A musician in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the BBC reports.
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. In the song, it is alleged that Yahaya praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.
Mr Sharif-Aminu did not deny the charges.
Blasphemy in Islam is impious utterance or action concerning God, insulting an angel, or denying the prophethood of one of the Islamic prophets.
There hasn’t been a conclusive punishment in Islam for blasphemy, as the final understanding of it is determined by the schools or Imam and in some cases like this, general population protested for his arrest and even burnt down his family home.
If the blasphemer is a Muslim man, he would be punishable with death, and if the blasphemer is a woman, she must be imprisoned with coercion (beating) till she repents and returns to Islam.. In case the blasphemer is a non-Muslim, he is given a chance to convert to Islam, or else killed.
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.
Only one of the death sentences passed by Nigeria’s Sharia courts has been carried out since they were reintroduced in 1999.