A Tribute To Mallam Adamu Ciroma, By Imam Gusau

In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

All praise is due to Allah. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is His Servant and Messenger.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’uun!!!

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Mallam Adamu Ciroma is an elder statesman, a popular politician from northern Nigeria. Born on the 20th of November 1934 at Potiskum, Yobe State Nigeria, Ciroma is a fortunate Nigerian indeed. He is sincere and very religious.

He has held many important positions in government starting even in the early 70’s when some of us were not yet Nigerians! That is, when some of us were not yet born! He had been a former Central Bank Governor, former Minister in different times and epochs and former aspirant for the presidency.

Mallam Adamu Ciroma was educated at elementary schools in Fika and Potiskum, he later attended the Borno Middle School and Barewa College, Zaria and he also went to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Ibadan and thereafter joined the civil service where he started out as an administrative officer. From 1965 -1966, he was a senior assistant secretary in the federal ministry of Mines and Power and in 1966, he became the editor of the New Nigerian and later served as the managing director of the paper. Mallam Adamu Ciroma was appointed as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1975 and was later a member of the 1977 – 1978 Constituent Assembly.

In 1979, Mallam Adamu Ciroma was one of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) presidential aspirants who contested in the party’s presidential primary, in which he was supposedly sponsored by the so-called faceless Kaduna Mafia, a rumoured group of northern intellectuals, serving officers and bureaucrats stationed around Kaduna. He came third in the primary, behind Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Alhaji Maitama Sule, his candidacy having been partly financed by late Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad, the head of the New Nigeria Development Company. Mallam Adamu Ciroma was briefly the secretary of the NPN and was later made Minister for Industries, Agriculture and Finance. As a senior cabinet minister in the Shagari administration, he played pivotal roles in the implementation of the president’s agenda especially in the areas of food production and working with international agencies to develop an agricultural development project ADP. In September 1983, he was made the chairman of a presidential transition committee, which further demonstrated the trust the president had in his capabilities. The committee was mandated to make proposals on how to restructure the federal government which was going through a crisis of confidence.

Mallam Adamu Ciroma is a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which ruled Nigeria from 1999 – 2015. He served as Minister of Finance in the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2003. Also His wife, Hajiya Maryam Inna Ciroma, holds the position of Minister of Women Affairs and Youth in the same Obasanjo government.

Mallam Adamu Ciroma passed on today Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, where he had been hospitalised since last week. He died at the age of 83. His funeral prayer took place at Annur Mosque, Wuse 2, and was buried at the Gudu Cemetery Abuja.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in His infinite mercy forgive his mistakes, shortcomings and failings, make Jannatul Firdaws be his last abode, ameen.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! I enjoin you and myself to fear Allah, for it (the fear of Allah) is the provision and safety in this world and the Last Day, the day when neither wealth nor sons will avail, except him who brings to Allah a clean heart.

Allah the Most High says:

“Everyone shall taste death. And only on the day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the fire and admitted to Paradise he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing).” [Surah Ali Imran, 3:175]

Such is the reality of death and what comes after it. Every one of us shall taste it whether poor or rich; healthy or sick, old or young; leader or led and none of us can escape it.

Allah the Almighty says:

“Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in a fortress built up strong and high.” [Surah An-Nisa, 4:78]

Death, as manifested in its character and effects is one of the mysteries that dazzles human intelligence because it has to do with the soul.

Allah the Almighty says:

“And they ask you (O Muhammad) concerning the spirit. Say: ‘The spirit is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little.” [Surah Al-Isra’, 17:85]

One of it’s mysteries is that you see a youth who was full of health and energy suddenly falls dead without warning; thereby making that youthfulness and energy fade away, bringing all his senses to a complete standstill. That youth might even be an erudite scholar, an eloquent author, a skilled physician or brilliant inventor but it is absolutely out of the question that this quality should prevent death from overtaking him when his time is due.

Allah the Most High says:

“When their term is reached, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it an hour (or a moment).” [Surah Yunus, 10:49]

Amr bin Abdullah used to mount the pulpit and say:

“Many a person who has seen the beginning of a day but would not see it’s end. And many a person who has expected morning but would not live to see it. If only you had known your appointed time and how it comes to pass, you would have detested nursing hope for worldly materials and its deception.”

While man enjoys his good health, playing and merrymaking, moving about in haughtiness, commanding and forbidding, death and illness suddenly attacks him, weakens his body, makes his limbs lifeless and then closes his record.

How near is death! Every day it becomes closer to us and no sooner has the book reached its appointed time that we belong among the dead. Then it becomes clear that life is really like flowers that bloom then afterwards wither or like a lamp that illuminates then afterwards dies down.

Let those who crave for this world and its pleasures ponder over these scattered graves all over the place and realize that the way to pleasures and lustful things, though decorated with beautiful roses inevitably leads to the present condition of those buried in these graves. Happiness is for him whom a messenger of death has opened his eyes to reality before he died, and whoever does not heed to the warning of the Quran and death, even if mountains were to thrust one another in front of him, he would not heed.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! What we witness in the cemeteries is a great lesson for us. The carrier of the bier to the cemetery today is taken back there tomorrow (as a dead person) and is left there only with his deeds either good or evil.

It is also very unfortunate that in these days we see some among those who escort the deceased laughing and playing or attending the funeral for showing off. This phenomenon is due to the heedlessness that has hardened people’s hearts and made them forget the Last Day and the frightening conditions of the grave. May Allah awaken us from this heedlessness! Ameen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! It is expected of him who knows that he will die, be buried, raised up on the day of Resurrection and enter Paradise or Hell to always remember death, prepare for it and reflect on it. He is in fact expected to regard himself among the dead. This is because all that is coming is near and when the angel of death comes neither your wealth nor your people or friends can prevent him from taking your soul.

Where are those who achieved their aims and none were comparable to them in that? They collected but could not eat what they collected; they built mansions but could not live there! We on our part are still swimming in the pool of life as if we are meant to live here forever.

Uways Al-Qarni said:

“Remember death when you sleep and always think of it when you are awake.”

Fellow Nigerians! Fellow Muslims! It is a fact that this world and its tribulations appear insignificant in the eyes of him who always remembers death, for, he has lofty aims and strong resolutions; he is far from hypocrisy and always yearns for the everlasting bliss in the eternal Paradise.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Remembering death does not in any way make one’s life loathsome to him; forcing him to sit in his home and leave all means of sustenance. It is rather meant to deter him from committing sins and soften his hard heart. We remember death in order to have good preparation for it and for all that follows it by doing righteous deeds, obeying Allah and increasing one’s efforts in all acts of worship.

Imam Abdur-Rahman Ibn Mahdi said:

“If Hammad bin Salamah is told, ‘You will die tomorrow.’ He will not be able to increase anything in his deed, because his time is full of worship and remembrance of Allah.”

How do we prepare for death? We prepare for death by shunning all abominable things and returning trusts to their rightful owners. We prepare for death by eliminating hatred and enmity from our hearts. We prepare for death by being good to the kith and kin.

Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak said that Salih Al-Mariy used to say:

“If the remembrance of death leaves me for an hour my heart becomes spoilt.”

It is also said that:

“Whoever frequently remembers death is honoured with three things: quick repentance, self-contentedness and energy in doing acts of worship; and whoever forgets death is punished with three things: delaying repentance, lack of contentedness and laziness in acts of worship.”

When will one who always follows his lustful desires and moves wantonly in his heedlessness remember death? When will one who has no regard for Allah’s injunctions in Halal or Haram remember death? When will one who deserts the Quran, prays not Fajr in congregation, usurps people’s property unlawfully, takes usury, drink alcohol and commits fornication, remember death? How can one whose habit is slandering others and backbiting them, whose heart is full of rancour and envy remember death?

Fellow Muslims! Fellow Nigerians! The Prophets, whenever death came to them were given a chance of choosing between remaining on this world and moving to that noble position. It is beyond doubt that every Prophet would select the everlasting bliss. This happened to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), as narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Aisha (RA) that she said:

“The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) used to say while he was healthy, ‘No Prophet died until he saw his place in the Paradise, he was then given the choice between that place and remaining in this world.’ So when he was dying and his head was on my thigh, he fainted for a while then regained his consciousness. He stared at the ceiling, then said, ‘O Allah! I choose the Highest Companionship.’ I then said, ‘He was not preferring us.’ It was then that I understood statement he used to tell us and it was true. She said, ‘The last word he uttered was: ‘Oh Allah, I choose the Highest Companionship.”

