The President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji  Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslims in Nigeria not to take laws into their hands.

He advised them to avoid violence and coercing people of other religions into becoming Muslims, saying Islam is not by compulsion.

This is just as the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was represented by the Commissioner for Energy, Alhaji Idris Abubakar, condemned attacks on churches and other places of worship by any group under any guise, saying such violated the rights  of others to freedom of worship.

They spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during a conference organised by Da’wah Co-ordination Council of Nigeria for the north central states.

Abubakar, who is also the Sultan of Sokoto, urged Muslim faithful to live harmoniously with their neighbours, irrespective of their religions, tribes or political leanings, saying through the good conduct of Muslims, people will be converted to Islam and not by violence.

He also urged Muslim clerics to avoid hate preaching.

He said, “We must never take laws into our hands. We must not be law officers. We do not do that in Islam. We do not force anybody to join

Islam. There is no compulsion in Islam. Our good deeds, good actions and good interactions as Muslims will give that very bright light to everybody what Islam is and that is what brings people to join us.

“Those who do not want to come as Muslims are free to stay with us and continue working with us to make this country a much better place.

“Whoever wants to fight you, do not fight him; leave him alone. Be very patient. The only thing that will make me to act or ask you to act is only when somebody or a group or some other nations decide to stop us from performing our religious obligations. That is the only way we can fight somebody.”

He added, “But if I am allowed to pursue my religious obligations, say my prayers and pay my zakat and so many other things, I have no problem with anybody. To you, your religion and to me, my religion.

Please continue to live in peace and continue to observe your Islamic tenets.


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