Religion is very important in Nigeria and the people of Ilorin are no exception to this. it gives them knowledge and gives insight into the unknown future.
When the people are faced with situation that seems impossible, they turn to their religious leaders for spiritual guidance.
Islam In Ilorin
Islamic religion in Nigeria dates as far as the eleventh century with its introduction being in the northern part of the country of which Ilorin is one of those cities in the north which accepted the religion.
Islam is well established in the north, and central mosques can be found in most state capital there as at the 16th century.
The Islamic organizations in Ilorin are as follows:
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This is an Islamic group which was set up as a forum for Muslim faithfuls to come together to lift up their voices in prayer to Allah.
The people also come together to rub minds, deliberate on issues and share their opinions and views on issues with the Islamic scholars in the organization so as to learn more about the religion of Islam.
Another thing that is done in this organization is that the members that have job openings come to announce it at the prayer meetings so to help reduce the level of unemployment in the country by employing the jobless amongst them
Nasfat holds its meetings every Sunday because they know that in Ilorin and in Nigeria as a whole, people usually have Sundays free of work activities and ceremonies.
At inception, the organization had its inaugural prayer in 1995 in the home of the founding member Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Wale Olasupo.
At that time, the organization did not have much members and it started out with only twenty members. Through the hard work put in by the mission board, council of elders, executive members and dedicated members, the organization has now grown a lot with lots of Muslim coming out every Sunday to participate in the prayer activities held in different locations in Nigeria.
Ansar-Ud-Deen Society Nigeria
The organization was formerly incorporated in 1927 prior to its formation in Lagos in 1923. Ansar-ud-deen society is a Muslim religious organization that was founded to promote social and moral development of the Muslim community in an effort to promote the educational development of Muslims.
Ansar-ud-deen society is a religious organization that contributes to the building of morals in people, their religious knowledge and religious practices. It was founded as a non-profit organization.
They render services to people without discriminating against them based on the type of religion they practice, their gender or ethnic group.
Their aim is to promote education development in the places where they are located. This they have been able to achieve over the years by having a great and cordial relationships with other religious leaders, traditional leaders and political authorities. With this which they have been able to grow and they are one of the major contributors to the educational sector.
This organization began as an Islamic school before it became an organization. It was founded by Sheikh Kamaldeen Al-Adabi. At inception, the members were the student of the founder. Now the organization has lots of members and has started spreading to other parts of the country.
Jamatu’l Nasru Islam (JNI)
This religious organization was founded by Sir Ahmadu Bello. It started with the aim of propagating Islam in Northern Nigeria.
The aim of the organization is to improve the welfare of the Muslim populace. Jamatu’l Nasru Islam also coordinates Islamic activities in the Northern part of the country.
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Christianity in Ilorin
Christianity is a very popular religion in Nigeria. It was brought into Nigeria during the middle of the nineteen century by d missionaries from Britain. Amongst many things introduced by the British into Nigeria, Christianity is one of them.
What attracted people to Christianity as a religion was the preaching, ministering done by the missionaries and the healing of the sick in the different communities visited by the missionaries.
The religion started from the eastern part of the country which is where the Igbos are found, the missionaries were able to persuade the village councils and chiefs and they were given free lands to build churches in the communities to hold their services.
Christianity has since then spread to the other parts of Nigeria to the Yorubas and the middle belt, and even to the northern parts of the country which are predominantly occupied by Muslims.
Ilorin has not been left out as it has a good number of Christian religious organizations with a lot of Christian faithfuls in the community.
There are over 50 million Christian in Nigeria as at today with different denominations. There are Anglicans, Catholics, Pentecostal churches and white garment churches all over Ilorin.
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The Redeemed Christian Church of God
The Redeemed Christian Church of God was founded by Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi in 1952. He started the church at Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos with a house fellowship called, the Glory of God Fellowship.
At inception, there were nine members over a period of time; the fellowship rapidly grew as the news about the miracles that God was using the man of God to perform spread all over the country.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pa Akindayomi chose a successor for the church in 1975 in the person of Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who was a former lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos.
He started out as an interpreter, translating Pa Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained as a pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1975.
When the founding father Josiah Akindayomi died at 71, Enoch Adeboye was made the general overseer of the church amidst some controversies.
Since he got to the helm of affairs, the church has witnessed a lot of change with the church growing all over Nigeria and beyond the shores of Nigeria.
Today the church has a very popular program, known as the Holy Ghost Service. This is an all-night miracle service that held on every first Friday of a new month at the Redemption Camp located at Km. 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Winners chapel is also known as Living Faith Church Worldwide and it was founded by Bishop David Oyedepo. The church has grown to have many branches in different parts of the country, Ilorin not left out.
The church came into existence after Oyedepo received a message from God in 1981. Two years later, the church was set up and started with four members.
The headquarters of the Winners Chapel known as Faith Tabernacle is located in Otta, Ogun State within the church complex known as Canaan land.
The church has delved into the education sector and has an institution known as Covenant University which is one of the privately owned universities existing in Nigeria today.
At the end of every year, the first week of December precisely, the church holds an event called Shiloh. This event is attended by millions of people.
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