THE EFFECTS OF NON MUSLIMS CULTURE ON SOME MUSLIM FAMILIES: (A CASE STUDY OF MAIDUGURI POLICE BARRACKS.)

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CHAPTER ONE

ميحرلا نمحرلا الله مسب

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Islam means to submit freely to the commandments and will of the One and Only God (Allah). This submission should come from within, and from sound belief in and conviction to Allah, with no doubt. It should also come from love, trust and affection. Allah is not a special god for Muslims, but Allah is the Creator of all creatures, including mankind.

The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the Messenger of Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) received the word of Allah (revelation), through the archangel Gabriel (the Holy Spirit). This revelation comprises the religion of Islam.

The Qur’an is the authentic collection of this revelation recorded in book form.

It is the exact unchanged word of Allah to all mankind.

A Muslim is any male or female person who believes in Allah and the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as his messenger who then testifies to that belief to witness announcing his/her acceptance of Islam as his/her religion. Muslim should not be confused with Arab; A Muslim is a person who follows the religion of Islam and he/she can be any race while Arab refers to race of people. An Arab can choose to

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be any religious or belief system be it Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or any faith. Arabs make up less than 18% of the Muslim population of the world today, which is estimated to cover one fifth of the world’s population or more than a billion people.

Islam is simple and practical religion it has established, clear and easily understandable beliefs, laws, culture that any follower or student of the religion can easily understand Islam affirms belief in a decent, civilized society Islam does not demand impossible goodness of its followers, but it recognizes that all human beings make mistakes and sin no one is exempt. Islam preaches peace, mercy, justice, tolerance, equality, love, truth, forgiveness, patience, morality, sincerity and righteousness. Islam is the religious that preaches the Oneness of God, the Oneness of mankind and the Oneness of the messages.

This research will try to investigate the problem of the adoption of the non Muslim Culture and to find out the causes and prevention of these practices and recommended measures which will rectify the negative effects non Muslim culture on Muslim Families in Maiduguri Police Barracks.

1.1HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The Nigeria police (NPF) is the principal law enforcement agency in Nigeria with a staff strength of about 371,800. There are currently plans to increase the

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force to 650,000 adding 280,000 new recruits to the existing 370,000. The Nigeria police is a very large organization consisting of 36 commands grouped in 12 zone and 7 administrative organizations. The agency is currently headed by IGP Solomon Arase.

Nigeria police began with a thirty member consular guard formed in Lagos colony in 1861. In 1879 1,200 member armed paramilitary Hausa constabulary was formed. In 1896 the Lagos police was established. A similar force, the Niger constabulary, was formed in Calabar in 1894 under the newly proclaimed Niger coast protectorate. In the north, the Royal Niger Company set up the royal Niger company constabulary in 1888 with headquarters at Lokaja. When the protectorates of Northern and southern Nigeria were proclaimed in the early 1900s, part of the Royal Niger Company constabulary became the Northern Nigeria Police and part of the Niger coast constabulary the Southern Nigeria police. Northern and Southern Nigeria were amalgamated in 1914.

The Nigeria police performed conventional police functions and was responsible for internal security generally; for supporting the Prisons, Immigrations and Customs services and for performing Military duties within or outside Nigeria as directed. Police officers were not usually armed but were issued weapons when required for specific missions or circumstances.

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The Nigeria Police is designated by section 194 of the 1979 constitution as the national police of Nigeria with exclusive jurisdiction throughout the country. They maintains a three tier administrative structure of departments, zonal and state commands which include Department of Finance and administration, department of logistics and supply and department of criminal investigation e.t.c

1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

It become a course of concern to the people or Muslim community of Maiduguri Police Barrack that the adoption of western or non Muslim culture caused a lot of problems among the society and also to run away from the actual teachings of Islam and the practices of the Prophet (PBUH).

1.3 AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

Among the aim and objectives of this research work is to study the effects of non culture on the Muslims families in the Maiduguri Police Barrack. The main objectives of the research work are as follows:

–         To enlighten the Muslims community on how danger is when imitating the non Muslim culture so that people will obtain from imitating them.

–         To bring about the societal problem that caused as a result of clash non Muslim civilization of culture with the Islamic one.

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–         To clarify many must excellent benefits by following Islamic Culture, Islamic mode of life.

1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

This research work is very important because no matter how there is clash of different culture there must be influent which leads to adopt one with another culture either good or bad. So it must make an important contribution towards Muslims that found themselves in such kind of society or community.

Thus, this research work is expected to play an important role in enlighten its readers. Also the research will help parents to supervise the activities of their children and correct them in the form of their lifestyle. And also its will be very important guide to our youth that want to enjoy the Nigerian Police Force, and it would also serve as local literature for those who wants to conduct their research in the related area.

1.5 SCOPE AND LIMITATION

The research work or area of study is restricted to Police Barracks in Maiduguri Borno State and the research will only focus on the effects of Non Muslims culture on Muslim Families.

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1.6 METHODOLOGY

The methods used in conducting this research work are through participants, interviews of some Police officers and observations.

This research work goes with the foot notes on the paragraphs of the research and it will vividly lead to the point as indicated in the work.

THE EFFECTS OF NON MUSLIMS CULTURE ON SOME MUSLIM FAMILIES: (A CASE STUDY OF MAIDUGURI POLICE BARRACKS.)