Why Bukola Saraki’s Political ‘Solat’ is a Mockery of Allah
Have you ever given a thought to the fact that the only prayer that has become consistent in Bukola Saraki’s life of late is just the occasional Jumat prayer he does around these days? As far as I know, and I challenge anybody who could controvert this to a public debate, Bukola only prays when he is in Ilorin, and FRIDAYS only! If Brother Isiaka Gold would be sincere enough, he will confirm this!
So, when he comes home and does his Friday mosque junketing, one would ordinarily expect that he gives his creator one day of full concentration, away from 6 days of the week that he uses to play politics. Alas, the reverse is the case! Even the Friday prayer, he uses to mock God yet again!
It is the height of hypocrisy to go to a mosque with a retinue of camera men distracting more serious congregants! Today at Popogano, hordes of political bootlickers were all over the place shouting ‘Leader’, ‘Leader’. Even the Imam was almost distracted. Hypocrites are the worst in the sight of Allah; they are the most hated and the most vilified!
And in other time, Bukola was dosing off! Everybody saw him sleeping, yawning on the prayer!
For the benefit of the unlearned, these are some of the things Allah commanded of any person that stands before Him in prayer:
“Surely the believers are successful; those who are humble in their prayers.” (Qur’an, 23:1-2)
Imam Al-Baqir (‘a) explains,
“Do not stand for prayers lazily, yawning or feeling heavy (i.e. considering it to be a burden). For all these are from the traits of hypocrisy. Allah has prohibited the believers from standing for prayers while they are intoxicated i.e. (intoxicated) from sleep.”1
Imam As-Sadiq (‘a) elaborates,
“When you are in your prayers, then it is obligatory for you to be humble and welcome your prayers. For Allah the Almighty (while describing the believers) says, ‘those who are humble in their prayers.”2
The same Imam (‘a) says,
“Certainly, I love the believer among you who while standing for the obligatory prayers, turns his full attention towards Allah and cleanses his heart from all worldly inclinations. His turns his face with his entire heart towards Allah, Who in turn, turns towards him and makes his heart overflow with His love and affection and Himself loves him tremendously.”3
Again, Imam As-Sadiq (‘a) says,
“One who prays two units (rak’ats) of prayers knowing fully what he is saying in it, he does not turn away from it (after completion), but there remains no sin between him and Allah, that He does not forgive.”4
Imam Al-Baqir (‘a) says,
“Indeed, from the prayers of the believers, 1/2 or 1/3rd or 1/4th or 1/5 th only is accepted. Thus, only that part of the prayers is admitted which is performed with complete attention. And we have ordered the recommended prayers (naafilah) only to cover the deficiencies of the obligatory (prayers).”5
In his famous Treatise of Rights, Imam Zain al Abidin(‘a) discusses the rights of the prayers thus:
“As for the rights of the prayers, you should know that it is a means of reaching towards Allah. And you are standing before Allah when you are praying. When you are aware of this, then it is desirous that you stand during prayers like the one who is disgraced, desirous (of rewards), fearful, scared, hopeful, pauper, crying, respectful of the One Who is before Him. Maintain a dignified calm, head down, limbs humble, tender heart, praying with the best of invocations within yourself, seeking the freedom of your neck from Him, an imprisonment caused on account of your sins and a destruction caused by your misdeeds. There is no strength except Allah’s.”7
Therefore, it is necessary that one who prays, considering the position and status of Salat, should pay full attention towards it with his heart and soul, which is worthy of the praying ones. He should derive benefits of both this world as well as the hereafter, from it and the greatest reward of them all, that is, meeting with Allah, comes his way.
It does not befit him to become heedless of Allah, his creator, during his prayers, and instead become engaged in himself.
Although apparently this may seem difficult, rather impossible – which is why it is accompanied with such great rewards and compensation – but one should never despair of it.
Perhaps, with Allah’s grace, and our efforts, belief and piety, the difficulties will become easy and problems will be solved. For, if you take one step towards Allah, He will pull you a hundred paces towards Himself. Then, turn towards Him with your entire heart and soul. Don’t allow laziness and indolence to dominate you and keep Shaitan away from you. Abstain from ignorance and heedlessness that the path is paved and the goal is near.
Does Bukola Saraki fit into all these? Has his occasional mosque junketing not amount to a total waste? It is not more of politics than submission to the will of Allah?
I know one day, we will get a true Imam that will stand his ground and speak truth to power; that will one day look Bukola Saraki in the face and tell him the naked truth! Patapata, such an Imam doesn’t get the brown envelop he gives others before him.
May Allah guide us aright!
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