The Descriptions Of Real Men In Islam And Christianity, By Imam Gusau

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

All praise is due to Allah, the Cherisher and Nourisher (Rabb) of the entire universe; the felicity of the hereafter is for those who fear Him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Him. He is without partner, the object of worship of all the fore-runners and those gone-by. He maintains and administers the heavens and  earth.

I further bear testimony to the fact that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is His Messenger, His beloved and the custodian of His Revelation. Almighty Allah had sent him as the Messenger of good tidings and warner to all of humanity. He has been sent as the caller towards Allah, a shining and bright lamp shedding light. Allah’s blessings be upon His Messenger (Peace be upon him), his progeny, his Companions, who followed him in his mission of inviting the people towards Allah, remained steadfast therein, and offered sacrifices for the same, till Allah, the Almighty gave supremacy to His religion through them and gave eminence to His Kalimah – in spite of the disliking of the polytheists. Countless salutations – Peace and blessings be upon the Noble Prophet (Peace be upon him).

* The Real Men In Islam

Dear Brothers and Sisters! With a variety of modern ideologies, philosophies, and religions competing to define what it means to be a ‘man,’ it is ever more critically important for Muslim men to understand masculinity as it was understood by the righteous predecessors (Salaf as-Salih). Unlike theories of masculinity that promote the ‘alpha male’ as dominating other men and women, masculinity in Islam is for a man to fulfill the good character traits and dignified manners taught by the religion as a whole.

Dear Servants of Allah! A true Muslim man is just, kind, compassionate, forgiving, responsible, hard-working, humble, patient, forbearing, truthful, trustworthy, courageous, soft-hearted, honouring women, controlling his lower desires and impulses, fulfilling the needs of others before himself, continually refining his intellect, improving his character, seeking knowledge as a life-long learner, avoiding undignified behaviour and sinful deeds, and emulating the character of Prophet (Peace be upon him) and his righteous followers to the best of his ability.

The Islamic concept of masculinity, manhood, or ‘manliness’ (al-muru’ah) can be summarized by the broad ethical injunctions of the Quran and Sunnah. Ibn Marzuban reported that:

“Ali Ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, passed by some people who were talking. Ali said, “What are you doing?” They said, “We are discussing manhood.” Then Ali said: Has not Allah Almighty sufficed you in His book wherein He said, ‘Verily, Allah commands justice and excellence,’ (Quran, 16:90)? Justice is to have a sense of fairness and excellence is to prefer others to yourself. What remains of manhood after this?” [See al-Muru’ah, vol. 1 page 97]

Men ought to view themselves as composed of a mind, body, and soul, and to consistently work to improve each dimension of their being, especially their inner-character. Imam Al-Mawardi reported that:

“Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said: The foundation of a man is his intellect, his honour is in his religion, and his manhood is in his character.” [See Adab al-Dunya wad-Din, page 17]

The righteous predecessors (Salaf as-Salih) understood manhood to be comprehensive of all religious virtues in Islam. Amru Ibn Ubayd reported that:

“It was said to Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, “What is manhood?” Hasan said: It is the religion.” [See al-Muru’ah, page 64]

And Hasan said:

“Verily, there is no religion for one without manhood.” [See al-Muru’ah, page 19]

Ibn Marzuban devoted an entire book to manhood, in which he compiled and documented the sayings of the righteous predecessors (Salaf as-Salih) on the meaning of being a man. The many shades of meaning they attributed to the word ‘manhood’ in classical Arabic are summarized in Lane’s Lexicon as follows:

“Manly perfection, consisting in abstinence from things unlawful, or in chastity of manners, and having some art or trade, or in abstaining from doing secretly what one would be ashamed to do openly, or in the habit of doing what is approved, and shunning what is held base, or in preserving the soul from filthy actions, and what disgraces it in the estimation of men, or in good manners, and guarding the tongue, and shunning impudence, or in a quality of the mind by preserving which a man is made to preserve in good manners and habits, or manly virtue or moral goodness.” [See Lane’s Lexicon vol. 2 page 2702]

