The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sunday, said the Almajiri system common in northern Nigeria is not Islamic as it represents hunger and poverty.
The Sultan at a pre-Ramadan meeting in Kaduna said Islam encourages scholarship and entrepreneurship and not laziness as commonly depicted in the system which has contributed in making many children become beggars as parents in the guise of learning the Qur’an.
He noted that efforts should be made to stop the practice commonly identified with the Islam faith.
“Almajiri does not represent Islam, but hunger and poverty. Almajiri system of begging is not representing Islam and must, therefore, be distinguished from Islam,” he said.
“Islam encourages scholarship and entrepreneurship and frowns at laziness and idleness as exemplified by itinerant Almajiri. Therefore attempt must be made to stop the practice Almajiri system of begging among Muslim faithfuls.”
He advised state governments to make the welfare of the populace their concern and also strengthen the institution of ‘Zakkat’ – almsgiving – to address poverty.