Gov Masari tasks ulamas, Imams on educating herdsmen, bandits
Governor Aminu Bello Masari says government will continue to support the chief Imams of Jumma’at mosques to enable them Carry out leadership roles among the Muslim umma.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was speaking during the opening session of a two day seminar for chief Imams of Jumma’at mosques held at the conference Hall of Local government service commission along Kaita road, Katsina.
The Governor explained that the support would provide an opportunity to the chief Imams to impart knowledge to the citizenry.
Alhaji Aminu Masari requested the chief Imams to compliment the effort of the state government in waging war against the ills of drug abuse through Friday sermons.
He expressed concern that ulamas and traditional have for long neglected the people in the rural areas in terms of provision of knowledge.
The Governor informed the participants that 99 percent of the bandits although Muslims have no clear knowledge of the religion.
He said that the bandits depicted their level of illiteracy when in one of the villages, some of them threw infants in a blazing fire.
He called on Jama’atil Nasril Islam- JNI to make sure that the Guest speakers paper was made available to the ulamas as it contains the subject matters of the seminar.
The Governor commended the Emir of Katsina for harping on the need for unity and cohesion of the ummah.
In an address, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmummuni Kabir Usman who is the Deputy National chairman of JNI and the National chairman of First Aid Group of JNI described the hosting of the seminar as long overdue.
The Emir recalled that while he was the Magajin Garin katsina, a similar gathering was organized to educate ulamas on their roles in the state.
He said that the seminar hoped to checked the great divisions among the Muslim community in the country.
Alhaji Abdulmummuni Kabir noted that the insecurity bedeviling the land had it’s root cause from divisions within the ulamas, adding that Imams must desist from sycophancy in the conduct of their affairs.
The Emir expressed hope that the seminar will serve as an opener for the Imams to contribute towards overcoming societal problems.
Alhaji Abdulmummuni Kabir emphasized the need for the ulamas to champion the cause for the ummah to embark on various trades for self reliance.
He announced that the Emirate council had set up 68 committees to revive various aspects of human endeavour as enshrined by Islam.
The Guest speaker, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil spoke at length on the importance of sermons in uniting the Muslim umma.
Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil said sermons must conform of teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad-PBUH.
In a message, the Sultan of Sokoto and National chairman of JNI, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar represented by the secretary General of JNI, Sheikh Khalid Abubakar Aliyu revealed that the seminar was meant to educate Imams on ways to instill proper ways of upbringing of children to stop drug abuse and other social vices.
He also spoke at length on the position of mosques in the life pattern of Muslim’s right from the lifetime of Holy Prophet Muhammad-PBUH to date.
Sheikh Khalid advised that mosques should not be made to serve as avenues of political campaigns and bootlicking.
He assured that the seminar will strive to bring back the glory of Imams and give proper role to JNI in appointing Imams of Jumma’at mosques in the country.
In not too distant future, he said JNI to look into the possibility of issuing license to appointed chief Imams of Jumma’at mosques.
Similarly, he said JNI as an Apex body of Muslims in Nigeria is also considering the possibility of issuing a license to Ulamas that will be conducting Tafsir in the country.
He recommended that Ulamas be made to study the book written by Sheikh Almaghili on the concept of leadership in Islam.
Earlier, the chairman of the local Organising Committee of the Seminar, Kauran Katsina and District Head of Rimi, Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir announced that the seminar was meant to educate Chief Imams on their roles.
He said that the seminar drew participants from Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Sokoto states.
He expressed gratitude to both Governor Masari and the Emir of Katsina for the successful organization of the seminar.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur
Government House Press Centre katsina