The Kano State Hisbah Board, which is popularly referred to as Sharia police, and is tasked with the duty of enforcing Sharia law in Kano State, has written a letter to a radio station, in Kano State, 96.9 Cool FM, for using the term ‘Black Friday’ on air.
Black Friday is popular name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
The phrase is popularly used worldwide to refer to a day set aside for promotional sales where goods are sold at discounted prices
In a letter signed by Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander-General, Hisbah stated that Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam and tagging it as ‘black’ is derogatory and hence, would not be condoned.
Part of the letter, which was titled, ‘Letter of Introduction’ read, “I am directed to write and notify you that the office is in receipt of a complaint for the conduct of ‘Black Friday Sales’ on November 27, 2020.
“Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of Kano State are Muslims that consider Friday as a holy day.
“In view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop calling the day ‘Black Friday’ with immediate effect and note that the Hisbah Corps will be around for surveillance purposes with a view to avoiding occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony and stability in the state.”
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Hisbah, an Islamic police outfit which operates in many Northern Nigeria states, has been accused of several human rights abuses.
The board iswidely known for accosting vehicles transporting alcoholic beverages and preventing such vehicles from passing through the state. According to the Commander General of Hisbah, Sheik Aminu Daurawa, over 12 million bottles of beer were destroyed in 800 operations executed over a period of seven years.
Hisbah sent the leter of caution to Cool FM, despite the fact that according to the National Broadcasting Commission Act, only the NBC has the power to sanction a radio station especially in matters that relate to broadcasting
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