An Islamic Organization, Sister Of Jannah (SOJ), Abeokuta Branch, has said that child molestation and abuse is a great sin before Allah.
The organization said that such should not be committed by any human being, as it attracts special penalties before Allah.
The State Zonal Coordinator, Mrs. Rashidat Mobolaji Alli made this known during a-day awareness campaign against child molestation in the State, with the theme: “Stand Against Child Molestation,” held at Al-Hudah Group of School, Oke-Aregba, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
She quoted Prophet Muhammad S.A.W, as expressing that “play with them for the first seven years (of their life), then teach them for the next seven years, then advise them for the next seven years (and after that….)”.
She noted that the above Hadith of the Prophet gives mankind the guidance to divide the upbringing of a child into three stages.
According to her, in Islam, human sexuality is governed by Islamic law (Shari’a) and sexual violation is regarded as a violation of moral and divine law, saying Islam divided claims of sexual violation into ‘divine right’ (huququ Allah) and ‘interpersonal right’ (huququ al-‘ibad).
She said child molestation is considered as a serious sexual crime in Islam, emphasizing that rape is called Zina Al-Zibr or Ightisab, noting that it fell under the rules of Hirabah.
The guest speaker and founder, Deeza Foundation and Psychotherapist, Mrs. Adijat Muhammad said that it is imperative for female children to speak out against molestation, especially while noticing or observing strange attitudes towards them by male counterparts.
Muhammad said female children should not hesitate to speak out or report to the authority whenever they are faced with the challenge of being molested by any individual or group of individuals.
She highlighted some of the methods adopted by molesters to have access to the victims, such as targeting the erroneous parts of their body, luring them, wooing or seducing them.
She implored parents and guidance to have cordial relationships with their wards, adding that it is important to always monitor them while growing up and also prevent them from being exposed to nude pictures and videos, especially on social media as this contributed to child abuse and other social vices.