Troops Kill 42 Terrorists, Rescues 80 Women And Children In Borno

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Jimoh Yusuf Aweda: The Genocide Of Our Christian Friends By Terrorists And The Genocide Of Muslims By The Media

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
Director,

Center For Human Rectitude

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Dubai Assets: Buratai Responds Again To Report By SaharaReporters, Says Terrorists Have Invaded The Internet

The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Tukur Buratai has stated that Boko Haram terrorists, having been defeated on the field, have now migrated to the cyber space and the internet.

The Army Chief who was briefing journalists Tuesday on this year’s Army Day celebration spoke against the backdrop of an online publication generating controversies surrounding what has now been tagged Dubai properties.

While noting that there is no need for his reaction to the story since the Federal Government has already reacted, Buratai asserted that the army will trail the terrorists who have migrated to the internet and defeat them there.

Details later…

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Terrorists In Failed Suicide Attack In Maiduguri Mosque Blew Themselves Up

The Borno State Police Command has confirmed a failed suicide attack at Sulemanti mosque in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The bombers allegedly blew themselves up near the mosque early yesterday.

Police spokesman Victor Isuku said the suspects went to the mosque strapped with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), but the IEDs were detonated, killing them in the process. A midnight Ramadan prayer was on at that time.

He added that the Police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) had been deployed to the scene.

A Joint Task Force (JTF) member, Bukar Shehu, told The Nation that the bombers were intercepted near a mosque premises under a tree before blowing themselves up.

“The people ran away while we challenged the suspects on their mission to the mosque, before the explosive exploded.

“It was God that saved us. One of us was and another women were injured . She has been taken to a clinic for treatment,” Shehu said.

It is not clear how the suspects sneaked into Maiduguri. Meanwhile, the mosque has been condoned off to prevent further attacks.

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Tompolo Advises Niger Delta Terrorists To Embrace Dialogue

Foremost Niger Delta ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, yesterday gave a boost to the planned dialogue initiated by the federal government over the recent cases of oil and gas pipeline attacks with a call on ?the new militant groups to embrace the ceasefire and dialogue option as a way out of the crisis in the Niger Delta region.

He said though the federal government’s decision was the best option to resolve the current face off, it was high time the new militant groups stopped the bombing and destruction of crude oil facilities in the region.

In a statement issued yesterday via email and personally signed by him, the former militant leader stated that irrespective of claims made by the new militant groups led by the Niger Delta Avengers as reasons for the attacks on oil facilities, they had only succeeded in provoking the federal government to militarise the region.

“I am making further appeal to members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace the federal government’s dialogue option. I wish to once again write the members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace the federal government’s dialogue option as a way out of the brewing crisis in the Niger Delta region. As I have said before now, I do not know you and how to reach you except through the mass media, therefore it is high time you stopped the bombing and destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

“One thing you guys may not be aware of is that, you have not only succeeded in militarising the Niger Delta region now, but also succeeded in given birth to so many negotiators and political jobbers within the government circle, who are very serious rumour peddlers in the country now.

“As for the people of Gbaramatu kingdom, they have not known peace since you guys started the bombing of oil facilities as they have been harassed, intimidated, violated and invaded on daily bases by the Nigerian Military under the guise of looking for members of your group (Niger Delta Avengers) and my humble self, who they have criminally and wickedly linked to the Niger Delta Avengers,”Tompolo stated.

According to Tompolo, “presently, all communities in Gbaramatu kingdom have been disserted by residents for fear of a repeat of the 2009 military invasion, which still leave the communities in shambles. Even till now, the military has not returned the symbol of authority they took away from the Egbesu Shrine and other valuables in Oporoza community during the May 28, 2016 invasion. It is pertinent to state that I have not heard and seen in any part of Nigeria, even the most volatile North Eastern part of Nigeria,where Boko Haram has been killing innocent people,  the way and manner the Military desecrated the traditional worship centres in Gbaramatu Kingdom.

