The Kano Upper Shari’a Court has sentenced one 22-year old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death by hanging for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The court, which sits at Hausawa Filin Hockey, presided by Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.
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Sharif Aminu reportedly composed a song in March 2020, in which derogatory verses were allegedly said to have been attributed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The song, which was circulated via WhatsApp, went viral and caused an uproar which resulted to the invasion of the Islamic singer’s family house located at Sharifai Quarters in Kano Municipal Local Government Area by angry youths. The house was later set ablaze last Friday by the irate youths who later assembled before the headquarters of Hisbah, Islamic police, demanding action against the singer.
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The young singer is said to belong to the Tijjaniya sect and is a member of Faidha group who “are known for their preference of Shaikh Ibrahim Nyass over Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”
However, in its reaction, the Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya Organisation disowned Sharif Aminu and labelled his song as blasphemous. The national secretary of organisation, Sayyidi Muhammad AlQasim Yahaya, in a statement in Abuja, said contrary to reports, the Dariqatul Tijjaniyya and Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass had immense love for Prophet Muhammad.
It was gathered that Sharif did not deny the charges, although the judge, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani said Sharif-Aminu could appeal against the verdict.
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During a protest held by aggrieved Kano residents against the embattled singer in March, one Idris Ibrahim, who led the group that called for his arrest, told the BBC that the death sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
“When I heard about the judgment I was so happy because it showed our protest wasn’t in vain. This [judgement] will serve as a deterrent to others who feel they could insult our religion or prophet and go scot-free,” he said.
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