The Kano Hisbah has ordered shops to only use headless mannequins to display their clothing, because Islamic doctrines are against idolatry.
According to the BBC, Haruna Ibn-Sina, the commander of the group said: “Islam frowns on idolatry, with the head on, it looks like a human being.”
He also wants besides having the mannequin headless, the mannequins should be covered at all times because to show “the shape of the breast, the shape of the bottom, is contrary to the teachings of Sharia.”
Even Sabon Gari, a Christian dominated part of Kano state is not left out of the order, as none Muslim residence expressed their displeasure with the Hisbah’s order.
Some Muslims have thrown their weight behind the order, while the younger Muslims have kicked against such move, saying that Hisbah’s interpretation of some of the teachings of Islam, such as this one on mannequins, is wrong.
A Muslim cleric said: “Islam forbids idolatry but the hadith is clear on Allah judging your intentions. Unless you are bowing down to a mannequin, it can’t be seen as a sin.”
The same Hisbah recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenets of Islam.
Recently, the Hisbah arrested a barber and his customers were for cutting and adorning haircuts that were considered by Hisbah as offensive to Islam.
They at some point destroyed truckloads of alcoholic drinks.
In March, Hisbah operatives arrested two men said to have sent pornographic materials to a married woman.
The suspects were traced and arrested after the woman complained to the board.