“To set the records straight, these are responsible men who had had skilled training under the Presidential Amnesty programme that are currently using their acquired skills to eke out a living. And so the allegation that they are the coordinators of various axes of the Avengers is a malicious and mischievous one.”

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The “Fulani Herdsmen” Should Be Declared As Terrorists And Insurgents – Muslims Against Terror

Assalamualykum (Brother/Sister),

We the Muslims Against Terror organisation condemn the acts of killing of innocent people, farmers and others, by alleged “fulani herdsmen”in Nigeria.

We urge the Nigerian government to firmly condemn these wanton acts and declare the perpetrators terrorists and an insurgency according to the law and deal with them with the full power of the military.

We Islam (Muslims) actually teach and the Quran States clearly,”That Anyone who kills a human being- it shall be as though he has killed all of mankind, if Anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has save the lives of all mankind.” (Quran 5: 32).

We express our condolences and symphatize with the people of Benue, Enugu, Delta, Anambra etc and government of Nigeria and the Families of the Victims killed by the “fulani herdsmen”.

We stand with the victims in soliderity during these difficult times.

We pray for Allah (The GOD) to expose the sponsors and the real perpetrators of these “fulani herdsmen” and they must face justice.

We pray for peace, love, and security to return to Benue, Enugu, Delta, Anambra etc in the name of Allah (The GOD) Our Lord , we pray Ameen.

We urge you to join us:

www.muslimsagainstterror.com.
From Nigeria to the world!
We denounce terror.

Doctor Ahmad Amadi Jnr.

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Boko Haram Terrorists flee Sambisa Forest Hideouts – Army

The Nigerian Army has said that the members of the Boko Haram Sect are fleeing from their Sambisa Forest hideout in large numbers.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the insurgents were leaving the Sambisa Forest in droves to escape being killed in the intensified aerial and ground offensive by the military.

Usman said the insurgents were fleeing Sambisa for various parts of the country.

He urged the members of the public to be more security conscious and report all suspicious movements to security agencies to prevent them from mingling members of the society.

“This is to inform the public that due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of the ground troops, and facing imminent annihilation, Boko Haram terrorists have been deserting Sambisa forest in droves trying to disperse to various parts of the country.

“The cowards are running away from their well noted enclave in the Sambisa forest for their lives. Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious.

“The public are requested to be observant and report any suspicious person or group of persons to the military or any of the security agencies to enable timely detection and apprehension of the fleeing insurgents before they mingle with the society and commit havoc.

“We would like to reassure the public of the confidentiality of the information provided and reiterate our commitment to the clearance of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists,” The statement read.

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Nigeria’s AGF “Ignorant Of” Death Penalty For Terrorists Law By Peregrino Brimah

The frustration on why Nigeria could possibly continue to fail to give death sentences to murderous Boko Haram terrorists while it sentences robbers and others to death, was cemented today as the Attorney General of the federation denied the prescription of death for murderous terrorists.

As reported in the news, Mallam Abubakar Malami, the AGF told Amnesty International guests that “convicted members of the Boko Haram sect in the country could not be executed because the laws under which they were tried did not prescribe death sentence.”

It is criminally perplexing to realize that Nigeria’s young AGF does not know the law or chooses to disregard it to selectively “protect” Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists.

Nigeria’s Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 as amended in 2013, Part 1, subsection 4 states:

“(2) without prejudice to sub-section (2) of this section, where death results from any terrorist act, the penalty shall be death sentence.”

It is explicitly stated: death for terrorists who kill.

In February of 2013 a Senate session unanimously resolved on the “Bill for an Act to amend the Terrorism (prevention) Act, 2012,” brought forward by its Conference Committee during plenary, that there was no alternative to punishing terrorism offenders than death. [See Vanguard, February 20, 2013: Senate okays death penalty for terrorists]

While Nigeria’s armed forces has demonstrated its willingness to act pre-meditatively on several occasions, as the new primary law enforces ahead of the police, in Abia and Zaria, assuming the role of judge, jury and executioner, granting immediate death sentences to Nigerian protesting and praying youth, it is perplexing to see that the Attorney General of the federation expected to intervene with immediate probes in cases of suspected actual violations, rather positions himself selectively in protection of Boko Haram terrorists in clear violation of Nigeria’s laws.

