By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€”Â The Jamaâ€™atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has praised the security agencies for crushing what it described as â€œaÂ devilish group called Boko Haramâ€™â€™(an Islamic sect which believes that Western education is sin) saying that Moslems in the country should dissociate them-selves from the criminal activities of the group.
The JNI is led by the Sultan of Sokoto and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Saâ€™ad Abubarkar.
In a statement signed by Alhaji Abubarkar in Kaduna, yesterday, the JNI stated, â€œit is with deep feeling of sadness that we once again address the unfortunate events occasioned by the criminal activities of a devilish group called Boko Haram in mostly North-East cities of our country.
â€œFor five days, members of this motley outfit had constituted themselves into terror group, unleashing mayhem on all agents of constituted authority and other innocent people.â€
â€˜We firmly and categorically dissociate Islam and Muslims from this group and denounce its criminal onslaught on the security agencies; on Muslims and indeed on any other Nigerian. Islam cannot advocate intolerance and violence and will never condone the activities of any group which promote murder and arson.
â€˜We also take exception to the misguided philosophy of the Boko Haram group which have a primeval abhorrence for all aspect of education and is bent on evolving a society based on ignorance and terror.
â€˜ Islam is a religion based on knowledge and the Muslim ummah is necessarily a knowledge-basedÂ society. Islamic civilization had historically been at the forefront of knowledge including science and technology.
â€˜The current technological progress in the global arena could not have been possible without the pivotal and historical role played by Muslims in the process.
â€˜ The Jamaâ€™atu Nasril Islam, the Muslim Ummah and indeed Muslims all over the world reject the retrogressive, mischievous and misguided philosophy of the Boko Haram group and call upon Muslims to regard the cultivation of knowledge as a noble strategic undertaking essential for evolving a dynamic Muslim Ummah and a virile nation.
â€˜As a result of the activities of the Boko Haram, innocent lives were lost and property destroyed. We offer our condolence to all those who lost their relatives and friends in the mayhem and pray to AllahÂ to grant them mercy and forgiveness.
â€˜We also commiserate with those who lost property and the means of their livelihood and pray to Allah to compensate them accordingly.
â€˜We commend government and security agencies for promptly containing the situation and wish to call upon all Muslims to give complete support to them in their investigation so that they can get to the root of the causes of the ugly outbreak of violence in the North east region and the alleged extra-judicial killing of the leaders of the group.
â€˜ We would also want to assure our friends, especially those outside Nigeria that his unfortunate incident is an aberration which is only aimed at tarnishing the image of Islam. The Muslim leadership in Nigeria and indeed the entire nation is fully committed and determined to fight and with Allahâ€™s help, defeat this devilish agenda.
â€˜In addition to the planned meeting of the Jamaâ€™atu Nasril Islam (JNI) Fatwa Committee, a high powered meeting of all JNI stakeholders will soon be convened to examine additional short and long term strategies in dealing with this situation and others like it and to advice government appropriately.
â€˜Once again, we wish to reaffirm that the JNI, together with all Muslims remain focused and the task of building a peaceful, progressive and tolerant Nigeria and call upon each and every Nigerian to join us in this noble endevour. May Allah continue to bless Nigeria and Nigeriansâ€™