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6 ‘We Introduced sharīʿa’—The Izala Movement in Nigeria as Initiator of sharīʿa-reimplementation in the North of the Country: Some Reflections

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After the 'success' of the sharīʿa-reimplementation, many Muslims, both as individuals and as organizations or institutions identified themselves with the new sharīʿa-project. One aspect of this identification is the question "who is the real initiator of sharīʿa' behind Ahmad Sani Yeriman Bakura? This chapter attempts to answer this question from the perspective of The Jama ʾatu Izalatil Bidʿa Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) known as Izala. The Izala movement, also known under its Hausa acronym ʾYan Izala, was established as an anti-Sufi association appealing to Muslims to follow the 'right' path of Islam based on the Qurʾān, sunna, and as-salaf as-ṣāliḥ. Its recent development shows a reorientation with a new agenda of 'no direct confrontation'. On 8th February 1978, the launch of JIBWIS took place in Jos, and numerous scholars from all over Nigeria were invited.

Keywords: Ahmad Sani Yeriman Bakura; Islam; Izala movement; JIBWIS; Nigeria; sharīʿa; Sufis



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