Pastor Adeboye Not Retiring Completely, Insider Reveals More Details

Reports that Pastor Adeboye is retiring as the General Overseer of the Redeem Christian Church of God is not entirely correct.

A senior member of the Church who does not want to be named revealed to Abusidiqu that he is only retiring as the General Oversser of the Nigerian branch of the Church, while he remains the General Overseer of RCCG worldwide.

Speaking Saturday morning at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving of the Church in Shimawa, Ogun State, Adeboye announced former Special Assistant to the General Overseer (SATGO) on Finance, Pastor Joseph Obayemi as the new General Overseer.

He also named Pastor Johnson Odesola, who was the Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel, as the church Secretary.

Obayemi and Odesola will overseer the activities of the church in Nigeria, while he remains the General Overseer worldwide.

“You will agree with me that Redeem Church has grown phenomenally from about 15 branches when Adeboye took over in 1981 to over 14,000 branches in Nigeria and more scattered globally across 190 countries”, the insider said.

“What Adeboye has done is a strategic leadership and administrative change in the church”, he added.

He said Adeboye is getting old and would not be able to manage all the branches of the church scattered around the world alone, so he needs to relieve himself of some of the work load.

He added that the appointment of Obayemi is a strategic leadership change that is meant to groom him for the task of the job and be accepted by members of the church before his eventual exit.

“Adeboye is not going to remain the overseer of the church forever. He is going to have to hand over the baton someday. So instead of waiting till that day and probably create leadership crisis that may break the church, he has decided to bring in someone who will be groomed to fill the space. By the time he leaves, the person would have learnt to perfectly fit into his shoes”, the insider reveals.

It will be recalled that Pastor Adeboye over the leadership of the church from its then pastor and founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi.

Before his appointment as the General Overseer in 1981, Adeboye was a translator of Papa  Akindayomi sermon from Yoruba to English after joining RCCG in 1973.

Adeboye was then a lecturer in Mathematics at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin, a role he played on a part time basis for three years even after his appointment as General Overseer in 1981, before eventually retiring in 1984 into full time priesthood.

 

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Pastor Adeboye Retires As General Overseer Of Redeem Church

Pastor Enouch Adejare Adeboye has retired as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God ( RCCG).

He announced the decision on Saturday morning, but it remains unclear the reason for the decision.

Pastor J.O. Obayemi has been named as his successor.

Until his appointment, Obayemi, who was a deputy in charge of Finance and a member of governing council.

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18 Signs That Shows You Have A Weak Faith

A hard hearted person remains indifferent when he does not perform some good deeds and misses those times of worship that have more reward in them. A person with a sick heart does not react to the needs of Muslims by making supplications, giving charity, or offering assistance. He does not care if his brothers and sisters are afflicted by a hardship in any part of the world such as being overwhelmed by the enemy, being persecuted, or being stricken by disasters. A believer feels pain for the believers, just as the body feels distress over what is troubling the head. A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain, fearing it might fall upon him, while a sinner sees his sins as a fly passing over his nose, so he gets rid of it with his hand. A person sick at heart belittles small deeds of righteousness. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Do not belittle any small act of kindness even if it is to pour water from your bucket into the vessel of the one who asks for it or to talk to your brother with a cheerful face.” and “One who removes a stone from the way has a good deed written for him, and one for whom a good deed is written shall enter Paradise.” Although this article uses ‘he’ in discussing symptoms, it applies to both Muslim male and female and to other peoples.

The disease of an ailing Imân has many symptoms, which include:

Committing Sins

Some people insist on committing the same sins over and over again. As a result, repugnance of sins is slowly withdrawn from their heart to the point that
they commit these sins openly as described in this Hadith:

? “All of my followers will be forgiven except those who commit sins openly. Such is the case of a man commits a sin at night and Allah had his sin concealed till the morning comes. But, he says openly: ‘O so and so, I did such and such yesterday.’ Allah had covered his sin, but he uncovered the veil of Allah from it.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

Hardening of the Heart

The person reaches a stage where he feels that his heart has turned into a solid rock that is not affected by anything. Allah says:

“And yet, after this, your hearts hardened and became like rocks, or even harder.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:74).

A hardened heart is not affected by anything – even seeing people die and attending funerals would not move it. The person with a hardened heart may even carry a corpse and bury it, yet, he walks in the graveyard as if he were strolling between pine trees!

Performing Acts of Worship Poorly

Such a person remains absent-minded during prayers and while reciting the Qur?ân. He also does not contemplate upon the meaning of the supplications he is making. As a result, he recites them in a monotonous tone void of any reflections. He does not think for a moment about the value of these supplications. He forgets that:

? “Allah does not accept the supplication from an inattentive, heedless heart.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

His acts of worship are reduced to hollow movements with no spirit behind them. Allah describes the hypocrites:

“And they do not remember Allah but little.” (Al-Nisâ’, 4:142).

A hard hearted person remains indifferent when he does not perform some good deeds and misses those times of worship that have more reward in them. His lack of interest to earn rewards is obvious. Delaying Hajj when he is capable of performing it, missing congregational prayers in the Masjid, and even the Jumu’ah prayer are a few examples of this. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam [pbuh] said:

? “People will continue to withdraw to rows behind the first one until Allah puts them in a back place in Hell.” (Related by Abû Dawud).

Furthermore, he does not feel remorse if he misses obligatory duties and does not try to perform the different Sunnah prayers or invocations that he misses. He ignores them, convincing himself that they are only Sunnah!

Lack of Tranquillity

His breast gets tightened, his mood changes, he feels as if he is carrying a heavy load, and he becomes annoyed quickly because of minor things. He gets pestered by the behavior of the people around him and he does not forgive them easily. He harbors malice towards fellow Muslims over insignificant issues. The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam has described Imân to be forgiveness: “ Imân is patience and forgiveness.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi) In another Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam described the believer in the following manner:

? “He makes friends and is befriended and there is no goodness in (one who) does not make friends or is not befriended.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

Verses of the Qur?ân Have No Effect Upon Him

The promises, warnings, commands, prohibitions, and descriptions of the Day of Judgment do not make his eyes flood with tears, or his heart quiver, or his soul shiver. Consequently, he gets bored and tired when he listens to the recital of the Qur?ân!

He is Negligent in Remembering Allah

This simple act of devotion becomes heavy upon him to the point that when he raises his hands in supplication, he hastens to fold them up quickly to conclude it. He is not eager to repent to Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, and to make invocations to Him for his needs. Allah describes the hypocrites:

“And when they stand up to pray, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.” (Al-Nisa’, 4:142).

He Does Not Get Angry When the Commandments of Allah Are Violated

This is because the glowing light of honor in his heart has been extinguished and as a result, his limbs have become numb to repudiate evil. So he does not bother to enjoin good or forbid evil. This is due to a weak heart as indicated by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

? “Temptations are presented to the heart, one by one. Any heart that accepts them will be left with a black stain, but any heart that rejects them will be left with a mark of purity, until the hearts become one of two types: a dark heart that has turned away and become like an overturned vessel, and a pure heart that will never be harmed by temptation for as long as the earth and the heavens exist.” (Related by Muslim).

So the desire of enjoining good and forbidding evil disappears from a sick heart. Good and evil are the same to it.

Rather, the person may even be happy to hear about the corruption that is being committed on earth. His unfortunate soul forgets that the sin upon him is the same as the sin upon the person who witnessed the evil and approved of it, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “When a sin is committed on earth, the one who witnessed it and hates it is like one who was absent from it, and the one who was absent from it but was pleased with it (after he found out about it), it is like he witnessed it. (Related by Abû Dawud)

Since being pleased with the sin is a deed of his heart, it makes the sin upon him equal to the sin of the one who witnessed it.

