Man to die by hanging for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad

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 A 22-year-old man Yahaya Sharif-Aminu has been sentenced to death by hanging on Monday by a Kano Upper Shari’a Court for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad The Punch reports.

The suspect a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against the Prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

The Presiding Judge, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, gave the judgment after finding Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty as charged.

After the incident in March, protesters set ablaze the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters in protest against the singer’s action.

While addressing the protesters who stormed the premises of the Kano Hisbah, the  Commander, Harun Ibn-Sina, said officials in the state were on top of the situation and that the man’s parents had been arrested and were under Police custody.

The protesters alleged that the nonchalant attitude of the government and the security agents in the state over the issue informed their decision to embark on the protest.

The convener of the protest, Idris Ibrahim (popularly known as Baba Idris), said, “Our mission is to alert the government to do the needful; otherwise, we will take the law into our own hands.

Idris, who said similar incidents had occurred in the state without any action from the relevant authorities, warned that they would not allow Sharif-Aminu’s case to go unpunished.

Sharif-Aminu had composed a song containing alleged derogatory verses against Prophet Muhammad, which ignited violence against his family members.

But the family house of the singer, located at Sharifai quarters in the Kano Municipal Local Government Area, was set ablaze by irate youths who described the song as blasphemous.

Investigations revealed that the singer, said to be a follower of Tijjaniya sect, is a member of Faidha group, who are known for their preference of Ibrahim Nyass (a famous Senegalese Islamic scholar), over Prophet Muhammad.

Another victim,  Umar Farouq of Sharada quarters in Kano metropolis was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for making “derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.”

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