The Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Professor Ishaq Akintola, speaks with BAYO AKINLOYE in regards to the Ecclesiastical (Christian) Courts Invoice that just lately handed the Second Studying within the Home of Representatives expressing reservations concerning the proposed courts
The proposed Ecclesiastical Courts have been described by some as a silly thought. What’s the place of Muslim Rights Concern?
If the thought of creating ecclesiastical courts for Christians had been mooted earlier it could have been good; however (proper) now it’s belated. It’s an try to repeat Shari’ah. Why should the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria be a copycat? Why should it at all times search to do no matter Muslims do? Take the pilgrimage subject for instance: Muslims are deeply dedicated to it. They’ve been occurring pilgrimage from Nigeria by trekking to Saudi Arabia even earlier than the arrival of aeroplanes. All of a sudden, CAN discovered it modern to demand its personal pilgrimage fee, though pilgrimage just isn’t necessary for Christians.
CAN seems caught to 1 dogma, particularly, to oppose something Muslims wish to do even when it’ll profit Muslims or Nigerians usually. But when Muslims achieve bringing such an thought to fruition, CAN will demand parity. CAN is unnecessarily and blindly politicising faith. Are you able to keep in mind the Islamic financial institution imbroglio? On that challenge the Christian group made a mountain out of a molehill. It claimed Nigeria was about to be Islamised. It threatened hell and brimstone. One widespread bishop from the South-East even led his congregation in a public demonstration in opposition to the proposal. (I’ll name that) a lot ado about nothing. The Islamic banking system began about 5 or extra years in the past now; has Nigeria been Islamised? I cry for Nigeria. This nation is sandwiched between fanatical Christians and extremist Muslims. When you watch Muslims intently, they’ve this trait of originality. They carry out concepts from custom, from their very own scripture. Though detractors name us fundamentalists, that’s precisely what faith is all about – I imply any faith price its salt. Faith should come from the roots. I marvel at makes an attempt to supply mechanised religion.
However some have additionally stated it’s an innocuous proposal. You don’t agree with that, why?
Please, don’t put phrases in my mouth. I haven’t mentioned that I don’t agree with it. I couldn’t give a rattling. I’ve at all times maintained that Christians ought to inform the federal government what they need as an alternative of blocking proposals made by Muslims. The sky is large sufficient for all birds to fly with out their wings touching each other until we’ve hidden agenda. What’s subsequent after Christian courts? (I believe) CAN ought to demand Christian banks. And why not (additionally demand) a Christian model of OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)? Oh, (I’m) sorry, they’ve that already – the ‘Dis-United Nations Organisation.’ Sorry, ‘United.’ The organisation (UN) serves that objective (OIC’s) already.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs said that the proposed ecclesiastical courts invoice is an invite to chaos. Is that the view of MURIC too?
What do you anticipate? Ought to Muslim Rights Concern’s response be completely different from that of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs? Forgive me if I answered your query with questions. I’m solely being sometimes Nigerian. What’s the nature of the prevailing regulation courts: the Justice of the Peace, excessive courtroom, enchantment courtroom and maybe the Supreme Court docket? Who laid the muse of these courts? Was it not the British colonialists? Had been the British Muslims? Nigerian legislation courts have at all times been Christian courts and organising Christian courts is sheer duplication and a waste of vitality. That’s the chaos NSCIA is referring to. They need to go forward and get Christian courts. However we needs to be given our Shariah courts in all states and cities – together with Otuoke (former President Goodluck Jonathan’s residence city). Muslims is not going to be a canine within the manger. Have you ever additionally considered the implication of canon legislation on
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