Muslim Group Condemns Massacre Of Islamic Scholar In Ogun State

A muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described the gruesome killing of a popular Islamic scholar, Shaykh Amzat Salaam, his wife and four children as a “dastardly act.”

Amzat was butchered in his home in Atiba area, Odogbolu Local Government, near Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, alongside his wife and four children.

Director of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a press statement made available to newsmen said the killing reveals the underbelly of the Nigerian security agencies.

MURIC charges the Ogun State Police Command to fish out the killers of the Salaam family. We want justice. Nobody should murder an Islamic scholar, rout his whole family and get away with it. Ogun police must prove its mettle within days.

“We also call for their full cooperation so that the police can freely conduct its investigation. We urge Islamic scholars all over the country, particularly in Ogun State, to remain law abiding, to tighten security around them and to remain vigilant day and night. May Allah have mercy on the victims, forgive them and grant them Al-Jannah firdaus.

Finally, we appeal for calm among the Muslim faithfuls in the state. We also call for their full cooperation so that the police can freely conduct its investigation. We urge Islamic scholars all over the country, particularly in Ogun State, to remain law abiding, to tighten security around them and to remain vigilant day and night. May Allah have mercy on the victims, forgive them and grant them Al-Jannah firdaus,” the statement reads.




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World Bank Vice President Emphasises Need For Islamic Banks

The World Bank has emphasised the need for Islamic Banks to close the huge financial gap that exists in the Muslim world

Vice President and Treasurer of the Bank, Aruma Otteh stated this while discussing Islamic finance at the World Bank/Islamic Financial Services Board high level seminar.

According to her, eight in 10 Muslims do not use conventional banking systems, a figure she says represents less than 20 percent of approximately 1.6 billion Muslims population who use conventional banking worldwide.

“The growth of Islamic finance is critical in closing this gap,” she said, adding that the statistic is scary.

“In some cases, people will like to access financial services but they are unable to do so because of factors that are prohibitive to their faith or lack of financial institutions near their area or lack of trust of financial service providers

“Many Muslims around the world refrain from actively accessing the conventional financial services around the world due to their beliefs.

“Islamic finance is uniquely well-suited to promote infrastructure development, which is critical in promoting many of the SDGs from clean water to energy.”

Also speaking at the event, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, said deficient infrastructure cost in Africa shaves the continent’s growth by two percent annually.

He estimated the cost of closing this infrastructure gap estimated at $360billion between 2011 to 2014.

According to Sanusi Islamic finance facilities can be used in funding various social projects such as immunization projects, education and green energy.

He said with the growing Islamic finance, there is strong potential in closing the huge gap and there is no doubt that the need to explore all alternative in funding the SDGs is critical.

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Islamic Group Kicks As WAEC Supervisor Allegedly Assaults Female Muslim Candidate

