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Almajiris represent hunger, not Islam – Sultan


Almajiris represent hunger, not Islam
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has said the practice of ‘almajirinci’ – street begging – often done by children in pursuit of Islamic education in the North has nothing to do with Islam.

Rather, the sultan noted that the practice represented poverty and hunger.

The sultan said this while declaring open the Jema’atu Nasril Islam central council meeting and pre-Ramadan conference held at the JNI headquarters in Kaduna, on Sunday. Punch report.

Abubakar, who is also, the President General of the JNI, said the practice was not Islamic.

He, therefore, called on the Muslim ‘ummah’ (community) to henceforth halt the practice.

According to him, “The ‘almajiri’ system of begging is not representing Islam and must, therefore, be distinguished from Islam. Islam encourages scholarship and entrepreneurship and frowns at laziness and idleness as exemplified by itinerant ‘almajiri’.

“Therefore, an attempt must be made to stop the ‘almajiri’ system of begging among Muslim faithful.”

He also urged regional leaders, particularly, the governors to wake up to their responsibilities by ensuring the welfare of the citizens.

Meanwhile, The theme of this year’s conference was ‘The Role of Islam in Combating Corruption in Nigeria’.

The event was an annual meeting meant to set modalities and guidelines for moon sighting and general Muslim conduct in the holy month of Ramadan.

The sultan, who noted that the issue of ‘almajirinci’ was part of the agenda of the meeting, insisted that ‘almajiri’ did not represent Islam, but hunger and poverty.”


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