‘Shari’ah law not binding on non-Muslims’ – Sultan

Assures corp members of freedom of religion

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has reiterated that Shari’ah law is not binding on non-Muslims, stressing that nobody would be coerced to join Muslims against his wish.

The Sultan stated this on Monday, when corps members of the Batch-A, Stream 1, posted to the State paid him a courtesy call in his palace.

The monarch assured the corps members posted to Sokoto State that they will be allowed to practice the religion of their choice. He, however, urged them to spread joy and embrace religious tolerance.

According to him, “In Sokoto, Shari’ah law is only binding on Muslims; nobody will force you to wear the hijab, or force you to obey Islamic laws if you are not a Muslim”.

He enjoined them to continue to be law-abiding and serve as role models to the younger generations. He also implored them to perform their duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and bye-laws as well as workplace rules and regulations.

The monarch urged them to respect the culture and customs of their host communities, stressing that their safety is guaranteed in Sokoto.

“If you have any problem at the place of your primary assignment or where you are posted to, contact the district head over there. They are your guardians in the community”, he emphasised.

He noted that, in Sokoto State, there is no difference between indigenes and non-indigenes, saying everybody is welcome and treated equally, adding that “here we don’t discriminate based on your tribe or religion; everyone is treated equally”.

He maintained that injustice is responsible for most problems in society, urging them to study and understand the lifestyle of the people of their host communities.

He announced that at the end of the service year, there will be a ‘Sultan Meritorious Awards’ for the best female and male corps members.

He also said that Covid-19 is real, hence a need to observe social distancing, wearing of face masks, washing of hands and other rules and regulations as stipulated by NCDC.

Earlier in his remarks, the State’s NYSC Coordinator, Muhammad Nakamba, said this batch of corps members are exceptional in terms of discipline and obedience to camp rules and regulations.

He added that they were in the palace to seek the royal blessings from Sultan while thanking him for his unrelenting support to the scheme.

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