Interfaith Mediation Centre, IMC Kaduna, under the Community Initiative For Peace Programme, CIPP, has Organised a workshop on Intra Muslim Dialogue to Promote Peace among the various Islamic denominations.
This is contained in a statement signed by the communication officer of IMC, Hayatu Nura, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
The statement states that the workshop was held at jama’atul Nasril Islam, JNI Head Quarters, Kaduna between 26-28 April and had in attendance 30 Islamic Scholars across Kaduna north Local government Area of the state.
According to the statement, the Islamic Scholars comprises; Darika, Izala, Shiite and other religious organizations particularly JNI, NACOMYO, Fityanul Islam, NASFAT and Hisbah etc.
It explains that the workshop had presentations and deliberations on: Intra Religious Dialogue, Challenges and Prospects, Islamic Perspective; Likes and Dislikes among Islamic Sects, Heart Surgery/Healing Inner Pains, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Theology of Communication, Connectors and Disconnectors, Level of Tolerance and Intolerance, Positive and Negative Identity and Interdependence among others.
The communique came out with the following: observations, resolutions and recommendations.
The participants observed the following;
1. Communication gap among Religious Scholars.
2. Misinterpretation of scriptures and misconception of each other school of thought.
3. Defamation and stereotype.
4. Insufficient knowledge by some scholars.
5. Lack of specialization by some Scholars in some areas of knowledge.
6. Disrespect to opinions and politicization of religion.
7. Quest and zeal for leadership by some Scholars.
8. Lack of coordination between Islamic scholars and their followers.
9. Intolerance among Islamic Scholars.
10. Hate speeches and misguided utterances.
11. Youth restiveness political thuggery, proliferation of small and light arms.
12. The rising tide of drug abuse and rape.
13. Proliferation of mobile preachers
The Communique issued a resolution at the end of the workshop which thus reads as follows:
1. That, all the sects and other religious organizations agreed that there should be mutual respect and positive communication among each other.
2. That, all the Scholars have agreed to tolerate and respect each other’s thought.
3. That, the Scholars within Kaduna North Local Government have agreed to champion peaceful co-existence among Intra Muslim Sect
4. That, the Scholars have also agreed that all Scholars should preach within their area of specialization and enjoined scholars to do further research to widen their knowledge.
5. That, Participants have agreed to establish Muslim Intra Religious Dialogue Committee for Kaduna North Local Government.
6. That, Participants have also agreed to Establish Social Media Network Platform to enhance Early Warning and Early Response Mechanism, and to also monitor and prevent violent extremism in Kaduna North Local Government.
At the end of the 3 days workshop, the Muslim Intra Dialogue Workshop came out with the following recommendations:
1. There should be holistic awareness on issues of divergence between different sects for unity purposes in Kaduna North Local Government.
2. Participants enjoin all the sects to embark on sustainable and friendly visitation to one another for mutual understanding and collaborations.
3. The need to sustain this platform of the participants from various sects is encouraged for continuity.
4. There should be proper coordination of the various sects by JNI, the State Bureau of Interfaith (Islamic Matters) and other relevant agencies.
5. There is need for various Islamic Groups to actively participate in addressing Youth restiveness, drug abuse, rape, kidnap and other insecurity challenges in our communities.
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