MURIC said the ‘conversion’ is “cowardly, shameful, ridiculous and preposterous. It is sacrilege.”
An Islamic organisation, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has rejected the claims by Boko Haram in a new video that majority of the over 200 school girls kidnapped from their hostel in GSS Chibok on the night of April 14 have been converted to Islam.
A video purportedly showing about 136 of the kidnapped girls in Islamic attire and reciting verses of the Quran was posted online Monday.
In the video, Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, threatened not to release the girls until some of the group’s members in Nigerian jails are set free.
MURIC, however, said the conversion of the girls is un-Islamic.
“We reject the purported conversion of the kidnapped girls. It is cowardly, shameful, ridiculous and preposterous. It is sacrilege.
“We affirm authoritatively that such conversion does not hold water in Islam because a non-Muslim can only be converted on his or her own free will.
“We have no iota of doubt that the girls ‘converted’ under duress. Such ‘conversion’ is null and void under the Shari’ah. The Glorious Qur’an is very explicit in this regard as it says, “There is no compulsion in religion…” (Laa ikrahun fii ad-diin” (Qur’an 2:256),” MURIC said in a statement by its director, Isha-q Akintola on Tuesday.
The Islamic group also said the “so called conversion is baseless, unfounded and of no validity whatsoever. It exists only in the hallucinated imageries in Shekau’s demented mind.”
MURIC urged the Federal Government to dismiss Mr. Shekau’s offer of exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the kidnapped girls.
“A man who orders the invasion and kidnap of innocent young girls is honour-blind. Shame on Boko Haram! Shekau has no modicum of integrity left in his anatomy. He has no intention of honouring this deal. He is trying to buy time. He is digging in,” it said.
MURIC called on all churches and mosques to pray for the downfall of Boko Haram.
“This renegade group is out to defame and distort the true teachings of Islam. Members of Boko Haram are rebellious subjects and enemies of peace,” it added.
The group also called on the Nigerian Army to go back to the drawing board and evolve more potent strategies for crushing the sect.
“To crush Boko Haram is a task that must be done,” MURIC said.
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