Blasphemy: JNI carpets perpetrators …raises alarm over plot to cause religious crises in North

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By; BASHIR BELLO, Kaduna.
Following allege blasphemy in Zamfara state where about eight persons were said to have been killed, apex Islamic body in the North, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Wednesday told perpetrators of the act that they are not jurists but faithfuls in the practicing of the religion and therefore, don’t have the right to pass judgment on emotions.
 
JNI stated this in a statement signed by it Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu to condemn the act, however raised alarm over plot to cause religious tension and crises in the North and the country at large under guise of blasphemy.
 
JNI called on the state governments particularly in the North to hasten mechanism to check repeated act of blasphemy in the region and country.
 
It categorically stated that the nasty behavior of some miscreants should not be misconstrued as Islamic teaching.
 
According to the statement, “Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), upon the receipt of reportage on the alleged blasphemy of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is once again poised to make this release over the most unfortunate alleged blasphemy which occurred at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata Mafara, Zamfara State.
 
“This recurring matter is becoming tediously monotonous and remains condemned in the strongest terms. The unfortunate attacks that ensued thereafter are criminal and also stand condemned. We reiterate that human lives are sacred and therefore must be dignified. That has been the position of Islam.
 
“JNI reemphasizes that individual Muslims are not Jurists, but faithful in the practicing of the religion. Therefore, they don’t have the right to pass judgment on emotions. The nasty behavior of some miscreants should not be misconstrued as the Islamic teaching.
 
“In the light of which we commend the efforts of the Zamfara State Government in nipping in the bud, the escalation of the crisis and equally the beefing up of security by the various security agencies, around Talata Mafara and its environs is also commendable. We however call on state governments particularly in the north to hasten mechanisms which will address these repeated acts of blasphemy; it seems that there are deliberate attempts to cause more tension in the region and the country at large, in the name of blasphemy.
 
“While we commiserate with all the affected victims of the unfortunate incidence, we call on respective predominant Muslim communities to be very wary and cautious of crafty art of blasphemy within or around their respective communities and learn to handle such matters with utmost caution no matter the provocations that may arise therefrom.
 
“Finally, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI calls on all and sundry to remain calm and avoid all actions that could jeopardize peaceful co-existence, especially at this material point of trying time of nation building. As always, the generality of Muslims are also implored to fervently continue praying for the restoration of peace and security in Nigeria,” the statement reads.
 
It would be recalled that there was a case of blasphemy where a woman was allegedly killed in Kano and now in Zamfara state where eight people were allegedly killed.

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