Tolerance and the Importance of Dialogue in Islam, By Imam Murtada Gusau


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Praises be to Allah, Creator of the Universe, Many, pure and blessed praises. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the One God who has no partner. I also bear witness that our Master Muhammad is the servant and Messenger of Allah. May Allah have His peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad, His family (His Ahl Al-Bayt), His Chosen Companions and all those who will follow their righteous path till the Day of Judgment.

Dear Muslims, Dear Nigerians, I call on myself first and all of you to be God-fearing and pious. I also urge you to obey Him, the Almighty, Who says: “O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him), has indeed attained a great achievement” (Al-Ahzaab, 33:70-71).

O servants of Allah, Allah has chosen man, has favoured him and has fully endowed him. He has sent down to him Messengers and Holy Books. He also set rules and commands. Allah, the Almighty, says: “And indeed We have honoured the Children of Adam. And we have carried them on land and sea, and have given them for sustenance good and pure things, and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of those We have created” (Al-Israa’, 17:70).

Islam was sent down as mercy and guidance to mankind. In a world that has become smaller and interdependent, in a world seeking peace and stability, mankind is in crucial need, now more than ever, to learn the true principles and essence of Islam and the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). His Noble Sirah represents the best practical model of coexistence in society and amongst different communities on the basis of fraternity and righteous cooperation. Islam asserts and recognises diversity and multiplicity as part of the Divine intention and purpose in creation. Allah says in the Noble Qur’an: “And if Allah had so willed, He could surely have made mankind one nation, but they will not cease to disagree, except him on whom Allah has bestowed His mercy and for that did He create them” (Huud’, 11:118-119).

Islam has laid the foundations of peaceful coexistence in society and even in the world at large. Islam calls for peaceful cooperation which leads to a better life for everyone. When Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was exhorting Muslims to support the newly established Muslim community in Madinah, he signed the Constitution that embodied the Islamic principle of reaching contractual peaceful coexistence with adherents of other religions. Based on the Islamic Principles, Muslims all over the world live in peace in diverse societies irrespective of difference in religion, race or culture.

Dear servants of Allah, Islam prohibits any form of coerced (forced) conversion to Islam. Indeed, Allah, the Exalted, says in the Noble Qur’an: “There is no compulsion in religion.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) called for Islam with gentle approach and wisdom.

“It is reported from Abu Hurairah (R.A) that the Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, sent riders towards Najd. They brought a man of the bani Hanifa, whose name was Thumamah Ibn Uthal, and tied him to one of the pillars of the mosque. Then the Noble Prophet came out to him and asked him three times to convert. When the man refused, the Prophet asked them to let him go. The man went to a date tree close to the mosque, had a bath and came back and said: “I testify that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.”

Islamic teachings call for Muslims to respect and cooperate with people from all walks of life regardless of difference in religion, culture, race and tribe. Islam stands firm for the principle of non-coercion. It even emphasises the importance of honouring one’s parents irrespective of their faith. Asma’ bint (daughter) of Abu Bakr, May Allah be pleased with them, said:
“My mother came to visit me at the time of Prophet (peace be upon him) and she was a nonbeliever. I inquired from the Prophet (peace be upon him) who said: “Continue to do good to your non-believing mother.”

Islam stands firm for justice in society. The reluctance of some people to convert to Islam should not be by any means a pretext to assault or hurt them or forgo their rights. Allah, the Almighty, says in the Noble Qur’an: “Let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just; that is next to piety; and fear God” (Al-Maa’idah, 5:8).

Muslims must keep and honour their treaties, covenants or agreements… because disloyalty and betrayal are two abhorred attributes in Islam. We ask Allah, the Almighty, to help us obey Him and obey those He has ordained us to obey. Allah says in the Noble Qur’an: “O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger and those charged with authority among you” (An-Nisaa’, 4:59).


Praises be to Allah, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, the One God who has no partner. I also bear witness that our master Muhammad, May Allah have His Peace and blessings upon him. His family, His Companions and all those who will follow their righteous path till the Day of Judgment.

Dear Muslims, Dear Nigerians, I call upon myself first and all of you to fear Allah, The Almighty, I also urge you to obey Him as Allah says in the Noble Qur’an: “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared and die not except in a state of Islam” (Al-Imran, 3:102).

