Kano Hisbah orders Fashion merchants to cover Breasts of advert Mannequins
Hisbah, Kano’s Islamic police, has forced retailers to only use headless mannequins to advertise clothing.
This is because Islamic teaching prohibits idolatry, according to the statement.
“Islam frowns on idolatry,” claimed Haruna Ibn-Sina, the Sharia police chief.
“With the head on, it looks like a human being.” he said, according to the BBC.
Ibn-Sina also wants the headless mannequins to be covered at all times because showing “the shape of the breast, the shape of the bottom, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia “.
Traders in Sabon Gari, a Christian-dominated area of Kano state, also expressed discontent with the Hisbah’s decree.
While some Muslims in Kano support the decree, a few younger Muslims have pointed out that Hisbah’s interpretation of several Islamic principles, such as the prohibition against mannequins, is incorrect.
However, Halliru Maraya of the Islamic Council of Nigeria, a top Muslim cleric, claims that the Hisbah’s position on the mannequins is correct since “Islam is against carving human statues, whatever name you want to call it”.
Kano is one of 12 Muslim-majority states in the north that follow Islamic law. Only Muslims are meant to be subject to the legal system.
Non-Muslims, on the other hand, are under pressure to follow Hisbah’s rules, which include a prohibition on full-bodied mannequins.
Despite Nigerian condemnation, the Hisbah group has continued to press for an Islamic agenda in the country’s north.
The organisation, which was founded to police Sharia law in several states in the region, has outlawed fashionable haircuts, sagging of trousers, disc jockeys playing music at social occasions, and tricycle riders adorning their vehicles with pictures considered indecent and against Islamic tenets.
A barber and his customers were recently imprisoned for offering and receiving haircuts that Hisbah deemed disrespectful to Islam.
They’re also known for destroying entire truckloads of alcoholic beverages.