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has condemned the alleged assault on a female Muslim candidate, Khadijat Eniola Anisere sitting for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
According to the group, the candidate was assaulted by a female supervisor of WAEC at Egan Grammar School, Igando, Lagos State.
It said the incident occurred while candidates were taking biology on Friday, 2nd September, 2016 between 9.30 am and 12 noon.
”The WAEC supervisor who was shuttling from one center to the other arrived the center and entered the examination hall where the Muslim girl was seated among many other candidates, clad in hijab. She approached the hijabite and ordered her to remove her hijab. Khadijah pleaded that hijab was her mode of dressing as a Muslim. She further pleaded that she would feel totally naked if she removed the head cover.”
”Obviously enraged and determined to enforce her illegal command, the WAEC supervisor yanked off the hijab from the poor girl’s head. Khadijah, whose examination was already interrupted, burst into tears. She cried throughout the rest of the examination period and was unable to continue taking the examination. The incident was reported by members of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) at the human rights desk in Igando Police Station by 10 am on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.”
”MURIC strongly condemns this wanton assault on an innocent female Muslim teenager. It is most bizarre, highly barbaric and totally deplorable.”
The group described the assault as a “hate attack and a blatant act of Islamophobia.”
“We see it as part of a grand design to retard the progress of Muslim youths. Christian fanatics working in government agencies like WAEC have been instructed by hate preachers to create bottlenecks for Muslim youths by all possible means.”
“Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not only grants freedom of religion but also stipulates its practice and manifestation. Hijab is therefore a legally recognized head cover for female Muslims. The supervisor’s order for the removal of the hijab was unlawful, unconstitutional and therefore ultra vires. The forceful removal of the candidate’s hijab constitutes assault in legal parlance.”
“The supervisor’s attack on Khadijah Anisere is a breach of Section 13 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (1991) which provides ‘’a public officer shall not do or direct to be done, in abuse of his office, any act prejudicial to the rights of any person knowing that such act is unlawful or contrary to any government policy’’
“For whereas the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 4, Clause 1 & 2 affirm that “Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person”, the WAEC supervisor chose to derobe the innocent Muslim girl in public.”
“MURIC demands justice for Khadijah Anisere. Nigerian Muslims will not fold their arms and watch their daughters dehumanised by Christian fanatics. WAEC must identify this extremist supervisor and discipline her. People like her are responsible for series of religious crises that have resulted in loss of lives and destruction of properties worth billions of naira. What Nigeria needs most today is peace and stability and our public institutions cannot afford to create unnecessary tension at this point in time. We assert that justice is the soul of peace and whoever denies one can never enjoy the other.”
“We therefore demand a public statement from WAEC on the supervisor’s identity and the official reprimand failing which WAEC should blame itself for the reaction of Muslims. Nigerian Muslims also want to know what palliative WAEC has in store for the innocent girl who was rudely disturbed during the biology examination. Will she fail biology?”
“We also appeal to the Federal Ministry of Education to restrain examination bodies from imposing anti-Muslim rules on registration guidelines.”
“Here lies the real anatomy of terrorism and religious violence. Fanatical officials use their positions to victimize Muslims everyday in Nigeria. The natural corollary can only be likened to smoke from fire.”
“Nonetheless, we appeal to Muslims throughout the country to remain calm and law abiding as WAEC and the Ministry of Education take steps to address the matter. We advocate dialogue in place of spontaneous or premeditated violence. Muslim youths are warned not to take the law into their hands.”
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Boko Haram Splits Over Ties With Islamic State – US General

A senior United States of America military General wednesday said the Boko Haram terror group had been fractured internally.

Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser, the nominee to lead the US military Africa Command (AFRICOM), disclosed this in Washington during his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Waldhauser said the problem in the group resulted from some members splitting from shadowy leader, Abubakar Shekau, over his failure to adhere to guidance from the Iraq and Syria-based Islamic State.

According to Reuters/NAN, Waldhauser said the internal division was illustrative of the limits of Islamic State’s influence over Boko Haram so far, in spite of the West African group’s pledge of allegiance to it last year.
“Several months ago, about half of Boko Haram broke off to a separate group because they were not happy with the amount of buy-in, if you will, from Boko Haram into the ISIL brand,” he explained.

He, however, said Shekau had not fallen into line with Islamic State’s instructions, including ignoring calls for Boko Haram to stop using children as suicide bombers.

Waldhauser said: “He’s been told by ISIL to stop doing that, but he has not done so, and that’s one of the reasons why this splinter group has broken off.

“But the Islamic State was trying to reconcile those two groups.”
The military chief said there was no evidence that Boko Haram had so far received significant operational support or financing from Islamic State.

He said the assessment suggested that Boko Haram’s loyalty pledge had so far, mostly been a branding exercise.
Waldhauser acknowledged differing opinions about how much influence Islamic State actually had over Boko Haram, which won global infamy for its 2014 kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls.

He said: “They certainly have not given them a lot of financial assistance.

“So the point could be that it is perhaps in improvement in tradecraft, in training and the like.”
Waldauser stated that Shekau’s local focus and voiced concern was about whether a splinter group may act more in concert with Islamic State’s trans-regional ambitions.

“What concerns me is the break-off group of Boko Haram, which wants to be more ISIL-like, and consequently buy into the ISIL-brand of attacking western interests,” he said.

Meanwhile, an army officer in Niger Republic said that a multinational force had begun operations against Boko Haram along the border between the country and Nigeria.

