Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, says begging has no basis in Islam and warned Muslims in Nigeria to stop the act.
He advised those engaging in such to find legitimate means of earning a living.
Abubakar spoke on Saturday in Sokoto at the graduation of 2000 women trained in various skills by the wife of Sokoto State Governor Hajiya Mairo Tambuwal.
The training was conducted in collaboration with Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission to empower the women drawn from the 86 districts of the state.
The Sultan said, “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.
“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 commended Mrs Tambuwal for initiating the programme and admonished the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to enhance their livelihood.