Shi’ism has officially been declared as “not Islam” by the Supreme Council of Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) and rebuked the Catholic Association of Nigeria, CAN, for encouraging members to take arms and defend themselves in any terror attack incidents.
According to the Chairman of the council, Sheikh Yusuf Sambo Rigachikun, members of the Shiites must be punished according to the countries law, for clashing with the Nigerian Army in Zaria back in December 12, 2015.
The declaration made shortly after the council’s meeting in Kaduna, Sunday August 7, posited that the Shiites attitude towards the Army was anti-Islamic.
A communique read to journalists by SCSN sited these words:
“From the delivered lectures, it has become obvious that Shi’ism is not Islam and Muslims should acquire the knowledge of their religion, so that they are not derailed from the true teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”
“From the little we heard about the submitted report of the commission of inquiry into the Military/Shi’ites clash last December, the council calls on the government to release the White Paper on the crisis. This will go a long way in curbing the menace of Shia in our society.
“The council condemns, in strongest terms, the call by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to its members to take up arms to protect themselves. It’s unbecoming of a body of clergymen to make such unguarded call. Meanwhile, we call on all Muslims to be law-abiding and be vigilant at all times.
“This comment does not only paint a negative picture for the association, but also evince its discomfiture in recent times. This, in part, informs the recent conjecture that the SGF is not a Christian,” the statement averred.
“The government of the day, led by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, needs our collective support and prayers to survive these economic turbulent times. We call on all Muslims to be supportive and endure these harsh times which, by Allah’s grace, will be over with time,” it added.
Shi’ism is considered to be the second largest branch of Islam after Sunni Islam. Shias (its members) follows the teachings of Muhammad and the religious guidance of his descendants known as Shia Imams.