Almajiri system is not Islamic -Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar 111, on Sunday described Almajiri system practised in various part on Nothern Nigeria as unIslamic.

According to revered Islamic scholar and leader, the system which encourages children to be sent to distant places in the guise to learn the Qua’ran enthrones poverty and hunger and should be largely discouraged.

The Sultan who spoke in Kaduna at a Pre-Ramadan gathering said that Islam frowns at laziness but encourages entrepreneurship and urged the government, especially those at the state level to pay more attention to the welfare of their citizens.

“Almajiri does not represent Islam, but hunger and poverty. Almajiri system of begging is not representing Islam and must, therefore, be distinguished from Islam,” the sultan said.

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“Islam encourages scholarship and entrepreneurship and frowns at laziness and idleness as exemplified by itinerant Almajiri.Therefore attempt must be made to stop the practice Almajiri system of begging among Muslim faithful’s.”

The Sultan is the second high profile Nothern elite to speak out against the practise of the Almagiri system in recent times. The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi lashed out against the practise and other related systems that he said are inimical to the development of the region at a public ceremony in Kano recently, a development that did not go down well with some religious and political leaders in the north.