He loves to be in Gatherings and be Engrossed in Talking

He tries to impose his views on others and likes the discussion to center around him. Gatherings in which idle talk takes prominence are considered like slaughter houses from which the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam warned us when he said:

? “Watch out for the slaughterhouses (meaning) gatherings.” (Related by Al-Bayhaqi).

He is Arrogant

He likes people to stand up for him when he enters to meet them because feeling great gratifies his diseased soul. the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “The one who is pleased that the slaves of Allah stand up for him, then let him be assured of his place in the Fire.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Mu’awiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan entered upon two companions of the Prophet, Ibn ‘Amir stood up and Ibn Zubayr sat down. Seeing this, Mu’awiyah said to Ibn ‘Amir: “Sit down, because I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

? ‘The one who loves that another man stand up for him, then let him rest assured of his sitting place in the Fire.”‘ (Related by Abû Dawud).

A similar example is that he will get angry at a person who applies the Sunnah and starts shaking hands with people on his right hand side. Also, when he enters a gathering, he is not satisfied unless someone else, already sitting, gets up so that he may,sit in his place despite the fact that he is forbidden to do so by the Prophetsallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

? “Let not a man make another one stand for him then sit in his place.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

10 Stinginess and Greed

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has praised those who spend their wealth for good causes and at the same time blamed those who are miserly. In the Qur?ân Allah has praised the Ansar for the way they gave preference to the Muhajirun (Muslims who migrated from Makkah) over themselves:

“But they (Ansar) give them preference over themselves even though they were in need of that (the booty). And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be the successful.” (Al-Hashr, 59:9).

Allah has clarified that the successful ones are those who protect themselves against stinginess. Without doubt, weakness of Imân is born from stinginess as the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “Imân and covetousness can never come together in the heart of a slave.” (Related by Al-Nasa’i).

Concerning the dangers of stinginess and its effects upon one’s soul, the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam explained it to be:

? “Beware of covetousness, because the ones before you perished because of covetousness. It induces them to be miserly so they became misers and it induced them to break the ties (of kinship) so they broke it and induced them to commit sins so they committed sins.” (Related by Abû Dawûd).

A greedy person also has a weak Imân. He scarcely spends anything for the sake of Allah even if he is called to donate in charity when his Muslim brothers are hungry and afflicted by hardships. There is nothing clearer in this matter than the Book of Allah:

“Behold! It is you who are called to spend freely in Allah’s Cause: but even among you are such as turn out to be niggardly! And yet, he who acts niggardly in Allah’s Cause is but niggardly towards himself: for Allah is Rich, and you are poor. And if you turn away from Him, He will cause other people to take your place, and they will not be the likes of you.” (Muhammad, 47:38)

11 He Falls into Doubtful Matters

When he performs an action, he does not ask if it is an act of righteousness, but rather will it earn him any sin or not. This is exactly what the Prophet sallallahu

alayhe wa sallam informed us of:

? “But he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all about grazing therein. Truly, every king has a sanctuary, and Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions.” (Related by Muslim)

When such people ask for a fatwah (Islamic ruling) about something, and find out that it is forbidden, they do not give up. They want to know how severe the prohibition is. How many sins does he earn if he commits it? He is not concerned to stay away from evil and sinful deeds, rather he is inclined to take the first step towards haram things by belittling the burning effects of sins which run him the risk of committing haram, and remove the screen between him and the sin. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “Know that some people from my Ummah will come on the Day of Judgment with good deeds like the white mountains of Tihama, but Allah will make them scattered dust.” Thawban said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, describe them to us, so that we may not be one of them without knowing it!’ He said, “They will be your brothers, and from your people, and they will take from the night as you do (meaning prayers, etc.), but they are a people who, when they were alone with the prohibitions of Allah, violated them.” (Related by Ibn Majah).

So, you will find him engulfed in forbidden things without any protection or shielding, and this is more evil than the one who commits them but with some reluctance. These people commit sins with ease as a result of their ailing Imânand do not see their act to be an evil one. This is how Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud radhiallahu anhu described the way a believer and a hypocrite perceive sins:

? “A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain, fearing it might fall upon him, while a sinner sees his sins as a fly passing over his nose, so he gets rid of it with his hand.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri).

12 Belittling Good Deeds

There is lack of concern on the part of the sick at heart to perform small deeds of righteousness contrary to what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam has taught us when he said:

? “Do not belittle any small act of kindness even if it is to pour water from your bucket into the vessel of the one who asks for it or to talk to your brother with a cheerful face.” Related by Ahmad.

So, acts that appear to be minor should not be underestimated. Hence, meeting a fellow Muslim with a smiling face and removing trash and dirt from the Masjid – even as little as a straw – entails great rewards. It may be that a small deed becomes a reason for the forgiveness of major sins. Allah thanks His slave for these small deeds and forgives him.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “Once, a man saw the branch of a tree in the middle of a road. So, he said, ‘By Allah, I will remove this from the path of the Muslims so they may not be hurt.’ For this action, he was put in Paradise.” (Related by Muslim).

Mu’adh Ibn Jabal was once walking with someone. He removed a pebble from the way. The man asked Mu’adh why he did that. Mu’adh answered him: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhe wa sallam say:

? “One who removes a stone from the way has a good deed written for him, and one for whom a good deed is written shall enter Paradise.’” (Related by Al-Tabarani).

13 Not Caring About the Affairs of Muslims

A person with a sick heart does not react to the needs of Muslims by making supplications, giving charity, or offering assistance. He does not care if his brothers are afflicted by a hardship in any part of the world such as being overwhelmed by the enemy, being persecuted, or being stricken by disasters. It is enough for him that his conditions are good! This is because of his ailing Imân; A believer is the opposite of that as described by the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam:

? “A believer feels pain for the believers, just as the body feels distress over what is troubling the head.” (Related by Ahmad).

14 He is Deprived of the Friendship of Brothers

The Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “Two persons who became friends for the sake of Allah do not separate except because of a sin committed by one of them.” (Related by Al-Bukhâri in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad).

This is a proof of the evil effects of sins: it breaks the ties of brotherhood. This alienation that a person finds between himself and his brothers is sometimes the result of a decline in Imân which results from committing sins. So the love others have for him dwindles.

15 Showing Grief and Fear When Afflicted by a Hardship or When in Difficulty

Such a person is often found to be shaky in offering obligatory duties, unbalanced, absent minded, lost, and fidgety. He is not able to face reality with unwavering limbs and a firm heart. All of this is due to ailing Imân.

If the Imân were strong, he would have been firm and faced the greatest of hardships with strength and steadfastness.

16 Disputing and Arguing Unnecessarily

Much engagement in these habits hardens the heart as the Prophet said:

? “A people never went astray after being upon guidance except through disputes.”(Related by Ahmad).

So, argumentation without proof and proper intention takes one away from the Straight Path. These days, most people argue falsely and without knowledge or guidance. It is enough for them to leave this bad habit after knowing what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam said:

? “I guarantee a house in the outskirts of Paradise to the one who gives up arguing even if he were on the right side.” (Related by Abû Dawud).

17 Attachment to Worldly Life

He is so materialistic that he feels anguish when something of this life, like wealth, honor, status, etc, is taken away from him. He feels as if he has been injured badly because he did not get what others did. His feeling of injury becomes stronger and he feels rejected on seeing his Muslim brother get something of this world which did not reach him. Envy takes root in his heart so he wishes that this bounty be taken away from his brother. This is what the Prophet sallallahu alayhe wa sallam warned us against:

? “Never can Imân and envy come together in the heart of a slave.” (Related by Al- Nasa’i).