Dear Brothers and Sisters! One of the most important characteristics of a true Muslim man is the ability to forgive others even when the opportunity for revenge is available. This quality of compassion stands diametrically opposed to false belief of the ‘alpha male’ as domineering and vengeful. Ibn Marzuban reported that:

“It was said to Sufyan Ibn Uyaynah, may Allah have mercy on him, “All things are derived from the Quran, so where is manhood in it?” Sufyan said: In the saying of Allah Almighty, ‘Show forgiveness, enjoin good, and turn away from the ignorant,’ (Quran, 7:199). In this is manhood.” [See al-Muru’ah, vol. 1 page 133]

Al-Mada’ini reported that:

“It was said to Ahnaf Ibn Qais, may Allah have mercy on him, “What is manhood?” Ahnaf said: Forbearance at a time of anger and forgiveness at a time of power.” [See al-Muru’ah, page 64]

Abdullah Ibn Shumait reported that:

“Ayyub al-Sakhtiyani, may Allah have mercy on him, said: A man will not hit the mark, nor fulfill his manhood, until he has two characteristics: Forgiving people and overlooking their faults.” [See al-Muru’ah, page 106]

Respected Servants of Allah! A true Muslim man should be kind towards people and love for them the same as he loves for himself. He should give off a friendly and non-threatening aura, while also putting the needs of others over himself. Ahmad Ibn Jamil reported that:

“Muhammad Ibn al-Nadr, may Allah have mercy on him, said: The first part of manhood is a cheerful face. The second part is loving kindness to people. The third part is fulfilling the needs of others.” [See al-Mujalasah wa Jawahir al-‘Ilm, page 828]

In contrast, it is not the characteristic of a true Muslim man to put on a show of bravado to others, as if the sign of a man were his ability to incite fear and project strength. Rather, a real man is known by the measure of his trustworthiness and his refrain from hurting others; in a word, his virtue. Ibn Al-Mubarak reported that:

“Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said: Do not let yourselves be impressed by the roar of a man. Rather, if he fulfills the trust and restrains himself from harming the honour of people, then he will truly be a man.” [See al-Zuhd wal-Raqa’iq, page 681]

A true Muslim man does not allow himself to be dragged into the gutter of insults, mockery, and bitter arguments. It is the beneath the dignity of a believer to put down or make fun of others, as this contradicts the spirit of goodwill he should have. Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: The believer does not taunt others, he does not curse others, he does not use profanity, and he does not abuse others.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhi]

Ibn Abi Dunya reported that:

“Sa’id Ibn al-As, may Allah have mercy on him, said: I have not insulted a man ever since I became a man.” [See al-Hilm of Ibn Abi Dunya, page 119]

Moreover, in Islam, the authentic sign of strength is the ability to control one’s desires and impulses, especially anger. A man who cannot control himself is spiritually weak, even if he has the largest muscles of all. Abu Hurairah reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: The strong are not the best wrestlers. Verily, the strong are only those who control themselves when they are angry.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Abu Nu’aim reported that:

“Sufyan al-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said: A woman will pass by a man and he cannot restrain himself from looking at her lustfully although there is no benefit in it. What could be weaker than this?” [See Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 7 page 68]

Mansur Ibn Abdullah reported that:

“Al-Kattani, may Allah have mercy on him, said: The truly weak man is he who is too weak to manage and control himself.” [See Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 54 page 254]

It is good to have a healthy, strong body, but some men are naturally more muscular than others. This blessing they have not earned has no bearing on their value to Allah the Almighty.

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, was one such Companion who had a smaller build than most men, yet he was absolutely huge in terms of his muru’ah, knowledge, righteousness, and service to Islam. Ibn Mas’ud reported that:

“He was harvesting toothsticks from an Arak tree and he had tiny shins. The wind blew and made him fall over, so people laughed at him. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: What are you laughing at? They said, “O Prophet of Allah, at his tiny shins.” The Prophet said: By the one in whose hand is my soul, they will both be heavier on the Scale than the mountain of Uhud.” [Musnad of Imam Ahmad]

A true Muslim man might have a smaller build than most men, but still be better to Allah than most men. For this reason and many others, a real man should never make fun of another’s natural, physical appearance.