Nigeria is making camps for “repentant” Boko Haram terrorists. Under the AGF and the current heads of Security, with the above thinking, will terrorists who have killed human beings be not only spared death in violation of the law of the land and laws of God, but even be released to walk among regular people?

Who can call the AGF to order?

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; @EveryNigerian

 

Editor: Opinion expressed on this page are strictly those of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of abusidiqu.com and its associates

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Troops Clear Bulasari Terrorists Camp

In continuation of the clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists’ reported locations and hideouts by the military, troops of of 120 Task Force Battalion cleared the camp at Bulasari.

This is coming after clearing Golgore camp yesterday Tuesday, 15th March 2016.

During the operation, quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists were killed while one of our soldier sustained gunshot wound.

The solder’s condition is stable and is currently being managed at Damaturu General Hospital.

One of the most significant aspects of the operation was the recovery of Nigerian Army Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) earlier captured by the terrorists during an attack on Buni Yadi on 9th July 2015.

The APC was discovered at Golgore River line and it has since been evacuated.

This operation has further proven our commitment to rid our country of the menace of Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements in the society.

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Muslim Man Who Shielded Christians From Terrorists Attack In Kenya Dies

A Muslim man, Salah Farah, who shielded Christians from being killed by al-Shabab Islamist terrorists on a bus in Kenya has died.

Farah, a teacher, was shot by the terrorists after he refused to heed a warning that Muslims split from the Christians on the bus in the town of Mandera.

In the past, Muslims had been spared in similar attacks in which Christians were killed.

Farah died in a hospital in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

He told the BBC shortly after he was shot that the attackers had offered him an escape route but he refused.

“We asked them to kill all of us or leave us alone,” he told local newspaper Daily Nation.

The remains of the deceased Farah, who has been described by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet as a “true hero”, has been taken to his native Mandera for burial.

Before his death, Farah was quoted by Voice of America as saying that Christians and Muslims should live in harmony.

“We are brothers,” he said.

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Troops Clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Aulari Camp In Sambisa

Troops operating in Bama axis on a fighting patrol today cleared Boko Haram terrorists out of Aulari general area located within the Sambisa forest.

The troops cleared all the 4 camps located within the area that includes Faldan, Kidiziromari, Kuroshini, Kurumari and Ngulda. One Boko Haram terrorist was killed while trying to escape and about 31 persons were rescued from the terrorists.

The troops discovered stockpile of farm produce in metal drums, sacks and underground storage facilities. Other items recovered included several bicycles and motorcycles. Some of the farmlands yet to be harvested were also set ablaze by the terrorists. A wooden rifle used for training and practice by the terrorists was also retrieved.

In a related development, troops of 7 Division Garrison conducted 8 fighting patrols along Leje Axis. The troops cleared the area and about 15 other villages around Leje. They include Khadadamamari, Ladin Buta, Hilmari, Kashauri, Keshan Ngala, Aiwa, Masu Kura, Mabirni, Grza 1 and 2, Mashuari, Dubenge, Tauba and Majande.

Troops also pursued and destroyed 2 Boko Haram terrorists on motor cycles. Troops have also blocked all known routes to prevent Boko Haram Terrorists from transporting livestock across borders. All these are with a view to stopping the Boko Haram from fueling their terror machines through cattle rustling and illegal trading.

As we continue our push to clear all remaining elements of Boko Haram terrorists we call on law abiding citizens of the country to continue providing security agencies with credible information about all known and suspected terrorists.

Kindly disseminate this infornation to the public through your medium.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman Acting Director Army Public Relations

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[Friday sermon] No, The Terrorists Are Not Practicing Islam! By Imam Murtada Gusau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

These are difficult times for the Muslim Ummah; these are difficult times for the all peace-loving Nigerians, at home or abroad. These are especially dangerous times for the poor people of Nigeria, especially Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, North east and generally Nigeria; country exhausted by years of warfare and poverty.