Brigadier General Abdou Sidikou-Issa, the Tactical Chief of Staff for troops based in Niger’s southern zone of Diffa, yesterday in Niamey said troops from Chad and Nigeria were involved in the operation.

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No Link Between Islamic State And Boko Haram, Says US

The United States says Boko Haram’s claim to having allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) jihadists is merely an attempt at getting international recognition.

The claim by the US is coming at a time the Department of State Security Services said it has arrested five Persons Operating ISIS Cell in Kano, North West Nigeria.

US officials told Reuters that they have seen no evidence of operational support or financing for the dreaded terrorist group from IS.

They dismissed Boko Haram’s claim of its recent attack in Niger Republic in the name of the Syria-based jihadists, saying that it was only a move to attract more recruits and possible assistance from IS.

However, the officials said they are closely watching for any deepening ties between both terror groups.

“If there is no meaningful connection between ISIL and Boko Haram, and we haven’t found one so far, then there are no grounds for US military involvement in West Africa other than assistance and training,” a US official said.

The official noted that the onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgents was an African fight, saying that the US could assist them.

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A Guide To Ramadan – The Islamic Holy Month, By Usama Dandare

As the holy month of Ramadan begins yesterday, Muslims all over the world embarks on a 29-30 days fasting, from waking up in the early morning hours at dawn for breakfast, to waiting until the call to prayer at sunset for launch and dinner. It’s imperative to shed more lights on why Muslims fast and what the month of Ramadan stands for, at least for the emphasis of educating our brothers and sisters from other religions. This piece will attempt to discuss in brief the concept of Ramadan fasting, its religious benefits, and perhaps medicinal importance:
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, it’s the month in which the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to the last prophet of Islam after Jesus Christ (PBUH) – Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Being the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, or the Hijri calendar based on the lunar cycle, Ramadan began when Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina in AD622, and return once annually about 11 days earlier than the previous year. It sometimes falls in winter months when the fasts are short, and in summer months when the fasts are long. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and this annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, other pillars include shahadah, which is the declaration of faith; salat, the five daily prayers; zakat, or almsgiving; and the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinks, smoking, backbiting, long arguments, lying, fighting and engaging in sexual relations; Muslims are also mandated to refrain from other behavior that could be perceived as sinful, such as swearing, engaging in disagreements, and unnecessary noise-making.
Several Muslims around the world observe fast between dawn to sunset in the month of Ramadan, they do so not for losing fat or any medical value, but for spiritual benefits as it is ordained by the Holy Quran:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you, as it was prescribed for those before you (i.e. Jews, & Christians) so that you may (learn) self-restraint.” (Q2:183)
Fasting does not mean Muslims retreat from their daily routine, rather they are encouraged to continue as normal in their work and usual activities. In fact, this is where the challenge of patience and endurance comes in, because fasting isn’t merely a physical ritual, but primarily a time for reflection and spiritual recharging. During the fast, Muslims believe that their desires are curbed and that they can gain understanding of how those who are less privileged than them feel. It’s also considered a ‘temptation free month’ – as both Satan and the evil spirits are chained and incarcerated by God throughout the holy month – to increase one’s patience, closeness to God and generosity towards others. The month of Ramadan is also a time of unity; it is the custom for Muslims to invite their neighbours and friends to share their evening meal – iftar – and recite special Tarawih prayers in congregation. It is also a time for Muslims to reconnect with the Qur’an, which is the word of God.
Fasting during Ramadan is fardh (“obligatory”) for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travellers, the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those going through menstrual bleeding. Healthy Muslim men and women are required to fast during the month according to Islamic teachings. People exempt from fasting during Ramadan can make up the missed fasts later. But if a person is not able to fast at all – particularly if that is for health reasons – one can compensate by feeding a needy person for each of the day they do not fast. It’s worthy to note that Muslims do not fast continuously throughout the month, they eat before dawn and break their fast at sunset each day.
