The Islamic police power in Kano, often known as Hisbah has ordered outlets to solely use headless mannequins to promote clothes.
This, it mentioned, is as a result of Islamic doctrines are towards idolatry.
“Islam frowns on idolatry,” Haruna Ibn-Sina, the commander of the Sharia police mentioned.
BBC additionally quoted him as saying, “With the head on, it looks like a human being.”
Ibn-Sina additionally desires the headless mannequins lined always as a result of to indicate “the shape of the breast, the shape of the bottom, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia [Islamic law]”.
Also, some merchants at Sabon Gari, a Christian-dominated a part of Kano state, expressed their displeasure with the Hisbah’s order.
A store proprietor, Chinedu Anya mentioned displaying garments on headless mannequins would scale back their attractiveness to passers-by and have an effect on his enterprise.
However, whereas some Muslims in Kano again the order, a handful of youthful Muslims have famous that Hisbah’s interpretation of a few of the teachings of Islam, similar to on mannequins, is mistaken.
“Islam forbids idolatry but the hadith [teachings of Prophet Muhammad] is clear on Allah judging your intentions. Unless you are bowing down to a mannequin, it can’t be seen as a sin,” a Muslim cleric mentioned.
But a senior Muslim cleric, Halliru Maraya of the Islamic Council of Nigeria, says the place of the Hisbah on the mannequins is appropriate as “Islam is against carving human statues, whatever name you want to call it”.
While the announcement in Kano is the primary in Nigeria, there have been makes an attempt in different primarily Muslim nations to limit using mannequins.
Kano is one in all 12 states within the Muslim-majority north that practise Islamic legislation. The authorized system is meant to use solely to Muslims.
But in actuality, non-Muslims come beneath strain to stick to Hisbah’s rulings, together with the ban on full-bodied mannequins.
Despite condemnation from Nigerians, the Hisbah group has continued its push for the Islamic agenda within the North.
The company, established to implement Sharia legislation in some states within the area, lately banned trendy haircuts, sagging of trousers, enjoying of music at social occasions by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their autos with photos thought of to be obscene and towards the tenents of Islam.
A barber and his clients have been additionally arrested lately for giving and having haircuts that have been thought of by Hisbah as offensive to Islam.
They are additionally infamous for destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.
In March, Hisbah operatives arrested two males mentioned to have despatched pornographic supplies to a married lady.
The suspects have been traced and arrested after the girl complained to the board.