O Muslims, O Nigerians, The Noble Qur’an and the Hadith of the Prophet abounds with example and parables emphasising the importance of dialogue in human’s life. They also teach us to be good and attentive listeners. Indeed, engaging in dialogue was embodied in the Noble Qur’an’s story of creation when the angels asked Allah: “Behold, Allah said to angels: I will place generations after generations on earth. “They said: “Will You place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood? – Whilst we glorify You with praises and thanks and sanctify you? He (Allah) said: I know what you know not” (Al-Baqarah, 2:30).

The angels consented to the Divine command: “So the angels prostrated all of them together, except Satan – he refused to be among the prostrators” (Al-Hijr, 15: 31-32). Allah, the Almighty, inquired from Satan about the reason for his disobedience. Allah says: “Allah said: O Satan! What is your reason for not being among the prostrators. Satan said: “I am not the one to prostrate to a human being whom you created from dried clay, from mud moulded into shape” (Al-Hijr, 15:32-33). It is such a great lesson epitomising (emphasising) the importance of dialogue in our life. We also learn how to be good listeners, even to those we believe to be wrong.

O Believers, O My Respected people, Prophets Noah (Nuh), Hud, Abraham (Ibrahim), Shu’aib, Moses (Musa) and Muhammad May Allah have peace upon them, did engage in dialogue with their peoples and the Noble Qur’an recounts their dialogues.

O Muslims, One of the parables in the Noble Qur’an addresses the life of two different men. Allah bestowed his blessings upon one of them, with two marvellous gardens abounding with all kinds of fruits. He became so arrogant and forgot that what he had was from Allah and denied the Day of Judgment. Despite that, his believing companion was following the ethics of disagreement in Islam and was advising him kindly. Allah, The Exalted, says: “His companion said to him, in the course of argument with him: “Do you deny Him Who created you out of dust, then out of a sperm drop?”(Al-Kahf, 18:37). The parable ends with the man’s repentance, as Allah, Almighty recounts what he said: ”Woe to me! Would I have never ascribed partners to Allah” (Al-Kahf, 18: 42). This successful dialogue stresses the importance of the ethics of dialogue and kind persuasion in Islam.

O Believers, The vital role of dialogue in our life must be taught (conveyed) to our children. It is essential in all frameworks of interpersonal communications between husband and wife, between fathers and children, between leaders and the led and between teachers and students. In the life of the Prophet (pbuh), there is a viable example of dialogue with children. Ibn Abbas, May Allah be pleased with them, said: “Milk was brought to the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). On his right was Ibn Abbas who was a little boy and on his left Khalid bin al-waleed. He said to the boy: if you permit, I shall give Khalid first.” The boy said:” I do not want to let anyone have my share of what is left from your lips.” Ibn Abbas had milk first then Khalid.” This dialogue addresses the need to respect our kids’ feelings and to listen to their opinions.

O Muslims, For a dialogue to succeed, we must not indulge in argumentation about matters of which we have no knowledge, no evidence and no proof, as Allah, the almighty, says:” “Yet of mankind is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or a book to enlighten them” (Luqman, 31:20). If one is clear about the purpose of the dialogue, then it is necessary to resort to wisdom and the best persuasion methods and techniques.

Also dialogue requires respecting the other part, exerting patience with him and avoiding interruption when he/she is defending a vision, opinion or idea. We must have good faith in the other party, and avoid useless argumentation leading to hostility. The prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The most detestable man to Allah is the hostile one.”

Dear servants of Allah, I urge you first to fear and obey Allah. The Noble Qur’an approach to dialogue stresses that one of its goals is to instil positive changes or to correct misconceptions. Further, dialogue could lead to effective solutions to human issues and problems hence creating a more coherent society. Through deep listening with compassion and positive dialogue, a stronger family unit may be built, friends may be united. Through acceptance and respect of differences, coexistence and tolerance may keep society in peace. Therefore, dialogue leads to achieving high human and ethical values. I urge you all to resort to purposeful dialogue in resolving all your problems and issues.

We ask Allah, the Almighty, to help us obey Him and those He has commanded us to obey in the Noble Qur’an: “O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (peace be upon him) and those of you who are in authority”(An-Nisa, 4: 59).

May Allah help us to be of the people of the Noble Qur’an and of the followers of the path of the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him), Ameen.

