MSFN Background

 

MSFN Background

It is no secret that the economic situation in Nigeria makes it difficult for the majority of people to afford good education. As a result of this difficult economic situation, some Muslims are being lured into other faiths as one of the means to get education,job, and general advancement in life etc.

The Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme of the Federal Government is expected to relieve the financial difficulties at the primary and junior secondary school (JSS) level. Hence, there is the need to develop a scholarship scheme to cater for the senior secondary and tertiary levels. The MSFN scheme is therefore aimed at these levels.

In addition to the economic need, there appears to be a breakdown of community spirit in society, a situation that has been fostered by the self first (nafs) attitude and policies of successive governments. This situation is clearly NOT Islamic because the best Deen was brought for the benefit of the entire mankind, and needs to be corrected. In a way, it is connected to the bad economic situation of people, which means that most people are busy with their individual economic survival on a daily basis.

The Muslim should safeguard his dignity, develop self-reliance, and be far removed from dependence on others. Essential industries and professions are not merely permitted by the Islamic Sharia; they are in fact an obligation on the Muslim Community as a whole. Such obligations are termed " obligations of self sufficiency"(Fard Kifayah). This implies that the Muslim community must include among its members people engaged in every essential science, industry, and profession in numbers sufficient to meet the need of the Ummah in particular and the society in general. If therefore a shortage of qualified persons in some field of essential science or industry, the entire Muslim community is blameworthy, especially those in positions of authority. The MSFN scheme is geared towards inculcating a greater community spirit in the recipients, fulfil our duties as the vicegerent of Allah, and hopefully in the society at-large.