Kano Chief Imam Commends CITAD Over GBV Awareness Campaign

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Mustapha Gambo Muhammad

The Chief Imam of Kano Professor Muhammad Sani Zaharaddeen has said that the position of women in Islam is very noble, packed with honor, gentleness and all attributes of dignities.

Professor Zaharaddeen made this known when receiving the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) Gender Based Violence project team in his office in Kano.

The Chief Imam said Prophet Mohammed (SAW) stressed that women should be treated well, saying: “So act kindly towards women.”

The Imam also added that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was most emphatic in enjoining upon Muslims to be kind to their women when he delivered his famous khutba (Sermon) on the Mount of Mercy at Arafat in the presence of his Companions who had gathered there for the Hajj al-Wada (Farewell Pilgrimage).

Professor Zaharaddeen said when ever he honor the Qur’anic Graduation invitation he preached to the Muslim Umma to treat women with respect and kindness.

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While responding the Centre Gender Officer, Zainab Aminu, urged the Chief Imam to use his vintage position to continue preaching against the menace of sexual and gender based violence, particularly against women and girls.
According to Zainab, gender based violence was more of culture, tradition and attitude rather than religion, declaring that Islam had clearly stipulated the rights of women.

According to the Gender Officer, “if a woman is not well educated, actually she will not be able to contribute to the decision that is taken as enshrined in the Qur’an.

“We want to see our women well educated and also in terms of entrepreneurship, and government at all levels to create an enabling environment for them to reach their full potential,”

“We are encouraging the Imams and Ulamas to use their sermons to preach against SGBV in the mosques because it is a serious issue, a menace that is affecting the entire society,” Zainab added.

Professor Zaharadden commended CITAD on their effort towards enlightening the public on gender-based violence.

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