While fasting during the holy month of Ramadan remains an avenue for introspection and spiritual renewal for all Muslims around the world, scientists have found that short periods of fasting – if properly controlled – can have a number of health benefits, as well as potentially helping overweight people. Medical experts encourages fasting Muslims to keep hydrated and have the right proportion of carbohydrates, fat and protein in between fasts, however tempting, but may in fact lead to gaining weight. So with prolonged fasting of many days or weeks, the body starts using protein for energy, and after a few days of the fast, higher levels of endorphins – hormones related to mood – appear in the blood and can make a person more alert and give an overall feeling of general mental wellbeing. Fasting has been proven to be an effective detoxification therapy as toxins will break down and pass out of the body. Also, it is ideal for both the overweight and underweight: for the overweight – deposited fat gets used and burns down, facilitating weight loss. While for the underweight – fasting normalizes the digestive system and equip the body to digest and assimilate nutrients.Fasting can also clear many skin problems due to the elimination of toxic materials, and has advantages in getting rid of addictions and habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.
Depending on which part of the world, Muslims have varying Ramadan customs, based on their cultures, but, the Islamic injunctions remained the same and unchangeable across the globe, which include: Eating and drinking at sahoor, the pre-fast meal, just before dawn; not delaying breaking the fast at sunset, which is iftar time; breaking the fast with an odd number of fresh dates, or dried dates if none are available, or a few sips of water; searching for the “Night of Power” or Laylat al-Qadr – a blessed night which according to Islamic tradition was the night when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God, and falls within the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
Ramadan begins when a crescent moon is sighted on the last day of Sha’aban (the 8th month in the Islamic calendar), but in a situation where the moon was not sighted for lack of visibility or other factors, the month of Ramadan automatically begins the following night whether or not the crescent moon is seen. Do you know that the month of Ramadan starts on different days across the world?  This differences over the start and end dates of Ramadan from one country to another, are basically as a result of variations in the sighting of the moon due to time differences between one country/region to the next. In places where it is not possible to see the crescent moon, Muslims begin fasting according to the closest place where the moon has been sighted, while other scholars rely on the calculations of astronomers. However, some Islamic scholars have called for Muslims to be united, and start the month of fasting based on sighting of the moon in the holy city of Mecca, which several other scholars rejected.
In places with no sunsets, like in the Arctic Circle and in Northern Finland where the sun remains visible at midnight and doesn’t set at all for 60 days during summer, Muslims in those places are permitted to follow more reasonable dawn and sunset times of other countries, likewise Muslims living in the most northerly regions of Alaska can use the dawn and sunset times of another part of America where “day is distinguishable from night”.
Reykjavik, Iceland, has the longest hours of fasting in the world where the fast will be about 21 hours 57 minutes long in the beginning of the month of Ramadan, with a fast starting at 2:03am and finishing at midnight. While Sydney, Australia, has the shortest hours of fasting in the world where a fasting day will be about 11 hours 24 minutes long at the start of Ramadan, with a fast starting at 5.29am and finishes at 16:53pm.
The month of Ramadan ends on the 29th day if a crescent moon for the month of Shawwal (the 10th month in the Islamic calendar) is sighted, in a situation where the moon of Shawwal was not sighted, Ramadan automatically ends on the 30th day. The next day after the month of Ramadan becomes the first day of Shawwal: a day when Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking of the fast, which marks the end of Ramadan. According to Islamic tradition, the angels call it the day of prizegiving because all those who fasted are rewarded by God on this day, and so it is common to hear Muslims greet each other with Eid Mub?rak (Happy Eid) and it is forbidden to fast on this day. It is Islamic to celebrate Eid with a small sweet breakfast, and to give charity before Eid prayers in congregation, and many Muslims celebrate by giving gifts, wearing new or clean clothes, and visiting friends and family. It’s simply a day of love, unity, peace and a day to put smiles on the faces of the needy and the vulnerable ones among the society and give them a sense of belonging. This marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the end of the Ramadan fast.
In a nutshell, understanding what Ramadan is and the sanctity of the fast is of paramount importance to both Muslim or non-Muslims, for the goals of fasting is to teach patience, discipline, modesty and spirituality. Whoever is observing a lengthy period of fasting must stay healthy, eat wisely and sleep enough.
Conclusively, there are practices or habits that all Muslims observing the Ramadan fast need to adopt in order to maintain a balance and healthy life throughout this holy month and beyond:

