Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, yesterday, said the assault by unknown thugs on a non-Muslim, Francis Emmanuel, for not fasting is un-Islamic.
Chairman of the council, Sheikh Yusuf Sambo Rigachukun, stated this when he led other members to visit Emmanuel on his hospital bed at Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital where he is speedily recuperating.
The council equally donated some cash to assist him settle his medical bills.
The chairman represented by Sheikh Tukur Abdulsalam called on the public to remain calm and wish the victim speedy recovery.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the visit, the state Secretary, Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria, Abdurahaman Hassan, said those who unleashed attack on Emmanuel do not represent Islam.
He wondered where it was stated that a Muslim should fight another person for not fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
“We heard about this unfortunate incident and we decided to come and greet the victim on his hospital bed. What they did to him was un-Islamic. Those who attacked him do not represent Islam.
“The victim receiving treatment is a Christian and he has nothing to do with fasting during Ramadan. Even if a Muslim notices that another adherent of his faith is not fasting during Ramadan, the only thing he can do is to take him to a Shariah court. You can’t assault a fellow Muslim for not fasting not to talk of a non-Muslim,” he said.
He appealed to public not to take laws into their hands.
“We appeal to all to respect human dignity irrespective of religion,” Hassan maintained.
It would be recalled that Emmanuel was attacked by thugs for not fasting during Ramadan in Kakuri, Kaduna metropolis, a few days ago.


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