"ITS HIGH TIME THESE KILLINGS CAME TO AN END"- NIGERIAN SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS' POSITION ON THE GENOCIDAL TRENDS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA AND OTHER PARTS OF NIGERIA
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful
O you who believe, be consistent in standing firm for Allah, as witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do. (Quran 5: 8)
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In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
…If anyone slew a person –unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief on the land- his punishment would be as if he slew humanity as a whole and if anyone saved a life, his reward would be as if he saved the lives of humanity as a whole.
(Quran 5: 32)
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, hereby condemns in totality the unjust, heinous and dastard acts of destruction of lives and properties currently going on in Southern Kaduna. The NSCIA is particularly grieved that as at the last count, no fewer than 808 lives of innocent Nigerians have been lost while nothing less than 57 Nigerians have suffered life-threatening injuries. The NSCIA denounces these events in its entirety particularly because they run contrary to fundamental Islamic law which ordains human life to be sacred and strongly forbids its unlawful destruction except for a just course.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that, there was no positive sighting of the crescent of Rabiul-Thani, 1438AH on the 29th of Rabiul-Awwal, 1438AH, equivalent to 29th December, 2016, either by naked eye or astronomical calculations. Therefore, Friday, 30th December, 2016 is the last day of Rabiul-Awwal, 1438AH.
In line with the above, His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, has approved Saturday, 31st December, 2016 as the 1st day of Rabiul-Thani, 1438AH.