The Missing Link By Aremu Lateef Olaleka
Please, where does Salahudeen Ayoubi lives? A boy of not more than thirteen years asked me after one of our sunday ta’aleems (discussion). Where is Abdrahman Arantisi? Where is Ahmad Yasin? At least Mallam, give me their telephone numbers; I will call them on my mummy’s phone he said.
I asked Abdulwahab; why do you want to talk to them? I will tell them to bring their soldiers to kill all the Americans and Israelis, they are killing Muslims, and they are killing my brothers and sisters in Palestine. Maybe one day when there is nobody to kill in Palestine again, they will come and kill us here. I don’t want them to kill you and daddy Mallam,so I want Salahudeen Ayoubi to kill them before they get here.
They are dead Abdulwahab I said, he looked at me and said in a melancholic voice, Mallam who will help the Muslims? Who will help us? He kept asking as tears rolled down his cheeks.
Just like my little Abdulwahab, the question I have always asked myself is who will help the Muslim ummah. The Muslims have suffered much today in the hand of the imperialist western world. From the occupation of Palestine, the systematic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma and the west induced wars in Syria and Egypt, the Muslims are crying out loud for help, but it seems none not near. Instead, Muslim leaders are busy perpetuating themselves in power and romancing the west. The ummah seems to have derailed and hence the persecution of Muslims across the world.
The boy is aware of what is going on around him; he is aware of the massacre of Muslims in Bangladesh, the bombing and shelling of Muslims at the Gaza strip and the campaign to force down anti Islamic law down the throat of Nigerian Muslims. He could only think of one solution, meeting force with force. The boy is traumatised, he cannot bear the killing of his father or the Mallam he loves so much. Hence, he could only think of one thing, get to the enemy before he gets to you. The west had helped breed a generation of Muslims brimming with hatred for the west and everything it stands for. The killings and persecution of Muslims around the world have hardened the heart of concerned Muslim youths and the slogan now is to fight the enemy using their own tactics.
The wests are the barbarians who killed Muslims and occupied their lands. Then who will blame the Muslims for fighting back to protect what is their own. The poor Muslims are fighting back in their own crude way against heavy missiles and propaganda of the west using hand grenades and door to door sensitization while the Muslim leaders continue their adulterous relationship with the west.
The war might not have gotten to Abduwahab in his peaceful Ibadan, but as a Muslim child, he could hear the knock on his door, he could feel the sounds of gun around him though seem far away. He doesn’t want to be caught unaware like his other brothers and sisters. As young as he is, he felt the need for a leader that will rally the ummah and liberate us from our oppressors. Until the Muslim ummah get such leader, the tunes that will be coming out of the Muslim world will be like that of Abdulwahab and many of his likes
Abdwahab and many other Muslims will continue our search for that leader that will help the ummah. But until we find that leader, we can only pray and we will keep praying and hoping on the promise of Allah “verily the soldiers of Allah shall prevail”
Aremu lateef olalekan is a serving corp member in Gombe state Nigeria
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