Eid-Fitr Sermon By Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) at Hussainiyyah Baqiyatullah, Zaria

 By Dr Shehu S Abdussalam.

THE MESSAGE FROM SHEIKH IBRAHEEM ZAKZAKY'S (H) EID-DAY SERMON
 

In the Name of Allah, The Almighty

Muslims in this country, and the whole world in general, are witnessing a
kind of 'fitina' and trial never seen before in history. The established
Islamic state, by Prophet Muhammad, which over time metamorphosed into an
empire has passed through various tests and trials. These included the
internal trials over the governing policies and politics by the Khulafah,
Banu Umayya, Banul Abbas, up to the Ottoman Empire. The kings were not
that sincerely Islamic, unlike the majority of people under their rule.
Their interests were rather more focused on the kingdoms'
leadership-chairs. They engaged in vicious acts but secretly in order to
maintain the status quo and protect their insecure positions.

The gradual changes from the original Islamic state into an empire were
mostly borne out of love for power within the corrupt leadership systems
that emerged. This sets the stage that even the Mongol empire captured the
Muslim states. Their acts of aggression and transgression against the
Muslims was enormous. They destroyed and invaded cities acquired by the
Muslims, except Egypt. The Egyptians put a stop to the expansion of their
aggressions. The trials brought about by the Mongol was a great disasters
to the Muslims. That was, however, very little compared to the aggressions
by the Crusaders. These were followed other disasters up to the complete
disintegration and domination of the whole Islamic social and political
entity by the Imperialists.

The, once upon a time, single and united entity ended up being divided
into about fifty five colonies, all invaded by England, France, Germany,
Italy, etc. The concept of Nationalism and or Racism were covertly
instilled into the hearts of people to replace the noble Islamic doctrine
that united the Muslims from various nations and races. The world was
divided into three entities, with the colonised Muslim countries placed in
the third-class; further subdivided into north and south, with the Muslims
within the South and the poor ones. All these arrangements were, and still
are, well in line with the Imperialist's 'divide and conquer' methodology.

Despite all these socially engineered historical as well as contemporary
atrocities, there were, recently, fresh and powerful re-awakening of the
Muslims. This has become a threat to the enemies of Islam. In reaction to
this, new approaches to conquer the Muslims were designed and are
currently being put into action. The approach now is that, instead of the
'divide and conquer' in addition to the 'direct invasion' methods, Muslims
would be made to fight one another in the name of Islam.

Fortunately, in this country the new method is not working. As a result
the enemies are doing it themselves directly. The number of bomb blasts,
blood shedding and killing of innocent people have been rising sharply.
This is
happening in markets while people are shopping, at religious gatherings, on
the roads, in the jungles, etc. Government links the chaos to the
so-called Boko Haram group. It is now crystal clear that Boko Haram is
just an imaginary tool used for intelligence maneuvering, disinformation
and false flag operations against Islam.

Allah, the Almighty exposed them on al-Quds' Day, Friday 25th July 2014 in
Zaria. The event showed who the real Boko Haram group is. Army officers in
their uniforms, with some others in civilian clothes, all armed, came and
opened fire unprovoked on the people that took part or wanted to take part
in the procession for supporting Palestine. Consequently, it can be well
understood who were behind the killings and bombings in Borno, Yobe and
Adamawa States, in Birnin Gwari jungle and other places. Those soldiers
and their commandants are the real Boko Haram behind these internal
atrocities.

That day, they specially targeted my children. They killed Mahmoud by
shooting at his abdomen from behind. They arrested Ahmad, Hamid and Ali
and
moved them to an army base in a nearby Basawa suburb of Zaria. We made
contacts for them to be released but the commandant of the Barrack said he
would not release them directly to the police, but will rather move them
to a University teaching hospital in nearby Shika suburb. The three were
all alive, but just before the arrangement to move them to Shika hospital,
the commandant shot Ahmad four times and threw him into the vehicle. They
also broke his hands and legs. Earlier, at the point of arrest, the
youngest of them, Ali, was shot on the leg. On their way to Shika
hospital, the soldiers attempted to beat Ali but his elder brother, Hamid
diverted their attention to himself. They tortured Hamid to death in the
vehicle before arriving at the hospital. The name of the commandant in
Basawa who killed Ahmad is Lieutenant-Colonel S. O. Okwu.

People should carefully consider this situation and avoid the trap in
which many Muslims are now caught in, the division of the Muslims into
sects and religious 'isms' set against one another. I have received many
telephone calls, messages and visits for condolences regarding the
martyrdom of my sons. None of the sympathizers expressed or hinted at some
element of sectarianism, while identifying themselves. Some of them are
current government officials holding various posts, while others are
retired or officials of past regimes. [Even the leader of the Christian
Association of Nigeria in a telephone call said to me, "We are with you".]

Muslims should realize who their real enemy is, and the importance Islam
attaches to the observance of brotherly relations. The enemy usually
executes atrocities in disguise. In this country they did not succeed in
creating a group within Muslims that would be executing their planned
atrocities. So they are executing it themselves directly. That is the
horrible situation we are witnessing at the moment. There can never be a
better solution to this problem other than we as Muslims should completely
return to Allah, the Almighty, and bridge any imaginary gap within the
Muslim Ummah. For sure Muslims are brothers of one another, irrespective
of their different points of view concerning certain religious issues.

We hope that Allah, the Almighty, helps the Muslim Ummah out of this
predicament. The population of Muslims in Nigeria is enormous. About 66%
of the 150 to 200 million people in the country are Muslims. This means
there are at least about 100 million Muslims in the country! According to
a Hadith, it is forbidden for a population of twelve thousand Muslims to
be
ruled by a non-Muslim. Compare this with the current situation of Muslims in
this country.

We still have some of the dead bodies in custody of the soldiers. At least
thirty three have been killed. We buried seventeen of them yesterday, we
will, Insha Allah, today around 5 p.m. bury others. However, regarding the
burial of my three children which they have killed, I have decided not to
bury them on Eid-day. So their burial will be carried out tomorrow.

WasallalLaahu alaa Muhammadin wa aalihittaiyyibinattahirin,
WalhamdulilLaahi rabbil alameen.

BY SHEHU S ABDUSSALAM.