It started with a joke that a Muslim man told a Christian woman in a public market.
He said that her response was “blasphemous” and insulted the “prophet” Muhammad. When the Muslims heard this, a mob immediately formed and after savagely beating her they slit her throat and chopped up her body right in the marketplace for everybody to see:
It was further learnt that immediately the market was about to close for the day, the late women, who was preparing to leave for home, suddenly saw some youths, armed with dangerous weapons, attacking and slitting her throat to the shock of other traders.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Kano Police Command, DSP Musa Magaji, confirmed the incident.
He said: “At about 4 30pm, there was a disagreement between the late woman and some traders bordering on religion. The woman was said to have blasphemed Prophet Mohammed, which did not go down well with the traders.
“At that point, some irate mob descended on the woman and lynched her,” Magaji said.
He admitted that the women was in the company of her husband when the incident happened but the timely intervention of the police saved him, as he was immediately whisked to safety, adding that the remains of the woman had been deposited in the mortuary,
“Investigation is in progress,” he stated.
But eyewitnesses claimed that the deceased was in the market to buy some items from her customer popularly known as Ustaz, who engaged her in a religious joke which the woman’s response was said to be blasphemous.
They said efforts to save the woman by trader who listened to the conversation failed as the mob overpowered them and beheaded the deceased.
This incident has replayed itself many times throughout history- a Muslim will open a conversation with a non-Muslim, even saying things that are potentially “offensive,” and when the non-Muslim responds in kind the Muslim suddenly becomes “offended” and reacts with violence. St. Elias of Heliopolis and St. Roderic, both who I wrote about in my book Lions of the Faith: Saints, Blesseds, and Heroes of the Catholic Faith in the Struggle With Islam,were both martyred under similar circumstances
Gaslighting is a term used to describe subtle psychological manipulation by reacting in such a way that the victim in manipulated into doubting his own perception of reality. It comes from the 1944 film Gaslight starring Ingrid Bergman, in which her abusive husband manipulates small objects in the home, including the gas lights in order to manipulate her into thinking that she is insane when in reality it is her husband who is the abuser.
This unfortunate incident is an example of Islamic-style gaslighting, because the non-Muslim is tricked by the Muslim into thinking that certain topics, which are normally not brought up for obvious reasons, are OK with this person. When the Muslims acts offended, that person then tries to backtrack and apologize, which the Muslim does not accept and then demand usually conversion to Islam or death.