Author: Bill Flavell

Yahaya Sharif-Aminu: AAI will Appeal his Death Sentence

On August 10, Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani at the Upper Shariah Court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of Kano State, Nigeria, sentenced 22, year-old singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death by hanging. He was given 30 days to appeal. Yahaya was accused of recording a song that praised Imam Ibrahim Inyass above Muhammad and of circulating it to WhatsApp groups in March this year. Shortly afterward ...

Mubarak’s Wife Appeals to Nigerian Senate

Today marks a grim milestone. Mubarak Bala has been held by police in Kano State, Nigeria for 100 days without access to his lawyers or his family and without appearing in court. His whereabouts remain unknown. Today, after 100 days without seeing her husband and without knowing if he is alive or dead, Amina Ahmed has sent an appeal to the Nigerian Senate asking for the smallest things—to be given...

Kano Police Chief Rips up Court Order

By law, everyone detained by police in Nigeria has an absolute right to legal representation and to be charged within 48 hours or be released. Unless you are an atheist. And you are arrested in Islamic Northern Nigeria for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammed.  In the case of Mubarak Bala, the police, the courts and the politicians have amply demonstrated that every legal statute from the Constitu...

Mrs Amina Mubarak Tells Her Story

Today, Mubarak Bala’s wife speaks publicly for the first time on the stress and pain of living without her husband and not knowing where he is or whether he is alive. We spoke to her live from Nigeria and this is her story. Mubarak has been in police custody in Northern Nigeria since April 28, without access to his lawyers or his family. He has not been charged and his whereabouts are unknow...

Mubarak Bala: Putting His Accuser To The Test

S.S. Umar & Co is a small legal practice operating from a modest office located at 328 Zoo Road, Kano in Northern Nigeria. The principal, one Salisu Salisu Umar, combines his legal work with property consultancy. After eight years and seven months running this business, Mr. Umar does not seem to have invested in a website and cannot be found in any of the trade directories that list the many l...

Happy Birthday, My Brother, Mubarak Bala!

Mubarak, today is your birthday but I cannot talk to you. I don’t even know where you are and nor does your wife or your children or any of the people who love you and respect you. But we are thinking about you. We think about you every day and every hour. If you feel very alone on your special day, you shouldn’t. You should know that tens of thousands of people know you were arrested on April 28 ...

Mubarak—45 Days in Custody

It is now 45 days since Mubarak Bala was arrested on suspicion of blasphemy in Kaduna, Nigeria. Apart from a brief ‘phone call with his lawyer on April 29, and contrary to Mubarak’s guaranteed rights, police authorities have refused to divulge his whereabouts and have denied him access to his lawyers. Furthermore, police in Nigeria have a legal duty either to charge a suspect within 48...

Mubarak Bala Detention: 14-Day Update

Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested on April 28 in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria on blasphemy charges. He was in contact with his family and friends until he was passed to the custody of Kano State police the following day. Since then, he has been denied access to his lawyer and Kano Police have refused to divulge his whereabouts. This denies Mubarak’s fun...

Are You Embarrassed to be a Christian?

It boggles the mind. Christianity relies upon two bodies of scripture. The Old and New Testaments. Look at the Old Testament and you find God orders raped virgin girls to marry their rapists. And God demands that unruly children, gay people, and brides who do not bleed on their wedding night should be stoned to death. Move on to the New Testament and you find God promising that believers can drink...

Where the sun goes at night (according to the Qur’an)

There are some verses in the Qur’an that are horribly problematic for Muslims. These are verses that are so clearly wrong that an average 10-year-old could spot the errors. The question is, why don’t grown-up Muslims spot them? An example is Surah 18. Verse 83 onwards describes Dhul-Qarnayn’s journey to the setting place of the sun. Verse 86 reads: “Until, when he reached t...

Dying As An Atheist

Christians and Muslims often smugly pronounce that they have a huge advantage over atheists. When we atheists die we expect to become slush — we expect the lights to go out forever. For us, death is the end. But not for religious people. They believe they will be resurrected and then live forever. But is that belief really an advantage? The problem for religious people is they cannot be certain wh...

What Islamic Paradise Tells Us About Islam

A close look at Islamic Paradise reveals much about the religion. Islamic Paradise was designed to appeal to poor men living in the harsh conditions of Arabia—sweltering heat, limited choice of food and scarce water, sometimes with only a tent to live in. Paradise offers these men the things they would have dreamed about. Unlimited sex: A man has his own harem of ever-willing, dark-eyed virgins (7...

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