By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has reminded Muslim clerics against the use of foul, abusive languages, vulgar and misinterpretation of the Holy Qur’an during sermons at tafsir as the Muslim world look set for the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast.
The Estu Nupe said the holy month of Ramadan is a sanctimonious period for all adherents of the Islamic faith to be pious, diligent and seek the face of their creator and His blessings and mercies.
Speaking in his palace ahead of the start of the annual Ramadan fast while addressing over a thousand Mullahs, Islamic teachers and preachers from Bida and surrounding areas within Nupe speaking extractions, the traditional ruler said the use of intemperate language was a misnomer in the religion of Islam and what it stands for.
The meeting with the Islamic teachers was at the instance of the Etsu Nupe preparatory to the forthcoming Ramadan fast. He said Islamic religious leaders and scholars must not be found wanting in their teachings, character and actions.
He condemned the use of abusive and provocative languages by some Islamic preachers and teachers during sermons and advised them to change their tactics and styles for good.
He emphasized that the use of scurrilous and despicable words while preaching or teaching were not part of the religion of Islam even as he added that religious leaders must live above board as rôle models in the society and who must desist from doing anything that could lead to the breach of peace and harmonious coexistence of all.
The monarch while wishing the Muslim ummah a hitch free Ramadan fast period, prayed for God’s blessings and mercies. He called on Muslim clerics to lead in the vanguard for peace and spread the gospel of one indivisible Nigeria.
He used the occasion to enlist the support and cooperation of the clerics to join in the crusade against drug addiction by particularly youths in the country.
The Chief Imam of Bida, Shiek Adamu Ya-Katun, acknowledged that the message was timely and crucial.
Imam Adamu Ya Katun said peace and harmonious coexistence of all was incumbent for national development. He said the religion of Islam does not have a space for trouble making even as he added that peace and unity were crucial for the growth of Islam.
Shiek Adamu Ya-Katun assured the Etsu Nupe that his message would be extended to all Islamic clerics far and near.