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, August 6, 2016
MURIC TO NEW BOKO HARAM LEADER: LEAVE CHRISTIANS ALONE
7th August, 2016
MURIC TO NEW BOKO
LEAVE CHRISTIANS ALONE
The new leader of Boko Haram
insurgents, Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, has called for the killing of Christians and
the blowing up of churches.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) expresses total bewilderment at the depth of
barbarism in the recent hate speech emanating from the leadership of Boko
Haram. It is totally despicable and exceptionally criminal to target fellow
products of the Adamic chromosome for annihilation. We have no doubt that this
call could only have come from a twisted mind.
is love, not hatred. Islam gives life, not death. It builds and does not
destroy. The Glorious Qur’an only allows Muslims to fight in self-defence
(Qur’an 2:190). It forbids unjust and unlawful killing (Qur’an 6:151). It
compares anyone who kills his fellow man to one who kills all homo sapiens (Qur’an 5:32).
remind the Boko Haram coercion ideologues of the moderate posture of the
Glorious Qur’an towards non-Muslims. Qur’an 2:256 says there should be no
compulsion in religion (Laa ikraahun fil
10:99 completely sweeps the carpet off the feet of agents of belligerence as it
declares, “So you forcefully compel people to believe in Allah? But they would
all have believed if Allah had wanted it so!”
differences in matters of faith are therefore part of the deliberate and grand
design of the Divine Creator. Allah also affirms in Qur’an 11:118 that there
would still have been differences even if the whole world follows a single
religion. So what is special about belonging to a particular religion if we do
not share love?
is why Allah reminded Prophet Muhammad to limit his mission to reminding people
and never to make any attempt at controlling people’s lives (Qur’an 88:21 –
charges Muslims all over the world to limit their religious zeal to the true
dictates of Islam as reflected in the verses of the Glorious Qur’an lest they
transgress. They should leave those who reject Islam alone. Our hypothesis is
that Allah did not give anyone the assignment to punish those who reject Islam.
is reflected in Allah’s own words in Qur’an 88:23 – 26, “They (i.e. the
non-Muslims) are coming back to Us and We will call them to account”. We therefore
assert firmly, authoritatively and unequivocally that nobody can perform Allah’s
role for Him.
As we round up, we reaffirm our readiness to peacefully
coexist with our Christian neighbours. We reject hate speeches and their
authors whether from Boko Haram or the Islamic State (ISIS). The directive to
attack Western interests is antithetical to the non-racial and pax vobiscum
leaning of Islam.
We call on the Nigerian public and the rest of the world to
separate criminals from their religion and desist from stereotyping Muslims as
terrorists or their sympathizers. In this regard, we welcome the recent
pronouncement of Pope Francis in which he urged the world to stop equating
Islam with terrorism.
Although we are aware that Boko Haram is technically
defeated, militarily debilitated and spiritually demobilized, it is not over
until it is over. Nigeria’s security agencies still need to beef up security
around Christian clerics and heighten vigilance in churches around the country.
Finally, we urge Muslims in the country to demonstrate
solidarity with their Christian neighbours by ensuring that Boko Haram elements
are not allowed to launch attacks on Christians in their neighbourhood. We have
a duty to defend our Christian neighbours at this critical stage. This is the
way to keep Nigeria united.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)