Worried by the high rate of divorce in the society, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, has gathered Youths, Couples to counsel them on the importance of Marriage and how to preserve it according to the teachings and practice of the Holy book(Quran), and Hadith of the prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Speaking at the Inaugural occasion held in the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna, the Amira of the Federation, Pharm. Aisha Ishaku Tukur said a lot of factors today are responsible for the high rate of broken homes in the society, but top among the reasons is that most marriages are not conducted in the way and manner of Sunnah of the prophet (SAW).
She identified lack of proper counselling from parents to their would- to be children among other salient reasons for divorce among couples.
She further explained that the Covid-19 lockdown also exacerbated the issue of divorce because a lot of violence were reported during the period.
“We looked at the situation that our youths are, not youths alone, Muslim Ummah generally, marriages are collapsing, some youths marry, a week after the Marriage, you see that problem start developing, so we decided to have like a training for pre-marital and post-marital, like a counselling centre so that issues will be solved without divorce
“That is why we have this kind of lectures where we invites elders of the community so that they get to know the problems and try to solve it.
The Amira called on community to support the association in the course by enrolling people in to the marriage counselling.
She advised people to go back to normal old good days, saying, “let’s join hands in training our youths in community, if you see a child doing something wrong or a couple next to you, don’t just keep quiet
“let’s be our brothers keep, and of course the most important is we should try to study our religion follow the path of the prophet (SAW)
“The training will be for
nine weeks maximum, this is the first one, so we will use it as a learning process, in the next one we will try to see that we expand it by bringing in lecturers, certified counsellors, psychologists, we will have Imam who will be talking to these youths”, she said.
Also, Chairperson, FOMWAN Marriage counselling committee, Fatima Atiku Mustapha said the aim of the committee is to make the people know what the Holy Book (Quran) and the Hadith say about marriage, thereby educating them.
She hinted the committee will bring Lawyers, Ulamas, psychologists who will be doing the work of the counselling throughout the programme.
Meanwhile, in his address, the Chief Imam of the Sultan Bello Mosque, Dr. Muhammed Suleiman Adam appreciated the step taken by the federation, saying they have taken a very right decision.