Day 1: First Annual Commemoration of the Zaria Quds Day Massacre

A 4-day program was organized to commemorate the first annual anniversary of the Zaria 25th July 2014 Qud’s day massacre, the first three days of the event will held at Husainiya Baqiyatullah and Darul-Rahama in Zaria, Kaduna state and the fourth day will be holding at Sheraton Hotel In Abuja, Nigeria.

The first day of the commemoration took place on Thursday 23rd July, 2015 at Husainiyya Baqiyatullah Zaria in the evening, after the opening prayer and the recitation of some verses from the holy Qur’an, the guest speaker Prof. Dahiru Yahya spoke on the necessity on punishing the murders of innocent lives followed by a brief displays of lyrics by ittihadush-shu’ara and members of the Abul-Fadl Abbas foundation.

Some of the victims of the 25th July 2014 Qud’s day massacre in Zaria briefly highlighted what they witnessed on that very day. The first person among those that speak is Malam Ayuba Abdullah is the first person that was shoot on that day by Lt. S.Oku (the accused) commanding officer of the Basawa Barack of the Nigerian Army. Followed by Mallam Ibrahim Shu’aibu who happens to be among the brothers that were injured and taken to the Barack by the Nigerian military. Malam Jibril (Mala’ika) is among the brothers that were injured at Husainiya Baqiyatullah on the following day (i.e) 26th July, 2014 and the last person to speak among the victims that gave a brief highlight of what they witnessed.

The next thing that followed is short speech by Malama Zeenatuddeen Ibrahim who express that the issue of Masjidul Aqsa and the people of Palestine is always disturbing her, she always think of the excuse that she will present before Allah to set her free on the day of judgement, and also thinks of the various possible ways she can help the oppressed people of Palestine, and her three martyred sons was always praying for martyrdom, they have no wish more than that, with their martyrdom we have an excuse to present before Allah. She added.

A speech by the leader of the Islamic movement in Nigeria his eminence Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky (H) followed, he express that the issue of Palestine is misunderstood by the Muslim world where they consider it as conflict between two countries, but the western world are very aware that their dream of conquering the entire world is depends on their ability to establish Israel state as a nation. This is why they use media to misinterpret the message of the international Qud’s day processions by relating it to Shi’ites alone. They are also aware of the role of Nigeria in Africa that’s why they always try to interrupt and attack the procession in Nigeria, the issue of Palestine is neither between two parties nor two nations, is a fight between the oppressors and the oppressed, between the Muslims and the western world, between the justice and the injustice.

He later led the magribain prayers, followed by iftar/dinner, and finally ziyarat/Du’a’ul Kumayl.