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Fish Out Terrorists Among You, Sultan Urges Muslims

Posted: Nov 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The new Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria

  • Installs new league of Imams, Alfas President in South West

Yaqoub Popoola, Ado-Ekiti

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has tasked Muslims in Nigeria to unite against the activities of terrorists organisations hiding under the guise of Islam.

According to him, terrorism has no place in Islam urging Muslims to fish out bad elements among them.

He made this known in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday during the turbaning of the Grand Imam of Ekiti State, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello, as the President General of the League of Imams and Alfas in Southwest, Edo and Delta States.

At the event held at the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, Ado Ekiti, venue of the turbaning, Abubakar urged Sheikh Kewulere to galvanize other Islamic clerics to work together to preach against terror which is giving Islam a bad name.

Expressing delight with the unity that exists among Muslims and Christians in Ekiti State, the Sultan said the presence of followers of the two faiths at the occasion was a big lesson for everybody to take home.

The Sultan specifically expressed delight with the appearance of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, who although is a Christian but joined the Muslim faithful at the city’s Central Mosque to observe Jumat prayers on Saturday.

He noted that all human beings irrespective of the religions they practice were created by God and they must learn to accept and accommodate one another and coexist peacefully.

According to him, occasions like these does not call for merrymaking but to address some issues facing Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the world most especially terrorism which he maintained is not an Islamic agenda.

Condemning terrorism in strong terms, the Sultan said tackling the menace is a task that must be accomplished urging Muslims not to hesitate to fish out those he described as “bad elements” engaging in acts not supported by the religion.

The Sultan said: “We know what Islam is presently facing most especially the issue of terrorism, we know this is not an Islamic agenda and the biggest challenge facing the (new) President General is to bring all Imams, Alfas and Ulamas to brainstorm on how we can stop our children from participating in anti-Islamic activities.

“As teachers in Islamic studies, we want you to teach our children what Islam is and what Islam is not. Imagine a 10-year-old involved in suicide bombing and killing, this has no place in Islam and has no basis in our religion.

“Fish out bad elements among Muslims and have them dealt with as criminals, we have to educate our children what Islam is and what Islam is not.

“If we know any bad person among us, let us fish them out. It is a big task no doubt , we must be united as Ummah because what binds us together is Islam. We must work together to bring our clerics together to tackle terrorism and extremism because this is unIslamic not only in Nigeria but in other parts of the world.”

Continuing, he said, “The way we can do it is through education and not through alms taking. We are one people and we will continue to be one people. Those doing contrary to the Qur’an and the Bible must be dealt with. We must follow the teachings of Islam, the tenets of Islam. There is no compulsion in religion. Insha Allah, Nigeria will be a better place to live in.”

Speaking shortly after his installation, Sheikh Kewulere paid tributes to all his predecessors and expressed gratitude to his colleagues in the League in all the eight states under his domain.

He promised to justify the confidence reposed in him and build on the foundation already laid to promote Islam and inter-religious harmony.

The occasion was witnessed by Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Revd. Felix Ajakaye, among others.