18 His Speech is Void of the Etiquette of the Qur?ân and Sunnah

The signs of Imart are absent from him. You will barely find in this person’s speech quotations from the Qur?ân, or Sunnah, or the sayings of the early pious generations of Muslims.

These are some of the symptoms of a weak faith. By becoming aware of the symptoms, one has made the first step towards the remedy.

Culled from Islam.net

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2017 Prophecy: Atiku Will Be Forced Out Of APC, Tinubu May Be Poisoned – Prophet

The head of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministries International, Prophet Emmanuel Omale, has given series of revelations concerning the new year saying that God told him that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, will “be forced out of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)”, even as he added that the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, “may be poisoned.” even as he called for fervent prayers.

Reading out 2017 prophecies and vision God showed him in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, Prophet Omale, also said that if “President Muhammadu Buhari chooses the Mandela option, (that is, not to contest again in 2019), a very powerful man will be anointed by him from North West to rule after him.” 

He also revealed that if fervent prayers were not said, the Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose “may face impeachment.”

He said God told him that the proposed Mega Party will not come to reality in 2017 added that aside two People Democratic Party (PDP) governors “cross carpeting to APC,” another “South-South  strong man who rose out of the walls will join the ruling party.”

On corruption, Prophet Omale said 2017 will witness the anti-corruption hammer landing on three serving ministers in President Buhari’s cabinet.

On economy, the man of God said Dollar will move from last year prediction of $350 to $570, even predicted that “No oil in commercial quantity will be found in the North, NNPC should seek the Divine Hand of God to know where to find oil in the North.

“I see peace in Niger Delta, but federal government should make peace with former President Jonathan and his family to sustain that peace.”

While calling on the country to “pray against a plane crash in early 2017”, he also warned that prayer should be said “against Boko Haram efforts to create mayhem in Abuja: residents of Gwagwalada should be vigilant.

January 27th keep ringing bells  in my head, let us pray for ourselves, for our country, we deserve political stability to enable economic prosperity. Let us pray! There will be no shedding of blood.

“Let us pray for the health of a former President to avert  bereavement.

“I see fire outbreak in Lagos and Abuja markets.

“I see changes in INEC Leadership

“Taraba should pray to avert a very severe Ethno-religious crisis.

“A very important Emir should pray against bereavement.

“Nigeria should pray to avert deadly inter tribal clash in Lagos state.

“A former governor should pray against sudden death.

“I see massive oil spillage around Kogi that will lead to seven days fire.

“Three banks will collapse.

“A service chief of one of the armed forces  will be dropped.”

On international level, the prophet said he “foresee a massive typhoon in Thailand that may be worse than the last tsunami.

“The new Ghana President-elect should pray against liver and internal organ sickness after inauguration.

“Yahaya Jammeh will hand over to President-elect Barrow.

“Robert Mugabe may not survive 2017.

“Jacob Zuma may still be in trouble, adding that “big tragedy will happen in China.”

“The English Queen should pray against life threatening health challenges.

On sports, he said a “famous Nigerian Athlete should pray against injury that may end his career.”

The Prophet however admonished that some of these danger can be averted if serious prayers are done.

He also encouraged people to be fervent in prayers and to have strong faith in God saying “with God all things are possible.”

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Apostle Suleiman Releases 50 Prophecies, Says Forces In Aso Rock Want To Poison Aisha Buhari

President  of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle John Suleman has released 50 shocking prophecies for the year 2017.

Suleman in a statement issued by his Public Communications Advisor, Phrank Shaibu said some ‘forces’ in Aso Rock were planning to poison the current First Lady (Aisha Buhari) and that the same ‘forces’ will alienate Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and they will make attempts to remove him from office but God will humble Buhari in 2017.

The 50 prophecies according to Apostle Suleiman are:

1. I see terrorism on the increase
2. Federal Government of Nigeria should not relax yet on Book Haram. It’s a deception.
3. Buhari to face impeachment threats.
4. America and China to have major face-off
5. Crude Oil to flow in Northern Nigeria.
6. Abuja to experience major Fire explosion.
7. Donald Trump to face impeachment attempt as members of congress are divided on his style of leadership.
8. I see an airplane that has Nigeria’s logo (National Carrier)
9. Things will pick up a bit in Nigeria but hunger will persist.
10. I saw people crying over Bamanga Tukur
11. Buhari will be bereaved in 2017
12. Ecobank, Diamond, Fidelity, GTB to retrench staff.
13. President Buhari’s health needs attention
14. 2017 budget will have crises
15. More judges to be humiliated
16. MMM to dupe more Nigerians and I see court cases.
17. Dollar to exchange for N615
18. Recession in Nigeria to become depression in 2017
19.MTN and GLO to face hardship
20. A former First Lady of Nigeria needs prayers over her health.
21. Forces in Aso Rock planning to poison current First Lady (Aisha Buhari)
22. I saw huge number of Chibok girls released; some of them with kids
23. Nnamdi Kanu’s detention to cause international crises. God is angry with Buhari for the continued detention.
24.Donald Trump to favour Israel. American Embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem.
25. Liberian election: CONTINUITY
26. Ghana’s new president to send many to jail.
27. Buhari and Senate to have crucial disagreement.
28. Nigeria’s Budget will be delayed
29. I see killings in Ekiti
30. EFCC to come after National Assembly members in Nigeria in a politically motivated arrests because of their refusal to confirm Magu
31. I see kidnappers entering schools
32. Nigeria will lose a great man of God and the New Year is when the Nigerian government will fight the Church like never before.
33. Some terrorists will be arrested in Lagos
34. Traditional Rulers indicted and arrested for corruption
35. Lufthansa, Dana air, Ghana Air, Aero Contractors; I see staff protests.
36. America to have financial crises.
37. A serving Cabinet Minister in Nigeria will die
38. Nigeria to secure foreign funds
39. Doctors will embark on strike in Nigeria
40. A new Mega party in Nigeria will swallow up APC
41. I see a new leadership for the APC in Nigeria.
42. I see the DSS being taken to court
43.France, Spain, Russia to pray against train going off the rail.
44. I saw a huge school building collapse.
45. Nollywood to pray. They will get help but will lose two major people. The Yoruba movie industry too but prayer can avert it.
46. Fulani herdsmen again! Taraba, Benue, IMO and Jigawa state.
47. Kogi state to organize state prayers to avoid major deaths and natural disasters.
48. Edo state; major celebration but pray against road crashes.
49.I see presidents being removed in Africa, I see presidents being installed.
50.   Two times, Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, will face removal from office. They will alienate him and they will make attempts to remove him. But God will humble Buhari in 2017
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Pastor Feeds Church Members With Dettol, Says God Told Him To Use It For Healing

Rufus Phala, a South African pastor, says God instructed him to heal members of his church with Dettol, a liquid disinfectant.

Dettol is the trade name of a line of hygiene products produced by Reckitt Benckiser.

The cleric, who is a prophet at AK Spiritual Christian Church in Makgodu, Limpopo, told his congregation to drink the disinfectant, promising that they will be healed of their sickness.

Daily Sun, a South African newspaper, reports that it has seen a video where the pastor was recorded giving his congregation the disinfectant.

“I know Dettol is harmful, but God instructed me to use it. I was the first one to drink it,” he was quoted to have said.

Phala also claimed that he has been getting WhatsApp messages from people who say they had been healed.

Dettol disinfectant is considered harmless when mixed with bath water or when used to clean a wound but the makers warn against its consumption.

Few weeks ago, Lethebo Rabalago, another South African prophet, sprayed his congregation with insecticide claiming that it would expel their troubles and heal them.

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Prayers Of Americans ‘Reversed’ My Prophecy On US Election, Says TB Joshua [Video]

Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua, has further clarified on his controversial prophesy regarding who would win last November 8 Presidential election in the US.

