Miss Shatu Garko, an 18-year-old indigene of Kano State recently became the 44th Miss Nigeria, the first hijab adorning Muslims to win the beauty pageant. For this reason, the newly crowned Miss Nigeria Shatu Garko and her parents may be arrested by Hisbah police in Kano State who said participating in a beauty pageant is forbidden in Islam.
Reacting to Miss Garko’s victory in the beauty pageant in an interview with BBC Pidgin, Hisbah commander Haruna Ibn Sina says parents of Miss Nigeria winner Shatu Garko may be arrested and interrogated for allowing their daughter’s participation in Miss Nigeria beauty pageant for 2021, describing it as “illegal” and contrary to Islamic beliefs. Mr Haruna said participating in a pageant is “forbidden” for Muslims from Kano, a northern Nigerian state with strict Sharia practices. Haruna Ibn Sina, who spoke with BBC Hausa, quoted sections of the Quran that say a woman’s beauty should only be seen by her husband, parents, and children. Sina said the beauty of a woman in Islam should only be seen by members of the public “unless it is obvious.
“It is maganarar haram to talk about the beauty pageant … because, first of all, the sanctity of Islam is violated in it. not, that they should be taught not to be ashamed,” Sina said
Even when the beauty of a woman is obvious, Sina said the woman holds the responsibility to cover herself with veils.
“It is maganarar haram to talk about the beauty pageant … because, first of all, the sanctity of Islam is violated in it. not, that they should be taught not to be ashamed,” Sina said.
“Then they should cover themselves with their veils, and do not reveal their private parts except for their husbands, parents or children,” Sina said.
“This indicates that it is harmful for a girl as a believer to do such [competition].”
Hisbah police is an agency established to enforce Sharia law in Nigeria’s northern states.
Sina said Hisbah police had confirmed that Garko’s parents live in Kano and will soon be brought into custody and interrogated for the role their daughter played in the beauty contest.
He, however, did not disclose when Garko and her parents will be interrogated for what he says is a violation of Islamic provisions.
Hisbah police have been vocal in enforcing what they term as Islamic provisions on people of northern Nigeria whether elite or the masses.
The Islamic police in August 2021 prohibited the sharing of pre-wedding photos of the daughter of Emir of Kano Zahrah Bayero, who married Yusuf Bihari, son of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is a sin.
Currently, Hisbah police has banned fashion designers, supermarkets, and boutique owners from using mannequins to display clothes in Kano State.
Sina said it “violates Islamic provisions, it is also responsible for immoral thoughts among some members of the public, all these are against Islam.”
COMMENT – This is another cogent reason why Nigeria must restructure. Yet Kano state and other Northern Sharia states want to collect tax revenues from southern states. Has Hisbah police said it is illegal for Kano state to receive revenues from the beauty pageant competition? No. Majority of the revenues collected from the southern states, such as musical shows where alcohol are sold, scantily dressed women dancers perform, their promotion etc are ‘forbidden’.
Why should the south continue to be tied with people who want to live in the stone age, people whose ideologies are not far from the Taliban’s – Ayo Dada
#RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA NOW!
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