In a warning issued by Nabahani Usman,the commander-general of the Sharia Police (Hisbah) in Kano. Any Muslim eating in public during Ramadan will be arrested .
He warned all muslims that except they have a doctors authorisation to not fast based on medical grounds, Ramadan is their special month so all must fast during this period.
The Sharia Police commander general told BBC that people eating in public during the Ramadan will be arrested except. He went on to say that even with the exemption letter, the person will be warned not to repeat such before being released.
“We do this kind of operation yearly and we will continue it this year. The aim is to get every Muslim to respect the month of Ramadan. Even if a doctor says you should not fast, that does not mean you should eat in public while others are fasting. So any Muslim that we apprehend eating outside, our men will arrest and bring the person to our office unless he can show proof that a doctor asked him not to fast,” he said.
As all Nigerian knows, Kano State has been practising Sharia law since 2001 when former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso signed the bill creating Hisbah.
The question is, should one be forced to practice by government agencies or Religion police? Is relationship with any God not meant to be personal?
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