Ahmad Gumi, a renowned Islamic preacher, stated that the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW), was insulted by non-Muslims on multiple occasions during his lifetime, but he refused to strike or even murder those who assassinated his personalities.
Mr. Gumi disclosed this while teaching a religious education session at his Kaduna Juma’at mosque.
In a video clip collected and translated by PRNigeria, the Kaduna-based expert explains that the prophet’s failure to avenge the insults non-Muslims hurled at him when he was alive was because he did not want to be viewed as a murderer.
He commented in response to the lynching of a Christian female student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto for allegedly making insulting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.
He remarked that the best way for Muslims to demonstrate their love for the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is by following to his Islamic teachings and completely obeying him, as opposed to killing people for petty matters.
According to him, Muslims and Christians in Nigeria have agreed to coexist peacefully, hence no religion law is enforced in the country, which is a secular state.
“Therefore, whoever murders a non-Muslim with whom they have decided to live in peace will not smell the fragrance of paradise for forty years,” he warned.
Mr. Gumi, while underlining that no one is permitted to take the law into their own hands in Islam, urged his fellow Islamic clerics to teach their followers sound religious principles rather than inciting them to commit “reprehensible” crimes.
“If we believe that by killing Deborah, members of different faiths will cease disrespecting our prophet, we are deluded,” he said.
According to PRNigeria, Mr. Gumi, a retired military officer and medical doctor, is the current ‘Mufti’ and ‘Mufassir’ of the Kaduna Sultan Bello Central mosque. He is the eldest son of the late Abubakar Gumi, the first Grand Khadi of the old Northern Region and a key figure in the huge spread of Islam in Northern Nigeria.