In a latest video on his church’s Facebook page, TB Joshua Ministries, Joshua explained that following his prophesy before the election, some concerned Americans went into deep prayers and fastings, which prompted God to hearken to their voice, thereby reversing Hillary Clinton’s win.

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(Friday Sermon) Let Us Be Thankful To Allah For The Guidance Of Islam By Imam Murtada Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Alhamdulillah. Indeed, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil within ourselves and from our wrongdoings. He whom Allah guides, no one can misguide; and he whom He misguides, no one can guide.

I bear witness that there is no (true) God except Allah alone without a partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (SAW) is His abd (servant) and Messenger.

“O you who have believe! Revere Allah the right reverence, and do not die except as Muslim.” (Al-Imraan, 3:102)

“O people! Revere your Lord who has created you from a single soul, created from it its mate, and dispersed from both of them many men and women. Revere Allah through whom you demand things from one another and (cherish the ties of) the wombs, indeed, Allah is ever-Watchful over you.” (An-Nisaa, 4:1)

“O you who have believe! Revere Allah and say fair words. He will then rectify your deeds and forgive your sins. He who obeys Allah and His Messenger have certainly achieved a great victory.” (Al-Ahzaab, 33:70-71)

Indeed, the best speech is Allah’s (SWT) Book and the best guidance is Muhammad (SAW) guidance. The worst affairs (of religion) are those innovated (by people), for every such innovation is an act of misguidance leading to the fire.

Servants of Allah!

Know that, good guidance is Allah’s greatest gift. We cannot do without His guidance. Our lives will be absolutely bereft of any meaning, unless we acknowledge Allah and worship Him as He alone deserves to be worshiped. We can do without wealth and without good health and many other things. Although life would then be quite challenging, as long as we have right guidance, we would know where we came from and where we’re going to when we die. As Muslims, we are so very lucky because we don’t even have to hunt and search for the right guidance. In our Noble Qur’an and the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) we find all the guidance we need to be successful here and the hereafter.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Every time we recite Surah al-Fatiha, we begin by thanking and praising and glorifying Allah, not because he needs praise and glory, but because we are so forgetful, we need to remind ourselves of Allah’s greatness and irresistible power:

“All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. The Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate, King of the Day of Judgment.”

The next line defines our relations with Allah.

You (alone) do we worship and from you (alone) do we seek for help.”

Then we come to the crux of the matter, the real core of Surah Al-Fatiha:

“Guide us to the straight path.”

“The path of those with whom you are pleased, not the path of those who make you angry nor of those who go astray. Ameen”

Brothers and Sisters!

Allah’s guidance is the greatest gift we can ever hope for. Pleading for it is the essence of Surah, Al-Fatiha, the first Surah, of the Noble Qur’an. And in the next Surah, Al- Baqarah, we read in the opening lines;

“Alif Laam, Meem. This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a Guide to those who have taqwa, (those who regard Allah with an awe-inspired sense of love, fear and hope).”

So, the first Surah, teaches us how to ask for Allah’s guidance, and,  moments later, in the very beginning of the next Surah we are promised that Divine Guidance within the Noble Qur’an itself. But the Noble Scripture needs to be interpreted to us. It needs to be made visible within the human context of time, place and circumstance. So, the Noble Qur’an again tells us that:

“Truly in the Messenger of Allah, we have the finest of examples, (Uswatun hasanah).”

My people!

Allah’s guidance covers the whole spectrum of life, from personal cleanliness to inheritance laws and dealing justly with non-Muslims.

Brothers and Sisters!

Never hesitate to ask Allah for help, even for the smallest thing. For many years, in my youthful years, I made the big mistake of thinking that I shouldn’t bother Allah to ask him for silly, small things, only for the big important things. I imagined that He’s too busy to care about little things. Then, one day I realized that my attitude was completely wrong. By thinking he’s too busy, I had fallen into the dangerous trap of attributing human weaknesses to Allah. He’s never too busy. He keeps the planets in their orbits while feeding an ant under a black rock on a dark night in the middle of the desert. He’s cares for everything from the biggest to the smallest. And he never gets tired. As we always read in Ayatul kursiy, the verse of the Throne:

“Slumber does not overtake Him, nor sleep.”

“Guarding and preserving the whole cosmos does not cause Him any fatigue”,

So if you need anything, big or small, ask Allah.

We often forget that Allah alone can help us overcome the many problems we encounter in our daily lives. Be it economic, spiritual, physical or mental. The secret is to keep Allah in mind, constantly, so that when any difficulty arises, we can address it confident in the knowledge that Allah is aware of our situation. We should never face any problem on our own; Allah is with us and He inspires and authorizes the solution.

I remember reading a story about a young man who was keen to be a spiritual leader. But his Shaykh said to him:

“Before you can hope to be a leader, you must answer this correctly. Imagine you are walking through the fields, when suddenly you are attacked by several dogs at once. What will you do?” The man replied, “I will grab a stick or some stones to throw at them, and defend myself. His teacher smiled and said, “That’s not the answer. You may hold off one or two dogs, but the others will get you. You cannot defend yourself against so many attacking you all at once. The wise answer is to call on the shepherd, call the dog’s master, and ask him for help. He’ll call the dogs away and they will leave you unharmed.”

Brothers and Sisters!

This is of course a deeply philosophical story with many layers of meaning. The dogs are the problems we face in life, every day. The Shepherd is Allah. Don’t try to defend yourself without Allah. Don’t try to rely only on your wayo, dabara or cleverness. You will fail. You cannot win. Whether you are President, Governor, Sultan, Emir, Shehu, Oba, Oni, Obi, Senator, member House of Representative, Minister, Commissioner, DG, MD, GM, Manager, Director, Local Government Chairman, Councilor, Imam, Mallam, Sheikh, Alfa, Army, Police, Journalist, teacher, lecturer, labourer, Business man, Contractor, Judge, Lawyer, etc., take Allah into your confidence. Make him part of your life, part of every waking and sleeping moment. Allah loves it when we seek his help in big and small matters. This is another dimension of taqwa, being constantly mindful of Allah, filling our hearts with a sense of love fear and hope. We love Allah, we fear his punishment and we are ever hopeful of his forgiveness and mercy.

My Respected people!

At the beginning of this Khutbah (Sermon), we heard that, “anyone who is guided by Allah, he is certainly guided: and anyone who has been left astray will find no one to guide him.” The key word here is guidance. Think about it. We have many blessings from Allah. We enjoy good health, we live in comfortable homes, we have a good education, we value the love of family and friends, health, wealth and happiness; we also have Allah’s guidance, through His sacred book, the Noble Quran and the life example of prophet Muhammad (SAW). Which of these blessings is the most important? Which of Allah’s blessings are indispensible? Brothers and sisters, without our health, with wealth or material happiness life would be challenging indeed. But Allah’s guidance would help us to endure hardship, to make suffering bearable. However, if we had no divine guidance, no matter how healthy or wealthy we were, we would be spiritually bankrupt and our lives would be empty of meaning.

Let us be truly thankful to Allah that we enjoy the great blessing of His guidance. We have no excuses. We have to only apply that guidance to our lives and to be good role models to others. That’s all. Let us pray that Allah accept our humble perhaps faltering, but essentially sincere efforts to follow His guidance, His Noble Qur’an, and His beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There’s a saying that goes,” The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” You cannot appreciate something by just looking at it, admiring it but failing to experience it properly. Islam is no exception. There are many people, who admire Islamic art, study Islamic history, write beautiful books and give wonderful lectures about Islamic civilization, but they are not Muslims, and their hearts haven’t been opened to Islam. If they regard their extensive knowledge purely as a professional career, an intellectual exercise, it won’t be enough for their salvation. On the Day of Judgment, Allah will not be impressed by our academic knowledge. He’ll want to know how we applied our knowledge to worship him and serve His creation. Therefore, a simple uneducated person, who loves and lives for Allah with a full heart, is really more successful than someone who may have acquire PhDs and written scholarly books, but whose knowledge has not brought him closer to Allah, and didn’t serve Allah’s creation.

