By Abdulrasheed Shafihi
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has been urged to establish Da’wah regulatory body to regulate the activities of those engaged in it especially on the electronic and social media.
The body was also advice to embark on periodic workshops and seminars for Imams and scholars involved in Da’wah at state and local government levels.
This advice was given by Professor Lateef Oladimeji of the Department of Islamic Studies, Al Hikmah University while delivering the maiden inaugural lecture of the University in Ilorin.
Professor Oladimeji said just as the moon sighting committee has been able to collate and give accurate data in sighting of moon, the body if created will be able certify knowledgeable and trained Islamic scholars in the propagation of Islam.
The university Don who said just as the Jama’arut Tabligh has gone a long way to assists adult Muslims on non formal islamic education, the time has come for the movement to establish modern conventional children’s schools that would Muslim children for the bigger task of Da’wah.
According to him, “It imperative to domesticate the basics of religion and other acts of Ibadah. This can be done by making basic books on Islamic Sciences available and widespread as well as embarking on aggressive translation of such texts for wider accessibility.
” Al Hikmah University could take a leading role as the pioneer Islamic faith based conventional University in Nigeria by developing and designing a course on Da’wah methodology in Islamic studies, and making it a university program at the undergraduate level in line with modern challenges to equip graduates with the necessary tools for the propagation of Islam, ” he said.
Professor Oladimeji also advised political and religious leaders to relentlessly preach peaceful lifestyle in order to build a non violent and egalitarian society.