25th JULY: A REMARKABLE DATE IN THE HISTORY OF ABUL FADL FOUNDATION*
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the most Merciful
Peace be upon Muhammad (S) and his Progeny.
The 25th of July is a remarkable and historic date in the history of the Islamic movement in Nigeria. It was a day when people around the world engaged in mourning for humanity sake.
On the 25th July 2014, like all previous years, members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria participated in the annual Quds day procession, to show a total support for the oppressed people of Palestine. Quds procession is a constant annual programme of the movement in existence for the past 30 years.
Unfortunately, as the peaceful protest was about to kick off, Nigeria army fully armed attacked the demonstration of defenceless people. They shot at everyone at sight without regards to age or gender.
On that faithful day, youths of the Abul Fadl foundation stood firm and resisted the atrocities of the Nigeria army. Abul Fadl youths sacrifices in order to safeguard religion from hidden mission and barbaric clampdown of internal and external enemies. The initial motive of the attack was to shoot at the protest and extend the attack to other places belonging to the Islamic movement.
Abul Fadl youths play a vital role during the 25th July 2014 Quds day massacre, for which we continue to pray for their souls and seek divine vengeance on the perpetrators of the killings. Our brothers have sacrifices for the sake of Allah (T) by facing the death. Only that the youths of Abul Fadl believed that facing death is a victory not a defeat.
Part of the reasons why 25th July became a remarkable antecedent is the number of martyrs involved, and the day in which the tragedy occurred (Quds day). These two key issues are what drew the attention of the international community on the atrocities committed.
On the historic day of 25th July 2014, three biological sons of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky were martyred. Shahid Ahmad Zakzaky, Shahid Hamid Zakzaky, Shahid Mahmoud Zakzaky, and two out of these three martyrs were commanders in Abul Fadl struggle.
Shahid Ahmad Zakzaky was the commander in chief of the foundation, whose prime motive is to revive the spirit of resistance among youths of the Islamic movement in Nigeria. Shahid Ahmad Zakzaky is a youth with a clear vision of what is needed to be done, and what is expected from youths of the movement. Based on his intention, he proceeded with the creation of a platform that will orient and shape the understanding of youths towards the aims and objectives of the movement, by forming the Abul Fadl struggle.
Shahid Hamid Zakzaky is another key figure in the Abul Fadl struggle; he spent most of his lifetime moving around to preach the course of the movement. Hamid a staunch revolutionist was disturbed by the orientation of youths especially in respects to expected roles and duties.
While Shahid Mahmoud Zakzaky (H) is also a member of Abul Fadl foundation who attained martyrdom during the Quds day massacre, part of his legacy is laying the foundation of English website imnig.org and puts members of the foundation through the work.
The 25th July massacre came with so many surprises, and calamities that shaken all sympathetic minds around the world. We may assert that the most touched in the tragedy is the Abul Fadl foundation. The massacre will remain in the hearts of people, the sacrifice of our martyrs will never be forgotten, as the event of the massacre will never be understood without a mention of the name of Abul Fadl foundation. It is due to the effects of the sacrifice of our martyrs that a special date is been fixed to mark the annual international Quds conference (first time in the history of the movement).
As 25th July is approaching, we beseech in the name of almighty Allah to elevate the position of our martyrs. May Allah guide us on the right path, may He almighty protect Abul Fadl struggle and fulfil our martyrs dream. May Allah protect Zakzaky.
Abul Fadl Foundation,
Kaduna state, Nigeria.