Islamic police in Nigeria’s Kano state called Hisbah has told shopping malls and local media to stop using the term Black Friday “with immediate effect”, suggesting it’s derogatory to Muslims who regard Friday as a holy day.
“Note that the Hisbah Corps will be around for surveillance purposes with a view to avoiding the occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony, and stability in the state,” a letter sent to radio station Cool FM read.
It’s however unclear whether those who do not comply will be penalized following the controversial move.
Kano is one of several Muslim-majority states in northern Nigeria that practices Sharia law. Their Islamic Police Board said it was taking action following a petition by complainants who oppose its use, though the board did not reveal their identities.
The Islamic police have also warned against physical contact between men and women as people rush to buy low-priced goods during the occasion, saying officers would be on patrol to ensure compliance.