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Islamic Cleric Adamu Calls for Ban of GMOs in Nigeria

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In recent times, the debate surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has sparked controversy and ethical concerns worldwide. Sheikh Kabiru Adamu, a prominent figure from the al-Hikma Islamic Foundation for Justice, has taken a firm stance against GMOs, calling for their prohibition in Nigeria. Citing religious beliefs and ethical considerations, Sheikh Adamu asserts that GMOs go against the teachings of Islam and the will of Allah.

Quoting from the Quran to support his position, Sheikh Adamu emphasized the importance of preserving nature and adhering to the natural order ordained by Allah. In Surah Ar-Rum, verse 30:41, the Quran states, “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” Sheikh Adamu interprets this verse as a warning against tampering with the natural world, as GMOs are seen as a form of corruption that disrupts the balance of nature.

Furthermore, Sheikh Adamu labels GMOs as “Haram” in Islam, meaning forbidden or unlawful. Quoting from Surah Al-Ma’idah, verse 5:90, which states, “O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.” He draws parallels between the prohibition of intoxicants and GMOs, suggesting that both are deemed impure and contrary to the teachings of Islam.

Sheikh Adamu goes on to criticize agencies that advocate for the use of GMOs, accusing them of serving the interests of malevolent forces. Drawing on Quranic teachings regarding the influence of evil, he references Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 2:268: “The devil promises you poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” Sheikh Adamu suggests that the promotion of GMOs by certain entities is a manifestation of the devil’s deception, aimed at harming Muslim communities and undermining their well-being.

Moreover, Sheikh Adamu raised concerns about the alleged intentions behind the development of GMOs, asserting that they are designed to diminish Muslim populations, particularly in the Northern regions of Nigeria. Quoting from Surah Al-Anfal, verse 8:30, “And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” He warns against the hidden agenda of those promoting GMOs, suggesting that their ultimate goal is to weaken Muslim communities and disrupt the natural order established by Allah.

Sheikh Kabiru Adamu’s call for a ban on GMOs in Nigeria reflects a deeply rooted concern for the ethical implications of tampering with nature and the potential harm posed to Muslim communities. By invoking Quranic verses and teachings, he highlighted the importance of upholding Islamic values and principles in the face of technological advancements that may conflict with religious beliefs.

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