Whoever was responsible for the terror attack in the North east, it is ultimately Islam that gets the blame and Muslims who will suffer the punishment. Already, there are reports of attack on Muslims in many countries. No doubt this situation may get much worse in the future, given the negative associations in the media. The logic seems to be, if you’re a sincere and practicing Muslim, you are a Fundamentalist. And if you are a Fundamentalist, then you must also be a terrorist.

Whether Boko Haram, ISIS or some other Muslim group sponsored by underground, powerful and strong people was responsible for the terror attacks, or whether it was in fact, some dark conspiracy hatched by others to discredit or demonize Islam and the Muslims, I doubt that the truth will be known in the immediate future. Maybe the truth will not be known until Judgement day. Allah alone knows the truth, and He will most certainly dispense His Justice, in His own time, in His own way.

The ISIS and Boko Haram crisis has affected the whole world creating confusion for many Muslims and non-Muslims. Others made it an opportunity to discredit Islam and fuel Islamophobia.

What we Muslims should now concern ourselves with is that whatever we do, we must do with the intention of pleasing our Lord and Creator. Whether we choose a course of study, or start a career, or bring up a family or any struggle, we must always remain within the limits set by Islam. Whatever the provocation, we must not be tempted to do things that will incur Allah’s wrath and anger on us. We must not behave in any way that compromises the good name and the dignity of our faith. In the long history of Muslims in warfare, there are many examples of noble conduct and the rules of battle as set out in the Noble Qur’an and Sunnah of Muhammad (SAW). Even when fighting in self-defense, we have to beware of committing injustice towards anybody.

In surah Al-Ma’ida, verse 8, we are told:

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses to fair dealing; and let not your hatred of a people, lead you to act unjustly towards them. Be just, that is next to piety; and fear Allah for Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.”

It is no use trying to speculate who was responsible for this terrible lose of innocent lives. Bearing in mind we have the knowledge about the dangerous creed adopted by some ignorant Muslims among us.  We will hear all kinds of rumours and all kinds of accusations. There are even theories going around that terrorist groups may have been infiltrated at some high level by the enemies of the North, Mossad, the Israeli secret service, and their agents could have masterminded the attack. Some people in the north accused former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for the sponsoring the activities of Boko Haram. Also some people in the south now are pointing accusing fingers to some of our leaders in the north for the sponsoring of Boko Haram and their activities. All those accusations are pure lies, nonsense and far from truth. They are only conspiracy theories.   How could such theories be proven or disproved? Now that USA and its allies and also British army are already on a war footing, will the evidence they claim to have, ever been made public? Will the world ever know who the real culprit was? The key question is who benefits? Who gains most from this appalling act of terror? Certainly not Islam and not Muslims, we have in fact the most to lose. So, who then is the mastermind behind it all? Allah alone knows best. We do know that there are those who seek to defame the good name of Islam with acts of terror. There are very powerful interest groups who want to destroy any cohesion and unity amongst Muslims, and who want this so called “war against terrorists” to become a war against Islam and Muslim everywhere… as if the terms Islam, Muslim, Fundamentalist and Terrorist are interconnected and inseparable.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We must not lose heart and become unduly depressed. We must remember, that everything that happens in life, can only happen with the permission of Allah. Like good Muslims, indeed, like ordinary human beings, we extend our condolences and our sympathy to those families who lost loved ones in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. There were different people from many families, including Muslims and non-Muslims who perished in those tragedies cause by the terrorists, the enemies of peace and progress. To them and to their grieving families, we say,

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhir raaji’uun.’’ “From Allah have we come and to Him is our return.”

