Maiduguri, Feb. 12, 2017 (TNE) An Islamic scholar, Abdullahi Abubakar, has advised the Boko Haram group to abandon its current violent campaign if it truly believes in the tenets of Islam.
Abubakar, a lecturer at the Bayero University Kano (BUK), gave the advice on Sunday in Maiduguri while speaking at a workshop on De-Radicalisation, Counter-Terrorism and Migration.
He pointed out that killing innocent souls and destruction of property was contrary to Islamic teachings.
”Killing innocent souls, destruction of property are not part of Islam.
”The Boko Haram group should re-consider its thought and revisit its methodology by following the right teachings of Islam,” Abubakar said.
He also condemned Boko Haram’s ideology of trying to establish a wholly Islamic State.
”Islam is based on four fundamentals – justice, mercy, wellbeing and wisdom,” he remarked, adding that anything outside those fundamentals negated Islamic Shariah.
”Boko Haram feels that non Muslims do not have right to live in Nigeria; this belief is not in consonant with the concept of justice, mercy, wellbeing and wisdom,” Abubakar noted.
”This belief is also contrary to the concept of God’s creation of people in different forms and religion.
”They also claimed that Muslims who do not join their group are non-Muslims which is contrary to the concept of Justice in Islam,” the scholar said.
Abubakar urged individuals with links to the group to have a rethink as Boko Haram was evil.
”They slaughter people and rape women all in the name of religion; this is certainly not part of Islam.
”Muslims must seek knowledge to be able to perform their religion rightly in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Prophet,” he said.
Abubakar explained that the workshop was packaged by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) to sensitise the participants to the true teaching of Islam.
Also speaking, the CDD Project Coordinator, Mr Ikponmwosa Omoigiade, said that the event was aimed at strengthening the capacity of local religious communities in counter narratives to extremist views and perspectives, towards the prevention and countering of radical views capable of breeding terrorism.
Eighty participants comprising clerics, youths and women took part in the workshop which was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Japanese Government. (TNE)