During death and its pain; in the grave and its darkness; and the Day of Resurrection and its horror people fall into two groups. A group shall remain firm; secured from fright and given glad tidings of Paradise while the other group shall suffer disgrace and ignominy.

Allah the Almighty says:

“Verily, those who say, ‘Our Lord is Allah (alone) and then stood straight, on them the angel will descend (at the time of their death saying,) ‘Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised.’” [Surah Fussilat, 41:30]

Angels shall descend upon the believers who are straight in heir religion during death in their graves and when they are resurrected in order to assure them of security and to allay their fears of the horror of the day of judgement. The angels will be telling them:

“Do not fear about what you are going to meet and do not grieve over what you will be leaving behind of children, family and wealth.”

The angels will also say:

“We have been your friends in the life of this world and (are so) in the hereafter.” [Surah Fussilat, 41:31]

I.e. we will also be your friends in the hereafter, keeping your company in your graves and when the horn is blown, we will also assure you of security on the day of resurrection.

As for the unbelievers, when death comes to them and they start suffering its agonies, they will be subjected to ignominy and disgrace.

Allah the Most High says:

“And if you could but see when the wrongdoers are in the agonies of death, while the angels are stretching forth their hands saying, “Deliver your souls! This day you shall be recompensed with the torment of degradation because of what you used to utter against Allah other than the truth. And you used to reject His ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) with disrespect.” [Surah Al-An’am, 6:93]

Their sorrow shall increase so much so that they will wish to go back to this world.

Allah the Almighty says:

“Until when death comes to one of them, he says, ‘My Lord send me back.’” [Surah Al-Mu’minun, 23:99]

Qatadah said while commenting on this verse:

“By Allah, he would not wish by this statement to go back to his family and wealth nor to collect the good things of this world and satisfy his desires. He would rather wish to go back and do acts of obedience to Allah. May Allah bless him who does in this life what the disbelievers would wish to do when he sees the torment of Hell!”

Fellow Muslims! Fellow Nigerians! How is the need of a dying Muslim to Allah’s success that his last words may be, “La ilaha illallah.”

Mu’adh Bin Jabal narrated that the Prophet said:

“Whoever has ‘La ilaha illalllah’ as his last words will enter Paradise.”

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Dictating this word to a dying man is recommended because one who is dying experiences horrors that were unknown to him before, so it is feared that forgetfulness might overtake him since Satan is close to human beings. Moreover, uttering this statement while dying has a great effect in erasing ones misdeeds because it is a testimony of a servant of Allah who believes in it and knows its meanings; for whose lustful desires are now dead and whose soul has become weak after its might. Then that testimony becomes his last utterance, it purifies him from all his sins because he meets with his Lord with a sincere testimony…”

The righteous predecessors (As-Salafus-Salih) also recommended that a dying person be reminded of his good deeds, so that he can have positive thoughts about his Lord.

Jabir narrated: The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

“None of you should die except in the state of having positive thoughts about Allah.” [Muslim]

The Sunnah encourages talking about good deeds of a dead person and abstaining from talking about his misdeeds. Imam Al-Bukhari reported on the authority of Aisha (RA) that she narrated:

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Do not abuse the dead; for they have gone to meet the consequences of their deeds.”’

In Sahih Al-Bukhari, Abul Aswad said:

“I came to Madinah while there was an epidemic there. I sat with Umar Ibn al-Khattab. Then a funeral procession passed by and people praised its owner. Umar said: “It becomes incumbent.” Then another funeral procession passed by and people also praised its owner, and Umar said: “It’s incumbent;” then a third procession passed by and people spoke ill of its owner. Umar also commented: “It becomes incumbent.” Then I said: “What is incumbent, O Leader of the Faithful? Umar (RA) answered: “I said as the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, that: “Any dead Muslim whom four persons testify in his favour, Allah will make him enter Paradise, We said: “And three persons?” He said: “And three persons.” We also said: “And two persons?” He said: “Yes, and two persons.” We did not thereafter ask him of one person.”

It should be added that those whose testimony is regarded are the people of virtue and truthfulness. The testimony of an enemy shall not be considered.

It is also recommendable that the person who washes the dead should conceal whatever defects he may see on him. It is also a right of a Muslim on his fellow Muslims to escort his funeral, pray on him and supplicate for him. In Sahih Al-Bukhari, Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever attends the funeral of a Muslim faithfully and hoping for the reward of Allah and stays with him until Salah is done on him and he is buried, he will go back home with two qirats, each is as big as the size of Mount Uhud; and whoever observes Salah on him and then goes back before he is buried will get one qirat.”

As regards debts, the family of the deceased should hasten to pay it because a believer’s soul hangs on his debt until it is paid on his behalf. Debts of Allah should also be promptly paid for, it is more deserving to be paid. Ibn Mas’ud said:

“A Believer has no rest until he meets Allah.”

Lastly, I extend My sincere condolence to the Muslim Ummah, Nigerians, family, friends and associates of Mallam Adamu Ciroma. Allah ya Gafarta masa, ya haskaka kabarinsa, yayi masa sakamako da Aljannah Firdawsi, amin.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our Noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Your Brother: Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

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Friday Sermon: The Prayer (Salah) Is Enjoined On The Believers At Fixed Hours, By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

All thanks and praises are due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and from the consequences of our evil deeds. Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find guidance.

I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, He is alone without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.

“O you who believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims in submission to Him.” [Quran, 3:102]

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Verily, Allah is Ever-watching over you.” [Quran, 4:1]

“O you who believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” [Quran, 33:70-71]

Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, and the worst affairs are newly invented matters (in the religion). Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Know that Islam gives the highest of stations to the prayer, it has the highest of levels and greatest position after the testimony of faith (the Shahadatain). Ibn Umar (RA) said that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“Islam is built upon five pillars: That Allah alone is to be worshipped and to disbelieve in the worship of others besides Him, to establish the daily prayers, to pay the Zakah, to perform the Hajj and to fast the month of Ramadan.” [Muslim]

And in another narration he said:

“Islam is built upon five pillars: That none has the right to be worshipped besides Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish the daily prayers, to pay the Zakah, to perform the Hajj to the House and to fast the month of Ramadan.” [Muslim]

My Beloved People! The prayer is the first affair that the servant of Allah will be asked about on the Day of Resurrection. Abdullah Ibn Qarat narrated from Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) that he said:

“The first thing that the slave will be accounted for on the Day of Resurrection will be the prayer – if that is sound then the rest of the deeds will be sound, and if that is corrupt then the rest of the deeds shall be likewise corrupt.” [At-Tabarani in Al-Awsat – Al-Albani declared it sahih in As-Sahihah]

Jabir (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“Verily between man and polytheism and unbelief is the abondonment of prayer.” [Muslim]

And the prayer is the barrier between a person and sins, just as Allah said:

“Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing.” [Al-Ankabut:45]

Its importance is such that during the final hours of the life of the Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him) he advised with it. Narrated Ali Ibn Abi Talib that:

“The last words which the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) spoke were: “The prayer, the prayer! And fear Allah about those whom your right hands possess.” [Sunan Abu Dawud – Al-Albani declared it sahih]

So the Salah (Prayer) has a tremendous position in Islam, and due to this station, there are numerous benefits and bounties attached to it:

1. The Prayer is an expiation for mistakes and sins. Allah the Almighty said:

“And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” [Hud: 114]

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Do you think that if there was a river by the door of any one of you, and he bathed in it five times each day, would there be any trace of dirt left on him?” They said: “No trace of dirt would be left on him.” He said: “That is the likeness of the five daily prayers. By means of them Allah erases sins.” [An-Nasa’i]

2. The prayer is a bright guiding light for the servant of Allah. Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“Purification is half of Iman (faith) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale; Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up whatever is between the heavens and the earth; the Prayer (Salah) is a light; charity (sadaqah) is proof (of one’s faith); patience is a brightness; and the Quran is a proof for you or against you. All people go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby either setting themselves free or destroying themselves [depending on their deeds].” [Muslim]

