Abubakar Usman Mabera, Chairman of Sokoto State Ulama Forum of Izala, has said any Muslim lawyer who defends Yahaya Aminu Sharif, the Kano State singer recently convicted for blasphemy by a Sharia Court, has renounced their Islamic faith.
Sharif was sentenced by an Upper Shari’a Court in Kano State on 10 August to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking in Sokoto at the weekend, Mabera, who is also the Chief Imam of Malam Buhari Dan Shehu mosque in Sokoto, stated that a competent sharia court in Kano has sentenced the Kano singer to death for blasphemy.
He noted that blasphemy in Islam is a capital punishment whose punishment is death, saying: “As a Muslim, the law applies to the singer.”
According to him, since a competent sharia court in Kano has established the fact that Sharif has insulted the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), there is no way other than for him to subject himself to the punishment prescribed by Allah.
The Islamic cleric then called on the people to go back to their creator and seek for His forgiveness, saying, all these calamities bedevilling the country are signs of our wrongdoings.
He said: “For all indications, God is not happy with us and we have to repent because He alone is the answer to our woes.”