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

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Nasiru Yusuf

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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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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