1st August, 2011
At least 387 Muslim Clerics have been sent to different parts of the country including some other African countries for this year’s Ramadan Tafsir.
The National Chairman of the Council of Ulamaâ€™a, Jamaâ€™atul Izabatul Bidâ€™ah Wa Ikamatus- Sunnah (JIBWIS), Sheik Sani Yahya Jingir, disclosed this during the commencement of this yearâ€™s Tafsir at Alhaji Sule Jebu Mosque, Layin- Zana in Jos North local government council area of Jos, Plateau State .
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the organization, Alhaji Issa Maigama Yusuf who spoke with our correspondent on phone this morning, â€™â€™the total number of scholars sent out this year for the 1432 AD, the Islamic calendar year which is 2011 in the Gregorian calendar was 387. Out of the total number, 322 were sent to various parts of the country which will provide opportunity for Muslim to listen to the commentaries of the Holy Quran.â€™â€™
The JIBWIS Spokesman continued,â€™â€™34 clerics were sent to Ghana , 12 were sent to Togo , 7 were sent to Burkina-Faso, 4 were sent to Mali , 3 were sent to Chad Republic while countries like Benin-Republic , Cameroon , Sudan and Central Africa Republic have one each.â€™â€™
He stated that 369 Clerics were sent out to various parts of the country and other neighbouring countries last year for the Tafsir, (commentaries of the Holy Quran) during the Ramadan period with additional 18 Clerics this year.
Meanwhile, in a communiquÃ© earlier issued at the end of the 18th Annual National Seminar which was sent to our correspondent, the organization commended the role of the media in promoting peaceful co-existence among the diverse people of Nigeria.
It also tasked the Nigerian judiciary to live up to its expectations as it is the last hope of ordinary Nigerians.
The seminar, which was organised by the Directorate of Education, JIBWIS, was held in Jos, the Plateau State capita,l with over 1,300 participants drawn from within the country and some West African countries as part of the preparation for this year’s Ramadan fasting.
Muslims all over the world today commenced this year’s fasting after observing the Tarawih prayer last night.