The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), has urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Osun state chapter, to embrace the ruling of a court on hijab wearing for female student or take the matter to another court.
The executive secretary of MUSWEN, Professor Dawud O. S. Noibi, said this on Thursday while speaking with newsmen.
MUSWEN noted that CAN should desist from using self-help that complicates issues but should follow the advice of the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
He said, “Our Advice to CAN in Osun State in view of the foregoing, is to deeply consider the advice which one of the most respected Christian leaders in Nigeria, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, offered at a recent round-table on Law and Religion.”
“His Grace said the nation should adopt the policy that no law should prohibit what religion prescribes or require citizens to do what religion prohibits.”
“The Osun State chapter of CAN should learn a lesson from this advice. Besides, on purely moral grounds, one may ask: how does a Muslim girl’s wearing of hijab offend a Christian? Moreover, the court ruling does not compel all Muslim students to wear hijab. It is left entirely to the choice of the individual student who wishes to obey the order coming from her Creator.”
“The CAN leadership must be told that what they are doing in this case is challenging the directive of Allah. Do they really feel comfortable preventing people from doing the Will of God on earth as it is done in heaven? If, however, CAN still feels strongly about the judgement, let them follow the commendable example of the Muslims of Lagos State by following the path of law.”
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