DG of ICICE, Abuja tasks Imams to advocate for justice and fairness

  1. Dr Kabir Kabo Usman Director General International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education, ICICE.

By Abdulkadir Ahmed Ibrahim

The Director General of International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education, ICICE, Wuse, Abuja, Dr Kabir Kabo Usman, has advised Imams of Mosques in the Federal Capital Territory, to correct the government when it is wrong and commend it when it is right.


He gave the advice recently in a goodwill message he delivered at a “Seminar on Unity of Imams as a forte to the Ummah and secure nation” organized by the Committee of FCT Imams Initiatives (C.F.I.I) held at Fou’ad Lababidi Mosque, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

Dr Kabir Kabo said as Leaders and Heads of the Muslim Ummah (Community), an ideal Imam should be: Knowledgeable, Taqwa – Fearful of Allah, Courageous, Sincere (ikhlaas), Humane, Contented, Organized and focused, Determined, Hard-working and diligent, Punctual, of Good conduct and habit, Tolerant and humble, Commend and appreciate followers efforts, Avoid frequent criticism, Neat, of  Integrity – Disciplined and Generous.

He commended the Committee of FCT Imams Initiatives for the successes achieved in its objectives which he attributed to “qualitative leadership that is based on integrity, fairness, justice, honesty, and etiquettes”.

Dr Kabir Kabo Usman who spoke at length on Islamic Practices and Activities – Shari’ a, Mosque (Masjid), Islamic Knowledge and Education, the Role of Imams in Da’awa and the concept of Islamic Leadership, recommended Ten Commandments for the FCT Imams as follows:

  1. Establish Imam forum for dialogue and dissemination of best practice in all local governments.
  2. Knowledge, Moral authority and etiquettes are key.
  3. Capacity Development is a must:
  4. Leadership by example,
  5. Management skill is essential,
  • Administrer with justice.
  1. Fear Allah at all times.
  2. Spiritual upliftment of the followers for Allah fearing.
  3. Focus commonality rather than differences.
  4. Custodian of Ibadat (Man to worship and Mu’amalat (Man to man activities).
  5. Leadership – it is not about tittle, position, it is about influencing the others. It is about causality and effect vision, planner, Accountability, integrity, honesty, Transparency, Delegation, Deliveries, courage, knowledge wisdom, strategy, trustworthiness, care and service.
  6. Be a solution not the problem to society.
  7. Advise and participate in the affairs of muslims in government at all levels to advocate for justice and fairness.


Abdulkadir Ahmed Ibrahim, FNGE is 

Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to

Dr Kabir Kabo Usman, Director General of

International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education, ICICE,

Wuse 2, Abuja



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