This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
KIDNAP OF GIRLS: BOKO HARAM HAS VIOLATED ISLAMIC RULES OF WARFARE
7th May, 2014
KIDNAP OF GIRLS:
BOKO HARAM HAS VIOLATED ISLAMIC
RULES OF WARFARE
The insurgent group,
Boko Haram, yesterday claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of about 273
girls of a government secondary school in Chibok, Borno State. The claim was
made via a video clip in which the group’s leader, Shekau, threatened to sell
off the girls. Another set of 8 girls has also been kidnapped in the same area
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and indeed the entire
mainstream Muslim Ummah of Nigeria commiserate with parents of the abducted
girls, the authorities of the affected school, the government and people of
Borno State and the good people of Nigeria. We share the pain and the trauma of
the past three weeks and pray that the nightmare will end in happiness for the
victims and the rest of Nigerians.
MURIC hereby clearly, unambiguously and unequivocally declares
the action of the renegades as categorically unacceptable. This criminal,
inhuman, sadistic, archaic and barbaric act stands in contradistinction to the
tenets of Islam regarding the treatment of the girl-child, women in general as
well as the conduct of war.
Islam promises the
girl-child life, not death; hope, not frustration; liberty, not captivity. It
was Islam which forbade the ancient and pernicious policy of burying female
children alive (Qur’an 16:58-59; 81:8-9). The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) called
men who are kind to women the best among men. He said, “The most perfect
Muslims are the best in conduct and the best of you are the best in conduct to
He also said, “Whoever has a daughter and does
not insult her but treats her equally with the male children, Allah will give
him a place in paradise”. Where then did Boko Haram get its despicable doctrine
which dishonours the girl-child?
The case of Boko Haram has become an interesting study in
religious perversity. Islam teaches
peaceful coexistence, Boko Haram insists on killing and maiming innocent people
in the name of religion. Prophet
Muhammad said, “Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those
sitting in places of worship” (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal), Boko Haram kills
people inside churches and mosques. Boko Haram has indeed become a social
gangarene which must be burned out with hot iron.
MURIC charges the
leadership of Boko Haram to retrace its steps. Our daughters cannot be held
captive even under Shari’ah law talk less of selling them into slavery because
our cities are not at war with Boko Haram. It is only the military who are
engaging the insurgents.
Civilian targets are
therefore haram for Boko Haram. It is even most cowardly to focus attacks on
soft targets like women and little girls. It beats all rules of chivalry. Real
men do not brutalize little girls. This is why the Prophet forbade the killing,
hurting or harassment of women, little children and elderly people during wars.
We call on Muslims in
the conflict areas and those in neighbouring
countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon to resist any attempt to sell these
innocent girls in their territory. Islam does not promote slavery, neither does
it condon forceful marriage.
We call on the Federal
Government to leave the anti-kidnap protesters alone. Peaceful protest is a
legitimate means of expressing dissent. Instead of chasing shadows, the Federal
Government should harness its anti-terrorism arsenals and disburse them