Dear Hisbah officers, I’m very sad about the recent developments in some States in the Northern part of the country. The ban on alcohol and the clampdown on beer sellers in Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto and others is worrisome and unnecessary.
Your recent action is against the principles of Islam. It is true that Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol (Quran 5 verse 90). However, the rule doesn’t affect non-muslims.
The ban on alcohol in some Northern States is against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it is also an act of injustice. Islam is against injustice. Hisbah doesn’t have the right to ban alcohol or destroy alcoholic drinks.
Hisbah should focus on educating Muslims on the danger of consuming alcohol. If there should be any punishment at all, it should only apply to Muslims who consume alcohol and not non-muslims.
The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and many non-muslims live in the North. Banning consumption of alcohol in the North is synonymous with banning halal foods for Muslims in the South East.
Allah says in the Holy Quran chapter 109: “To you be your way, and to me mine.” Meaning Muslims should face their religion and non-muslims should face theirs.
As far as the Nigerian constitution is concerned, non-muslims have the right to consume and trade alcohol. Let us focus on educating our fellow Muslims on the danger of alcohol according to the Quran.
I urged the Governors of the Northern States where Hisbah has banned alcohol to reverse the decision in order to avoid conflict in the country.
Yours brother in faith.
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