Renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has condemned the killing of the 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, over alleged blasphemy.
The controversial cleric stated that Prophet Muhammad (SAW), during his lifetime, was on several occasions insulted by non-Muslims, yet he never attacked or even kill those who hurled insults at him.
Gumi made this known while conducting a religious teaching class in his Kaduna Juma’at mosque.
In a video clip of his teaching which was obtained and translated by PRNigeria, the Kaduna-based scholar noted that the prophet’s refusal to retaliate when insulted by non-Muslims was because he did not want to be regarded or be known as a killer.
The cleric spoke while reacting to the lynching of a female Christian student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, over allegedly blasphemous statements against Prophet Muhammad.
He observed that the best way Muslims can show that they love Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is by adhering to his religious teaching, and obeying him, instead of killing people over trivial issues.
According to him, both Nigerian Muslims and Christians have agreed to live harmoniously together, hence no religious law is applied in the country, being a secular state.
“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 said.
Sheikh Gumi, while noting that no one is allowed to take the law into their hands in Islam, called on his fellow Islamic clerics to impart sound religious tenets to their adherents instead of instigating them to perpetrate ‘reprehensible’ acts.
“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,” he concluded.
PRNigeria reports that Sheikh Gumi a medical doctor and a retired military officer is the current Mufti and mufassir at the Kaduna Sultan Bello Central mosque.
He is the eldest son of late Shaykh Abubakar Gumi, the first Grand Khadi of the old Northern Region who was instrumental to the propagation of Islam in Northern Nigeria.