By Muhammad Hadi


Forum of Ulama’a conducting Tafsir in Niger State have renounced in strong terms the sect of Qur’aniyyun (aka Qala-qato) whose act of conduct is not about Islam but totally out of Islamic context.

This was contained in a 10-point communiqué issued at the end of a two-day pre-Ramadan symposium organized by the Bureau for Religious Affairs for Ulama’a conducting Tafsir in Niger State, at Gidan Matasa, Minna.

The symposium advised government to check the spread of the sect’s activities which was becoming inimical to the peace and security of the state; the scholars however, were requested to offer special prayers to contain security challenges bedevelling the state in particular and Nigeria at large.

Scholars at the workshop were reminded of the need to shy away from acquisition of excessive wealth, and to avoid unnecessary envy and hatred among themselves which results to innovations into the religion of Islam.

In the area of Zakkat collection and distribution, the Bureau for Religious Affairs and the Ulama’a were called upon to as a matter of urgency sensitize the public on the importance and benefits of giving out Zakkat and to also ensure its success.

Scholars responsible for the conduct of Tafsir were called upon to acquire sound knowledge of Tajweed, Qira’at, Asbabunnuzul, Arabic, Balaga, Nahawu among others; and to abide by the rules in the conduct of the Ramadan Tafsir across the state.

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, stressed the need for Ulama’as to use wisdom and polite language in the conduct of their Tafsir in order to have unity of purpose among the Muslim Ummah in the state.

Governor Bello further urged the Islamic scholars to respect each others’ views especially as it affects the Islamic sects. He however, pledged the support of the state government towards the unity of the religious bodies.

About 350 scholars across the 25 local government areas of the state including Juma’at Mosques Imams attended and participated at the two-day symposium.