By Mumini Abdulkareem
In the drive to tame the spread of activities of ritualists in Kwara State, Islamic scholars at the 1439 Hijrah celebration in Ilorin on Friday advocated for a stiff penalty for the perpetrators of the act.
The scholars called on renowned scholars, preachers and teachers in the town to wade in and preach against the involvement of some people that portrayed themselves to be Islamic clerics in the obnoxious acts.
Grand Kadi of Kwara Sharia Court of Appeal, Ilorin, Alhaji Ola Abdulkadir, said that such nefarious activities negated the teachings of Islam and what Ilorin was known for.
He urged government to set necessary machineries in motion to ensure the protection of innocent lives through regular surveillance of the community.
He called for a sober reflection on activities of individuals on the celebration of the Islamic new year and expressed dismay against the persecution of Muslims in some parts of the world, particularly in Burma, Afghanistan, Yemen and the Middle East.
The Grand Kadi said, “They are being persecuted not for any offence other than being Muslims. This to us is a violation of their fundamental human rights which the UN entrenched in Human Right Acts.
“We, therefore, call on the people concerned to rise and correct this anomaly which the enemies of Islam are perpetrating all over the world,” he said.
He also sought for the declaration of Hijrah day as public day as done in some other states in the country.
National Missioner of Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdulmumeen Ayara, in his sermon, warned Muslims against involvement in forbidden acts that negated the principles of Islam.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of Kwara Council of the National Hijrah Ummatul Islamiyyah Alhaji Abdulkadir Orire, appealed to government to create employment for the teeming unemployed youths so as to engage them against social vices.
The cleric, however, admonished Muslims to always invest in Islamic courses as well as give their children proper Islamic education and frowned at the killing, selling and buying of human parts for rituals, describing it as highly ungodly, un-Islamic, barbaric and sinful.
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari warned perpetrators of evils residing in the city to either cease or relocate saying the law would soon catch up with them.
About 50 western and Islamic schools participated in a march-pass to commemorate the celebration.