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Cleric faults colleagues over woman governor

 A Muslim cleric, Alhaji Shehu Kamaldeen has said that the Islamic religion is not against women occupying the position of governor of a state or president of a country, even as he said there is difference between a spiritual leader and a political leader.

Kamaldeen, who was reacting to the opposition of some Islamic clerics in Kwara State to the possible emergence of a woman governor in the state, said the Qu’ran does not prohibit women from ruling anywhere in the world.

The clerics, who are descendants of Sheikh Aalim, Sheikh Kamaldeen Al-Adabiyy and Sheikh Adam Al-Ilory had in a communiqué on the Shariah position on female leadership on Monday stated that although, women can occupy subsidiary leadership as ministers and commissioners, the leadership of a state or a nation is exclusively for men.

But, Shehu Kamaldeen punctured this assertion, noting that the “Holy Qu’ran unequivocally provides that women are equal to men in terms of rights and responsibilities

He added: “The Qu’ran has not by any stretch of imagination prohibited the rule of woman anywhere. The Qu’ran has not even uttered a single word in disapproving or disfavouring it. Had it been unlawful or Haram, the Qu’ran would  have unequivocally declared it so. It is germane to point out that the Holy Qu’ran has not overlooked even minor issues while laying down rules and regulations on governing the conduct of an individual in the family and society, how much more the sensitive issue of women leadership in Islam.


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