A true Muslim man is likewise chivalrous and honourable towards the women in his life: his mother, sisters, daughters, aunts, cousins, sisters in Islam, and women in general. He will not incite people to kill their husbands and their children. The measure of a man’s character is directly related to how he treats women. Abu Hurairah reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: The most complete of the believers in faith are those with the most excellent character, and the best of you are the best in behaviour to their women.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhi]

Abdullah Ibn Amr reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: The best of you are the best to their women.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

It is not the characteristic of true men to ‘dominate’ women, abduct them, degrade them, kill their husbands and children, exploit them, or brag about their sexual ‘conquests.’ In fact, it is precisely the opposite; a real man protects women who are vulnerable to abuse and injustice. Abu Hurairah reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: O Allah, I have issued a warning in regards to the rights of two vulnerable groups: orphans and women.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

This is most apparent within the marriage relationship, which should be based upon love, mercy, and partnership. The worst men are those who mistreat their wives by finagling the law to circumvent its ethical underpinnings. Though a scholar might hold an opinion that a husband’s misbehaviour is ‘legal’ in the sense it carries no legal consequences, it is nevertheless corrupt, immoral, sinful, and unmanly. Raja’a reported that:

“Dawud Ibn Abi Hind, may Allah have mercy on him, said: I sat with the learned jurists (Fuqaha) and I found my religion with them. I sat with the preachers and I found softness in my heart. I sat with the elders of people and I found manhood among them. I sat with the worst of people and I found that one of them would divorce his wife for an offense that does not even amount to a hair.” [See al-Mujalasah wa Jawahir al-‘Ilm, page 458]

Respected Brothers and Sisters! A true Muslim man is characterized by a balance of all of the virtues taught by Islam: justice, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, humility, patience, truthfulness, courage, responsibility, chivalry, and so on. The concept of the ‘alpha male’ as domineering, aggressive, vengeful, thuggish, and ‘strong’ is a false and toxic belief that encourages misbehaviour in general and the mistreatment of women, in particular. On the contrary, truly strong men are those capable of controlling themselves and traversing the higher, straight path of virtue in opposition to the animalistic tendencies of the human soul.

* The Real Men In Christianity

My Respected people! In popular media, men are often portrayed as dense, selfish, arrogant, sexually immoral and at least potentially violent. A man who acts the way society thinks he should, particularly toward women, is often referred to as a “real man” or a “man’s man.”

Sadly, this popular image of “real” manliness is based on misinformation and bad assumptions. God, the designer of human beings, sees things differently than society does.

“Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature … For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7]

Looking at the heart is a concept lost on much of modern culture. It’s much easier to use only what we see as the basis for our opinions and actions.

My people! What does the Bible actually say about being a real man? If we look closely, we can find three keys to true masculinity to help us understand how men should treat women and others in general as Christianity taught.

– In Christianity, Real Men Respect Everyone

To respect something is to consider it “worthy of high regard.” This is exactly the attitude that God says men should have toward women. That means all women, by the way, not just those we consider physically attractive.

To Christians, Jesus Christ is the perfect example of this behaviour. His followers taught that husbands ought to love their wives “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her”— and that husbands should “love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.” [Ephesians 5:25 , 28]

True love is based on fundamental respect. Wives, in turn, are told to respect their husbands. Clearly, this is meant to be a mutual respect, a reaction to the respect her husband is already showing her.

Ultimately, though, God wants us to treat everyone with an outgoing, unselfish concern and deep respect for their well-being.

– In Christianity, Real Men Protect Everyone

To protect is to shield someone from exposure, from injury or destruction. A man who respects others will act to protect not just himself but others as well from various forms of exposure and injury.