  • Avoid eating an excess of carbohydrates.
  • Avoid an intake of excessive sugary and spicy food, and also stay away from caffeine drinks such as coke, coffee or tea.
  • Avoid snacks high in salt like chips or nuts.
  • Take dinner only before Ishaa and after Taraweeh prayers, so the time afterwards is spent in Ibaadah, prayers and dhikr.
  • Women should not be made to cook all day: hence, keep the meals simple and humble, so they too can get the time to engage in equal Ibaadah and prayers, during their day, and post-Iftaar as well.
  • When considering dinner, it’s very important to include food varieties like: Meat/Bean, Bread/Cereal, Milk, Vegetable, Fruits among others.

In this holy month of love and peace, permit me to end with an apology to whomever I have offended in one way or the other either knowingly or unknowingly through the course of my work or interactions with folks both online and offline, please accept my unreserved apologia. And at the same time wishing all my readers, friends, well-wishers, colleagues, family, and the entire Muslim umma a blissful, bountiful, glorious, and a happy Ramadan fast. May the Almighty Allah – the God of Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W), the God of Prophet Jesus Christ (PBUH), the God of Prophet Moses (PBUH), and the God of Prophet Abraham (PBUH) accept all our worships during this holy month and beyond, and spare our lives to witness more and more Ramadans ahead.

Usama Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto. Reach me on mail via or on twitter @osadaby or on Facebook via
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Felicitation And Moonsighting For Ramadan By The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs

The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. present at his home), he must observe fasting that month… (Q.Al-Baqarah 2:185)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President General, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto, congratulates the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on the auspicious occasion of Ramadan, 1437 A. H. The Council prays that Allah make the month a positively new beginning in our individual and national lives in terms of spiritual excellence and national development.

The Council appreciates the educative release from National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA) on crescent sighting, which was meant to provide just the scientific explanation concerning sighting of the crescent. We urge the NASRDA to make it a monthly affair for public awareness and education. One of the beauties of Islamic calendar is its being natural, based on a monthly phenomenon as created by the Almighty Creator of both humanity and nature.

It is also instructive that the findings of NASRDA agree with those of the Islamic Scholars on when and where the conjunction of the new crescent would take place. The only difference is that mere conjunction without its physical appearance (after sunset) is not enough for the commencement of the Ramadan except on the 30th of the receding month when its existence is certain.

Since the last Ramadan fast, the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC) of the NSCIA, under the leadership of Mallam Hafiz Wali and Prof. Usman El-Nafaty, assisted by Bro. Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen, advises the President General of the NSCIA on the commencement of every lunar month. The President General, as advised, always makes monthly declaration of the commencement of every lunar month.

The NMSC had advised the President General that the crescent of Ramadan should be searched for on Sunday, 5th June, 2016 equivalent to 29th Sha’ban 1437 AH. If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Sunday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would declare Monday, 6th June, 2016 as the first day of Ramadan. If, however, the crescent is not sighted on the night of Sunday, Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1437 AH.

Muslims all over the Country are hereby enjoined to be on the lookout for the directive of His Eminence, the President General of the NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1437 AH Ramadan fast.

In addition to established and traditional Islamic leaders in each locality, members of the National Moon Sighting Committee who can be contacted for information and clarification are:

1 Mallam Hafiz Wali 08036009090
2 Sheikh  Tahir Bauchi 08032103733


3 Sheikh  Karibullah Kabara 08035537382  
4 Mal. Simwal Usman Jibrin 08033140010
5 Sheikh  Salihu Yaaqub 07032558231
6 Mal. Jafar Abubakar 08020878075
7 Alh. Abdullahi Umar 08037020607
8 Prof. J.M. Kaura 08067050641
9 Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar 08036509363


1 Sheikh  Habeebullah Adam Al-Ilory 08023126335
2 Sheikh  Jamiu Kewulere 08033881335
3 Muhammad Rabiu Salahudeen 08035740333
4 Sheikh  Abdur-Razzaq Ishola 08023864448


5 Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Mayaleke 08035050804
6 Dr. Ganiy I. Agbaje 08028327463