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Jumaadal-ula 29, 1436 A.H (March 20, 2015), by Imam Murtada Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Juma’ah Mosque Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. He can be reached via 08038289761 and

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[Friday Sermon] Contemplations Regarding the Attack on the Offices of the French Magazine (Charlie Hebdo) By Imam Murtada Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Verily All praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek His help, and we seek His forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our own selves and our own evil actions. Whomever Allah guides none can lead astray, and whomever Allah leads astray there is none that can guide him aright. And I bear witness that nothing has the right to be worshipped in truth except Allah, alone, without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His ‘Abd (slave) and His Messenger. Indeed the most truthful of speech is the speech of Allah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (SAW). And the most evil of affairs are the newly-invented affairs (in religion), and every newly-invented affair is a bid’ah, and every bid’ah is misguidance and going astray, and every misguidance and going astray is in the fire. To Proceed:

O servants of Allah!

What occurred on Wednesday (7th January 2015) in France, the attack on the headquarters of the French satirical magazine, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, was due to them mocking the Prophet of Mercy (peace be upon him) in 2011. This proves exactly what we feared and expected, a reaction which not only harms the cartoonists who courted a reaction but also other innocent non-Muslims, as well as Muslims who are citizens of the country and those who are residents therein.

Due to the consequences of the attack and what I have seen that happened as a result of this attack, as well as a request from some of the Muslim brothers and sisters living in the West as minorities, I present an Islamic viewpoint regarding what happened in France, I say, seeking aid from Allah:

First: Know that, the crime of insulting the Prophets and mocking them is a severe crime in Islam, worse than killing without a right and worse than taking an innocent life. This is because such an act entails disbelief in Allah (the Glorified), especially when mockery is done of the Seal of the Prophets – Muhammad (peace be upon him), the one who was sent as a Mercy to mankind, as Allah (the Most High) said:

{We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds}

Second: Every country should control its media outlets – newspapers, television channels or otherwise and prevent them from ridiculing and mocking the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them all) in any form. [It must also be understood that] mocking any of the Prophets is not from the claimed “freedom of expression.”

Third: It is from human rights that anything which a person holds to be sacred is not violated, and even more so that it is not insulted and ridiculed. Without doubt Islam is the truth; in fact it is the religion of truth which Allah is pleased with. He (Most Glorified) said:

{Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam}

Despite this, it is an established principle in the religion of Islam, that Allah has prohibited us from insulting other deities who are worshipped besides Allah, or the religions of others. He (Most Glorified) said:

{Do not insult those whom they invoke other than Allah, lest they (in return) insult Allah in enmity without knowledge}

Fourth: It is upon all Muslims – individuals, Governments and Organizations – that they address and respond to any mockery of the Prophet of Mercy Muhammad (peace be upon him). They should refute the doubts that are broadcasted by those who mock, and they should use all the appropriate means to prevent their actions. They should declare themselves innocent, in front of Allah, from this action; and free themselves from blame by doing everything possible to repel whatever is used to insult the Prophet.

This can be done by reaching out to the relevant authorities, in order to prevent the licensed official newspapers and other ones from committing such acts in future.

Fifth: It is well-known that the punishment which has been prescribed for those who deserve it is not for individuals, parties or groups to carry out. Rather it is restricted to the Muslim state or Muslim leader; it is the right of the Muslim ruler. Like in Nigeria, Islamically we have His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III as the overall leader and Amir of the Nigerian Muslims. If every Muslim took it upon himself to seek revenge for an action, even if it was something major, then it would result in great harms, calamities and tribulations which would not cease, neither in the Muslim countries nor any other country. This would also lead to an increase in instability and lack of peace in the countries.

Sixth:  In light of our situation and the modern era we live in, particularly when faced with mockery of the Prophets and specifically the Prophet of Mercy (peace be upon them all), the obligation upon us all is to remain upright upon the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him), spread the Islamic teachings of tolerance, and clarify to the people that the Prophet of Islam is a mercy to all of mankind.

Many of those who have a sense of justice from among the non-Muslims have borne witness to this, as mentioned in the book: ‘Islam and the Messenger in the eyes of the people of justice in the East and West,’ (By Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Hajr Butaami Rahimahullah).

Seventh: The bloodshed of Muslims, non-Muslims and their displacement, currently taking place in a number of countries, in view of the whole world; we plead our innocence from it in front of Allah and we disapprove of it very strongly. The obligation upon all of the governments is to strive and make effort to stop this oppression, so that everybody is able to live in peace and safety. This has to be done in every country, so that there will be no room for any person to cause dissent and seek revenge.

