INTRA RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE CONFERENCE FOR PEACE ORGANIZED BY IMC & MERCY CORPS WITH THE THEME: ENHANCING THE CULTURE OF RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE 21ST CENTURY” HELD ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2022, AT KANO STATE.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 1-DAY INTRA RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE CONFERENCE FOR PEACE ORGANIZED BY INTERFAITH MEDIATION CENTER (IMC) IN COLLABORATION WITH MERCY CORPS (MC) WITH THE THEME: ENHANCING THE CULTURE OF RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE 21ST CENTURY HELD ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 AT CENTRAL HOTEL LIMITED (BON) KANO, KANO STATE.
PreambleThe Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC) and Mercy Corps through the USAID funded Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) project held a one-day conference with religious leaders, representatives of religious institutions, religious organizations, women and youth leaders drawn from the CIPP target states of Kano, Kaduna and Katsina to achieve the sets objectives.
1. To build the capacity of stakeholders to resist extremism of Islamic teachings
2. To Promote Islamic teachings that supports peaceful coexistence
3. To identify early signs of extremism and radicalization
4. To enhance dedicated dialogue sessions with respected Islamic scholars.
5. To set up North-West Peace Intra-Committee and signing of peace agreements.
A lecture was delivered by Professor Imam Ibrahim Maqary, Imam National Mosque Abuja, additional interventions were delivered by other senior clerics and religious leaders representing the Darikah, Izalah, and Sh’iah.The conference attracted prominent government officials, Imams, leadership of various Islamic organizations to mention but a few: Barr. Tahir Umar Tahir Director General Kaduna State Bureau of Interfaith ably represented by Mal Tahir Baba Ibrahim Director Religious Affairs (Islamic Matters) as Chairman of the occasion, Prof S A S Galadanci ably represented by Dr. Aminu Ismail Sagagi, Barr. Ibrahim Sabiu Jibia Vice Chairman Council of Ulama (JIBWIS) National headquarters, Sheikh Imam Nasiru Adam Chief Imam Shehu Tijjani Mosque Kofar Mata Kano, Sheikh Sunusi Abdulkadir Kano State Leader of the Shiite Movement, Director General Kano State Hisbah Board ably represented by Dr. Jamilu Ajiya.
The conference had a robust discussion on pertinent issues relating to Islamic ethics on dialogue, with aim of understanding from various schools of thoughts and practices of one another towards reducing misunderstanding, misconception, accusation and extremism by formulating measures to enhance tolerance, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. Areas of communality in religious practices and beliefs to be emphasize among different sects. Issues IdentifiedThe conference recognizes the following issues of concern bordering on intra religious dialogueThere is high level of polarization among different sects by Islamic religious leaders Self centeredness by religious leadersHigh level ignorance among the followership Lack of reciprocity of respect from the adherents of different sectsDeclaration of apostasy by some religious scholars and followers
The need for more intra religious dialogue among the religious leaders.The ethics of religious dialogue among the Muslim scholars, and the principle of jurisprudence should always be appliedThe religious leaders should leads with example their words should be translated with their actions, Islamic brotherhood and unity should not be compromised.The followers should train on religious tolerance and respect to each other irrespective of differences.The need to encourage the followers to seek for knowledge. The tendencies of declaring other as Kafir on trivial issues of differences should be condemned by all sects.Pertinent to understand the difference among Imams, scholars from religious leadershipPrayers for the nation is vital as a result of promoting peaceful co-existence among various sects Government should plays its role as a result of providing good leadership and to enforce rules of respect one another Need for scholars to meet at all times and discourse issues relating to Islamic matters and peaceful co-existence and not wait until time of sighting the moon for Ramadan.
The committee thanks the participants and organizers of this program, the funders, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Mercy Corps and other partners that contributed to the success of this Workshop in Kano.
Barr. Ibrahim Sabiu Jibia (Chairman)
Mal. Misbahu RajiSecretary.