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Those eating in public during Ramadan will be arrested – Shariah Police

– People caught eating during the month of Ramadan in Kano will be arrested

– Nabahani Usman said those exempted are those who have doctor’s report of ailment

– The Hisbah boss said they will still be warned not to repeat the offence again

Nabahani Usman who is the commander-general of the Kano Hisbah has said that his men will begin to arrest adults caught eating in public during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Speaking with BBC, the Hisbah boss those arrested will only be released when they can provide proof of illness via a medical report from a doctor that exempts such persons from fasting.

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Usman said even with the exemption letter, the person will be warned not to repeat such before being released.

He said Ramadan was a special month for Muslims and anybody that practised Islam must fast.

Usman said: “We do this kind of operation yearly and we will continue it this year. The aim is to get every Muslim to respect the month of Ramadan. Even if a doctor says you should not fast, that does not mean you should eat in public while others are fasting.

“So any Muslim that we apprehend eating outside, our men will arrest and bring the person to our office unless he can show proof that a doctor asked him not to fast.”

Kano State has been practising Sharia law since 2001 when former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso signed the bill creating Hisbah.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Saturday, May 4, called on Muslims to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1440A.H.

Abubakar made the call in a statement by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

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