Kano Hisbah to invite Shatu Garko’s parents for her participation in Miss Nigeria, says It’s anti-Islam

Kano state Hisbah board says it will be inviting parents of Shatu Garko, the winner of 2021 Miss Nigeria in an interview with BBC Pidgin, as it described Garko’s participation in the beauty pageant as “illegal”.

Recall that Garko from Kano state, became the first hijab-wearing contestant to win the pageant since it debuted in 1957

Haruna Ibn-Sina, Kano Hisbah board commandant said the participation in beauty pageantries is against Islamic tenets, and Garko’s action could encourage other girls to do same.

He said;

“We (Hisbah) has confirmed that Shatu Garko is a Muslim from Kano state and her parents come from Garko LGA. Kano is a Sharia state and this is why we will not allow the matter to die like that.

“We will invite the parents to talk to them about the actions of their daughter and the fact that what she did is illegal in Islam. This is to make them know that she cannot continue that path and also stop other girls from copying her.”

Ibn-Sina also backed the claim with some verses from the Quran, and further claimed that such contest teaches girls not to be shy and reserved saying organisers of such beauty pageants are at the risk of God’s wrath.

He added;

“In Islam, it is forbidden for anyone to participate in a beauty contest. A lot of things happen in such contest which is against Islam. For instance, there is usually a lot of people exposing their bodies during the event while such contest teaches girls not to be shy and reserved.”

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