- By Nduka Orjinmo
- BBC News, Abuja
Islamic police in the Muslim-majority province of Kano in Nigeria are raising questions after ordering shops to use only headless masks to advertise clothing.
“Islam does not accept idolatry,” Haruna Ibn Sina, commander of the Sharia police, known as Hisba, told the BBC.
“In the head, it looks like a man,” he adds.
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Mr. Ibn Sina must also always cover the headless mannequins because “the shape of the breast, the shape of the buttocks, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia law. [loi islamique]”.
Kano is one of the 12 Muslim northern states that follow Islamic law. The legal system applies only to Muslims.
But in reality, non-Muslims are under pressure to comply with Hizb ut-Tahrir’s decision, including a ban on models.
“We have received a lot of calls and messages from those who say they do not agree with this order,” said radio presenter Moses Ajebo in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city.
Traders in Sapon Kari, a large part of Christian Cano State, have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the Hisba order.
Shop owner Sainu Anya points out that showing the clothes on the headless mannequin will reduce their attraction to passers-by and affect his business.
Shaved mohawk hairstyle
Mr. Ibn Sina and his agents – thousands and thousands of men and women – have not yet gone from store to store to enforce the ban.
Nevertheless, some fear that it will be added to the list of Hezbollah’s declarations against secularism and modernity.
Last week, Mr Ibn Sina criticized the wedding photos of Yusuf’s fianc Zahra Bayero, son of President Mohammed Buhari.
According to him, she did not set a good example for other Muslims because the photos show her revealing her shoulders.
He criticized those who shared the pictures, saying it was a sin to do so.
Last year, Mr Ibn Sina’s agents shaved Monique’s hair on a sidewalk in the city of Kano, and he bit people wearing low-waist pants.
Mr. Ibn Sina banned the sale of the phrase “Black Friday”, saying Friday was a holy day for Muslims.
It is largely ignored by radio stations and shopping malls that face no fines.
Residents have also been warned against performing a South African dance – with participants falling dramatically to the ground – which went viral on social media last year.
While many Muslims in Kano support His commands, a few young Muslims believe that his interpretation of some of the Islamic teachings is incorrect.
“Islam forbids idolatry, but Hadith [les enseignements du prophète Mahomet] It is clear that Allah judges your intentions. Unless you bow to a dignity, it cannot be considered a sin, ”said a Muslim cleric who did not want to be named.
But many high-ranking Muslim clerics, such as Halliru Maraya of the Islamic Council of Nigeria, say the position of Hispa’s mannequins is correct because “Islam is against carving human idols, whatever we call him.”
Although the announcement in Kano was the first in Nigeria, other Muslim countries sought to restrict the use of mannequins.
In 2009, Iranian police warned shopkeepers not to display female models with body curves or to wear the hijab.
In 2010, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas ordered the removal of photos of miniature clothing models and underwear models from clothing stores in the Gaza Strip.
At the time, Hamas said the rules should protect “public morals.”
For residents of Kano, it was not clear how the order would be enforced because Ibn-Sina refused to seize the samples he refused, saying he preferred “other strategies”.
Mr Maraya, a Muslim cleric, wants to challenge his Baba’s rule in court on the models, saying he wants to stop his efforts to force non-Muslims, protected by the Nigerian constitution, to comply with Islamic law.
But resisting Hispa can be a matter of life, death and money.
Alcohol was discarded
More than 100 people have been killed in riots against the adoption of Sharia law by the Karo state government 11 years ago.
Most recently, bars were attacked by Hizb ut-Tahrir after owners of trucks loaded with non-Muslim liquor were accused of being “corrupt”.
Alcohol consumption is forbidden by Islam.
Kano’s Hispa is no different from other Muslim – majority states in Nigeria. But Mr.
Those who know him say he is a showman who needs light. He travels around the city of Kano with a media entourage to deliver orders.
But for him, he only does his job.
Last year, the commander appointed kung fu experts and trained unarmed Hispa officers in close combat to cause a stir.
To demonstrate the usefulness of martial arts, an extensive program was staged to the delight of the audience.
As for the head models, their days can be counted on the canoe. But Mr. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.