- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has spoken out in defense of the Islamic religion
- He stated that Muslims are not illiterate and that Islamic education is not backward
- The monarch stressed that the bulk of Islamic education is meant to facilitate the proper growth of the total personality of man; pointing out that it is a way of life
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has stated that contrary to what some people say, Islamic education is robust and not backward, Punch reports.
The monarch made the comment on Monday, April 16, during the centenary celebration of Sheikh Adam Al-Ilory, which took place at the University of Lagos.
NAIJ.com gathers that the royal father urged Muslims to resist being labeled as illiterate and useless.
He stated: “We cannot allow people to bring our heads down and say we are useless. We are highly educated. We need to take this challenge up and ask ourselves, ‘Why do people look at us Muslims as illiterates?’ I don’t understand how someone who is very fluent in the Quran, who can recite it off-heart, can be called an illiterate because he doesn’t speak English.
“Islamic education is perpetually an entity of self-discipline, which involves physical and spiritual training of man. It is the balanced growth of man through training of intellect. The bulk of Islamic education is meant to facilitate the proper growth of the total personality of man. It is a way of life.
“When we are talking about Islamic education, don’t think we are being backward because it is the making of a total human being and when you become one, you would shun corruption and avoid illegal dealings.”
Al-Ilory, a renowned Islamic preacher and founder of the Markaz Agege Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Lagos, died in 1992.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Mohammad Sa'ad Abubakar, decried the recent controversy over Hijab.
According to him, Hijab simply means decent dressing for Muslim women and is part and parcel of Islam. He said he could not decipher why the issue of Hijab would be so controversial to the extent that female Muslims who adorn the accessory would be 'molested'.
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