Governor Aminu Bello Masari says Islam does not encourage street begging.
Independent reports that the Governor shared this information at the closing ceremony of the 32nd National Quranic Recitation Competition in Katsina state.
According to the Katsina State governor, the religion has no place for street begging by children.
Hence, he urged Muslims to stop street begging and find other ways to make a living.
In his words, “The practice of the Almajiri is far from being a reflection of Islamic ideals.
The Almajiri are erroneously linked to Islamic education. Aged between four and 15 years, the Almajiri are engaged more in seeking sustenance for themselves than in learning the Qur’an.
“They are exposed, exploited and abused and many of them become involved in crimes. Islam does not encourage begging. The religion of Islam is a comprehensive way of life and it is dynamic in its approach to birth spiritual and mundane affairs. Islam encourages scholarship and entrepreneurship and frowns at laziness and idleness as exemplified by itinerant Almajiri.”
In February, 2018, the Sultan of Sokoto also said that street begging has nothing to do with Islam (thisdaylive)
“Current statistics show that there are about 13 million out-of-school children in Nigeria and 10 million of them are Almajirai.
“We must go beyond rhetoric and find a permanent solution to the Almajirai issue and the solution is not in abolishing it but in reforming it to meet present-day realities.”
Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto was also at the event.
He encouraged Nigerians to register and get their Permanent Voters Cards.