Judges in Nigeria sentence imam to loss of life for blasphemy

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A Nigerian Islamic Sharia court docket has sentenced a outstanding Sufi Muslim cleric to loss of life for blasphemy in opposition to the Prophet Mohammed, in a uncommon loss of life sentence handed all the way down to an imam.

The Excessive Sharia Court docket sentenced Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara for his revisionist sermon which, based on the court docket, misinterpreted sure spiritual texts portraying the Prophet in a nasty gentle.

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Blasphemy is a delicate problem that draws the loss of life penalty in a dozen predominantly Muslim states in northern Nigeria the place Sharia legislation works alongside customary legislation.

Dying sentences are not often carried out.

Justice Abdullahi Sarki Yola discovered Kabara responsible of blasphemy after he was remanded in custody since his arrest and subsequent remand in February final 12 months.

“This court has established all the charges against you and hereby sentences you to death in accordance with the Sharia provisions on blasphemy,” Yola mentioned throughout the hour-long sentencing.

The choose ordered the confiscation of Kabara’s two mosques and his private library.

Kabara sat silently all through the sentence in a courtroom filled with legal professionals and journalists with scores of armed police and different paramilitary personnel standing guard exterior.

Kabara resisted his lawyer’s plea for leniency and maintained his innocence, urging his supporters to stay calm.

Kabara, of the Qadiriyya Sufi order, has been at odds with different Sunni clerics in northern Nigeria, significantly ultra-conservative Salafists.

Their disagreement stemmed from his revisionist strategy to Islamic historical past and theology which he claims is full of myths, lies, distortions and concoctions.

Kabara’s opponents accused him of insulting the Prophet’s companions whom Kabara accused of mendacity to the Prophet and maliciously portraying him in a nasty gentle.

Kabara’s blasphemy conviction is the third lately in Kano.

In August 2020, a Sharia court docket within the metropolis sentenced singer Yahaya Aminu Sharif of the Tijjaniyya Sufi order to loss of life for a track he shared on-line that blasphemed the Prophet. His case is on retrial.

Abdul Nyass, a Tijjaniyya Sufi Muslim cleric, was sentenced to loss of life in 2015 for blasphemy in opposition to the Prophet in his sermon. The judgment has not been executed.

In April, a excessive court docket in Kano jailed Mubarak Bala, an atheist, for twenty-four years for blasphemous on-line posts in opposition to the prophet.

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