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Why ‘Malikiyya’ remains most relevant Islamic jurisprudence–Dr Bashir

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A renowned Islamic scholar and director, Centre of Islamic Civilization and Interfaith Dialogue, Bayero university, Kano (BUK), Dr Bashir Aliyu Umar said the ‘Malikiyya’ doctrine remains the most relevant Islamic jurisprudence to modern zeitgeist.

Dr Umar said the Malikiyya school of thought has provided solutions to contemporary challenges in economy and governance.

The cleric cited example with ‘mudarabah’–a  profit and loss sharing contract which guides Muslim adherents in their financial dealings.

He noted that, despite the popularity and acceptance of his published work, Imam Malik Bin Anas rejected an offer by the Khalifa of his time to adopt ‘Muwatta’ as state reference book.

Legacies of Imam Malik

Dr Umar said Imam Malik is the author of the ‘Muwatta’ which is considered one of the most authentic Islamic books, adding that Malik had mentored prominent Islamic Jurists, who spread all over the world including ibn Kassim and Imam Shafi’i.

According to him, the Imam was certified as a repository of knowledge by his teacher due to his intellectual capacity and ability to grasp and digest knowledge quickly, coupled with a sound memory.

The academic explained that, Malik’s fearlessness manifested in a fatwa he had issued invalidating divorce issued under coercion, which some scholars interpreted as an attempt to denounce the imposition of the the then ruler of Madina against people’s wish.

In his address, the chairman of the occasion Ibrahim Na’ iya Sada, said Nigeria used to be among top countries in Maliki jurisprudence scholarship, but now Morocco has taken the lead.

Mr Sada, a professor of law, said it was vividly written in Nigeria’s Shari’ah legal system that the country has adopted Maliki jurisprudence in its Islamic legal system.

He recalled that during their university’s day they considered ‘Malikiyya’ as more strict, but later found it was more realistic, practical and easy to follow compared to other schools of jurisprudence.

Earlier in a welcome address, the National coordinator of Islamic Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Nigeria, Professor Salisu Shehu said the lecture is part of the institute’s contribution to scholarship

Prof Shehu said, the institute has introduced public lecture series that would be conducted periodically adding that, prior to Imam Malik annual lecture series, a lecture on disruptive technology was conducted last November.

The academic revealed that, IIIT as an Organization is dedicated to intellectual engagements, publishing academic works and monthly seminars.

Similarly, chairman of Kano state council of Ulama, Malam Ibrahim Khalil debunked a popular story, that Imam Malik used to walk in Madina barefooted as a sign of respect to Prophet Muhammad.

Sheikh Khalil, who is an advocate of alternative perspective, said adopting single religious perspective is disruptive and catastrophic, this is why Malik refused to grant rulers the permission to adopt Muwatta as a state reference book.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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