3. By a Muslim establishing the Salah, paying the Zakah and fasting Ramadan, he can attain the station of the Siddiqin and the Shuhada. Abu Hurairah (RA) said:

“There were two brothers from Baliy who came to Allah’s Messenger and they had both become Muslims together. One of them was martyred, and the other one lived for another year. Talhah Ibn Ubaidillah (RA) said: I saw Paradise in a dream and I saw that the one who lived longer out of the two entered Paradise before the martyr. I was surprised at that. So when I awoke I mentioned that to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) or it was mentioned to him by another, so he responded: “Why are you surprised at that? Did he not continue to fast after his death, and did he not prayed with six thousand Ruku’us (bowings) and with such-and-such a large number of Sunnah prayers? The difference between them is greater than the difference between heaven and earth.” [Ahmad in Musnad and Ibn Majah]

The prayer itself must be prayed at the times allocated in the Shari’ah not the time we like. Allah, the Most High, said:

“Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” [An-Nisa’, 4:103]

Imam Al-Bukhari said:

“That the times are prescribed upon them.”

And the fulfilment of the prayers at their prescribed times is from the most beloved acts to Allah. Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud said:

“I asked the Prophet (Peace be upon him): “Which of the deeds are most beloved to Allah?” He replied: “The prayer on its time.” I said: “Then what?” He replied: “Being kind and dutiful to one’s parents.” I said: “Then what?” He replied: “Jihad in the path of Allah.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

There is another amazing narration regarding the condition of people in the Barzakh (life of the grave) after their deaths, and one of the people who is tried in his grave is the one who neglected his prayer. Narrated Samurah bin Jundub that:

“Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) used to often ask his Companions, “Did anyone of you see a dream?” So dreams would be narrated to him by those whom Allah wished to tell. One morning the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Last night two persons came to me (in a dream) and woke me up and said to me, ‘Proceed!’ I set out with them and we came across a man lying down, and behold, another man was standing over his head, holding a big rock. He was throwing the rock at the man’s head, injuring it. The rock rolled away and the thrower followed it and took it back. By the time he reached the man, his head returned to the normal state. The thrower then did the same as he had done before. I said to my two Companions, ‘Subhanallah! Who are these two persons?’ They said, ‘Proceed!’ So we proceeded and came to a man lying flat on his back and another man standing over his head with an iron hook, and behold, he would put the hook in one side of the man’s mouth and tear off that side of his face to the back (of the neck) and similarly tear his nose from front to back and his eye from front to back. Then he turned to the other side of the man’s face and did just as he had done with the other side. He hardly completed this side when the other side returned to its normal state. Then he returned to it to repeat what he had done before. I said to my two Companions, ‘Subhanallah! Who are these two persons?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed!’ So we proceeded and came across something like a kind of baking oven, [a baking pit clay-lined]. In that oven there was much noise and voices.” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) added, “We looked into it and found naked men and women, and behold, a flame of fire was reaching to them from underneath, and when it reached them, they cried out loudly. I asked them, ‘Who are these?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed!’ And so we proceeded and came across a river, red like blood.” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) added, “And in the river there was a man swimming, and on the bank there was a man who had collected many stones. While the other man was swimming, he went near him. The former opened his mouth and the latter (on the bank) threw a stone into his mouth whereupon he went away swimming. He returned and every time the performance was repeated. I asked my two Companions, ‘Who are these (two) persons?’ They replied, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ And we proceeded till we came to a man with a repulsive appearance, the most repulsive appearance, you ever saw a man having! Beside him there was a fire and he was kindling it and he was running around it. I asked my Companions, ‘Who is this (man)?’ They said to me, ‘Proceed!Proceed!’ So we proceeded till we reached a garden of deep green dense vegetation, having all sorts of spring colours. In the midst of the garden there was a very tall man and I could hardly see his head because of his great height, and around him there were children in such a large number as I have never seen. I said to my Companions, ‘Who is this?’ They replied, ‘Proceed! Proceed!’ So we proceeded till we came to a majestic huge garden, greater and better than I have ever seen! My two Companions said to me, ‘Go up’ and I went up. So we ascended till we reached a city built of gold and silver bricks and we went to its gate and asked (the gatekeeper) to open the gate, and it was opened and we entered the city and found in it, men with one side of their bodies as handsome as the most handsome person you have ever seen, and the other side as ugly as the ugliest person you have ever seen. My two Companions ordered those men to throw themselves into the river. There was a river flowing across (the city), and its water was like milk in whiteness. Those men went and threw themselves in it and then returned to us after the ugliness (of their bodies) had disappeared and they became the best of forms. My two Companions (Angels) said to me, ‘This place is the Paradise or Garden of Adn (Eden), and that is your place.’ I raised up my sight, and behold, there I saw a palace like a white cloud! My two Companions said to me, ‘That (palace) is your place.’ I said to them, ‘May Allah bless you both! Let me enter it.’ They replied, ‘As for now, you will not enter it, but you shall enter it (one day). I said to them, ‘I have seen many wonders tonight. What does all that mean which I have seen?’ They replied, ‘We will inform you: As for the first man you came upon whose head was being injured with the rock, he was one who studied the Quran and then neither recited it nor acted on its orders, and sleeps, neglecting the prescribed prayers. As for the man you came upon whose sides of mouth, nostrils and eyes were torn off from front to back, he is the man who goes out of his house in the morning and tells so many lies that it spreads all over the world. And those naked men and women whom you saw in a pit resembling an oven (Tannur), they are the fornicators, adulterers and the adulteresses. And the man whom you saw swimming in the river and given a stone to swallow, is the eater of usury (Riba). And the bad looking man whom you saw near the fire kindling it and going round it, is Malik, the gatekeeper of Hell. And the tall man whom you saw in the garden, is Prophet Ibrahim and the children around him are those children who die upon the Fitrah (upon the innate nature of the tawhid of Allah). The narrator added: Some Muslims asked the Prophet, “O Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him)! What about the children of pagans?” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) replied, “And also the children of pagans.” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) added, “My two Companions added, ‘The men you saw half handsome and half ugly were those persons who had mixed an act that was good with another that was bad, but Allah forgave them.’” [Al-Bukhari]

Dear Servants of Allah! Know that, the most difficult of prayers upon the hypocrites who profess faith is the Isha’ and fajr prayers. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are the Isha’ prayer and the Fajr prayer. If only they knew what reward there is in them, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.” [Ibn Majah]

There also occurs in the Hadith of the seven who will be shaded upon the Day when there is no shade except for His shade. Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“Allah will give shade to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His:

1. A just leader,

2. A youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (i.e. worships Allah sincerely from childhood),

3. A man whose heart is attached to the Mosques (i.e. to pray the compulsory prayers in the Mosque in congregation),

4. Two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only,

5. A man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I fear Allah,

6. A man who gives charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity),

7. And a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes fill with tears.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

A Masjid (Mosque) is from the houses of Allah, so whoever enters a Masjid of Sunnah and Tawhid is a guest of his Lord – and there is not heart better, nor a soul more joyous than the one that is a host of Allah in one of His houses. Abu Darda’ (RA) stated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“The Masjid (Mosque) is a home for every Allah-fearing, pious and dutiful person (Taqiy). Allah promises the one who makes the Masjid his home to give him ease, tranquility, mercy and permission to cross the Sirat (bridge over hell) to the pleasure of Allah and Paradise.” [At-Tabarani in Al-Kabir – Al-Albani declared it Hasan in his checking of Al-Mundhiri’s At-Targhib wat-Tarhib]

This is the joy and happiness given to the believer who worships his Lord and desires the Masjid of Sunnah and Tawhid, making that his home.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Islam gives tremendous importance to the Prayer (in Arabic: Salah). It has the highest position after the testimony of faith, Shahadatain, which enters a person into Islam.

The Prayer is the first affair that the people will be asked about on the Day of Resurrection.

A person’s Islam depends on his Prayer such that if he abandons the prayer, he loses his grasp on Islam and becomes a non-Muslim.

