Wednesday, 14 May 2014

CHIBOK ABDUCTIONS : MUSLIM GROUP CONDEMNS CONVERSION OF GIRLS TO ISLAM





The Muslim Right Concern (MURIC) and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Council, have condemned the abduction and forceful conversion of kidnapped girls into Islam by the Boko Haram sect, stating that there was no compulsion in making people accept Islam.

Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Tuesday, described the acts as baseless, urging the Federal Government not to accept releasing arrested terrorists in exchange for the girls as demanded by Shekau.



He said:

    We reject the purported conversion of the kidnapped girls. It is cowardly, shameful, ridiculous and preposterous. It is sacrilege.  We affirm authoritatively that such conversion does not hold water in Islam because a non-Muslim can only be converted on his or her own free will. We have no iota of doubt that the girls ‘converted’ under duress. Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah.

    The so-called conversion is therefore baseless, unfounded and of no validity whatsoever. It exists only in the hallucinated imageries in Shekau’s demented mind.

    We urge the Federal Government to dismiss Shekau’s offer of exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the kidnapped girls. A man who orders the invasion and kidnap of innocent young girls is honour-blind. Shame on Boko Haram. Shekau has no modicum of integrity left in his anatomy. He has no intention of honouring this deal. He is trying to buy time. He is digging in.”

On its part, the MSSN in a statement by its President, Kaamil Kalejaiye, said it could not understand the ascription of killings of innocent people in the name of religious conviction.

Kalejaiye said:

    The spate of unjustified killings in our country is getting unbearable and Islam is always at the receiving end. We condemn these killings, abductions and all forms of attack on citizens. We unequivocally condemn its perpetrators. Islam is a religion of peace and does not in any way have a confluence with killing, bombing, kidnapping and forcing people of other faiths into its fold."

It's good to see Muslim groups speaking up against these barbaric acts by Boko Haram. You know it's bad when even al Qaeda condemns the abduction of the girls.

Source: Punch
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