Eighth: The attack and murder that took place in France, at the office of the French magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ – even though they themselves committed a heinous crime by mocking the Prophet (peace be upon him) – the killing which occurred is an act that is not permitted in the Islamic law – as clarified previously. In a previous Khutbahs (Sermons) I warned against the reprisal which was expected from some of the Muslims.

Ninth: the consequences of mocking the Prophet of Islam, as well as individual reactions of revenge, do not bring about any benefit or advantage for the Muslims and Islam or other than them. Rather, such actions open doors of animosity which are near impossible to close again.

These actions result in evil consequences, whether it is in France or in any other country. The evidence for this is what we saw the very next day after the attack on the headquarters of the newspaper, when Mosques and Muslims were attacked. The attack on the magazine also portrays the religion of Islam in bad way, which is not its reality; and this is exactly what the enemies of Islam desire.

Tenth: I also deem it appropriate to say that I appreciate what the French President Francoise Hollande stated concerning the hostage takers in Paris: “they are fanatics who have no relation to the Islamic religion.”

I hope his statement will prevent any type of aggressive reprisals against the Muslims, or their mosques and centers. I also hope, in future he will take a firm stance against everything in which there is mockery of the Prophets (May peace and blessings be upon them all).

My Respected people,

In ending my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) I ask Allah (the Glorified and Most High) that He guides us to all good and rectification; that He bestows upon us beneficial knowledge and the correct understanding of the religion; that He rectifies our affair and alleviates the oppression from all our brothers and sisters in every place.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destructions! Save us O Allah, from the defects of our selves! O Allah, cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us. I ask Allah (SWT) to bless our beloved country Nigeria with best, righteous, credible and just leaders. Bless us O Allah, with peace and unity upon the truth, justice, stability, tranquility, harmony, mercy and protection from all kind of evil.

O Allah! We are facing general elections in our great, dear and beloved country, Nigeria, rescheduled to take place on March 28 and April 11 this year (2015). O Allah we ask you for the love we have for your Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), to distance and remove from us anything that could jeopardize or plunge this country into unnecessary election-related violence. O Allah! Assist us to have a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful and non-violence election exercise in this great country. O Allah! Save us and save our country from ruin and all kinds of calamities. Remove all our pains, worries, tribulations and bring us happiness. Ameen Yaa Ar Hamar-Raahimina Yaa- Rabbal Aalameen.

And lastly, servants of Allah! Know that, anything good I have said in my today’s Khubah (Sermon) is from Allah the All-Mighty, and any mistakes are my own and we seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and Fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bound in anything I said or I do. With this, my beloved and respected people, I conclude my Khutbah (Sermon) and ask Allah again, the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

And may the salutation, peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Jumaadal – Ula 15, 1436 A.H (March 6, 2015), by Imam Murtada Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi – Uvete Jumu’at Mosque Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. He can be reached via 08038289761 and


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Janet Jackson Embraces Islam As Wedding Preparation To Qatari Fiance Hits Top Gear

It is no longer news that five time grammy award winner, Janet Jackson is getting married to her Qatari multi-millionaire fiancé, Wissam Al Mana. The two are reportedly planning to get married in a Muslim ceremony in Doha, Qatar, 2013

What is news is the claim by a renowned Turkish author, Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), that the 46-year-old Janet has converted to Islam — as did her brother, Michael Jackson — and is choosing to keep her new religion a secret from her fans.

An insider who spoke to National Enquirer Magazine said the couple are planning to spend $3 million to fly in around 500 wedding guests while Wissam – who doesn’t mind spending big when he ties the nuptial knot with Janet, wants to give attendees a $10,000 Rolex wrist watch as a ‘thank you’ gift.

Janet has been dating Wissam – who is almost a decade younger than her – since summer of 2010.

The singer who is 46-years old,  has previously maintained that there is nothing wrong with dating younger men as long as the couple is happy. In her words, “My mother always raised us to believe that age was just a number. All of us – my sisters, my brothers – we’ll just tell you our ages because it’s all about where you are mentally and how you feel about yourself. It doesn’t matter.”

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Prophet TB Joshua Speaks on the Killings by Boko Haram

Prophet TB Joshua is one man many people will take serious especially for his prediction of recent happening around the world. Although, well criticized, the does not fail to speak out when he deems it fit.

Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua spoke with Kehinde Oyetimi on some issues particularly the killings by Boko Haram

See excerpts below:
Ques: The nature of insecurity in Nigeria is bothering everyone. Many people have given various pieces of advice concerning this issue. Will Boko Haram not end in Nigeria?
Ans: We are fighting flesh and blood and not the spirit being that causes stealing, killing and destruction. Until we begin to fight that spirit being that causes killing, stealing and destruction, the battle will not end. Our neighbours are not our enemies. Remember that our neighbours can be our friends; our neighbours can be our enemies; our neighbours can be those who do not share the same faith with us. It is never the will of anyone to kill themselves because of anything unless there is the spirit to kill at work.
Ques: You prophesied that from February 27 to April, 2011 there would be serious challenges that would threaten the April 2011 election. You called on the President to intervene in the political crisis in Oyo state because the governor would not be able to represent him in winning the election in the state. You said the president should look beyond PDP for success in his election, that his personality would win the election.
You said the PDP would lose in Ekiti and Osun. You said God showed you that a group would attack people in the Northern part of the country, before and after Christmas in 2010. You predicted the bomb blasts in Abuja barracks and other states. These prophecies which you gave in September, 2010 to those in authority have all come to pass.
You also stated that prayers could avert them. You predicted the Dana plane crash which was published in February this year. How do you see these visions?
Ans: Romans 10 verse 9 states that “he that believes has eternal life.” By this statement, the believing means possessing. The instant that you believe, you have whatever you ask that is in accordance to the will of God. The instant that you believe that thing that is according to God’s will, it is yours. The instant you believe, you become a possessor of the father’s nature. It you confess with your mouth, if you believe in your heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead, in this way, there is a level of confession and believing. It is deep, deeper, deepest.
Everyone that believes has power to prophesy. The belief in our heart is released by faith. The belief to see visions is released by faith out of our mouth.
Ques: For many years people have argued that you have no biological child. But now, we hear your daughter graduated in Law from the London School of Economics with second class upper division. What do you have to say?
Ans: What do you want me to say?

Ques: Is she your biological daughter?
Ans: (Cuts in) She is my daughter. In fact she is my first daughter. She is my biological child. Those of you who say I have no child, we are yet to hear from your children.
Ques: There are so many pastors with big churches that have their children being involved in running the affairs of those places. Don’t you want your daughter to be involved in church activities? After her graduation, what is her next line of action?
Ans: Due to her excellent performance, she was given admission to study for her masters in International Law in New York University; she also got admission into LSE ( London School of Economics) and also to UCLA and other universities in Colombia for her masters.
Ques: You went to Jerusalem many years ago. After you returned, there have been miracles taking place in your church. What happened to you there?
Ans: I have been in the field of God’s work before that trip. I only went there to see where my father, Jesus Christ went, the things he touched.

Ques: What are the next events that would happen in Nigeria?
Ans: You want me to book an appointment with God? I will do so. Come next time; I will tell you.


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Plane Crash Coming For Top Nigerian Politicians –TB Joshua

There is fire on the mountain again in the Nigerian political atmosphere and that if something drastic is not done to avert the looming danger the country might just be thrown into another round of National mourning through a monumental air disaster.

The man of God at the Synagogue of All Nations Church, Prophet Temitope Joshua has released yet another very troubling prophesy and this time it is about Nigerian political leaders.

During a Sunday Service on July 15, 2012, it was gathered that he revealed that another terrible plane crash looms in Nigeria. He said the plane crash if not averted would involve political bigwigs in Nigeria, adding that the crash will not affect those regarded as poor people.

He further revealed that it will happen when the top political leaders will be going for a meeting, and that they will be between 9 to 12 in number, and they will all perish.

The plane crash will shake Nigeria if allowed to happen, Prophet TB Joshua said.

The man of God however disclosed that this one can be averted if the said politicians do not travel together whenever they are embarking on such trip, saying the devil plans to kill them together.

Once again, from antecedents, a word is enough for the wise!

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A baby boy, who is said to have been holding a small Holy Quran during his birth, is causing a big controversy in Lagos.

The baby was born at a white garment church in the Mushin area of Lagos.

A large crowd gathered at 1, Sonde Street, Ijeshatedo, Lagos home of the boy’s parents  as news of the unusual birth spread like wildfire. Read more

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