Islamic Sect ; (JIBWIS), Rises Against Boko Haram

(Nat. Chair. U/Council)
Boko Haram To Contend With (JIBWIS) Islamic Sect. 

 Jama’atul Izalatul Bid ah Wa Ikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) has commended Muslims and Christians in the country for standing against the fuel subsidy removal.

JIBWIS National Leader Sheikh Muhammad Sani said in Jos yesterday that despite efforts to create disharmony, no single case of religious strife had been recorded.

According to him, the collaboration by both Christians and Muslims against the fuel subsidy removal has further strengthened the cordial relationship between both religions.

Reacting to president Goodluck Jonathan's  recent statement that the Boko Haram sect has infiltrated his administration, Jingir said such remarks could erode the existing trust in the areas where the president said the sect had members.

Condemning the recent attacks on places of worship and others, the cleric charged the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book, saying “on several occasions, non-Muslims have been arrested in connection with the Boko Haram insurgency. The creation of the sect was politically motivated to cause disharmony in the country and paint Islam and Muslims black”.

The Jama’t Izalat al Bid’a Wa Iqamat as Sunna (Society of Removal of Innovation and Re-establishment of the Sunna), abbreviated as JIBWIS and known simply as Izala, was founded in 1978 by Sheikh Ismaila Idris in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. The official registration of the association took place in 1985 during the military leadership of General Ibrahim B. Babangida.
Both in intention and reality, the JIBWIS is an anti-Sufi-movement that was established to fight against the so called bid’a, innovation, practiced by the Sufi brotherhoods, especially the Qadiriyya and the Tijaniyya. Practices like naming ceremonies, celebrating the Maulid (the birthday of the Prophet), visiting tombs of Saints, etc. are considered to be as non-Islamic by the Izala.
Although the launching of the Izala society took place at the end of the 1970s, the history of the movement started several years before. Sheikh Abubakar Gumi (1922-1992) was one of the main figures of Islam in Nigeria of the 20thcentury. He obtained a Diploma in Arabic Studies from the Sudan and was appointed as Pilgrim officer in Saudi Arabia. After he returned to Nigeria he was appointed as a Grand Qadi of the North. The critical attitude displayed by Gumi towards Sufism in Radio Kaduna, his writings (both in Hausa and Arabic) against the Qadiriyya and the Tijaniyya are crucial elements in the later establishment of the Izala-society. Sheikh Gumi preached against Bid’a and Sufism without having any institution behind him.
The founding father of the JIBWIS was Sheikh Ismaila Idris (1936-2000), an Imam in the Nigerian Army from Bauchi State, who spent several years inviting people to Islam on the basis of the Qur’an and the Sunna and fighting against any innovation. In Jos, he established the headquarters of the Society.
Today the Izala is one of the largest Islamic societies not only in Northern Nigeria, but also in the South and even in the neighbouring countries (Chad, Niger, and Cameroon). It is very active in Da‘wa and especially in education. The Izala has many institutions all over the country and is influential at the local, state, and even federal levels.

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