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Emir of Kano explains true meaning of Jihad

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The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said that Jihad does not involve unjustfied killings and destruction of property.

The revered traditional ruler spoke Monday at an event which held at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan.

He also called on leaders to show their dedication to Allah by taking care of the welfare of the people, saying no corrupt leader could claim to worship Allah.

Emir Sanusi said, “Killing people in the name of Jihad is not Jihad. Allah does not prohibit us to cater for and take care of people.

“So, what we see with people destroying the peace of the nation is not a Jihad. When your freedom to practice Islam is not tampered with, this is not Islam. And we have to take it and we have it as our responsibility to say that this is not Islam.

“We must keep the promise with those we promised. These who are leaders, you are expected to fulfil your promises to the people when you assume office. It doesn’t matter if you ask God to make you President, Governor, Emir, it does not matter but you promised Allah that I will take care of people and fail.

“Islam does not allow a Muslim to take away property of the people unjustly. Fight only those who fight you. Even, there are rules when there is war, you don’t fight the children, this aged and women.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained, tech-savvy journalist with an uncanny nose for news. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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