The poet Jalaluddin Rumi asks:

“Are you only going to admire the jug, or are you actually going to drink the water?”

Brother and sisters!

To make good use of Allah’s greatest gift, His divine guidance, we must know it in order to live it completely, wholeheartedly. Our thirst for spiritual knowledge will never be quenched by only admiring the jug. We must drink the water of Islam.

Allah the Most High says:

“And whomsoever Allah wills to guide, he opens his heart to Islam.”

Brothers and sisters!

We have Allah’s guidance before us. Let’s take it up and live by it whole heartedly. This is the way to appreciate Allah’s greatest gift.

Let me conclude my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) by saying:

“Surely Allah commands justice, good deeds and generosity to others and to relatives; and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, so that you may be reminded.”

“And remember Me: I will remember you. Be grateful to me, and do not reject faith.”

“And without doubt, Remembrance of Allah is the Greatest Thing in life, and Allah knows the deeds that you do.”

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet and Master, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, his family and all his Companions.

 

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Safar 4, 1438 AH (November 4, 2016), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Central Mosque and Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosque, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. The Imam can

be reached via: +23480 382 89761.

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(Friday Sermon) Don’t Change Allah’s Law Of Inheritance, By Imam Murtada Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praises are due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek His assistance and we seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from our evil deeds. Whomever Allah guides there is none who can misguide him, and whomever Allah misguides there is none who can guide him. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone without any partners, and I testify that Muhammad (SAW) is Allah’s slave and Messenger.

“O you who have believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except in a state of Islam (as Muslims), with complete submission to Allah.” (Ali Imran, 3:102)

“O Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, who created you from a single person (Adam) and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve) and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights, and do not cut off the relations of the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-watcher over you.” (An-Nisaa’, 4:1)

“O you who have believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement (saved from the Hell fire and enter paradise).” (Ahzaab, 33:70-71)

As to what proceeds:

Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (SAW). The worst of affairs are the newly-invented affairs in the religion and every newly invented affair in the religion is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Hellfire. As to what proceeds:

Servants of Allah!

Know that, Allah the Almighty has already determined the obligatory shares of inheritance Himself – a task which He entrusted neither to a close angel nor to a sent Prophet, talk less of entrusting it to any human being. He determined the share of each heir in the inheritance, which He showed in detail (in His Book), unlike many rulings which were mentioned in a general and brief way in the Book. In addition, the Sunnah of the Prophet, (SAW) also came to give a detailed explanation about these rulings, just like the rulings regarding Prayers, Zakah and Hajj.

In relation to the obligatory shares of inheritance, the verses of inheritance were revealed in detail as shown in the beginning and end of Surah An-Nisaa’. Allah the Almighty calls them His limits, and promises to give a great reward to the one who abides by them and does not transgress them, and threatens to punish the one who transgresses them. He says:

“These are the limits (set by) Allah, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will be admitted by Him to gardens (in paradise) under which rivers flow, abiding eternally therein; and that is the great attainment. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses His limits – He will put him into the fire to abide eternally therein, and he will have a humiliating punishment.” (Qur’an 4:13-14)

Brothers and Sisters!

The Prophet, (SAW) ordered that the obligatory shares of inheritance should be distributed among those entitled to them. He said:

“Distribute the property (of the deceased) among those who are entitled to the obligatory shares (of inheritance) according to the (law of) the Book of Allah, and what is left (from the property) after distributing the obligatory shares should be given to the closest male heir.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Also Scholars called the science of the obligatory shares (of inheritance) half of the knowledge. Ibn Uyaynah, may Allah have mercy upon him, said;

“The science of the obligatory shares (of inheritance) is called half the knowledge for all the people are in need of it.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

But today, those who misunderstand Islam claim that Islam does injustice to women in terms of inheritance. They opine that it is unfair to grant the male a double to that of the female even though they are children of the same parents. Allah, the Exalted, offered a full and detailed method of women’s inheritance in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and if an unbiased student of knowledge reflects on the details, he or she will discover the fault of this opinion.

Servants of Allah!

As we all know, people in the time of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic period of ignorance) used to assign the inheritance of the deceased to the eldest among his sons, excluding his young children, and women relatives like daughters, wives, mothers and sisters; or give it to his brother or paternal uncle, under the pretext that the children and women were too powerless to protect the sanctities that should be protected, take retaliation, gain booty (from wars) and fight the enemies. However, Allah the Almighty invalidated this pre-Islamic custom, and assigned to women and children a share of the inheritance of the deceased, and made their share an obligatory right, no matter how little or much the inheritance might be, as shown in His statement:

“For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share.” (Qur’an 4:7)

And

“Allah instructs you concerning your children: for the male, what is equal to the share of two females. But if there are (only) daughters, two or more, for them is two thirds of one’s estate. And if there is only one, for her is half.” (Qur’an 4:11)

He says about the inheritance of the mother:

“But if he had no children and the parents (alone) inherit from him, then for his mother is one third. And if he had brothers (or sisters), for his mother is a sixth.” (Qur’an 4:11)

About the share of the wife, He says:

“And for the wives is one fourth if you leave no child. But if you leave a child, then for them is an eighth of what you leave.” (Qur’an 4:12)

Brothers and Sisters!

Allah the Almighty accorded inheritance for women in the following way:

One daughter gets half the inheritance

Two or more daughters get two-thirds the inheritance

The mother gets one-third or one-sixth of the inheritance

The wife gets one-fourth or one-eighth of the inheritance

The half-sister from the side of the mother gets one-sixth

The full sister or the half sister from the side of the father gets half the inheritance, or half the share of her brother.

In must be borne in mind that all of this is accorded them as their right, when they received nothing in the pre-Islamic days of Jahiliyyah.

My people!

Now, contrast this with modern era of Jahiliyyah which is no better than the ancient Jahiliyyah in many of its aspects, which gives room to deprive men, women and children of their rightful inheritance, and instead allows the owner of the inheritance to assign his property, which Allah the Almighty made a means of people’s sustenance, to animals.

Wallahi, the system of inheritance set by Islam is distinguished from all modern human laws of inheritance in that Islam adopts a moderate attitude – between communist socialism on one extreme, and capitalism and other similar doctrines that call for complete freedom of a person to dispose of his wealth according to his own whims on the other extreme. Communist socialism, as outlined by Karl Marx, rejects the principle of inheritance, and regards it as an erroneous act that opposes the principles of justice. Thus, it gives nothing to the deceased’s offspring or next of kin.

Capitalism and its corresponding economic systems, on the contrary, give the owner the full freedom to dispose of his property as he likes. He has the right to deprive all his kith and kin of his inheritance and bequeath it to a stranger, say, a friend or an employee. A man or a woman, in Western societies, even has the right to bequeath the whole or some of his/her property to a dog or a cat!

My People!

According to the Islamic system, inheritance is obligatory for both the owner of the property and the heir as well. The owner has no right to prevent any of his heirs from receiving his inheritance, and the heir gets his share, with no need for a court judgment. In some systems, the law affirms inheritance only with a court judgment, since in their right, it is optional and not compulsory to bequeath and receive inheritance.