The Prayer is the barrier between a person and sins, just as Allah the Most High mentioned in His Noble Book (Al-Quran).

Its importance is such that during the final hours of the life of the Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him) he advised with it.

The five daily Prayers have a tremendous position in Islam, therefore, they must not be neglected by a true Muslim.

A Muslim should never underestimate the importance of the Prayers. Each prayer out of the five daily Prayers consists of a fixed number of Raka’ahs (or units) that have a sequence of movements and sayings. So the dawn prayer (Fajr) has two Raka’ahs, the early afternoon prayer (Zuhr) has four, the mid-afternoon prayer (Asr) has four, the after-sunset prayer (Maghrib) has three and the late evening prayer (Isha’) has four. Every Muslim is obligated to know how to perform these prayers and to pray them wherever they are: at work, school, college, home, hospital, countryside, etc. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“The whole of the earth has been made for me as a place of purification and prayer.”

So an adult, sane Muslim has no excuse to miss the prayer.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Quran and Sunnah. I pray that He lets us recognise the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He lets us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us.

O Allah! Who saved Prophet Yunus from Fish, Prophet Ibrahim from fire, Prophet Musa from Fir’awn, Prophet Yusuf from well, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) from Quraish, save us from every difficulties of life, turn all our expectations into reality, because you turn egg into bird, seed into tree, fluid into human, hardship into relief and cloud into rain.

O Allah! Answer our open and secret prayers and prosper the work of our hands, wipe away our open and secret tears and bless us with multiple Grace. Take us to the position we belong, grant our heart desire and bless us. Rebuild our scattered dreams and change our status to victory. Forgive our sins and purify our parents of their sins. Guide our children and heal our sickness. Have mercy on our soul. Defeat our enemies and guide our love ones.

O Allah! Respond to all our Du’as and supplications, grant us Jannatul firdaws, Aameen Ya Rabbal Alamin.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Anything good I have said in my today’s Sermon is from Allah the Almighty, 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 bounds in anything I said or I do.

May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

With this I conclude my Sermon and ask Allah, the Almighty and the Sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving and Most Merciful.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Shawwal 8, 1439 AH (June 22, 2018), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

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Zakatul-Fitr/Sadaqatul-Fitr: The Purifying Charity Of Breaking The Ramadan Fast, By Imam Gusau

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! The scope of worship in Islam is universal, in the literal sense. For the Quran tells us that each and every constituent of creation near or far, seen or unseen, animate or inanimate – worships The True and Only Allah.

“Indeed, every being in the heavens and the earth but comes to the All-Merciful as a worshipper.” [Quran, 19: 93]

It is only human beings, then, that are called upon to voluntarily join in the wonderful symphony of worshipful creation.

Islam’s five pillars are the cornerstones upon which we build such an outstanding and worshipful life. But no such establishment of a dignified life of faith on earth, either personally or socially, can take place without one essential pillar that represents the intersection of our professed convictions and our practical lives. Zakah is that pillar, for it is the primary instrument that Allah has placed at our disposal to spiritually and socially uplift every Muslim and the entirety of our Ummah and thereby to assert a benevolent hand for the Commonwealth of humanity. Among Zakah’s most blessed manifestations – and certainly its most widespread – is the obligatory annual giving of the Zakatul-Fitr charity, before the solemnizing of Ramadan by Eid prayer.

Respected Servants of Allah! The Arabic word ‘Zakah’ means ‘purity,’ ‘cleansing,’ ‘wholesomeness,’ and ‘integrity’ (in both their physical and moral senses). It means, also, ‘growth’ or ‘increase.’ Understanding these linguistic meanings helps our proper appreciation of what Zakah is as a financial, or fiduciary rite mandated by Allah. For, indeed, each of these senses finds its native expression in Zakah’s correct function in our lives and in our local communities and societies. It is known also by the term Sadaqatul-Fitr, or the Sincere, or Righteous Charity of Fast Breaking, because it testifies to one’s sincerity to Allah and his or her righteousness in seeking to comply with Allah’s legislation, or Sanctioned Laws and legislations.

Zakah’s primary goal is not that of simple “charity.” Allah has instituted other mechanisms for this purpose. Rather, Zakah is much farther seeing and reaching. Its objective is to secure the psycho-spiritual well-being of every single Muslim as an individual servant of Allah, and to safeguard the socio-moral welfare of the entire Muslim nation.

The reason that the objectives of Zakah are so profound and sweeping is that its principle is so universally sound and materially decisive. Zakah is the incumbent giving of wealth, in all its material manifestations, from all those who have it (and this is its comprehensive aspect) to all those whose need gives them a right to a minimally dignifying sum from it — and this is its deeper significance. For it means that Allah has chosen to invest the wealth of some of us, for lawful increase, with others among us as a trust that must be conveyed to its rightful beneficiaries, if our own holdings are to remain pure and our societies are to have integrity.

What is, indeed, so profound about this is that it underscores to humanity that all of its wealth, in fact, is disbursed to it on loan from Allah, who, as the Creator, is the sole Owner of life and all that the living possess. Allah has revealed this pillar of faith to every believing community in history. But He has expanded it into an inclusive, highly systematized institution enjoined upon all who would follow Islam.

– The Sum Of Zakatul Fitr

Originally, the stated amount of Zakatul-Fitr was a Sa’i of dates, or barley, or wheat. A Sa’i was a “goblet,” or drinking utensil, at the time of the Prophet. There have been periodic inquiries by Muslim scholars (like the well-known investigation by Abu Yusuf, the great Hanafi scholar) to determine updated weight-and-measure equivalents to that of the of Sa’i at the time of the Prophet. There is some minimal discrepancy, or difference, in determining this weight based upon the conversion of quantities of varying items (dates and wheat, for example) into a unified measure. Thus a Sa’i is now estimated to be equal to anywhere from 2.176 to 2.25 kilograms, or just under 5 lbs.

There is, however, an opinion in the Hanafi school of jurisprudence with regard to determining the correct amount of Zakatul-Fitr that specifies a half a Sa’i of harvested wheat grain or its flour, but one full Sa’i for items such as barley, dates, and raisins. However, this was based on the availability, or scarcity, of these items at the time this opinion emerged. Hence, the price of the staple items by which Zakatul-Fitr is determined must be reconsidered in contemporary circumstances to the advantage of the Zakat-Fitr recipients.

The classical Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali positions on the type of Zakatul-Fitr offering discusses payment only in terms of weights and measures of provisions, or foodstuffs. It is the Hanafi opinion, however, that holds sway in this matter, which states that Muslims may give the price of Zakatul-Fitr, originally determined for grains and dates, in contemporary currency equivalents. They argue this position on the basis of a higher good or more practicable benefit, saying that money enables the needy person to buy what he or she deems to be most desirable or necessary on the day of Eid. They point out that a person may, for example, not be in need of a provision of corn, or the like, but rather in want of clothing, or meat, etc.

– Who is liable for the Zakat al-Fitr Payment

Dear Servants of Allah! As I have noted previously, every Muslim is liable for the payment of Zakatu-Fitr, provided food exists for one, and one’s dependents, for Eid eve and the following day. Knowing now what a Sa’i is, in terms of its contemporary weight equivalents, we can be more exact in defining who is liable to make the Zakatul-Fitr payment. Every Muslim, whether rich or poor, who possesses (or has stored on his behalf) grains, or similar foodstuffs – or the monetary means of achieving the like of this – sufficient for one’s sustenance, and that of one’s dependents for a full night and day, must give Zakatul-Fitr.

This sum is due not per household, but per person. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Give Zakatul-Fitr on behalf of [all your] dependents.” [Al-Baihaqi]

For he indicated that Zakatul-Fitr would purify the wealth of the rich and be the cause of Allah giving more to the poor than what they have given. Thus whoever meets the feeding requirements for his or her family must pay the Zakatul-Fitr payment for each and every household member.

The Shafi’i and the Hanbali schools of jurisprudence state that a Muslim should give the Zakatul-Fitr payment on behalf of him – or herself and on behalf of every single person under his or her care—including one’s wife; children (even if they are older but still dependent, or ineligible to make the payment according to Zakatul-Fitr requirements); parents (if they are poor or dependent); and any others who are established dependents of the household (such as foster children, orphans, and the like).

