The most recent issue of the blasphemy of the Prophet (s) by one Abdul
Inyass in Kano, who claimed to be an adherent of Faira under
Tijjaniyya Movement called for condemnation from all sections of the
Muslim-Ummah without exception. The culprit acted on his own and was
never a representative nor an authority of an Islamic school.

It was a connection with this unfortunate incidence that Freedom Radio
and Rahma Radio produced a joint programme in order to analyse the
issue on the 30th May, 2015. They invited scholars from different
Islamic perspectives, Izala/Salafiyya, Tijjaniyya and Qadiriyya - but
disregarded Shi'ah.

In the programme, the number of Izala/Salafi scholars outweighed
others. Is this by accident or by design? During the course of their
discussion, some members notably Malam Nura Arzai and Malam AbdulWahab
made several attempts to derail the discussion from its main theme to
the issue of what they coined as "abuse of the Sahaba - companions of
the Prophets".

Based on this precedent and others, made the following observations:

1. The Shi'ah school of thought has been in the forefront for the
defense of the personality of our beloved Prophet (s). The case of
imam Khomeini's verdict on Salman Rushdie is a clear testimony to
this. Whereas the Salafi sponsors in Riyadh were busy with football
fans, Imam, a Shi'ah scholar per excellence, aroused the Muslim World
of their duty through his irrevocable verdict which stays up today.

Again, The Islamic movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh
Ibraheem El- Zakzaky (H) was in the forefront during fun times
blasphemy, Denmark, Charlie Hebdo cases and others. So how can any
discourse on Prophets blasphemy afford to exclude Shi'ah scholars in
the first place?

2. The Shi'ah has proven authenticity to the Sunni scholars that the
issue of abuse of the Sahabas was a political joker and is been used
as a campaign of calumny against them. Despite this, When ever the
issue of abuse of the Sahaba comes to be mentioned, the accusing
fingers always point to the Shi'ah school of thought. Therefore, by
derailing the discussion from the issue of Prophet's blasphemy, some
invited scholars in that programme tried to hijack public wrath and
direct it to Shi'ah adherents. This is very serious as it may lead to
public disorder and possible unnecessary sectarian encounter within
the already fragile Muslim - Ummah.

Based on the foregoing, the need to note the following points is very crucial;

(i). Henceforth, all programmes that involves different schools in
Islam should recognize and involved Shi'ah scholars. This would give a
balanced representation and avoid any possible blackmail from others.

(ii). The management of the NBC, that of the Radio stations and indeed
all other relevant media outfits should closely monitor and control
such sensitive religious programmes to avoid those liable to cause
public incitement.

We remain committed to the unity of the Muslim - Ummah, peaceful
coexistence amidst diverse schools of thought and hope for the general
progress of this country Nigeria, and indeed the entire Muslim world.


Dauda Nalado
for: The Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, - Kano

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H
Governor, Kano state
Police commissioner
Emir of Kano
Council of Ulama, Kano
Kano Mass, print and web media.