The Islamic system limits the right of inheritance within the sphere of the family. It requires a sound relationship through blood or marital relation, and since walaa’ (allegiance of an ex-slave to his ex-masters) resembles kinship, it was joined with the categories of kinship. In this way, neither an adopted child, nor a child born out of wedlock has the right to inheritance. Within the limits of the family, the closest of kin, under Islam, is given preference, followed by the next of kin to the deceased.

However, in the other systems, the case is quite different. According to the Jews, for example, the heirs are the male sons, and the share of the eldest is equal to the share of two brothers, whether the child is legitimate or illegitimate. Moreover, the eldest son is not deprived of his share even if he is born from an illegitimate marriage.

According to the Western system, a stranger – like a friend or an employee – is eligible to receive inheritance, and the same applies to the child born out of wedlock.

The Islamic system assigns to the young child a share from the inheritance of his father equal to that of his eldest brother. Thus, there is no differentiation between the fetus in the mother’s womb and the eldest son in a big family. The Islamic system also does not differentiate between the eldest son and his brothers, as is the case in the corrupted Jewish canon, and the British law. That is because the young children might be in need of money to build their lives, and to meet their living expenses, more than their older brothers who can work and gather for themselves independent property.

Servants of Allah!

The Islamic system also assigns a share of the inheritance to women as mentioned. The mother, wife, daughter, son’s daughter, sister, and other women relatives, have definite share in the inheritance of the deceased, to ensure them an honourable life, free from the humiliation of destitution and mortification of poverty, unlike some systems that deprive the women of inheritance under all circumstances. Some laws previously deprived the wife of inheritance, and she was not given any share in it. In the past, the Jews did not give women any portion of the inheritance.

My respected people!

The Islamic system has made ‘need’ the basic criterion for preference in inheritance. The deceased person’s children need his money more than his father because they are likely to face greater difficulty in fulfilling their requirements, being young and at a stage where they are beginning their life, unlike their grandfather. Moreover, the duties and obligations of the son under the Shari’ah of Islam are more than those of his sister. He is the one required to provide for himself once he reaches the age of maturity, and he is also required to pay his wife her dowry, provide for her and for the children. He is responsible for the expenses of education, medical treatment, clothing…etc. In addition to this, he is required to provide for his father or relatives if they are poor. However, the girl is more likely to have someone to provide for her, and not the other way round, since she will get married and will be the responsibility of her husband.

These are some of the merits that distinguish the inheritance system in Islam from the old and contemporary laws that were legislates by human beings and that keep changing every now and then.

Servants of Allah!

The enemies of Islam and their messengers, the so-called women activists have been trying to find fault with the Qur’an through the verses of inheritance for several centuries. They allege that the Noble Quran gives the female in general, and the wife in particular, half of what it gives to the male in general and the husband in particular, thereby usurping the right of the woman and dealing with her wrongfully. In reply to this malicious allegation I say:

First: The claim that in Islam, the share given from the inheritance to a woman is less than the man is sometime invalid. Indeed, there are four cases in connection with inheritance where the female’s share is equal to or even greater than the male’s share:

The first case: When the woman’s share is equal to the man’s, as it is in the (half) brothers and sisters from the side of the mother, each of whom takes one-sixth, whether they are male or a female, and a group (of more than two) share the third equally, in which the female’s share is like the male’s.

The second case: When only the female is the heir, and a cause of preventing the male from inheritance. A typical example is a man/woman who dies and leaves a daughter, a full sister, and a half-brother from the side of the father. The daughter takes half the inheritance, and the full sister the other half, and nothing is given to the half-brother from the side of the father, since he is prevented by the existence of a full sister, although he is a male and she is a female.

The third case: When a female takes more than what the male takes, such as, when a person dies and leaves a full sister or a half-sister from the side of the father; a mother, a paternal uncle or a half-brother from the side of the mother. In this case, the full sister takes half of the inheritance, the mother the third and the remaining sixth is taken by the paternal uncle or the half-brother from the side of the mother. Although in this case both the sister and the mother are females, the share of each is greater than the male’s i.e., that of the paternal uncle or the half-brother from the side of the mother.

The fourth case: When a female takes half of what the male takes; this happens in many instances, such as when the inheritors include a daughter along with a son; a son’s daughter along with a son’s son; a full sister along with a full-brother; a half-sister from the side of the father along with a half-brother from the side of the father; the wife’s share compared with the husband’s: each female in those cases takes half of what the male takes.

My good people!

What is the wisdom that lies behind this? Does this preference go back to gender or is there another reason lying behind the preference? In reply to these questions, let me say: This preference does not go back to gender, since there are some cases in which the female’s share of inheritance is equal to their male’s, and other cases in which her share of inheritance is equal to the male’s, and other cases in which her share is greater than the male’s, and many cases in which she prevents him from inheritance, as we have previously seen. Whoever thinks that the shares of the male and female heirs in the Quran are established only on the basis of the difference of gender, i.e., masculinity and femininity has indeed fallen short of understanding the Quran. That is because the Noble Quran has distributed the shares of heirs on the basis of three criteria as said earlier:

The degree of kinship between the heirs – be they males or females – and the deceased person: The closer the relation between them, the greater the share of inheritance is, regardless of the gender of the heirs.

The position of the generation of heirs in the sequence of generations: The young generation, who are at the beginning of their life and getting ready to receive its burdens, have shares of inheritance that are greater than the older generations that are at the end of their life and getting ready to relieve themselves of its burdens, regardless of the gender of the heirs. The daughter of the deceased inherits more than his mother, and both are females: and the daughter inherits more than the deceased’s father (i.e., her grandfather), even if she is still an infant and has not seen her father, and even if the father (i.e., her grandfather) is the source of the wealth of the son (her father), from which the daughter alone takes the half. In a similar context, the son inherits more than the father, given that both are males.

The financial obligation enjoined by the Islamic Shari’ah upon the heir: That is the only criterion which raises the difference of gender between the male and the female. However, this difference inflicts neither oppression nor injustice upon the female. On the contrary, it may be that the opposite is true. If the heirs are equal in the degree of kinship, and the position in the sequence of generations, e.g. the deceased’s children of males and females, the disparity of financial obligation often is responsible for the disparity of shares of inheritance.

This is why this disparity between the male and the female has not been made general to all the heirs (in all cases) in the Noble Quran, but just in some cases. The demands required of the son in life and under the system of Islam are more than those required of (the daughter who is) his sister. He is the one obliged, once he becomes mature, to spend on and maintain himself, pay the dowry to his wife, bear the marital expenditure, maintenance of children as regards education, medication, clothing, etc. but the female usually gets married and is not required to pay dowry or bear expenses, since her maintenance is obligatory for her husband, unless if the husband is a stupid.

Brothers and Sisters!

Those who are interested in the details about this important subject (inheritance) should review the discussions in books about the special branch of Islamic knowledge called “The science of inheritance and division of the estate.” These books deal with all the different ways of dividing an inheritance, and the proper share of all relatives according to the Quran and Sunnah. Prior to passing any Judgment about “unfair treatment” of Islam to women in terms of inheritance, or claiming any “discrimination against women”, one must examine this subject closely.

Therefore, demanding a “fair”, “just” or “equal” share of inheritance for both male and female Muslims, who do not have equal financial obligations and responsibilities, is an unfair, unjust and nonsensical demand.

Servants of Allah!

Let me conclude my today’s Sermon with some beautiful words from Gustave Le Bon who says in his book, Arab civilization:

“The principles of inheritance which have been determined in the Quran have a great deal of justice and fairness. The Person who reads the Quran can perceive these concepts of justice and fairness in terms of inheritance through the verses I quoted. I should also point out the great level of efficiency In terms of general laws and rules derived from those verses. I have compared British, French and Islamic Laws of inheritance and found that Islam grants the wives (women) the right of inheritance, which our laws are lacking while westerners consider them to be ill-treated by the Muslim men.”

