Monday, September 21, 2020

Blasphemy: Open Letter to President Buhari and Governor Ganduje Over Musician Sentenced to Death in Kano State

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The Kano State Upper Sharia Court Ruling that sentenced a musician to over one of his songs allegedly to be blasphemous against Prophet Muhammad (saw) has generated heated controversies in the country in the last three weeks.

 

The 22 years old musician, Yaya Aminu Bello, has subjected to different forms of ill-treatment. His family house in Kano municipal was set ablaze by angry youths before he was arrested in April.

It was also reported that he was denied access to his family and lawyer while in detention.

 

Last week, the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, showed readiness to sign the death warrant of the young man when it is brought before him.

 

Is blasphemy punishable by death according to Islamic law?

 

Throughout the entire Qur’an, there is no place that it is mentioned that blasphemy is punishable. Unlike the Bible where it is expressly stated in Leviticus 24:16.

Also, the prophet during his lifetime was called all sought to degrade names and no one was harmed nor killed, the Qur’an affirmed this. Prophet’s opponents accused him of being a sorcerer (sāhir, Qur’an 38:4), a poet (shāhir, Qur’an 37:36), a soothsayer (kāhin, Qur’an 52:29; 69:42), and possessed or crazy (majnūn, Qur’an 68:2; 81:22). All these verses made us understand that blasphemy is a spiritual offense and not a physical one.

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If the Qur’an did not set any punishment for blasphemy and if the prophet didn’t punish anyone who blasphemed him in his lifetime, then why should we kill anyone for that. Blasphemy is a spiritual offense and we should leave Almighty Allah to judge the blasphemer.

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President Muhammad buhari should quickly intervene in the issue and stop Governor Ganduje from executing the Sharia Court ruling.

 

It is not in the best interest of Islam in Nigeria that anyone should be killed for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (saw). The action will do more harm than good to the image of Islam in Nigeria, especially during this period when the Boko Haram Terrorists are attributing themselves to Islam and also claimed to be killing for Prophet Muhammad.

 

We should also understand that the reactions that followed the decision of the court’s decision have done more harm than good to Islam. Non-Muslims’ reactions and comments on social media about the prophet are worrisome and even more degrading than the Aminu’s song.

 

 

President Muhammad buhari should please intervene and sage the image of Islam in Nigeria. No one should be killed for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

 

This is not to say that there should be no sanction against statements that hurt the feelings of others without reason, and which do not contribute to a debate of public interest. Let leave the blasphemer for Allah to judge him. He is the All-Knowing and All-Forgiving.

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