Islamic Movement (Nigeria)

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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a religious and political organization based in the northern region of Nigeria. The Islamic Movement is headed by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, a Shia-Muslim cleric.[1] The movement conducts most of its spiritual activities in Husainiyya Baqiyatullah, located in Zaria. According to the Islamic Human Rights Commission, thousands of Muslims from both Sunni and Shia schools of thought are affiliated with it.

The movement has been known as a non-violent Islamic movement for decades.[2] The movement has organised peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstrations on an annual basis across Nigeria for over 33 years, primarily in the state of Kaduna. The movement's gatherings have been attacked several times by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian army.

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  1. ^ Nigeria's firebrand Muslim leaders BBC News, 1 October 2001.
  2. ^ Alert: Nigerian security forces crackdown on Islamic Movement in Sokoto Islamic Human Rights Commission, 20 August 2007.

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