Consider the biblical story of Ruth. A young Moabite woman, she was the daughter-in-law of Elimelech and Naomi, an Israelite couple who fled to Moab (in the area of modern-day Jordan) to escape a terrible famine in Israel. In the course of time Elimelech and his two sons died. Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, were left alone with no support system.

Naomi decided to return to her homeland, and Ruth courageously went with her, even though she would be leaving her native Moab to live as a foreigner in Israel. Her future was incredibly uncertain, and she was extremely vulnerable. Enter Boaz.

Boaz was a wealthy and noble man of high social standing. He was just the kind of man who could have ignored two struggling widows, especially one who was a foreigner. But Boaz was a man of godly character who exercised his duty to protect those who are weak and were at risk. He personally saw to it that their basic needs were met. He kept watch over Ruth as she worked to help, support her mother-in-law. As the near relative of her deceased husband, Boaz chose to marry Ruth and assume the provision and protection for her and aging Naomi.

Life provides many, many opportunities to serve others by protecting them or their interests. Ultimately, God wants Christians to demonstrate His character by being willing to protect anyone —especially the most defenseless among the society.

– In Christianity, Real Men Take Responsibility

Many today would rather talk about their “rights” than their obligations and duties, but there has never been a greater need for men who are willing to take responsibility for their actions.

Real men do not take a woman’s most precious gifts (her heart, mind and body) without having committed through marriage to keep them forever. Engaging in physical intimacy with a woman before marriage is stealing. It is taking something that is not yours, which is an irresponsible failure to respect or protect the woman —and it is a sin, a violation of God’s law.

A real man doesn’t use excuses about being caught up in the passion of the moment and not being able to resist temptation. That story doesn’t carry much weight with God. It is possible to resist!

A man who takes responsibility for his actions has the wisdom to anticipate compromising situations and think proactively about how to avoid them. Translation: vertical thinking men avoid being alone in intimate circumstances with a woman before marriage! The book of Proverbs puts it this way:

“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.” [27:12]

– Becoming A Real Man

There are many situations in life where we can do the right thing only by taking responsibility for our own actions. Ultimately, God wants Christians to demonstrate His character by being willing to take responsibility for everything they do, protect those in need and deeply respect women.

Never miss an opportunity to practice these three key concepts of true manliness. You can avoid the trap of false masculinity and its negative consequences by shouldering your responsibility to protect and respect so that in the end you will truly, in God’s eyes, be a real man.

– Three (3) Characteristics That Define A Real Man

Society today is confused about masculinity. Looking back thousands of years, what lessons of masculinity can we learn from the most important Man to ever walk the earth according to Christians?

Today’s society is in confusion on the subject of manhood and masculinity. Multiple definitions exist of what exactly masculinity is— from John Wayne to Homer Simpson — and some people question whether there should even be such a thing as masculinity. Modern psychology has introduced the idea that gender traits are nothing but a social construct.

The influence of the homosexual lifestyle, mainstream media and the fashion industry has promoted an effeminate standard for males. From wearing longer hair to an inordinate focus on fashion and style — many have wondered if traditional manhood and masculinity are gone.

In Christianity, today’s human ideas about masculinity and manhood are a far cry from the example Christ set in the flesh for all humanity, including males, to follow. But the Bible states:

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” [1 Peter 2:21]

Yes, Jesus Christ came to earth as a male human and therefore is the standard of masculinity that every Christian male should strive to be. This article will look at three ways Jesus Christ set an example for proper masculinity:

1. Christ didn’t crack under pressure and discomfort

The fourth chapter of Luke recounts Christ’s 40 days of fasting and temptation by the devil in the wilderness. Despite being offered literally all that the world has to give (Luke 4:5), Christ stayed strong and showed the devil he was wasting his time.

Christ showed the same strength as He faced the prospect of a torturous death of pain and agony. Though He experienced anxiety because of the extreme pain He was facing, Christ had the strength and willpower to move forward and say:

“Not as I will, but as You will.” [Matthew 26:39]

Men must have this resolve — this commitment to do what is right no matter what the temptation or danger. Masculinity, in its purest godly form, is this unbreakable will to obey God and lead in what is right, regardless of the cost in comfort or popularity.