– When Is The Payment Due

Imams Ash-Shafi’i and Ahmad state that the Zakatul- Fitr payment becomes obligatory after sunset on Eid’s eve, or the last day of fasting, because this is the end of Ramadan. Abu Hanifah (and also Ash-Shafi’i in an earlier opinion of his) held that the sum of Zakatul-Fitr becomes obligatory at the dawn of Eid day because it is reported that the Prophet commanded his Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, to pay Zakatul-Fitr before going out to perform the prayer of Eid. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore, if one has a newborn before the dawn of Eid, or one dies after the sunset of the final day of fasting, his or her Zakatul-Fitr must be paid, according to Imam Abu Hanifah.

Also, according to him (Imam Abu Hanifah) it is possible to pay Zakatul-Fitr in Ramadan in advance of Zakatul-Fitr, or even just prior to the commencement of Ramadan. Imam Ash-Shafi’i however, holds that Zakatul-Fitr can be given on the first day of fasting Ramadan. Imams Malik and Ahmad state that its payment becomes obligatory after the sunset of the last day of Ramadan, but can be paid one or two days earlier.

– Where Should Zakatul-Fitr Be Paid?

In general, the best place for the collection and distribution of one’s Zakah and charity — and this includes Zakatul-Fitr — is one’s locality or community, be it in one’s city, state, or country. This is strongly implied in the statement of the Prophet in sending the famed Companion Mu’az Ibn Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, to teach the people of Yemen. He said to him:

“Inform them that Allah has made the paying of Zakah obligatory on them. Take it from their rich and give it to their poor.”

There are provisions for transferring Zakah resources to other communities among Muslims; however, special guidelines for doing so have been established by Muslim scholars in accordance with Islamic legislation, to which the institutions responsible for the collection and distribution of Zakah among Muslims are to adhere.

– Zakatul-Fitr A Favorable Sign For Our Community

The re-emergence of Muslim concern for the paying and collection of all Zakah resources and charities — especially Zakatul-Fitr — is an auspicious sign, indeed, for the Muslim community. Zakah has increasingly taken a central place in contemporary Muslim discourse, as its dynamic (almost miraculous) possibilities are again being realized by Muslims. At least seven conferences on this topic have taken place in Kuwait (and others in Pakistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt) in recent decades. Their focuses have been diverse. A good summary of their scholarly recommendations concerning Zakatul-Fitr, however, is represented in the Sixth International Conference on Contemporary Zakah Issues held in Kuwait in 1997. They are summed up herein to augment this look at one of the most blessed and pleasing expressions of our worship, to which Allah alone has guided us. And all goodness and truth is from Him alone.

– Summary of the Recommendations of the Sixth International Conference on Contemporary Zakah Issues (Kuwait, 1997):

1. Zakatul-Fitr is obligatory upon every Muslim who has the food or provision to sustain himself, and those whom he is obligated to support, on the eve and the day of Eid, provided that this exceeds his basic needs.

2. A man is obliged to pay Zakatul-Fitr for his wife and minor children who have no money of their own. In the case of one who has independent children, one is not obliged for their payment.

3. What is obligatory is the giving of a Sa’i (four handfuls or four mudun Nabi) of dates, barley, raisins, or other such grain, equal to approximately 2.25 kilograms of wheat. Originally, the giving of Zakatul-Fitr was limited to the kinds of food that had been stated in the relevant statement of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). However, jurists (Fuqaha) have established (through proper methods) that it may be given out of other commonly consumed foods, such as rice, millet, corn, guinea corn, garri, meat, milk and so forth, but should be valued in accordance with the items specified by the Prophet. Moreover, it is permissible to give Zakatul-Fitr in currency by paying the equivalent value of what is obligated.Those Muslim Institutions entrusted with its collection and distribution are required to assess the value of the originally specified items in their areas, and to disseminate that information in their communities, accordingly.

4. Zakatul-Fitr must be given before the prayer of Eid. It is forbidden to delay it until after the Eid day. If one, for any reason accepted by Shari’ah, is prevented from giving it at that particular time, one must pay it after that time passes. If there is a need, Zakatul-Fitr may be given at any time from the beginning of the month of Ramadan that is, its first day — until the end of the specified time [of Eid day].

5. It is permissible for one to delegate another to give Zakatul-Fitr on one’s behalf.

6. It is permissible for the institutions that collect Zakatul-Fitr to exchange it from goods to currency, and vice versa, based on the general interest of the community.

7. It is permissible, in special cases, to transfer Zakatul-Fitr collections from the people or locality in which it was collected to nearby communities in more need. And it is equally permissible to spend Zakatul-Fitr in another community, if the giving community has no one in need of it.

8. One must have a clear intention before giving one’s Zakatul-Fitr. If one delegates, or gives permission, to another to give Zakatul-Fitr on his behalf, it is considered an explicit intention.

9. If the community decides, after due process of consultation among its leadership and scholars, to delay the spending of what it has collected from Zakatul-Fitr payments until after the day of Eid, then this may be done, provided that it serves a clear benefit for the community.

10. The Zakatul-Fitr payment should be dedicated to the poor and the needy. In some cases, however, it can be given to eligible recipients of Zakah of wealth; namely those stated by Allah in the following Quranic verse:

“For the poor and the needy, and for those who work [to administer it], and for those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and for freeing captives (or slaves), and for those in debt, and for the cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer…” [Quran, 9:60]

Wallahu ‘Alam.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our Noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Ma’assalam,

Your Brother:

Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. The Imam can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

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Feeding The Poor And The Needy In Ramadan, By Imam Gusau

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

Assalamu Alaikum/Barkan mu da shan ruwa

Ramadan is the month of reflection, soul searching and refreshing our Iman. It is also the month to try to save ourselves from the hellfire. One of the acts prescribed by the Prophet (Peace be upon him) for this purpose is sadaqa (charity).

According to the Prophet (Peace be upon him):

“Charity extinguishes the sin just as water extinguishes the fire. The man’s prayer late at night has the same effect.”

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Every day the sun rises, charity (Sadaqa) is due on every joint of a person: you administer justice between two men is a charity; and assisting a man to mount his beast, or helping him load his luggage on it is a charity; and a good word is a charity; and every step that you take (towards the Masjid) for Salah (prayer) is a charity and removing harmful things from the road is a charity.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

During Ramadan, the generosity of Prophet (Peace be upon him) knew no bounds. Narrated by Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him):

“The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was the most generous of people. He used to be the most generous in Ramadan when he would meet with Angel Jibril (AS) and study the Quran with him. Angel Jibril (AS) would meet with the Prophet every night in Ramadan to teach him the Quran. The Prophet was so generous when he met with Jibril (AS), more generous than the wind that brings rain.”

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) said:

“When Ramadan would start, the Prophet would release all prisoners of war and fulfill the need of every person who would ask him for something.”

Wassalamu Alaikum

~ Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. +2348038289761. Tuesday, Ramadan 13, 1439 AH (29/05/2018)

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O You Who Believe: Have Fear Of Allah And Be With The Truthful, By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servants and Messenger.

Respected Nigerians! If you can remember, when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015 after visiting the Victims of Nyanya Bomb blast, and when the Chibok girls were kidnapped, was off to and headed for Kano to dance, people, including President Muhammadu Buhari criticized him as being inhumane and insensitive, but now that the Dapchi girls were abducted and President Buhari and his supporters considered attending the wedding ceremony in Kano more important, all in a bid to get votes (the same thing Jonathan did), and the same people who attacked and blasted Jonathan are now screaming sai Baba Buhari. Now I understand and realised that the leaders are not the only Nigeria’s problems, the hypocrisy of the followers too. Watch out my friend, the victims themselves, the oppressed who are bearing all the suffering will be the first to come here to defend this recklessness. You will soon hear them screaming sai Baba. Wallahi, until Nigerians begin to get serious and disciplined with things that really matter, i.e. priorities, NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE. It is your choice.

Remember Dear Nigerians! How President Muhammadu Buhari at that time used all manner of uncouth language to destructively criticize Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his party, the PDP.

