From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau & Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The leader of the popular sect, Jama’atu Izalatul Bid’ah Wa’ikamatus Sunna (JIBWIS), Alhaji Bala Lau has cautioned authorities in the country over the purported move by some Nigerians influencing government to ban the use of veil [Hijab] by Muslim women.
Alhaji Lau told newsmen in Gusau, Zamfara state capital that the use of hijab alone could not be seen as threat to security, considering the multitude number of times that the military uniform were being used to launch attacks by insurgents.
According to him, the recent use of veil by some women suicide bombers in the country should not be taken as reason for authorities to consider ban on veil as part of formidable solution to security challenges, adding that, “It is on record that suicide bombers were found using police and military uniforms to launch attacks on innocent communities, and no move was made to agitate for changing neither police or army uniform”.
He noted that, the use of veil is quiet obligatory as that of daily prayers, fasting, and hajj exercise to all Muslim women and a fulfilment of one of the Islamic religious injunction which must not be compromised for whatever reason, therefore, even if the ban would apply, it should also be on security uniforms”.
“We are absolutely educated by the Holy Qur’an that, the insurgency is terrorism, and terrorism is devil’s, while Islam was sent down on earth to preach against actions led by Satan, for this and other reasons, not only JIBWIS but all other true Islamic sects have in totality condemned the on-going insurgents in the country and religiously consider it Un-Islamic”, Bala Lau stressed.
The sect’s national Chairman who was in Zamfara state for national preaching session of the JIBWIS scheduled to hold in Kaura Namoda local government area, stressed that the national preaching session was organised to re-awaken Muslims on the current security challenges as well as the need for Muslim communities to intensify prayers for the restoration of peace and unity across the nation.
Meanwhile, the National headquarters of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa ‘Iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), has urged Muslims to unite and come under one umbrella for the purpose of love and togetherness.
The chairman council of Ulama of the group, Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yahaya Jingir, stated this when he led some national officers of the Izala group on a visit to Sheikh Idris Abdul-Aziz, the chief Imam of Dutsen-Tanshi Juma’at Mosque, Bauchi.
According to him, time has come when Muslims in Nigeria should unite under one umbrella for the progress of their religion.
He cautioned Muslims against causing division among themselves, and expressed the hope that with the existing cooperation among Muslims in the country, the problem of innovations in Islam would be a thing of the past.
Jingir commended a Bauchi-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Idris Abdul-Aziz, for initiating laudable programmes for the advancement of Islam.
Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yahaya Jingir said the infrastructures established by the Bauchi based scholar, would have a lasting positive impact on Islam and Muslims in general.
The Izala national chairman called on parents to strive harder to ensure that their wards get sound and qualitative education for the progress of the society.
In a welcome address, the Chief Imam of Dutsen Tanshi Juma’at Mosque, Sheikh Idris Abdulaziz, thanked the group for the visit which he observed would further strengthen the Islamic brotherhood among Muslim faithful in the country.