Kano Court Sentences Singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif To Death For Blasphemy

Published On: August 10, 2020, 4:36 pm
-- Online (f) at 10-08-2020 04:36PM

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A musician in Nigeria's northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.

An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state said Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

Mr Sharif-Aminu did not deny the charges.

Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani said he could appeal against the verdict.

States across Muslim-majority northern Nigeria use both secular law and Sharia law, which does not apply to non-Muslims.

To date, none of the death sentences passed by Sharia Nigeria's courts have been carried out.

The singer who is currently in detention, had gone into hiding after he composed the song.

Protestors had burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic police, known as the Hisbah, demanding action against him.

The Islamic police had appealed for people not to take the law in to their own hands after the song was released
Critics said the song was blasphemous as it praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.

'Judgement will serve as deterrent to others'
The leader of the protesters that called for the musician's arrest in March, Idris Ibrahim, told the BBC that the judgement will serve as a warning to others "contemplating toeing Yahaya's path"."When I heard about the judgment I was so happy because it showed our protest wasn't in vain.

"This [judgement] will serve as a deterrent to others who feel they could insult our religion or prophet and go scot-free,"
he said.The last time a Nigerian Sharia court passed a death sentence was in 2016 when Abdulazeez Inyass, was sentenced to death for blaspheming against Islam during after a secret trial in Kano.

He was alleged to have said that Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the Senegalese founder of the Tijaniya sect, which has a large following across West Africa, "was bigger than Prophet Muhammad".

The sentence has not been carried out as a death penalty in Nigeria requires the sign-off of the state governor.

Mr Inyass is still in detention.

-- tonyigho Online (m) at 10-08-2020 04:48PM
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Total rubbish that is not acceptable, death sentence for what?
-- Slimchery (m) at 10-08-2020 05:07PM
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Islam na religion of death and i pity those that believe islam will lead the to God, even the mohamed will be laughing at them because he has succeeded in dragging many to hell
-- wedeysmoke (m) at 10-08-2020 05:30PM
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Religion! Religion!! Religion!!!
-- ikpotokin (m) at 10-08-2020 06:06PM
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Fake religion of death
-- Akupower (m) at 10-08-2020 09:53PM
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Why don't they leave the fight for mohammed if he has the power. why would they take up a fight for the Mohammed?
Jesus does not need any body to fight for him.
Brainwash is a sickness.