As for the future, we know that not a leaf falls from a tree, but it is known to Allah (SWT). We must bring ourselves ever closer to him in everything we do, so that we can earn His good pleasure, and deserve His protection and mercy. To be a practicing Muslim in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and generally north east these days, life will become especially challenging. But seeking the help of our Creator, we will, inshaa-Allah, rise to that challenge. We will be tested in our Imaan (faith) and our Taqwa as never before. As we are promised in surah Al-Baqarah verse 214:

“Or, did you think that you will enter Paradise without such trials that came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: “When will come the help of Allah?”

“Alaa inna nasrallaahi qareeb.” “Truly, the help of Allah is ever near.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind, that at some point in the future [and it may not be in our lifetime] this war against innocent lives will be over, and it is truth, not falsehood that will triumph. We, or our children or our grandchildren, will once again see the meaning of that beautiful verse:

“And say: Truth has come, and Falsehood has perished, for falsehood by its very nature, is bound to perish.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters

What we can do, in our individual capacity, to help ourselves out of this difficult and sometimes dangerous situation?

Firstly, apart from the military action from the government, we must be vigilant and we must renew our commitment to Allah, and through our Salah (daily and night Prayers), Du’ah (supplications) and Zhikr, plead with Him to help us, and to help all People in this hour of need. We need divine intervention so that this wickedness and madness will come to an end. The only reliable weapon we have after military actions is prayers; we don’t have any connection, no contact but we do know that the contact of Allah is the supreme contact. Let’s intensify prayers, let’s rely on Allah after taking a concrete and proper actions so that His Mercy come down to us. Let’s Pray to Allah for our own protection, forgiveness, guidance and success in all matters and affairs, especially in our fight against insurgency and terror.

Secondly, we must help our fellow Brothers and Sisters elsewhere, the IDP’s, who are desperately in short of food, clothing, medicines and basic healthcare. It is our duty to help them in their hour of need. There are several government and non-governmental organizations like NEMA and others that will put our money to good use.

Finally, we must do everything in our power, to counter the negative propaganda about Islam and Muslims. The best way to do this is to show in our speech and in our behavior, the excellent qualities that are prescribed in our Qur’an and Sunnah. We must at all time, and especially in times of hardship and distress, we must be models of dignity and excellence of character, that will inspire others and win over their hearts and minds. We must let the people that do not know anything about Islam that all what the insurgents and terrorists are doing is not Islam and the religion of Allah do not have anything to do with it.

Allah has described His ideal people in the Noble Qur’an, surah Al-Imraan, verse 104:

“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good; enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain success.”

Our job is simply to persevere in patience and constancy, in speaking the truth and living the excellent example, which is our duty and destiny.

I will end my today’s Sermon with some beneficial words from Oprah Winfrey so that you make sure you show your appreciation for her tweet. She said:

“If your only exposure to Islam has been the horrific acts perpetrated by extremist groups, you do not understand what it means to be Muslim at all.”

And she tweet again:

“We felt privileged to film the hajj and explore the beauty of Islam.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters let us pray to Allah:

“O Allah, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which you laid on those before us; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector; help us against those who stand against us.”

O Allah, we seek your forgiveness your mercy and your protection in this world and the next.

O Allah, we seek your forgiveness, your mercy and protection in our religion, in our worldly affairs, in our family and in our wealth.

O Allah, conceal our secrets and preserve us from anguish.

O Allah, guard us from what is in front of us and behind us, from our left, and from our right, and from above us, we seek refuge in your Greatness from being struck down from beneath us.

O Allah, we ask you that you decree good for us, you guide us to that which pleases you, you show us the path to Jannah (Paradise), you protect us and shield us from the ways to fire – verily, you have power over everything.

O Allah, guide those who are in authority over us, to that which you love and is pleased with. And make us and them help one another to al-Birr and Taqwa.

We seek refuge in you, from deviation after guidance, from deficiency after protection.

O Allah, save us – verily, you have power over everything.

And all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Muharram 16, 1437 AH (October 30, 2015), by Imam Murtada Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’at Mosque, Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. He can be reached via: 08038289761 (+2348038289761).

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