7 Gafar M. Kuforiji 08033545208


1 Prof. Usman El-Nafaty 08062870892
2 Mal. Ibrahim Zubairu Salisu 08038522693
3 Dr. Usman Hayatu Dukku 0805 704 1968
4 Imam Manu


5 Chief Imam of Yola Central Mosque 08035914285  


1 Prof. Z. I. Oboh Oseni 08033574431

2 Nurudeen Asunogie D. 08033533012





1 Sheikh  Bala Lau 08037008805

2 Sheikh  Sani Yahaya Jingir 08065687545


3 Muhammad Nasir AbdulMuhyi 08065687545

4 Sheikh  AbdurRahman Ahmad 08023141752
5 Muhammad Yaseen Qamarud-Deen 07032558231
6 Sheikh  Lukman Abdallah 08037861132  
7 Sheikh  Sulaiman Gumi 08033139153


1 Sheikh Adam Idoko 08036759892
2 Alh. Yusuf Nwoha 08030966956

3 Mal. Isa Okonkwo 08037861407


As soon as the NMSC, based on the verified information, confirms the sighting of the crescent, the committee will advise the President General of the NSCIA, who will announce the commencement of the month of Ramadan.

While we are wishing all Nigerian Muslims happy Ramadan in advance, we urge each and every Muslim to remain faithful to the true teachings of Islam in all its ramifications, by being his/her brothers’ keeper, peace loving, peace keeping, peacemaking and being an advocate of peaceful co-existence for accelerated development of our troubled nation.

We urge all of us to seize the opportunity of Ramadan to pray for our leaders; Political, Religious and Social, so that the nation can be properly guided to greater development.

Ramadan Kareem!


Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, OFR, FNAL,

Secretary General,


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Shiites, Islamic Extremism & Terrorism: What Nigeria Must Do By Jude ‘Feranmi

Since December 16, 2015, what has become evident in the way that religious extremism is being understood in our country is the seeming metamorphosis that begins from movements with original sincere religious intentions and then graduates into a state in itself without obedience to laws of the land and regard for authority in the societies where they operate.

The question then is not whether what we now know as religious extremism or Islamic terrorism is borne out of movements that purport to be peaceful and for the benefit of its members but a question of whether what they end up becoming benefits their members and members of the society.

Unfortunately, we live in a society that is reactionary instead of being pro-active to every matter that affects our lives even to the point of life and death, this time the security of lives and property. One would expect that we would have learnt our lesson with what we know about the history of boko haram which is now officially regarded as the Islamic State of West Africa even though we are now aware that they currently hold in control of their forces no local government area of the 774 local government areas in the country with our armed forces consistently chasing them out of their hiding places day in day out.

What we now know to be the Islamic Movement of Nigeria under the Leadership of El Zakzaky which has existed for a while now has not only taken the shape of a well-intentioned Islamic movement which is on the path to another extremist organization that is about to turn itself into a terrorist organization owing to the unconditional release of their leader who is in detention.

It is on record that those who have followed the incidents and protests of these Shiites who have become a law unto themselves have started gathering enough force within themselves to acquire arms and cause mayhem to achieve their ends. It is no gainsaying that a supposedly peaceful organization with a large occultic following who has gone ahead to infringe on the rights of average Nigerians to the extent of attacking the Nigerian Army last December has the ability and the capacity to hold hostage a whole state should they decide to finally forgo their masking as a peaceful movement.

In a democratic society where laws should apply to all and sundry irrespective of social status or religious beliefs, it is expected that every citizen be subject to the laws of the land. Furthermore, In a society where Islamic terrorism has gained much traction that President Buhari has even considered the necessity of joining a coalition of Islamic countries fighting terrorism to safeguard and protect our society and also see to the end of the Boko Haram Menace in spite of the religious coloration that such actions tend to carry along, should a group or movement with potential to turn into another terrorist organization should they acquire arms and force to achieve their ends? A feat that is evident they are capable of?

It is to this end that a coalition of Nigerians have decided to kick-start an awareness campaign and Unite Against Terrorism starting with a Media Campaign that hopes to get the Federal Government’s Attention to see that this issue does not escalate into another issue of Islamic Extremism under any guise in the path to seek freedom for their leader or justice for their people who were killed.

