The term, Black Friday’ is an informal name for the Friday that comes before Thanksgiving Day in the United States Of America. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
Moreover, the term is used worldwide to mean a day for promotional sales where goods are sold at discounted prices.
But, the Kano State Hisbah Board, which is tasked with the duty of enforcing Sharia law in Kano State, has written a letter to a radio station, in Kano State, 96.9 Cool FM, for using the term ‘Black Friday’.
In the letter signed by Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander-General, Hisbah stated that Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, and tagging it as ‘black’ is derogatory and would not be condoned.
The letter titled, ‘Letter of Introduction’ reads in part, “I am directed to write and notify you that the office is in receipt of a complaint about the conduct of ‘Black Friday Sales’ on November 27, 2020.
“Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of Kano State are Muslims that consider Friday as a holy day.
“In view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop calling the day ‘Black Friday’ with immediate effect and note that the Hisbah Corps will be around for surveillance purposes with a view to avoiding occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony, and stability in the state.”
In many states in the North where Hisbah, Islamic police is operating, there have been accusations of several human rights cases of abuse against the outfit.
Hisbah is known for accosting vehicles transporting alcoholic beverages and does not allow such vehicles to pass through the state. Its Commander General, Sheik Aminu Daurawa, had said over 12 million bottles of beer were destroyed in 800 operations executed in seven years.
According to the National Broadcasting Commission Act, only NBC has the power to sanction a radio station especially in matters that relate to broadcasting.
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