Sultan of Sokoto Warns Muslims Against Forcing People To Join Islam

The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has warned Muslim faithfuls against fighting even when they are provoked, adding that they should not compel anybody to become an adherent of Islam.

Abubakar, who gave this admonition while speaking at a conference organised by Da’wah Co-ordination Council of Nigeria, equally warned Muslim clerics against preaching about hate, asserting that they should “not force anybody to join Islam”.

He continued that “We must never take laws into our hands. We must not be law officers. We do not do that in Islam. We do not force anybody to join Islam.

“There is no compulsion in Islam. Our good deeds, good actions and good interactions as Muslims will give that very bright light to everybody what Islam is and that is what brings people to join us.

“Those who do not want to come as Muslims are free to stay with us and continue working with us to make this country a much better place.

“Whoever wants to fight you, do not fight him; leave him alone. Be very patient. The only thing that will make me to act or ask you to act is only when somebody or a group or some other nations decide to stop us from performing our religious obligations. That is the only way we can fight somebody.

“But if I am allowed to pursue my religious obligations, say my prayers and pay my zakat and so many other things, I have no problem with anybody. To you, your religion and to me, my religion,” the Sultan stated.

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