The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, says begging has no basis in Islam, challenging those engaging in the act to find legitimate means of earning a living.
The top religious leader made the remark in Sokoto at the graduation of 2,000 women trained in various skills by the Wife of Sokoto State Governor, Mairo Tambuwal.
The training, which was conducted in collaboration with the state Zakkat and Endowment Commission, had participants from the 86 districts of the state.
“Our women should always desist from street begging, as it has no base in Islam and it only generates more harm than good among the society,” he said.
“Women have always been the pillars for any societal development, so we need to do more in encouraging and supporting their living standard in order to yield a better society.
“Moreover, empowering women is one of the positive base to a better, secured and productive society.”
He lauded Mrs Tambuwal for initiating the programme and also admonished the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to enhace their livelihood.
The monarch is the President-General of the Nigerian Islamic Council for Islamic Affairs.