Muslims facing serious challenges worldwide- SULTAN
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday lamented that Muslims in Nigeria and across the world are facing serious challenges and have a bigger task ahead of them. He said this during the fourth general assembly of the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, MUSWEN, held at the conference hall of the University of Ibadan Central Mosque. Abubakar, who is the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, urged Muslims to hold on to the unity of the Ummah. He said, “People should remember that Muslims are law abiding people and they can not take up arms because there must be peace, stability and development of the country. We have been doing what is expected of us on the issue of hijab privately and silently as a leader. We don’t have to go to the media to say publicly what we have been doing. We cannot make a public statement since the issue is in the court, to avoid contempt of court.” He called on the Muslims, especially in the South-West states, having challenges on the hijab issue, to be patient, law abiding and follow the rules of law, adding that it was unfortunate that this was happening. He said, “The constitution guarantees us the freedom of religion, and nobody can stop us from doing what is expected of us as Muslims. What is happening to us as Muslims is a challenge from Allah because we have been sleeping for too long and we must wake up from our slumber. Muslims are divided and we must be united; we should not allow politicians to take us for a ride, because every issue has been politicized in the country,” he said. In his remarks, the secretary of MUSWEN, Prof Dawud Noibi, called on Muslims to come out strongly against attempts by some external forces to divide them along political, ethnic and regional lines.