The Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) has mandated that all muslims defend and protect themselves against any attack whatsoever in Nigeria and cautions against attacking Muslims anywhere in the country.
This is coming after the clarion call of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for Christians to defend themselves over the incessant attacks on its faithful. Reacting to this the secretary of the Sharia Council, Malam AbdurRahman Hassan, described the call as unfortunate, as the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, points out that Muslims are not supposed to force their religion on other faiths.
In a text message sent to our correspondent, the SCSN scribe noted, “It is unbecoming of the so called clergy men to give such unguarded instructions.’’ He noted that the CAN directive will not augur well for anybody in the country, “not even the agitators.’’
According to Malam AbdurRahman , it is wrong for CAN to assume that the attacks on Christians are being perpetrated by Muslims because “we have many instances in the past where a Christian dressed in Muslim attires and attacked his fellow Christians, just to cause chaos and disharmony. The fact that Islam is a peaceful religion, should anyone attack any Muslim anywhere in Nigeria, we have the right to protect ourselves.”
The SCSN said that CAN should have been more diplomatic in its approach to the issue instead of being confrontational. He noted that “Nigeria needs peace and tranquillity to achieve meaningful development.”
Speaking, the former Special Adviser to Governor Muktar Yero of Kaduna State on Islamic Matters, Sheikh Haliru Maraya, advised CAN to withdraw the directive because “It will result in people taking the law into their hands whenever they are aggrieved.’’
The Islamic cleric said that this will bring a major crisis in the country, which will be greater than the problem which CAN sought to solve by giving the directive in the first place, “because it will unleash a chain of killings across the country.” Vanguard Reports
Sheikh Maraya points out that it is against the norms of Islam to kill a fellow human being no matter the offence.
“In Islam, if you kill just one person, no matter his offence, without following due process as prescribed by the religion, it is like you have killed the whole of humanity, including those yet unborn,” he pointed out.
The Director General of Interfaith of Kaduna State government, Engr. Namadi Musa, also asked CAN to provide solution to the incessant killings bedevilling the country rather than asking Christians to defend themselves.
However, speaking in Ilorin on Friday at the National Conference organised by Dawah Coun- cil of Nigeria, the Sultan said,
“We do not force anybody to join Islam. There is no compulsion in Islam. But our good deeds, good actions and good interactions as Muslims will give that very bright light to everybody what Islam is and that is what brings people to join us”.