Barely 48hrs when Rann in Borno state was attacked and sacked by Boko Haram terrorists, when the ethnic-religious crisis and killings is still going on in Kaduna, Adamawa and Benue states, when the attacks on innocent souls is still happening in Zamfara state, when many people were killed, several others injured and many houses burned to ashes in fresh attacks on communities, in Nyiwa, Nguroje and Yerimaru areas in Sardauna local government, Taraba State, President Buhari is in Kano attending a wedding ceremony, looking for Kanawa’s votes in 2019 election. And he is yet to visit any of the troubled states in Nigeria as at today.

Dear Mr. President! Please, after pleasing Governors Ganduje and Ajimobi by attending their children’s wedding ceremony in Kano, I beg you for Allah’s sake to kindly visit Dapchi mothers. Wallahi I know, seeing you would greatly give them hope and reduce their pains. But if it is true that you are on the side of the masses.

Haba Baba Buhari! You visited Kano for wedding celebration of the daughters of Ganduje and Ajimobi but couldn’t visit Dapchi where 110 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram or Benue, or Zamfara, Adamawa or Taraba?

Remember, ?the way you screamed when Chibok girls abducted, and the way you blasted Goodluck Jonathan. Wallahi we thought that you will be in the bush for now in Lake Chad looking for Dapchi girls to be rescued.?

How I wish you visit Dapchi to sympathise with the parents of the missing girls instead of attending Ganduje daughter’s wedding celebration in Kano. Is it because Governor Ganduje promised you five millions “underaged” votes while the Governor of Yobe did not? Or is it because your priority is your political ambition not the well being of the poor masses?

Respected Servants of Allah! Now wallahi any responsible person knows that Boko Haram terrorists is not completely defeated or  technically, spiritually, psychologically defeated or decimated as they always wanted us to understand!

And wallahi recent events happening in the country show that the President identifies with the elite more than with the common man. If you once believed or still believe the president had masses at heart, you are dreaming and it’s time you renounced the belief.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! I wrote this because I was extremely moved by the fact that while people were being killed at Sardauna local government area, on the Mambila Plateau of Taraba state; at Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Adamawa, Kaduna etc, but President Muhammadu Buhari remained in Kano to celebrate the wedding of Governor Ganduje’s daughter. I also find it insensitive that Northern state governors also celebrated in Kano with Buhari while their people are being killed, and most of them even refused to pay the workers in their states their salary.

I can recalled that part of the negligence that consumed the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan was his campaigning in Kano at the time people were dying at Nyanya and Chibok girls abducted.

Mr. President, State Governors and all our elected representatives at all levels should, therefore, note that their neglect to act decisively in this circumstance will definitely form part of the burdens they would have to carry to the 2019 polls In Shaa Allah.

Our Problems in this country lies on us and their solutions lies with us. 2019 is another chance set aside for us to replace the problems with solutions, by the grace and power of Almighty Allah.

We must be sincere to ourselves, we must fear Allah and be always with the truthful.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! Ask the average person to define truthfulness and the answer will most likely be restricted to something about truthful speech. Islam, however, teaches that truthfulness is far more than having an honest tongue. In Islam, truthfulness is the conformity of the outer with the inner, the action with the intention, the speech with belief, and the practice with the preaching. As such, truthfulness is the very cornerstone of the upright Muslim’s character and the springboard for his virtuousness deeds.

The great sage and scholar of Islam, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, said:

“Truthfulness is the greatest of stations, from it sprout all the various stations of those traversing the path to Allah; and from it sprouts the upright path which if not trodden, perdition is that person’s fate. Through it is the hypocrite distinguished from the believer and the inhabitant of Paradise from the denizen of Hell. It is the sword of Allah in His earth: it is not placed on anything except that it cuts it; it does not face falsehood expect that it hunts it and vanquishes it; whoever fights with it will not be defeated; and whoever speaks it, his word will be made supreme over his opponent. It is the very essence of deeds and the well spring of spiritual states, it allows the person to embark boldly into dangerous situations, and it is the door through which one enters the presence of the One possessing Majesty. It is the foundation of the building of Islam, the central pillar of the edifice of certainty and the next level in ranking after the level of Prophethood.” [See Madarij as-Salikin]

By practicing truthfulness, a person betters himself, his life is made upright and due to it, he is elevated to praiseworthy heights and raised in ranks in the sight of Allah as well as the people. As the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon him, related:

“I order you to be truthful, for indeed truthfulness leads to righteousness, and indeed righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continues to be truthful and strives for truthfulness until he is written as a truthful person with Allah. And beware of falsehood, for indeed falsehood leads to sinning, and indeed sinning leads to the Fire. A man continues to tell lies and strives upon falsehood until he is written as a liar with Allah.” [Sahih Muslim]

So, truthfulness is something which is to be cultivated till it becomes implanted in a person’s soul and disposition and therefore reflected throughout the person’s character. Ali bin Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, mentioned the positive reciprocal effect of behaving truthfully with people in this worldly life. He said:

“Whoever does three things with regards to people, they will necessitate three things from him: whenever he speaks to them he is truthful; whenever they entrust him with something he does not betray them; and whenever he promises them something he fulfils it. If he does this, their hearts will love him; their tongues will praise him; and they will come to his aid.” [See Adab ash-Shari’a of Ibn Muflih]

As for the Next Life, through Allah’s Grace and Mercy, the obedient ones – practitioners of truthfulness – will reach a station in Paradise alongside those most fortunate of souls mentioned in the revelation. Allah said:

“And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, such will be in the company of those whom Allah has blessed: the Prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent a company are such people!” [Quran, 4:69]

In fact, truthfulness is an essential attribute of every single Prophet who graced the earth. We are told in the Quran:

“And mention in the Book of Ibrahim (Abraham): surely he was a most truthful Prophet.” [Quran, 19:41]

“And mention in the Book of Isma’il (Ishmael): surely, he was a man true to his word, and he was a Messenger, a Prophet.” [Quran, 19:54]

“And mention in the Book of Idris (Enoch): surely he was a most truthful Prophet.” [Quran, 19:56]

We also read in the Quran how a man incarcerated alongside the Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) addressed him with the words:

“Yusuf (Joseph)! O most truthful one!…” [Quran, 12:46]

And that Maryam (Mary), the mother of Isa (Jesus), was also declared truthful in the Words of Allah:

“The Messiah (Isa/Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother  (Maryam) was a truthful one, a Believer….” [Quran, 5:75]

And the Companions of Allah’s Messenger, the “believers” mentioned time and time again in the Quran, also reached the lofty ranks of the truthful ones:

“The believers are but those people who believed in Allah and His Messenger without ever feeling doubt thereafter, and strove with their souls and possessions in the way of Allah; those are the ones who are the truthful.” [Quran, 49:15]

Hence, to tread the path of truthfulness is to tread the path of the most righteous of Allah’s creation. And as for ways and means to engender this most noble of virtues into our daily lives, then we have been left an ocean of teachings from Allah’s Final Messenger to humanity, the Prophet Muhammad, detailing and describing precisely what the virtue, nay!, the injunction of truthfulness requires. One from among these vast and numerous sayings of Allah’s Messenger is his plea:

“Guarantee for me six things and I will guarantee Paradise for you: tell the truth when you speak, fulfill your promises, be faithful when you are trusted, safeguard your private parts, lower your gaze, and withhold your hands (from harming others).” [Reported by Ubaadah in As-Sahihah]

And Allah confirmed the truthfulness of these words of His Beloved Messenger with His Own True Word. He said:

“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for truthful men and women, for patient men and women, for humble men and women, for charitable men and women, for fasting men and women, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise: for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” [Quran, 33:35]

Respected Brothers and Sisters! Just as truthfulness is the very cornerstone of the upright person’s character and the springboard for his virtuousness, falsehood, its opposite, is the foundation of a person’s depravity and the launch pad for his wickedness. Just as the truthfulness of a person starts from within – that is, it is a reflection of a state of true faith – a person’s dishonesty, lying and deceit is also a reflection of the inner state. This is why Allah mentions truthfulness as being the opposite of hypocrisy:

“That Allah may reward the truthful for their truthfulness, and punish the hypocrites if He wills, or turn mercifully towards them…” [Quran, 33:24]

And why He mentions sincerity as a mark of truthfulness:

“So that Allah might recompense the truthful for their truthfulness….”

