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Journalists, Islamic scholars plays vital role in moulding society


Bauchi- The Chairman, Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission, Alhaji Mustafa Illelah, has said that journalists and Islamic scholars have vital role to play toward moulding a viable society.
Illelah made the assertion on Sunday in Bauchi while delivering a lecture at an award ceremony organised by the state chapter of the Izalatul Bidi’a Wa’Ikamatus Sunna for some journalists.
He emphasised that journalists and scholars worldwide has a prominent role in moulding the society towards peaceful co-existence.

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Illelah said that the peaceful co-existence of the society could only be achieved if the two bodies would exercise truth and justice in exercising their roles.
He pointed out that the role to be played by the two bodies were crucial especially with the current challenges facing the country and the forthcoming general election.
The chairman called on them to be God fearing as they would account for their deeds in the present world and the hereafter.
Sheikh Usman Giade, a cleric, recalled that the art of dissemination of information either negative or positive started during the life time of Prophet Mohammad (SAW).
Giade pointed out that enemies of progress culled a negative information against Aisha (wife of the Prophet) simply to tarnish her image.
He added that similar negative information was culled against Othman Ibn Arena, the third Caliph, which culminated into riot that subsequently led to his killing by enemies.

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“On the other hand, some people came to the Prophet and told him that enemies were matching towards Madina with 1,000 army, the Prophet ordered for digging of trench round Madina and the people were protected.
“You can see what the role of information can play in moulding the society, hence journalists and religious scholars had to be very careful,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five journalists were among those honoured at the occasion.
They included Malam Hamid Dalhat of Bauchi State Radio, Malam Umar Disina of Sunna Television, Malam Bappa Misau and Malam Mohammed Asha of Globe FM Radio Bauchi, as well as Abubakar Shehu of NTA Bauchi. (NAN)

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