritala Muhammed Way, Yaba Terminus, Alagomeji, Herbert Macaulay and Rowe Park.
The event served as a form of Tabligh as members distributed copies of Review of Religions and hundreds of pamphlets of “Loyalty Freedom, Equality, Respect, Peace”, among others.
The participants were accompanied by the LASTMA, Nigerian Police and Ahmadiyya Hospital Ojokoro Medical team as two ambulances belonging to Ahmadiyya Hospital and Lagos State Government were on the move to ensure safety and security of the riders.
In his interview with the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA), the Naib Sadr gave account of the need to ensure that, peace reigns in our societies, explaining the position of the Ahmadiyya community and its impacts in promoting peace across the world.
Also, Lagos State Qaid, Bro. Shuaib Badmus, also explained the need to promote peace and the need for peaceful co-existence, saying that Muslims have two responsibilities: to God and to humanity.
A brief gathering at Rowe Park, Yaba was held after the ride, where Maulvi Okubena Nurudeen gave a short lecture on peaceful coexistence and members used the opportunity to bond together.