A radio station in the state of Kano, 96.9 Cool FM was ordered to stop using the term ‘Black Friday’.
The order was given by the Kano State Hisbah Board, which is tasked with enforcing Sharia law in Kano State. Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
The term is used throughout the world to refer to a promotional sales day in which products are sold at discounted prices.
However, in a letter signed by Chief Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commanding General, Hisbah stated that Friday is considered a holy day in Islam and labeling it ‘black’ is derogatory and would not be tolerated.
The letter titled “Cover Letter” reads in part: “I am instructed to write to you and notify you that the office is receiving a ‘Black Friday Sales’ conduct complaint on November 27, 2020.
Accordingly, we wish to express our concern about the labeling of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of the state of Kano are Muslims who regard Friday as a holy day.
“In view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop calling the day ‘Black Friday’ with immediate effect and note that the Hisbah Corps will be present for surveillance purposes in order to prevent immoral activities from occurring and maintain peace. harmony and stability in the state “.
Hisbah, an Islamic police force operating in many northern states, has been accused of various human rights abuses. He is known for boarding vehicles that transport alcoholic beverages and does not allow such vehicles to pass through the state.
Hisbah’s commanding general, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, had said that more than 12 million beer bottles were destroyed in 800 operations carried out in seven years. According to the Law of the National Broadcasting Commission, only NBC has the power to sanction a radio station, especially in matters related to broadcasting.