Muslims all over the world celebrated Islamic New Calendar Year known as Higri, 1442, last week Thursday, 27th of August, 2020.
The Islamic Calendar started with the emigration of the Holy Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina on June 21, 1622 to July 2nd. according to Gregorian Calendar.
A special prayer marking Higra Day, also known as KayoKayo in Egbaland, was held at the Ake Palace on Monday, August 31st, 2020, by the Egba Muslim Community, led by the Grand Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola.
According to the Egba Chief Imam, the traditional special prayers were for the peace, progress, and prosperity for the Alake, Egbaland, Ogun State, and Nigeria in general.
Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola explained that the migration of the Holy Prophet Mohammed, as a result of oppression in Mecca, marked the beginning of a new era in the growth of Islam and the day was recognised as the first day in Islamic Calendar, based on the movement of the moon as against Solar or Gregorian Calendar based on movement of the sun.
The Egba Grand Imam explained further that the (Kayo-Kayo) day had always been marked by special prayers for the Alake and the Egbas in diaspora until some fifteen years ago, adding that the exercise held that day, was a renewal of the old practice of the (Kayo-Kayo) prayers for the Alake and Egbaland.
He also seized the opportunity to thank the Alake for the royal role he played during his installation as the Egba Apex Imam.
Speaking earlier, the BabaAdeen of Egbaland, Navy Capt. Rasheed Raji, told the Alake that Higra or Kayo-Kayo Special prayers would henceforth be observed at the Ake Palace annually, adding that the restoration of the exercise was a great blessing to all the Egbas both at home and in diaspora.
In his sermon, the Mufasir of Egbaland, Alhaji Taofeek Amolegbe, said that Holy Prophet Mohammed performed both physical and spiritual emigration from oppression and evil, thereby, enjoining the faithfuls to emigrate from immortality, oppression, and other evils being perpetrated by humans.
The Five Sectional Imams, including the Grand Imam, Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola; Chief Imam of Gbagura, Prof. Kamal Balogun; Owu, Sheikh Suleiman Kehinde; Oke Ona, Sheikh Nosir; Ijaye, Sheikh Musbau Olomu, also individually prayed for the Alake, Egbaland, Ogun State, and Nigeria in general.
Appreciating the Egba Muslim leadership, for reviving the old annual Hijra Special Prayers for Egbaland, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, expressed joy that the restoration of the special prayer day was a welcomed development in peaceful coexistence among various groups and faiths in Egbaland.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo disclosed that he was very happy that the Muslim Community had continued to be united before and after installation of the current Egba Grand Imam.
The Egba Paramount Monarch advised the Chief Imam and his cabinet to always run the affairs of Egbaland with tolerance, understanding, and consensus.
Other Islamic Clerics present at the occasion included the Wakeelul Muslimeen of Yoruba, Edo, and Delta States, Sheikh Iskeel Adisa Muh-Awwal, Chief Imam of Ibara, Sheik Salis Adenekan, the Alatunse of Egbaland, Alhaji Olayinka and others.
Egba High Chiefs present at the occasion included, The Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode, and two women Chiefs, Otun Iyaloja, Chief (Mrs) Oluwakemi Oloyede, and the GbegbaAje of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre.