Stop dar­ing Al­lah on Is­lam

Daily Trust - - TRUST ISLAMIC FORUM - By Ag­boola Razaq

Is­lam preaches tol­er­ance, and per­se­ver­ance but not to the level of mo­lesta­tion and dar­ing Al­lah, the only point Mus­lim Ummah can re­sist any op­pres­sion is when there is per­se­cu­tion for free­dom of re­li­gion.

Many ex­pe­ri­ences have shown that Mus­lims are marginalised in ev­ery sphere of our na­tional af­fairs. We are aware of this, but we ex­er­cise pa­tience to al­low peace to reign.

In the south­west of this coun­try, for in­stance, you see many mem­bers of sin­gle fam­ily prac­tic­ing dif­fer­ent faiths with­out any ran­cour, it is be­cause we are trained in that way. See the Holy Qur’an, where many in­struc­tions have been given to Mus­lims not to per­se­cute the people of other faiths. Is­lam does not jus­tify act of killing in­no­cent people in the name of Ji­had.

The essence of the Shariah is to re­spect, pro­tect and pre­serve hu­man dig­nity in five ways as fol­lows: 1) preser­va­tion of re­li­gion 2) preser­va­tion of soul/spirit/ life 3) preser­va­tion of fam­ily 4) preser­va­tion of rea­son­ing/IQ 5) preser­va­tion of in­di­vid­ual property

These five roles of Shariah are the prac­ti­cal re­al­i­ties of Is­lam, so who­ever de­vi­ates from ob­serv­ing them is not preach­ing Sharia; what­ever he does is his/her own.

There­fore, the co-ex­is­tence of Mus­lims and be­liev­ers of other faiths should be al­lowed to pre­vail with sin­cer­ity, hav­ing known that our cre­ator has His own best rea­son for cre­at­ing us with dif­fer­ent faiths as He said in the Holy Qur’an. How­ever man can in­vite oth­ers to his faith if both par­ties en­joy that priv­i­lege.

In re­la­tion to what hap­pened in na­tional con­fab dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the con­fer­ence when a pas­tor who hails from Mus­lim back­ground de­nied his sit­ting Chair­man from say­ing Bis­mil­lahi Rah­man Ra­heem, claim­ing that he did not know the mean­ing of that state­ment, I am taken aback be­cause the at­tack is un­called for at an av­enue where we have con­verged to un­der­stand and find so­lu­tion to our dif­fer­ences; har­monise our views on how to run the na­tion.

The pas­tor has no moral jus­ti­fi­ca­tion in that cir­cle to at­tack the chair­man. Pas­tor Tunde Bakare should apol­o­gise to Nige­ri­ans for up­set­ting deco­rum of the sys­tem or­gan­ised to ad­dress the yearn­ing and de­mand of Nige­ri­ans for tol­er­ance, peace and unity. He should know that he has dis­ap­pointed people like us who cher­ish to lis­ten to his preach­ing on Sun­days on Chan­nel Tele­vi­sion. Hav­ing been con­vinced that he re­ally hates Is­lam.

In our faith we be­lieve that any­thing with­out in­vo­ca­tion of Al­lah’s guid­ance is a wasted ef­fort, be­cause He is the Supreme Be­ing that will de­ter­mine the suc­cess of that en­deav­ours.

Is it not that type of mis­un­der­stand­ing that we are gath­ered to ad­dress at the con­fab? Yet it is at that same gath­er­ing that some are still cre­at­ing ran­cour, in­tol­er­ance and big­otry. My sur­prise is for those who con­sented to the idea of abol­ish­ing open­ing prayer just be­cause they do not want ad­her­ents of a par­tic­u­lar re­li­gion to ex­er­cise their re­li­gious right.

Thank God, the Supreme Coun­cil of Is­lamic Af­fairs has risen up to the chal­lenge be­cause the marginal­i­sa­tion of Mus­lims by this ad­min­is­tra­tion is very ob­vi­ous. Mus­lims are a peace­ful com­mu­nity.

People make mis­take when they re­fer to Nigeria as a sec­u­lar state. What are the fea­tures of a sec­u­lar state, do we have those fea­tures? Go­ing by the Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary def­i­ni­tion, a sec­u­lar state is a state that does not be­lieve in God in the people’s way of life.

Can any­body among Chris­tians and Mus­lims boldly come out and tell the world that we do not be­lieve in God? Why are de­ceiv­ing our­selves by call­ing Nigeria a sec­u­lar state?

Fi­nally I urge that those who hate Is­lam should stop dar­ing Al­lah in His majesty. Let ev­ery­body prac­tice what­ever he or she be­lieves and trusts, you can never fight for God.

One re­calls the re­cent de­vel­op­ment in the polity where the Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs had to visit the Villa to ex­press their grievances about marginal­i­sa­tion meted out to Mus­lims at the on­go­ing con­fab, but CAN came out to re­ply Sul­tan by ad­vis­ing Jonathan not to con­sider their po­si­tion. This is re­ally un­for­tu­nate as when­ever it is the Mus­lims that re­spond they are tagged BOKO HARAM. Who is fool­ing who? Al­lah is watch­ing!

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