What is that Muslims always tell us – there is no compulsion in Islam? A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in Allah. Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated by his Muslim relatives, despite being given a clean bill of health by a doctor.
Kano is a mainly Muslim state and adopted Sharia (Islamic law) in 2000. The IHEU says that when Mr Bala told relatives he did not believe in Allah, they asked a doctor if he was mentally ill. Despite being told that he was not unwell, Mr Bala’s family then went to a second doctor, who declared that his atheism was a side-effect of suffering a personality change, the group says.