Little wonder then that the most righteous and truthful of people, the Prophets of Allah and their true followers, were not belied, denounced, opposed, oppressed and rejected except by those who were given to dishonesty, deceit and hypocrisy.

“It is only those who believe not in the Signs of Allah, who fabricate falsehood, and it is they who are the liars.” [Quran, 16:105]

That is regards to falsehood in faith. As for falsehood in deed, Allah states in the Quran:

“…that He may try you, which of you is the best in deeds.” [Quran, 67:2]

A great scholar from the early period of Islam, Fudail Ibn Iyad, commented on this verse, explaining:

“‘which of you is the best in deeds’ means ‘the most sincere and correct.’ If the deed is sincere and not correct, it will not be accepted, and if it is correct and not sincere, it will not be accepted. It will not be accepted until it is both sincere and correct!”

One everyday example of where sincerity and correction of action are often subverted by falsehood is in the buying and selling of goods. Hence we find the Prophet saying:

“If they (two parties meeting to trade) are truthful and clarify (any and all deficiency in their goods), their transaction will be blessed. But if they lie and conceal (any deficiency in their goods), the blessings of their transaction will be eradicated.” [Reported by Hakim bin Hizam, in Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]

And what of falsehood in speech? Falsehood of the tongue, or what is more commonly referred to as lying, is a characteristic roundly rejected by the entire world – even if its inhabitants may fall into it from time to time. After all, if Allah would punish his last and greatest Prophet in case he were to lie…

“If he (Prophet Muhammad) had invented false sayings concerning Us, We would surely have grasped him firmly, and then cut off the artery of his heart, and none of you could have withheld Us from doing this.” [Quran, 69:44-7]

…then how could lying be acceptable from anyone else besides His Prophet?! And he, the Prophet Muhammad, the Truthful One, said:

“A slave’s faith will not be upright until his heart is upright, and his heart will not be upright until his tongue is upright, and a man whose neighbour is not safe from his harm will not enter Paradise.” [Reported by Anas bin Malik, in As-Sahihah]

Again, the Prophet said:

“A person lies and lies, until he is written with Allah as a habitual liar.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Thus, the habitual liar is despised, truly and thoroughly despised, by all – even his own kind – as no-one can trust a liar, not even other liars. And just as clarity in speech is a sign of truthfulness, so then ambiguity, innuendo, sarcasm and every other form of deception and trickery of the tongue is denounced in Islam. Even lying in jest has been condemned by the Prophet when he said:

“I guarantee a house in the middle of Paradise for the one who leaves off lying even if it be in jest.” [Reported by Abu Umamah, in At-Tirmidhi]

…and his saying:

“Woe to the person who lies to make people laugh (or to make people happy! Woe to him, woe to him!” [Abu Dawud]

The Prophet’s closest friend and immediate temporal successor, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (i.e. the truthful – so named by the Prophet due to the truthfulness of his faith), further said:

“Beware of lying, for lying opposes (true) faith.” [Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman]

And the daughter of Abu Bakr, Aisha, who was the beloved wife of the Prophet, mentioned that:

“There was no trait more abhorrent to the Messenger of Allah, may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon him, than lying.” [Ahmad in Musnad]

Suffice as a deterrence from lying is its being listed as a trait of that most wretched of conditions: hypocrisy. The Prophet Muhammad said:

“The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks he lies; when he makes an oath he breaks it; and when he is entrusted with something he betrays that trust.” [Reported by Abu Hurairah, in Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Not only do we learn about the abhorrence of directly lying itself, but Islam also mercifully educates us as to the dangers of all that which indirectly leads to lying and insincerity.

Again from Aisha we learn that the Prophet would invoke his Lord, praying:

“O Allah! I seek refuge with you from all sins, and from being in debt.” When asked: “O Messenger of Allah! You frequently seek refuge with Allah from being in debt!” The Prophet of Allah replied: “If a person is in debt, he tells lies when he speaks, and breaks his promises when he promises.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

In the same vain, the Prophet explicitly ordered his followers to:

“Leave that which causes you doubt for that which does not cause you doubt. For in truthfulness lies tranquility, and in lying lies doubt.” [At-Tirmidhi]

Striving for truthfulness then, in spirit, word and deed, is a matter which requires the utmost steadfastness from the believer, as well as the utmost vigilance against the dangers of falsehood, insincerity, deceit and hypocrisy:

“That Allah will reward the People of Truth for their truth, and punish the hypocrites if that be His Will, or turn to them in Mercy; for Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Quran, 33:24]

Respected Servants of Allah! Let my detractors, those sending me a text messages that I became Kafir (unbeliever) for giving Nasihah to their god, President Buhari; those keep threatening me that my blood became halal to shed for telling their god, President Buhari to fear Allah and do what is right; those telling me that I’m the enemy of Muslims for saying the truth to those in authority; those people who are trying to give President Buhari the position of Allah or the position of His Messenger, or that in their side, President Buhari is Ma’asumi, that wallahi, standing for the truth is what I have done all my life and will continue standing for the truth for the rest of my life In shaa Allah.

I have lost money, friends and name because I have stood for the truth, I am happy to sacrifice everything for the truth.

I do not stand for the truth for fame or name or money, it would be very foolish of anyone to think that standing for the truth would earn them fame or name. The opposite is true. It attracts a lot of opposition and causes a lot of discomfort in society.

I do not stand for the truth because I will earn a fortune, I stand for the truth because I believe in it. When you stand for the truth rarely do you gain any wealth, often it is a life of hand to mouth existence. Nowadays poverty and hardship are constant companions of those who stand for the truth.

I do not stand for the truth because I want people to praise me or to love me. When you stand for the truth you gain a huge amount of criticism. It is extremely hard to hear abuse hurled at you, people calling you with different disrespect names, people swearing at you, people calling you names and saying the most despicable and disgusting things about you. But I am happy to take them on. The foul mouthed swearing and abusive mob can swear more. I know they will regret this one day whereas I will not regret standing for the truth In Shaa Allah.

I do not stand for the truth because my life would be easy. It would have been easier to live an insignificant life by staying quiet like most people. However, standing for the truth is hard on your life. It is extremely testing and scary but I have chosen this life of striving for the truth. I have received death threats, threats of being beaten up and even threats on my family. My life and death is determined by Allah, no human being can harm me or prolong or shorten my life accept that is the decree of Allah.

Everything that Allah has written for mankind from good and bad will definitely reach him and there is no escape from it:

“No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allah likes not prideful boasters.” [Al-Hadid, 22-23]

“And if Allah touches you with hurt (calamity), there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favour.” [Yunus, 108]

This verse means: that Allah has decreed the good and the bad. So if harm befalls you, then no one can lift it except Him [Allah]. So if He wants good for you [from blessings], even if all the people on earth come together they will not be able to prevent that good from you.

And the Hadith of Ibn Abbas is in accordance with this verse:

“And know, that if all the Nation come together to benefit you with a thing, they will not be able to benefit you except with what Allah has written for you. And if they come together to harm you with a thing, they will not be able to harm you except with what Allah has written for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” [At-Tirmidhi]

I do not stand for the truth because it’s glamorous or fashionable, I stand for the truth because it is the truth. People’s right to freedom, equality and honour in general and poor’s right to equal treatment and honour in particular are some of my biggest struggles. I stand for economic and political equality of all people. I stand for fairness and non discrimination at all levels. The champions of these struggles have laid down their lives. Wallahi I have no problem in doing the same.

The biggest truth in my life is justice and fairness. When you actively deny people their rights I will challenge you, when you systematically abuse people’s human rights I will stand up against you, when you promote evil in society I will fight you. No threats or fear will stop me from continuing in my struggle.

That is my truth. You don’t have to like me for that. You do not have to follow me. You do not have to listen to a word of what I say. I will speak and promote truth until my last breath. All I care about is my hereafter and the pleasure of my Lord. Fairness and justice is closest to Godliness. And that struggle will continue with or without you!

