Seek knowl­edge to prac­tice true Is­lam, JIBWIS urges

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Wu­raola Odolaiye

Mus­lims have been told to strive to ac­quire knowl­edge in or­der to prop­erly prac­tice Is­lam as ex­em­pli­fied by the Salaf, the first gen­er­a­tions of fol­low­ers which in­cluded Prophet Muham­mad’s (pbuh) com­pan­ions and those im­me­di­ately af­ter them.

Us­taz Su­raj Al­haji Sabo Keffi, made the call at the end of the an­nual Ra­madan tafsir pro­gramme or­ga­nized by the Jama’atu Iza­latul Bid’ah Wa Iqa­ma­tus Sun­nah (JIBWIS) with its na­tional head­quar­ters in Jos, held Saturday at the FHA Es­tate Mosque, Maitama , Abuja.

Us­taz Su­raj, Deputy Chair­man of the Izala Ulama’u Coun­cil, Nasarawa State chap­ter, who led a 12-man team of schol­ars that con­ducted tafsir in the FCT, said Is­lam is a knowl­edge based re­li­gion that preaches peace, adding that it ab­hors com­pul­sion and all acts of ter­ror­ism which re­sult from ig­no­rance of the Qur’an and Ha­dith.

In a com­mu­niqué it is­sued at the oc­ca­sion, JIBWIS called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to put in place more pal­lia­tive mea­sures to as­suage the eco­nomic hard­ships in the coun­try.

It said, “The fed­eral, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments should im­bibe the spirit of jus­tice, eq­uity and fair­ness in deal­ing with the citizenry ir­re­spec­tive of po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious, re­gional and tribal af­fil­i­a­tions as this will give the people a sense of be­long­ing.”

The com­mu­niqué, read by Adamu Bawa Chi­nade, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary, JIBWIS, FCT, Abuja, said while the or­ga­ni­za­tion ap­pre­ci­ated “gov­ern­ment ef­fort and com­mit­ment in tack­ling the scourge of in­sur­gency and other forms of in­se­cu­rity, more needed to be done to tackle the spate of mil­i­tancy, kid­nap­ping, armed rob­bery and other so­cial vices in the county.”

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