Islam against roaming almajiri begging practice, says Sultan

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Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has urged stakeholders to put politics aside and support Islamic and western education integration model initiative to bring to an end to the prevalence of street roaming Almajiris in the north.

Speaking on Saturday at the closing ceremony of a 2-day validation workshop for the modernisation of the Almajiri- Nizamiyya Education system in Sokoto state, Abubakar said the sultanate council and key stakeholders must come together for the success of the initiative aimed at ending street begging in the state and northern Nigeria.

The revered monarch recalled that he and many others were products of the traditional Almajiri system but declared nothing links their quest for Arabic and Islamic knowledge with begging.

According to him: “Parents must be sensitised against allowing their children to resort in begging a practice that Islam abhors in totality.

“We were not encouraged to beg in any guise but to strictly seek knowledge.”

Abubakar further reiterated that all hands must be on deck to deepen awareness and sustained call against the fast-emerging trend which is unpalatable.

He explained that traditional and religious leaders and relevant organs were also supportive of the GBV crusade and other life-saving programmes.

” We are efficiently driving the objectives to curtail or mitigate the negative trend and consequences associated with the socio-moral ills on the society as protection for the future of young ones.

” It is our duty to close ranks and salvage as well protect lives for the continued meaningful existence and survival of humanity by providing the necessary instruments of development educationally,” he pointed out.

While acknowledging the active involvement of the Sultan and his council as well other agencies instrumental to the course, Governor Aminu Tambuwal described the workshop initiative as an indication of a success-driven project.

He said his administration was committed to educational standard, excellence as well development including the Almajiri- Nizamiyya model.

 

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