Yes, some may doubt me. Some may accuse me of anything they like. Others may call it hypocrisy. Yet, some would even go to the extent of calling me “THE ENEMY OF PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI” or his “HATER.” But I can never be dissuaded from speaking just the simple truth. This is my religious orientation.

* Beware of the Politics of Idolatry

The Qur‘an teaches that whenever the love, longing, loyalty and submission which are due to Allah, are focused upon other than Him, or others along with Him, then this is shirk – idolatry; setting-up partners with Allah. For as Islam sees things, whoever loves something, desires it, values it, and centres their hopes, fears, love and loyalty around it; submitting to it independently of Allah, then this, for them, becomes a deity, a god, an object of sacrilegious worship. There are some who make a god of wealth. Some make politicians to be their gods. Others make gods of celebrities. Still others make gods of their egos and desires. The Qur’an asks:

“Have you seen him who takes his desires for his god?” [Qur’an, 25:43]

Of course we have seen them!

It is in this same vein that Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said:

“Whoever loves something and obeys it, loving and hating for its sake, then that is his god. Whoever loves or hates only for the sake of Allah, or forms allegiances and enmity only for Him, then Allah is his god in truth. But whoever’s loving or loathing revolves around his whims, forming enmity or allegiance on its basis, then these desires are his god that he worships.” [See Jami’ al-Ulum wal Hikam]

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our Noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Wassalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa bara ka tuh

Your Brother:

Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

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A Muslim Celebrating The New Year? No! By Imam Murthada Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Brothers and Sisters! Around this time every year, the audio-visual and print media in many non-Muslim and even Muslim countries actively broadcast and circulate programs on celebrating New Year’s Eve.

They invite people to participate in the celebrations that are held in certain places specially assigned for them. Public workplaces, private homes and streets are decorated in many different ways. This state of affairs necessitates that the scholars and students of knowledge explain the ruling of Shari‘ah on this issue.

To this end, I have collected many Ayat (verses) from the Quran and Ahadith of the Prophet (SAW) and statements of Scholars.

It is indisputably established that Allah has perfected His religion and completed the message. Allah Says:

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” [Quran, 5:3]

There is no true religion other than Islam which Allah sent Muhammad (SAW) to convey. Allah Says:

“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them — out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah, then indeed, Allah is swift in (taking) account.” [Quran, 3:19]

“And whoever desires other than Islam as religion — never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.” [Quran, 3:85]

Commenting on this Ayah (verse), Imam Ibn Jarir At-Tabari said:

“Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam to believe in, Allah will not accept it from him. “He, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers” means that, by doing so, he will deprive himself of his share of the mercy of Allah. It was mentioned that after the revelation of this Ayah (verse), the followers of other religions claimed that they were Muslims according to what is meant by the Ayah (verse). Hence, Allah commanded them to perform Hajj if they were true in their claims, because Hajj is an Islamic practice, yet they refused to do so. In this way, Allah refuted their claim.”

Al-Hafiz Ibn Kathir said:

“Allah Says: “Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.” This indicates that Allah The Almighty does not accept a religion other than Islam, which is to follow the Messengers who were sent by Allah The Almighty until the final Messenger, Muhammad (SAW). Allah closed all the ways leading to Him except the way of Muhammad (SAW). Hence, anyone who meets Allah after the mission of Muhammad (SAW) following anything other than his Shari‘ah, his belief will not be accepted, as Allah Says: “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion — never will it be accepted from him.”

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that he said:

“The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘Deeds will come on the Day of Judgment. The prayer will come and say, ‘O Lord, I am the prayer.’ He will Say, ‘You are good.’ Then charity will come and say, ‘O Lord, I am charity.’ He will Say, ‘You are good.’ Then fasting will come and say, ‘O Lord, I am fasting.’ Then He will Say, ‘You are good.’ Other (good) deeds will come and say, ‘I am so-and-so’ and Allah will answer them, ‘You are good.’ Then Islam will come and say, ‘O Lord, You are As-Salam and I am Islam.’ So, Allah will Say, ‘You are good. Today, I will punish and reward on account of you.’ That is why Allah Says in His Book:

“And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.” [Quran, 3:85]

Imam Ahmad and Abu Ya‘ala Al-Haythami said:

“‘Abbad Ibn Rashid is one of the narrators of this Hadith, who was accredited by Abu Hatim and other scholars but declared weak by another group of scholars. The rest of the narrators of Ahmad’s Isnad are among the narrators of Al-Bukhari and/or Muslim.” [Majma‘ Az-Zawa’id]

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Islam is the religion of the dwellers of the heavens and the religion of the followers of Tawhid on earth, and Allah does not accept a religion other than Islam. There are six religions followed by people on earth: one religion belongs to Allah and five religions belong to Satan. The religion that belongs to Allah is Islam (the religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Noah, Muhammad etc), and the religions that belong to Shaytan are Judaism, Christianity, Magianism, Sabeanism, and polytheism.” [Madarij As-Salikin]

The Prophet (SAW) explained the meaning of Islam in full. It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that he said:

“One day while the Prophet (SAW) was sitting with people, a man came to him and said, ‘What is Iman?’ The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Iman is to believe in Allah, His angels, the meeting with Him in the Day of Judgment, His Messengers, and to believe in Resurrection.’ The man asked, ‘What is Islam?’

The Prophet (SAW) replied: ‘Islam is to worship Allah without associating partners with Him, to offer the obligatory prayers perfectly, to pay the (compulsory) charity i.e. Zakah and to fast the month of Ramadan.’ The man again asked, ‘What is Ihsan?’ The Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you do not actually see Him, then (be certain that) Allah actually sees you.”

The man further asked, ‘When will the Hour be?’ The Prophet (SAW) replied: ‘The one who is questioned about it does not know more than the questioner, but I will tell you about its portents. When the female slave gives birth to her master; when the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of high buildings. The Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.’

Then the Prophet (SAW) recited: “Indeed, Allah (Alone) has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” [Quran, 31:34] Then the man departed.

The Prophet (SAW) asked the people to bring him back, but they did not find him. So, the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘That was Jibril who came to teach people their religion.’” [Al-Bukhari]

It was narrated on the authority of Ibn Umar that he quoted the Messenger of Allah (SAW) saying:

“Islam is built upon five (things): testifying that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger, establishing the prayer, giving Zakah, performing Hajj and fasting Ramadan.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

This applies to all the nations from among the People of the Book as well as others. Anyone who does not believe in and follow the Messenger of Allah (SAW) is one of the people who are described by the Ayah (verse):

“Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures.” [Quran, 98:6]

It was also narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“By Him in Whose hand the soul of Muhammad is, any Jew or Christian who hears about me, but does not believe in that with which I have been sent and dies in this state (of disbelief), he shall be one of the people of Hell.” [Muslim]

“New Year” The Festival Of Disbelievers Not Muslims

Allah says in Qur’an:
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“And those who do not witness falsehood…” [Quran, 25:72]

Mujahid and other than him from the pious predecessors (Salaf) said that falsehood here (Zuur) refers to the festivals of disbelievers.

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The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“Whoever imitates a nation then he is from amongst them.” [ ???? ??? ???? ?]

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Umar bin al-Khattab ??? ???? ??? said:

“Avoid the enemies of Allah during their festivals.”

And in one narration with addition:

“… For the Wrath of Allah descends upon them during it.” [ ????? ?????? ??????? ?]

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Abdullah bin Amr ??? ???? ??? said:

“Whoever settles in the land of the non-Arabs (i.e. non-Muslims) and celebrates their new year and festival and imitates them until he dies while he is in that state, will be gathered with them on the Day of Resurrection.” [ ????? ??????? ?? ?????? ]

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“Muslims should not celebrate any festival of the disbelievers.”  [ ????? ?????? ?????? ???????? ?? – ?? ]

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah Ra?imahullah said:

“And whosoever inclines towards religious festivals of polytheists and of Jews and Christians then it is a MUST that the sanctity of Islamic ‘Eid will DIMINISH from his heart.”  [ ?????? ?????? ???????? ? / ??? ]

Wassalamu Alaikum,

Your Brother:

Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached through: +2348038289761 or gusaumurtada@gmail.com

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