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Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

2015: Politicians using religion as campaign tools, says Islamic cleric

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From Akilani Abdullah, Lagos

The Chief Imam of 1004 Estate Muslim Community, Victoria Island, Lagos, Sheik Sulaimon Ibrahim, at the weekend urged all muslim scholars not to allow politicians sway them off their primary purpose of serving the interest of God.

Speaking at the 8th edition of Crystal Muslim Organisation (CMO) essay competition and prize presentation with the theme ‘Islam in the 21st century’, he said the scholars should not allow politicians to use them as a means of gaining political points.

According to him, politicians now use the religious gate keepers to campaign through bribes and series of impunity.

“We all need to play our roles to curb corruption. The society has to play its roles, especially the scholars who preach about religion because people listen and follow what they instruct. The politicians now use the religious leaders to achieve their aims; they bribe them with money and in several ways so that they can endorse them and that happens because all the society are not on the Shari’a path.

“We are calling on the scholars who would serve the interest of Allah and say the truth to the ummah (one and a just community) and help the ummah to understand the religion and not to brainwash them.” He said.

Speaking further, Ibrahim urged the youths to make use of social media and the internet in correcting the misconception of Islam.

He said the youths should not see it as a bad or misleading platform, rather they should use it as an agent of change in sending across message to the world and correcting people’s view about the religion.

“The youth should use the social media to spread Islam and correct the mistake people spread about Islam.

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