We hope that as we take on the proactive stance to prevent another Islamic Extremism cum Islamic Terrorism in our country, Nigerians will see the need to join their voices and say #NoToShiitesExtremism #NoToIslamicTerrorism as we advocate for a peaceful and terror-free society.

Join the Conversation on Twitter with these hashtags and we can kick-start the campaign to establish peace in our society. 
Editor: Opinion expressed on this page are strictly those of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of and its associates

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Sokoto, Islamic Devt Bank Partner On Property, Investment Fund

Sokoto government will partner with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to manage the state’s property and investment fund, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said.

Speaking in Sokoto Monday when he hosted the Senior Training Specialist of the bank’s Research and Training Institute, Dr. Abdulkader Shahi, Tambuwal said the economic potential of the venture, to be executed through the state’s Zakat and Endowment committee, will improve capacity of local businessmen to compete at home and abroad.

He said the government will continue to explore means of collaboration with leading financial institutions for the enhancement of business and economic activities in Sokoto.

While announcing that a bill has already been sent to the state House of Assembly for the upgrading of the zakat and endowment committee into a full-fledged independent commission, Tambuwal said funds under the care of the committee will continue to be judiciously utilised for the purpose it was set up for.

In his remarks, Dr. Shashi as head of IDB’s research, publications and training unit, they have collaborated with many institutions and governments to provide information on models of Islamic economy, banking and finance.

He said he was in Sokoto to seek areas of cooperation and staff development for the soon-to- be established Zakat and Endowment Commission.

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International Forum On Islamic Finance (IFIF) Gathers Powerhouses From Across Global Islamic Finance Industry

KHARTOUM, Sudan, February 9, 2016/ — Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered today at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016), Held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning – and in strategic partnership with the Bank of Khartoum – IFIF 2016 hosted 200 dignitaries, central bank representatives, Ministers, C-level bankers, thought leaders and experts who gathered at the Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum to deliberate on strategies to enable Islamic finance gain prominence and spur economic growth across Africa.

Delivering keynote addresses to a packed audience were Fadi Al Faqih (CEO of Bank of Khartoum), Musaed Mohammed Ahmed (Head of Sudan’s Banks Union), H.E. Abdelrahman Hassan Abdelrahman Hashim (Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan), H.E. Badr El-Din Mahmoud Abbas (Minister of Finance and National Economy of the Republic of the Sudan) and H.E. Bakri Hassan Salih (First Vice President of the Republic of the Sudan).

The conveners of IFIF, Middle East Global Advisors – a renowned intelligence platform serving the Middle East North Africa Southeast Asia (MENASEA) region for 22 years – gathered a powerful line-up of speakers including Dr. Anindya Ghose, Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, who was named Business Week’s “Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide”.

Dr. Ghose will speak on the impact of social media on banking and shared that: “Industries and markets are being transformed by a growing shared technology infrastructure. Indeed, Africa is emerging as an inspiring hub of innovation for social media in the banking sector, enabling unbanked individuals in Africa to access risk averse financing through Islamic banking.”

Dr. Ghose continued: “The International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF) is an outstanding platform to help build awareness of Africa’s digital media proposition in the context of Islamic finance’s push for financial inclusion across the continent.”

Another key highlight of Day 1 of IFIF was the exclusive launch of the much-awaited Sudan Islamic Finance report.The report was produced by the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) and the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), in collaboration with the Bank of Khartoum. The ground-breaking report provides substantive due diligence on the opportunities for Islamic financial and non-financial services in Sudan.

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We Demand Justice For The Killing Of Students In Zaria – Islamic Movement Group

It is now over one month since the Nigerian Army launched a coordinate brutal attack on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, that killed hundreds of people in Zaria after over 27 hours of
indiscriminate shooting and bombing by the Army. Despite this display of inhumanity and gross violation of fundamental human rights, to which no remorse was shown by the state authorities for what was
undoubtedly a war crime against fellow Nigerians, the home of the revered leader of the Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, two Islamic Centers and the Cemetery/Film Village were demolished with graves dug up and desecrated by the Kaduna state government.

