‘Reorientate Your Followers’ – Sheikh Gumi Tells Muslim Leaders, ‘Prophet Muhammad Never Killed When Insulted While Alive

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has called on Islamic religious leaders to ensure reorientation of their students and followers, so that they must refrain from instigating their followers to kill in the name of Prophet Muhammed.

Gumi said this during his religious teaching class in his Kaduna Juma’at mosque, according to PRNigeria, faulting those of the school of thought that killing is the punishment for blasphemy.

He reminded them that Prophet Muhammad never killed for blasphemy during his time despite insults from his critics.

According to him, if the Prophet refrained from killing or attacking his tranducers and those who blasphemed him while alive, those killing for the same offence have no justification for their actions.

The Kaduna based Islamic scholar was reacting to the killing of a female Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State over alleged blasphemous statement.

“If we think by killing Deborah, people who are not of the same faith with us will stop insulting our prophet, then we are in delusion,” PRNigeria quoted him as saying.

The cleric added that rather than kill for blasphemy, Muslims in the country must strive to showcase the beauty of their religion by coexisting with non-Muslims and show how beautiful the Prophet lived by adhering to his teachings on how to live peacefully with others.

While condemning resort to extra-judicial killings, Gumi reiterated that Nigeria is a secular state and religious law cannot be used in countries like Nigeria.

“Hence, anyone who kills a non-Muslim who they have agreed to live peacefully with, will not smell the fragrance of Paradise for 40 years,” he was also quoted by PRNigeria as saying.

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