Wallahu A’lam wa bihi at-Tawfiq

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet and Master, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, his family and all his Companions.

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Muharram 12, 1438 AH (October 14, 2016), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad  Gusau, the  Chief  Imam of  Nagazi-Uvete Central Mosque and  Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosque, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. The Imam can be reached via: +234 803 828 9761.

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4 Mind Blowing Discoveries Revealed In the Quran

Fourteen centuries ago, the Quran was revealed to mankind for guidance. Muslims adhere to the truth mentioned in this book for guidance in all aspects of life. From the time of its revelation till the day of resurrection, this divine book will remain the sole source of guidance for mankind.

There is no doubt that the Quran is from God and everything mentioned in it is the truth. And to verify this fact further, scientists are still discovering facts already stated in the Quran now.

We bring to you a list of a few of the most mind blowing discoveries in the Quran below:

1- The Origin of the Universe

The following verse states the origin of the universe:

He is the originator of the heavens and the earth.” ( The Quran 6:101)

Modern science is in full agreement with the above verse as the Big Bang theory proved that the universe came into being from nothingness after a single large explosion.

Before the Big Bang theory, there was no matter, time or anything else, all came into being metaphysically from a condition of “non-existence”, hence the scientific explanation of the fact that the universe came into being from nothing, which points us to the fact that it originated from God.

2-   The Expansion of the Universe

The Quran says the following;

And it is We who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it.”

(The Qur’an, 51:47)

Science has yet made another recent discovery of a fact stated in the Quran which is that the universe is expanding at a constant rate. In the 20th century, Russian physicist Alexander Friedmann and Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaitre had experimented theoretically and concluded that the universe is constantly expanding.

3-    The Sky as a Protected Roof

Allah mentions an interesting characteristic of the sky in the Quran in the following verse:

“”We made the sky a preserved and protected roof yet still they turn away from Our Signs..”

(The Qur’an, 21:32)

Research carried out in the 20th century reveals that the atmosphere that surrounds the earth is a crucial factor in sustaining life. Many big and small meteors are destroyed before they reach the earth as they are a disaster for life on earth.

Additionally, the same atmosphere is responsible for filtering light rays and letting through only harmless ones such as ultraviolet light pass through as they are important for nourishing life on earth.

This discovery verifies the fact mentioned in the Quran justifying the sky as a protective canopy.

4-    The Existence of Orbits

The Quran mentions the sun and the Moon as definite orbits in the verses below:

It is He Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They swim along, each in an orbit.

(The Qur’an, 21:33)

The above fact mentioned in the Qur’an fourteen centuries ago has been verified by astronomers of our time who have discovered the speed of the sun as 720,000 kilometers per hour and also that the universe is full of paths and orbits as further mentioned in the verse below:

By the sky full of paths and orbits.”

(The Qur’an, 51:7)

Conclusion

The Quran is the word of God and although many facts have already been discovered, there are many more mind blowing facts that are yet to be discovered and proven in the future. Moreover, the Quran has also been made easy to memorize and each chapter has a profound meaning and impact on the lives of mankind.

Author Bio:

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(Friday Sermon) The Migration Of Prophet To Madinah In Brief By Imam Murtada Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praises are due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek His assistance and we seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from our evil deeds. Whomever Allah guides there is none who can misguide him, and whomever Allah misguides there is none who can guide him. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone without any partners, and I testify that Muhammad (SAW) is Allah’s slave and Messenger.

“O you who have believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except in a state of Islam (as Muslims), with complete submission to Allah.” (Ali Imran, 3:102)

“O Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, who created you from a single person (Adam) and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve) and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights, and do not cut off the relations of the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-watcher over you.” (An-Nisaa’, 4:1)

“O you who have believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement (saved from the Hell fire and enter paradise).” (Ahzaab, 33:70-71)

As to what proceeds:

Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (SAW). The worst of affairs are the newly-invented affairs in the religion and every newly invented affair in the religion is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Hellfire.

As to what proceeds:

Servants of Allah!

It is the new Islamic Hijri year; the 1438th anniversary of the Prophet’s immigration to Madinah; a special moment that evokes a long journey of tireless work to deliver the Message of Allah to humanity, the Message of light, Mercy, compassion, Solidarity, peace and Justice; the universal Messages of love, human brotherhood, development, noble morals and well-being.

The emigration to Madinah (Hijrah) was turning point in Muslim History that has many inspiring lesson. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his Companions set a wonderful example that Muslims should learn from and translate into practice in all aspects of life.

The early Muslim community suffered a lot before they were ordered to leave Makkah and go to Madinah.

The persecution exercised against Muslims increased especially after the death of Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife, Khadijah and his uncle, Abu Talib. At a certain point, it was necessary to look for a new soil to plant the seed of Islam, to spread the word of Allah, and to practice Islam in a secure and receptive environment.

Brothers and Sisters!

As we entered this dear occasion, we remember the incomparable dedication of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his Companions, the matchless sacrifice they offered, the pains and tears of those devoted heroes who preferred to give up their homes, Wealth, comfort, families and everything but not the call and Message they were entrusted with.

Thanks to their noble endeavor, about two billion of humans are blessed with Islam throughout the World; the call of prayer (Athan) is made 24 hours around the globe; the light of faith continues to shine on hearts and souls. Alhamdulillah.

My Respected People!

Almighty Allah sent His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and commanded him to call people to the worship of Allah Alone. Some people accepted his call, but the majority of them rejected it and started to harm the Prophet and his Companions.

As the persecution against the Companions increased, some of them migrated to Abyssinia, which was the first Hijrah (migration).

The Prophet met some people from Yathrib (Madinah) who came to visit Makkah, and called them to Islam and they accepted it. Then, the Prophet sent some Companions with them to teach them and call others to Islam. When the Muslims in Yathrib became of a big number, Almighty Allah ordered Muslims to migrate to it.

Then, Allah ordered his Messenger to join them. So, the Prophet and his friend Abu Bakr made a plan for the Hijrah to Madinah.

The disbelievers gathered around the house of the Prophet to stop him from migration. Allah ordered the Prophet to come out of the house, so he got out from among them and they did not notice him. The Prophet went to Abu Bakr and remained with him until night, and then they went out to the cave of Thawr.

Ali ibn Abi Talib slept in the bed of the Prophet to return the trusts that were kept with the Prophet to their owners.

They started searching for the Prophet. The trackers found out the road that the Prophet and his companion took. They went to the cave but Allah safeguarded his Prophet and they did not see him. The Prophet stayed in the cave for 3 days.

Then, the Prophet and Abu Bakr went out of the cave in the night and followed a rugged road to Madinah other than the road that people usually tread to Madinah.

When the Prophet drew near Madinah, a man called Buraydah ibn Al-Hasib, the leader of Aslam tribe, came with 70 of his people aiming at seizing the Prophet. Yet, the Prophet called him to Islam, then Buraydah and his tribe entered Islam.

Finally, the Prophet reached Madinah on 12 Rabi’ Al-Awwal in the first year of Hijrah. A new serious stage of the Islamic Message has thus started in Madinah.

LESSONS FROM THE PROPHET’S HIJRAH

No doubt that the lessons to be learned from Hijrah are countless. So, I will refer to some of them, hoping that Allah benefit us with them.

FIRST: CONSIDERING THE MEANS

The Prophet and his friend Abu Bakr exerted all their efforts to win the day and make the journey to Madinah successful. This is what is needed from a believer. He has to be prepared well and ask Allah for support. Almighty Allah says, “And prepares against them whatever you are able of power…” (Al-Anfal 8:60)

SECOND: PUTTING TRUST ON ALLAH

The Prophet did not depend upon the means and neglect Allah, since the means are not fruitful unless ALLAH wants so. Yet, the Prophet made every effort and had strong certainty that whatever Allah wants will happen. This is shown in his beautiful statement to Abu Bakr, “What you think of two that Allah is their third!”

