National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has disassociated Islam from the lynching of 90-year-old woman, Akua Denteh at Kafaba in the Savanna Region.
A viral video showed the old woman being beaten in broad daylight by some persons after she was allegedly accused of being a witch by a local fetish priestess.
In that video, bystanders were heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ each time the woman was hit by the killers, which created the impression that their act was backed by Islam.
But Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu told journalists that the gruesome murder of the 90-year-old woman can’t be linked to Islam.
According to him, there is no Islamic grounds and justification for the act by the people who proclaimed “Allahu Akbar” while committing the crime.
In statement made on his behalf, the Chief Imam described the act as evil and unlawful and has no connection to the Islamic teachings.
He bemoaned the fact that anytime the woman his hit, there was a scream of “Allahu Akbar”, [which means God is Great] from the onlookers, to create the impression that the “evil act” has some connection with Islam.
“There’s no ground for this in Islam – we have not been able to establish this thing in Islam,” he stressed, adding that “It is evil – it is unlawful according to Islamic law and there’s no connection…It is wrong, it is a contradiction to the Islamic principle of respect for sanctity of human blood and respect for the purity of human life.”
He explained that Allahu Akbar connotes the greatness, glory, kindness and goodness of Allah, adding that the barbaric act in the video does not depict any of the attributes of Allah, who “asks us to protect our neighbours.”
The Chief Imam therefore entreated Muslims to abide by the principles of Islam and the need to protect lives and respect one another.
Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu further called on the state and security agencies to take up the issue and ensure justice is served to end the impunity.