No Going Back on Islamic Banking, Says Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji  Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Thursday joined issues with opponents of Islamic banking, asking why Islam is being portrayed in bad light in the country.

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He said there was no going back on the establishment of Islamic banks in the country, further expressing worries about the violence in the North-east.

He said:  “So many people have said so many things about Islamic banking. Why is it that whenever anything Islamic is mentioned, those who are not Muslims kick against it? That is what we need to ask ourselves here. Is the word Islam bad? Why is it that when anything Muslim is mentioned, it is equated with violence?”

The Sultan challenged members of the JNI to spend time on soul-searching over the issues with a poser: “Why is it that anybody who is not a Muslim is afraid of [religion of] peace?” Continue reading