Implications for men today: Compromising what is right is simply not an option. We must be convicted in what we believe and exercise the strength of character to make right decisions based on our beliefs. This world desperately needs men (and women!) of conviction who will not compromise what is right and will uphold high standards of conduct.

2. Christ worked hard and always did what was necessary

Even at an early age, Christ told His parents:

“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” [Luke 2:49]

Once His ministry started, Christ was constantly at work: healing, teaching, correcting, rebuking, comforting and preaching the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. Christ said in John 5:17 that:

“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

Whatever the need was, Christ made sure He filled it.

Men are supposed to be hard workers, making the necessary sacrifices for their mates and families. When needs present themselves, masculinity goes to work and starts on solutions to problems and doing what is needed for situations. There are times for rest, relaxation and recreation; however, masculinity is goal-focused and goal-oriented and respects priorities. The Scriptures teach that Christian work and activities should always be done with his maximum effort:

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.” [Ecclesiastes 9:10]

Implications for men today: Prioritized responsibilities always come before wants. Christians must keep their commitments and never let video games, sports, movies or any recreation, crisis and chaos interfere with what really matters in their lives (spiritual growth, relationships, jobs, serving, etc.).

3. Christ was bold and confident

Despite how misguided “Christian” art portrays Jesus Christ, He was not a long-haired, pale, effeminate man who walked around in a white robe with a halo!

Christ was a strong, powerful and, at times, forceful man. Christ stood up to the most influential religious and political authorities of His time and pulled no punches. Matthew 23 records Christ fully revealing the hypocrisy, hatred and danger of the Pharisee’s doctrine. He did this with ultimate confidence and boldness. Christ showed physical force and strength when He responded to those misusing the temple to take advantage of people and defiling God’s temple (John 2:16). Christ was no stranger to making important decisions; in fact, He prayed all night before choosing His twelve (12) disciples (Luke 6:12). Still, He made these bold and confident decisions because of His trust in God to guide Him.

Admittedly, many times, some Christians are unsure as to whether they are doing what God wants them to do. Yet using the Bible as their compass and knowing that God is there to guide them and help them, they need to have the masculine trait of being “strong and of good courage.” [Deuteronomy 31:6]

Implications for men today: Get the facts and step out on faith. You must lead your families with courage and not with uncertainty and fear. You must take the initiative when you are needed and be brave. You cannot be dominated by indecisiveness and timidity. You will protect and provide for your families, as God protects and provides for you all.

In Christianity, Christ was the only man who was really “the Man.” His example of masculinity can help men today break out of society’s many false ideas about what boys and men should be. Instead of developing your manhood based on societal ideas, study the life of Jesus Christ and work to be the kind of Man He was!

– Real Christians Are To Be Peacemakers

The purpose of this “Christ vs. Christianity” article is to show how many churches and individuals today who profess the name of Christ teach and practice things that are directly contrary to what Jesus Christ actually taught. If you would judge Jesus Christ by some of those who profess to follow Him, you might think that Jesus would be an advocate of individual’s expression of disdain and even hatred toward their “enemies” and of nation’s reliance on battle-hardened military might.

But is this actually what Jesus stood for — or would stand for today?The Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5, 6 and 7) is one of the most detailed teachings of Jesus Christ recorded in the New Testament. In this vital and important Sermon, Jesus Christ laid out the central facets of the way of life He taught His followers.

One of the central themes of the Sermon on the Mount is Christ’s expectation that His followers be characterized by peace — not by crisis, violence or war.

In the famous opening to this great Sermon known as the Beatitudes, Jesus taught:

“Blessed and happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

Therefore, real Christ’s followers should be characterized by living a way that leads to peace — totally the opposite of a life characterized by violence, chaos and strife.

