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'
Saturday, June 4, 2016
BLASPHEMY KILLING: NO JUNGLE JUSTICE IN ISLAM
4th June, 2016,
BLASPHEMY KILLING: NO
JUNGLE JUSTICE IN ISLAM
Mrs. Brigdet Agbawe, a Christian woman, was attacked by a
mob and decapitated in Wambai market, Kano, over a religious argument.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this
gruesome murder. It is preposterous, barbaric and unIslamic.
Islam frowns upon mob action and there are laid down procedures
for apprehending anyone who breaks the law of the land. Even where blasphemy is
committed, the woman should have been taken to the police station instead of
being brutally attacked. There is no jungle justice in Islam.
We charge the Nigerian Police to get to the root of the
matter and deal with the culprits according to the law. Nobody has the right to
take to take the law into his hands. We will not stand akimbo while some misled
Muslims smear the name of Islam.
Qur’an chapter 4 verse 59 commands Muslims to obey those in
position of authority and, by inference, the laws of the land. There must be
decorum in social interface. Anybody can fall victim of mob action if we
continue like this. Any false claim can be made against a perceived enemy and a
wild mob will descend on an innocent person or persons before you can say Jack
MURIC is deeply saddened by this ugly incident. The fact
that the victim is a woman makes it more Bohemian, more anti-social and most
unacceptable by Islamic standards. Islam teaches respect for the women folk.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said the noblest of men are those who
In addition, the fact that the Glorious Qur’an prohibits
the killing of an innocent soul (Qur’an 6:151 and this poor woman must be
deemed innocent until proved otherwise by a competent court of law) is enough
to denounce the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
We appeal to the Federal Government, religious leaders and
traditional rulers all over the country to intensify enlightenment among the
citizens particularly in the area of religious tolerance and peaceful
coexistence. Nigerians should eschew intense religious arguments except in
scholarly and friendly environments.
As we sum up, we recall that there are reports that the
police have arrested two suspects. We dare say this is not good enough. Two
people cannot publicly hold a woman down and cut off her head. Available
evidence point at the participation of a large number of people. The presidency
has also shown interest. Heads must roll on this if we must make it a
deterrent. We therefore urge the police to dig deeper in order to prevent
future carnage. Enough is enough.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)