Nigeria: MICA Holds 'Funfest' for Muslim Families
10 June 2011
It was fun and excitement for Muslim kids and families who visited the amusement park venue of the Funfest organised by the Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness, (MICA) last Sunday.
The annual event was held to commemorate the Children's Day and offer the Muslim families the opportunity for recreation.
Dr Muhammad Adebayo Salisu, a lecturer and Consultant paediatrician for MICA said: "We want Muslim families to relax and to know that there is so much to the Muslim faith. People call it a religion, but it is more than that, it is a way of life and part of life is to relax in a convivial atmosphere and togetherness."
He said that May 27 is not sacrosanct, it is symbolic, adding: "We are not actually doing a Children Day but a family thing. Because you cannot talk about children without talking about family. Overtime, it has been etched in the minds of people that shortly after May 27, MICA would have a Funfest for the family," he said.
In the same vein, the Executive Secretary of the organisation, Sulaiman Olokodana said the turn-out to this year's event was impressive and very exciting. He said MICA always try to do things differently adding that the event was held on Sunday to garner larger participation of Muslim families. Apart from the various rides available for Muslims families, a famous Muslim songster also thrilled the kids on Islamic songs.
He noted that one of the things the organisation do was to provide a recreation for Muslim families. "This will strengthen the ties of families as children will meet with other children from different families in an atmosphere of fun," adding that "the adults also had fun with games like snookers table tennis and others."
He said adequate security measure were put in place by volunteers who adequately ensured the security of people and vehicles in the park.
Some of the fun-seeker who spoke to Vanguard commended MICA for organising the Funfest for Muslim families. Speaking at the event, Mr Farouk Adegboyega said "It is good that we MICA is delivering this kind of service.
It will be naive for parents to think the children's development does not include entertainment. Once in a while, it is good to have fun especially for the kids." He added that every organisation should give out time and create entertainment programmes for their families. "Fun is part of education and organisations should look into that for proper development of the children."
Another fun seeker Rukayat Badrudeen said: I love the whole setting, I am proud to be a Muslim. "My kids and I are having fun and meeting other Muslim families is wonderful. I am happy for being here," she said.
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