The Christian standard of being a peacemaker is found throughout the New Testament. The apostle Paul wrote that Christians are to do whatever possible to:

“Live peaceably with all men.” [Romans 12:18]

Many scriptures support the basic truth that Christians are to:

“Pursue peace with all people.” [Hebrews 12:14; see also 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:22; James 3:17]

– Christ And The Spirit Of The Sixth Commandment

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Jesus Christ also made a shocking statement in commenting on the Sixth Commandment (of the 10 Commandments). He said:

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hellfire.” [Matthew 5:21-22]

Jesus was expanding the meaning of the Sixth Commandment by revealing the spirit of the law against taking human life. Jesus showed that it’s not just the physical act of murder that breaks the Sixth Commandment. Inner anger and hostility toward other human beings also break this law.

Yes, having feelings of hatred toward other human beings is a sin and breaks the Sixth Commandment!

The rest of the Bible elaborates on this key statement by Christ. Notice what John wrote:

“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” [1 John 3:15]

Many other scriptures make it clear that hating another person is sin and breaks this commandment: [2 Corinthians 12:20 ; Titus 3:3 ; 1 John 2:9-11]

The ultimate intent of this commandment is to help Christians understand that God wants them to show love toward other human beings: [Mark 12:31 ; 1 John 2:10]

– Christ’s approach

Notice this teaching later in the Sermon on the Mount:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. …“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” [Matthew 5:38-39, 43-44]

These words could be considered some of the hardest to apply of all of Jesus Christ’s teachings! The Gospel accounts show us that Jesus not only taught this standard, but practiced it: [Matthew 10:23; 26:51-53 ; Luke 4:28-30 ; John 8:49; 10:39]

Real Christians should operate on the principle found in Romans 13:10:

“Love does no harm to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

– The implications

Jesus Christ’s teachings and practices are very clear when we honestly read the four Gospel accounts. Real Christ’s followers are to demonstrate love for others — and one major way they are to demonstrate love is through a life of peace and nonviolence.

Jesus Christ wants His followers to put their trust in Him for protection and to be noted for their peace and love for others! The Kingdom of God, the focus of Jesus Christ’s message, is all about how Jesus will bring peace to the world: [Isaiah 9:7]

Dear Brothers and Sisters! If you can remember, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma had, at the convocation of Taraba State University last week, urged Nigerians to resort to self-defence in the face of unending killings across the country.

Respected Nigerians! TY Danjuma’s statement is a threat to the peace in Taraba state and Nigeria in general. He should be prosecuted for treasonable felony.

He also accused the military of complicity in the killings, especially in Taraba, where he said that the “herdsmen” were being aided in killing innocent citizens.

And you see, some people, who are the enemies of their country (Nigeria) supported him in this dangerous call and unguarded statements. And as you all knows, if the war break out in the country you will not see them, they will all run with their family, living the poor people and their children in the country killing themselves. Let those people fear their creator, let them repent before it’s too late.

This are not the characteristics of real men. Real men will always contribute to the unity, progress, development and peaceful coexistence of their communities and their country. They will not and never call on people to slaughter themselves.

As you see, all the religions teaches it’s followers to live in peace, so we don’t know were those people got their own teachings.

* The Killings In Zamfara State

Dear Brothers and Sisters! What is actually happening in my State, Zamfara, of massacre, abduction and killing of innocent and defenseless people, of sacking and looting of communities need a deliberate and decisive approach from those charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties – the state and federal governments and all the stakeholders in the security of our dear state.

Innocent and defenseless people are silently being killed everyday in Zamfara State.

I ask Allah the Almighty, in His infinite mercy, to give the Zamfara people peace and tranquility and to give our leaders the strength and the wisdom to do the needful.

Our leaders must not fail and turn a blind eye against those that are under their leadership. The fear of standing in front of Allah to be questioned should force us to rearrange our thought pattern. We must not because of this world mortgage our Hereafter.

Respected Brothers and Sisters! Fellow Nigerians! As Muslims and fellow humans, we should remember the oppressed people everywhere in the world in our prayers.

May Allah protect our country, Nigeria, from evil people and mischief makers, ameen.

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: or +2348038289761.

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