Implications of Ĭd-al-Fitr and Adha on the Spiritual and Moral Lives of Muslims in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
This study explored the implications of ‘Ĭd-al-Fitr and Adha (Islamic Festivals) on the spiritual and moral lives of Muslims in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria. The study raised and answered 3 questions. The descriptive research design of a survey type was adopted while the population comprised all adolescents and adult Muslims in all the 4 traditional districts of Abeokuta (Ake, Oke-Ona, Agura and Owu). A total sample of 400 respondents was selected using stratified and convenient sampling techniques. A validated self-designed questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. The descriptive statistics of frequency counts, percentages, and bar charts were used for data analysis. Results revealed that Muslims in Abeokuta were ambivalent with regards to the celebration of Islamic festivals according to Shari’ah dictates on the ethics of festivals. It was also revealed that Islamic festivals have impacted on the religious and moral lives of Muslims in Abeokuta. This study, therefore, concluded that to some extent, the actions of Muslims in the area unstudied during Islamic festivals are not totally in tandem with Islamic dictates. Based on these findings, the study recommended among others that Islamic festive periods should be times of sober reflection about the teachings of Islam and Sunnah (traditions) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) therefore; Imams should include Adaab (etiquettes) of ‘Ĭd in their Friday sermons periodically.
Keywords: Implications, spiritual, moral, ‘Ĭd-al-Fitr,‘Id-al-Adha.