Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that a law to determine who is qualified to preach in the state would soon be put in place.
The governor also said he would work with the clerics who had the knowledge to determine who is supposed to preach and not, in order to check the activities of persons who claim to be preachers while they are not one.
Represented by his special adviser on Interfaith, Engineer Mohammed Namadi Musa at the closing ceremony of a six-day Da’awa symposium organised by International Islamic Relief Organisation, IIRO, for preachers and Qur’anic teachers at the weekend in Kaduna, El-Rufai reiterated his government’s commitment to work closely with the clerics.
According to him, “Often times we use to say there is difference between someone knowledgeable, a teacher and a preacher.
“That I’m an engineer does not mean that I know how to teach engineering course. So also are those memorising Al-Qur’an and translating. It is not compulsory you know how to teach someone to memorise and translate. Preaching on the other hand, you must become a teacher and someone knowledgeable before you become a preacher, because preaching is not just about knowledge alone; you must possess the aging, cool headed or calmness.
“So we are thinking of putting in place a law in the state that will show who is supposed to preach and who is not. And we as politicians, we don’t have the knowledge to determine who is qualified and who is not. So we have to work hand in hand with the malams who will determine who is a knowledgeable one, a teacher and a preacher,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, acting director of IIRO in Nigeria, Adil Hussein Abdallah called on the participants to translate and make judicious use of lessons learnt from the symposium to preach to the Muslims.
Coordinator of the symposium and representative of the secretary of IIRO, Saudi Arabia headquarters, Sheikh Muhammad Zinaty said IIRO was established some 20 years back to cater for humanity, particularly the needy, irrespective of their religion.
He said the Islamic organisation had constructed several hospitals, mosques and currently has about 8,000 orphans under its care.
Meanwhile, the organisation also honoured Governor Nasir El-Rufai and other well meaning Nigerians and personalities who built mosques and dug wells as sadaqat in the society.

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