Some people think that has a matter of courtesy and respect for Muslims as human beings, non-Muslims should be careful not to insult Muhammad. The problem with this is that when some Muslims are so ready to commit violence over perceived insults to Muhammad, what might ordinarily have been a simple matter of courtesy and respect instead becomes surrendering to violent intimidation and threats. That is always an unwise course of action for any people that wishes to remain free.
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria’s northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.
An AP reporter watched protesters throw blazing, fuel-filled tires into the building then start marching through streets to demand punishment for Malam Abdul Nyass.
Police monitored the crowd, which turned peaceful after the fire.
Nyass is accused of saying that the long-dead leader of the Tijanniyah sect is more powerful than the revered prophet Muhammad. Kano’s mainly Muslim population adheres in almost equal numbers to the Sunni and Tijanniyah sects of Islam.
Police arrested Nyass when Muslims threatened to kill him after the alleged insult.
Yet the rioters are making Muhammad appear very weak, as he is apparently unable to defend himself over this alleged insult, such that they have to take up his defense.
He appeared before the Shariah court but was apparently secretly freed and is in hiding.
Religion is the cause of much violence in Nigeria, but generally involves Christians and Muslims….
Animals are the cause of much violence in the henhouse, but generally involves hens and foxes…