THIRD: HOPE OF AND CONFIDENCE IN VICTORY

The Prophet did not lose hope at any time, even in this dangerous journey. He gave Suraqah ibn Malik glad tiding of the spread of Islam in Quraysh and the whole world. He told him that the throne of Khosrau will be seized by Muslims who will take his treasures as spoils saying, “I (see) you O Suraqah as if you wearing the bracelets of Khosrau.”

FOURTH: KEENNESS OF THE PROPHET ON COMPANIONSHIP

All through his life, the Prophet was keen on having good companions. This is clear from his life in Makkah, journey to At-Ta’if, receiving delegations, concluding the pledges of allegiance, and other things. He teaches us to always search for good companionship.

FIFTH: THE PROPHET AS A LEADER

We learn from this journey the fact that the leader should share his people’s sufferance, as the Prophet did. He shared their migration, chase, weariness, sorrow and all their pains and sacrifices.

SIXTH: DA’WAH AT EVERY PLACE AND TIME

The Prophet did not miss any opportunity or surrender to anything preventing him from Da’wah. He called everyone. He called Buraydah and his tribe. He did not think about how to escape them but he considered it an opportunity to call them to Islam.

SEVENTH: ABU BAKR’S READINESS

In this journey, we saw how Abu Bakr was ready to work for Allah anytime and anywhere. The superior thing for him was to please Allah and His Prophet. He knew no excuses. He devoted himself for work and providing for the cause of Allah.

EIGHTH: ABU BAKR’S LOVE FOR THE PROPHET

Abu Bakr loved the Prophet most; more than anyone else. He exerted every effort to please the Prophet. He prepared the ridding camel, cleaned the cave for the Prophet, walked behind and in front of the Prophet to protect him. There are many situations that prove his love for the Prophet.

NINTH: OPENHANDEDNESS AND GIVING FOR DA’WAH

The journey of Hijrah shows Abu Bakr’s generosity and openhandedness. He paid out 5000 dirhams, all that he had, for the call to Allah and he spent 35,000 dirhams before in the cause of Allah. He earnestly deserved the reward from Allah mentioned in the Qur’an, “But the righteous one will avoid it” [He] who gives [from] his wealth to purify himself. “But only seeking the countenance of his Lord, Most High. And he is going to be satisfied.” (Al-Layl 92:17-21)

TENTH: DA’WAH EFFORT WITH FAMILY

In the story of Hijrah, Abu Bakr engaged his whole family in the work for the cause of Allah. He has transformed his love for the Islamic Message to his family. Unfortunately, some callers nowadays isolate their families from Da’wah work. They have big activities outside their homes while they do not let their close members of the family take part in this blessed work.

Wallahu A’lam Wa bihi at-Tawfiq

Ya Allah! Enter it (the New Year) upon us with safety, Iman, peace and Islam, with your pleasure, the most Compassionate and protect us against the shaytan.

Ya Allah, we beseech you by your power of “BE” and it is…! (Q: 16:40), ease our affairs for us. Our confidence is in you and only you can provide for the privileged and the less privilege. Ya Rabb, change our situation for the better in goodness. Ameen ya mujeeb!

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet and Master, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, his family and all his Companions.

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Muharram 5, 1438 AH (October 7, 2016), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Central Mosque and Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosque, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. The Imam can be reached through: +2348038289761.

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Enugu Pastor Rehabilitates Widows of Fellow Pastors across South East States

By Obinna Akukwe
An Enugu based pastor, Rev Kanayo Madichie has continued in the rehabilitation of abandoned widows of fellow pastors cutting across many denominations with in ‘Operation Barnabas’ anchored through  Jaykobez International Foundation.
This philanthropist ministry has taken the pastor to various villages in Enugu and Ebonyi states where he and his supportive Nigerian partners doled cash and materials to widows of pastors, indigent pastors and committed members from various congregations.
‘Operation Barnabas’, the name given to the Pastor’s Widows Support Initiative, started in February 2014 in Agbani, Nkanu East Council of Enugu State where about 75 persons were in attendance. In addition to other gift items, five pastor’s widows were given money to start petty businesses.
 In October of the same year, Operation Barnabas moved to Ikwo in Ebonyi State. Over 350 persons attended and some pastor’s wives were given money to start businesses. Gift items shared included GSM phones, Study Bibles and Sewing Machines.
Operation Barnabas held also in Eha-Amufu Council of Enugu State in November, 2014 with attendance of 125 and as usual gifts and money was distributed to widows of pastors.
 ‘Operation Barnabas’ moved to Nkanu East and West in May 2015, and this time around, motorcycles were also distributed as widow’s support. The attendance was 146 persons. ‘Operation Barnabas’ also held in September 2015 at Udi-Ezeagu Local Council with 235 persons in attendance. Motorcycles, Sewing Machines and various degrees of cash items were distributed.
In June 4th, 2016, ‘Operation Barnabas’ was held in Awgu-Aninri Local Council, precisely at Battle Axe Bible Church, Awgu, with all the blocks of Christian Association of Nigeria well represented and with 212 persons in attendance. Rev Samuel Nwafor and Rev Ralph Igwe delivered talks during the event before distribution of items begun. Elated by the event,Pastor Kenneth Okoli, Chairman of CAN,Nkanu East asked other pastors to emulate the footsteps of Jaykobez Foundation.
 Operation Barnabas will hold a crusade in Awgbu Town in Anambra State with believers of the community from the 28th to 39thof December, 2016. They also intend to hold a Christmas Charity Party for inmates of City of Refuge Therapeutic and Rehab Home, Udi Siding, Enugu and simultaneously at Nike Centre for the Disabled, Emene-Enugu on the 23rd of December, 2016. ‘Operation Barnabas’ had annually assisted these two aforementioned abandoned rehabilitation homes annually and in March 2016, provided sets of musical equipments to the inmates of City of Refuge Rehab, Udi siding.
Operation Barnabas was a product of divine vision as given to the vision bearer, Rev Kanayo Madichie in May 2013, God spoke to him and said “My servants are abandoned and neglected; Many that are transferred to the rural areas feel it is on punitive grounds. They have very low esteem and as a result cannot minister effectively” He was then mandated to start ‘Operation Barnabas’ as a means of rehabilitating, encouraging and reviving pastors in the rural areas as well as act as support to their widows in order for the ministry not to turn to  reproach.
Rev KK Madichie told the  Rev Obinna Akukwe,led leadership of Igbo Mandate Congress during a courtesy visit in Enugu recently, that “the state of abandonment of rural pastors and their wives is such that their lives have become a reproach, and it is high time our leaders in all denominations extends their hands of assistance to these ones”  Rev Madichie also explained that during their outreaches, there are seminars from resource persons on how rural pastors or their widows can utilize opportunities to make ends meet.
The Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress, Rev Obinna Akukwe, commended the ‘Operation Barnabas’ initiative of Jaykobez Foundation  and accused fellow gospel ministers of cornering God’s resources to their private pocket . Rev Akukwe urged all igbos to support this move from God to assist rural pastors , their widows and impoverished families before the wrath of God falls on their greedy mentality.
Rev Kanayo Madichie, a gospel minister of over 20 years, is the Vice President and Cathedral Pastor of Rock Family Church.  Bishop Obi Onubogu, former Enugu State Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN,is the President of Rock Family Church.  Jaykobez Foundation International is coordinated by Mrs Nkiruka Madichie .
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