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The Tragic Kidnappings in Nigeria

1. To the Perpetrators:

If you think you act for Islam know that your actions are far removed from Islam. If you have demands related to your rights know your actions are an obliteration of what rights are. And if you perpetrated these actions to demonstrate your strength then know that your actions – aggressing upon innocent women and girls – show absolute weakness.

2. To the Nigerian Government:

If you have political issues or interests at stake in this issue it is amoral and not humane that you should enroach upon the lives, rights, freedom and honour of the kidnapped girls to pursue them. Amnesty International has revealed that Nigerian security forces received multiple advanced warnings about Boko Haram’s armed raid but failed to act.

3. To Religious Scholars and Leaders:

It does not befit us to react and respond to problems only when they reach us through western or eastern news outlets. We must be resolute in addressing this particular issue. We should not suffice ourselves with knowing that Islam prohibits such a thing and think that is enough. No. We should have a clear role in shedding light on the danger of such crimes – not to defend our religion but to fulfil the duty that God has enjoined upon us in such circumstances.


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