Many of us are still emotionally disturbed and subdued after reading the news of a gruesome killing of a Female Redeem Preacher 3 days ago in Abuja . Similar gruesome news was reported few weeks ago in Kano where a woman was brutally murdered, unfortunately, the Muslims are wrongly represented by the action of some insane fellows who are lugubriously defining the religion of Islam outside the jurisdiction of Allah and His last prophet, prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him) have prescribed it.
It is important to reiterate with no vestige of ambiguity that such gruesome killings of innocent people and preachers of other faiths have no place in Islam. Islam preaches religious tolerance at all levels.
Prophet Muhammad ( Peace Be Upon Him), lived peacefully with people of other religions in Madina, and there was no record of killing of people because they were non Muslims or because they were peacefully propagating their religions.
In one of Mahatma Ghandi’s statements published in Young India in 1924. He said, “I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.”.
Nepolean Bonaparte in 1914 in Christian Cherfils BONAPARTE ET ISLAM also affirmed that
“I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of Qur’an which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.”
The murderers that have engaged in such homicide should be strictly and ferociously dealt with appropriately with the law.
Concerning the disturbing killing of the innocent Redeem woman in Abuja few days ago, Sahara Reporters for example published the story with the title “How Suspected Muslim Fanatics Hacked Female Redeemed Church Preacher To Death In Abuja” and some other news platforms have published the the same horrifying title as Sahara Reporters. The usage of “Muslim Fanatics” by Sahara Reporters and co is worrisome and also a deliberate attempt to thwart the religious tolerance of Nigerians and to ignite an horrendous religious aggression. In this mood of sadness and sorrow, It may be too early to assert that it is unthinkable to have carelessly used “Muslim” with “Fanatics” on a story that the true perpetrators are being investigated. But such annihilating headline that has kept the generality of the millions of other peaceful Muslims in Nigeria in an episode of identity threat has informed different vindictive press releases by some Christian bodies claiming the Muslim communities are deliberately killing them in an attempt to wipe their existentialism, they have reacted without considering the peacefulness that have been exuded to them by millions of other Muslims they have lived with peacefully over time.
A true Muslim cannot be a fanatic, and a Muslim or people of other faith who have killed someone else unjustly are murderers, killers and terrorists and they should be treated as such without obliterating their peaceful religious inclinations.
It is true that online media use sensitive news headlines regardless of the damage it might cause to the national security, in as much as millions of those who subscribe to such news would hit their server to maximize their online revenues.
The general public must be aware of the evil that could emanate from such insalubrious and unethical journalism by the users of the contemporary new media and some print media, which is deliberately aimed at misrepresenting the tranquil message of Islam and the actions of prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him).
Annie Besant said of Prophet Muhammad ( Peace Be Upon Him) in The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Madras 1932, page 4:
“It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”
In The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc. 1978, page 33 written by Michael H. Hart, he wrote “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.”
The highly negligible murderers and animals in human clothing committing evil around in the name of Islam cannot obviously be representing a religion that has produced billions of peaceful adherents that are pristinely following the teachings of their Prophet.
The Center For Human Rectitude inclines itself with many concerned Nigerians to express her displeasure on the killing of innocent people regardless of their religions in our lands. It also does advise the government to extend its searchlight on National security beyond the terrorism of bombs, guns and other forms of killings to the terrorism and the homicide being perpetrated by the media that is desperately seeking to divide the Nation for public attention and for financial distinctiveness using the pen and the keyboard in the presence of the paper and internet respectively.
The government should put forth a monitoring mechanism that would check the divisive contents being unleashed by the Nigerian media as some of the concerned Nigerians fear that the Nation may fall in the hands of terrorists of pen and the keyboards after the impending victory of the Federal Government over the terrorism of guns and bombs of the insane terrorists.
May God bless Nigeria.
Yusuf Jimoh Aweda
Center For Human Rectitude