JNI calls for establishment of Centre of Tafsir in Nigeria

 By Dalhat Hamid Bello            

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), under the leadership of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. (Dr.) Muhammad Sa’adu Abubakar CFR mni, observes with dismay and  concern the manner in which some Tafsir presenters, as well as preachers make divisive and provocative comments during Tafsirsessions in Ramadan, instead of directing their attention and efforts in stressing the need for imbibing piety, servitude and dedication to all acts of moral rectitude which should generally be the goals of Tafsirsessions.

In a communiqué issued at the end of a 3-day National Conference with the theme “ULAMA’ AS GUIDING LIGHT: NURTURING SACRED WISDOM AND SCHOLARLY INTEGRITY IN QUR’AN TAFSIR,” held at the Lelewal Motels, Limited, Yola, Adamawa State, heralding the mont of Ramadan 1445 AH, the JNI further observes that although the Tafsir Guidelines authored and produced by the JNI has always been circulated in some languages, however, some Islamic Scholars who present Tafsir sessions don’t uphold contents of the guidelines which highlight on recourse to the basics and preconditions of conducting Tafsir, making proper research before conducting Tafsir session, avoiding confrontation with other scholars, as well as inapproriate use of Tafsir session as political platform, but rather using the session to serve as a sacred place of guidance, soul purification, and guarding against evil acts of crime and corruption.

Therefore, the conference calls on government at all levels, and with all their relevant agencies to prioritise airing Tafsirsessions and messages from the scholars that are devoid of divisive and provocative statements. It further implores Muslim clerics to fear Allah (SWT) and bear in mind that Allah’s words are not to be misinterpreted, as severe punishment awaits anyone that conducts Tafsirsessions without recourse to the prerequisites and fundamentals of branch of knowledge of Ulumul Qur’an, the Sciences of the Qur’an.

The communique jointly signed by the Secretary-General, JNI, Prof. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, and Alhaji Mustapha Aminu (Galadima of Adamawa) Chairman, JNI Adamawa State,

urges  JNI to take the lead and be more proactive in addressing the excesses of some Tafsir presenters in Nigeria, while a Centre or Institute should be established by the JNI to specifically address the ways and means of conducting Tafsir Nigeria.

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