Nigeria: #Bring Back Our Girls

2014-05-09 20:00

The shocking abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. The abduction of the schoolgirls is a barbaric action and completely contradicts the principles of Islam.

The threat of ‘marrying’ them off or selling them into slavery is disgraceful. Moreover, it confirms Boko Haram and their actions as un-Islamic, inhuman and shameful.

Global leaders and every conscious driven individual should demand that the perpetrators of this monstrous deed release the girls immediately and not harm them.

Boko Haram’s rage of indiscriminate cruelty and violence has been carrying on for many decades in Nigeria and needs to be stopped immediately. Worldwide pressure needs to be enforced to disarm and disband this barbaric group.

Every cold-hearted and horrifying crime they commit leaves a black stain on the religion of Islam and especially on their followers - the Muslims. This gives the fear mongers the language and ammunition to steer the public description or discourse against Islam and Muslims in general.

Bombings, bloodshed and other crimes committed by the likes of these radical and terrorist organizations reverses every universal, humanitarian and moral values. These sinful actions or crimes also violates the teachings of the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In this respect, I support and acknowledge the statements made by various human rights groups, Muslim organizations and the many influential individuals who have voiced their disgust against this atrocious crime.

To quote Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti: “These groups are not on the right path because Islam is against kidnapping, killing and aggression. Marrying kidnapped girls is not permitted.”

He further said that: “This is a group that has been set up to smear the image of Islam and must be offered advice, shown their wrong path and be made to reject it”.

My thoughts and prayers are with the kidnapped girls and their distressed and worried parents and relatives.

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