Also, 13 other members of the Movement were killed by the Nigerian Police during a peaceful procession they staged in Kaduna on Tuesday 15-12-15 condemning the continued detention of our Leader of the Movement, His Eminence, Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqoub Zakzaky (H).

Following these brutalities by the Army, the IMN has so far compiled a list of 730 missing persons that are either killed or in detention in military detention facilities, amongst who are hundreds of students and members of the academic Forum of the Islamic Movement. This is not including the 220 members of the Movement in prison in Kaduna, amongst whom are injured persons denied treatment. These demonic acts perpetrated by the Nigerian Army has not only raised the Army’s human rights abuse records but has also turned a lot of women into widows, children into orphans and has also succeeded in wiping out a lot of families.

All these have led millions of Nigerians into doubting the truth of existence of any freedom of worship in the country as all those killed were only killed for the crime of going to celebrate the birth month of our beloved holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWA). This followed an initial cover up by the Army coined as “assassination attempt on Chief of Army Staff COAS” which appeared rather stupid. It was later followed by the “road blockage” theory which was laughable, and the accusation of stockpiling arms to which not a single bullet was found in all the places demolished after a claimed “cordon and search operation”.

Generally, the authorities have remained insensitive about our plight without showing any concern as they unjustly continue to keep our revered leader Sheikh Zakzaky (H) in custody without allowing any access to him. This is not talking about those who have been given mass burial by the Army or even corpses burnt, amongst whom are women and children, some of the women have even been molested before they were killed by the soldiers as confirmed by some of the survivors who were also tortured after their abduction by them.

All these were followed by propaganda by the government and the Army to paint the Movement and its leader in bad light thereby instigating sectarian sentiments and creating tension in the country. Although we are aware that it is a deliberate attempt to intimidate and instigate us into mob actions, we will never resort to anything outside the normal legal process of seeking redress. This is evident in the way we acted last year when the same Nigerian Army attacked our members and killed 34 of them including three biological sons of our leader Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky. Hence, even now that they have killed three more of his biological sons making six within a year, we still remain undaunted, calm and resolute. These to us are only milestones in the true path of Allah our creator.

Finally, the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is hereby calling for immediate and unconditional release of our revered leader his Eminence Sheikh El-Zakzaky (H), and his wife as well as all other members in detention. Corpses of our members killed by the Army, including students should be released to us with immediate effect for burials according to Islamic rights. We call on the government to summon courage and live up to its morality and accept its crime by paying ‘diyyah’ to all affected families and relations. .
Shu’aibu Isah Ahmad
Chairman, Academic forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria

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Jonathan’s Aides Offered Us $3m For Votes – Islamic Groups

Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) and The Muslim Congress (TMC) – have alleged that some aides of former President Goodluck Jonathan approached the body with $3 million so as to secure their members vote during the 2015 presidential election.

Abdullahi Shuaib, the Coordinator of the Conference of Islamic Organisations, CIO, stated this on Saturday, December 26, at the 22nd National Islamic Training Programme NITP, held at Odosengolu near Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Mr. Shuaib said the CIO and TMC rejected the government’s offer tagged: “religious fund”, meant to secure support of Muslims in Nigeria for the ex-president and his party, during the general elections early this year.

“It is not a secret, they came, offering us over three million dollars, we said no….It came through their proxies to us and we said no. And today we have been vindicated and it is not even part of our own culture to take bribe. We prefer to go hungry than to collect a bribe from somebody, that is unlawful.”

He said that some officials of the Jonathan-led administration (whose identities were not disclosed) approached the CIO with money but it rejected “because we know very well that it was a bait; it was a poison and you cannot eat and dine with the devil and think the devil will not come after you.” he said.

Mr. Shuaib condemned all those who collected the funds from the ex-NSA.

“It is morally wrong, it is unethical for any organisation, either Muslim or Christian or traditionalist to have indulged in that reckless looting of treasury, the common wealth and there is no way they can exonerate themselves because they have desecrated the house of God because they symbolise the House of God and they have desecrated it and it is a sacrilege and it is wrong.
“Ethically it is wrong, morally it is wrong, socially, it is wrong, economically it is wrong, legally it is wrong. And I think, we should allow the long arm of the law to catch up with them and let the law take it cause over them.”

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