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Friday, July 29, 2011

Islamic banking to stay – Sultan

The spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Thursday in Kaduna said the controversy surrounding Islamic banking was unnecessary, saying it had come to stay.
Abubakar, who reviewed recent developments in the country, comprising the Boko Haram insurgence and the proposed controversial Islamic banking, warned Nigerians to stop antagonising the Muslim community over the issues.

Tension heightened in the country on Sunday when the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria threatened that Muslims were ready to go to war over Islamic banking.

The Sultan, however, ruled out the use of violence by Muslims in their agitations.

He said the deployment of soldiers in Borno State to tackle the Boko Haram menace would not solve the security threat posed by the members of the militant sect.

Abubakar, who doubles as the President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Jama’atul Nasril Islam, said at a pre-Ramadan meeting of the JNI in Kaduna, “We are on our way and non-interest banking has come to stay. There are two key issues that have been bothering the Muslims in this country.

“The issue of violence in the North-East and the issue of comments made on Islamic banking across the country.

“On Islamic banking or non-interest banking, so many people have said so many things about it. Why is it that whenever anything Islamic is mentioned, those who are not Muslims kick against it? That is what we need to ask ourselves here.”

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