On ElRufaís Death Threat

The governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i is recently having a clash with some religious leaders over a law aimed at curbing excesses in preaching within the state. Most notably of these clash is with a self acclaimed ‘Apostle’ who is reported to have said that the governor will die in 14 days if the law is not withdrawn.

I’m not a fan of ElRufai. In fact, I’m strongly against his policies. But today I am expressing my firm support for the fiery governor not because he is a Muslim or something but because the law, even if it’s faulty in some aspects, is generally something that is aimed at putting a stop at the use of religion in noise pollution and disturbance of public peace by religious groups which includes the governor’s religion, Islam and Christianity. Other states of the federation have similar laws. Recently, some churches were closed down by Lagos State government under an auspice of a law similar to the one in Kaduna State. Interestingly, the governor of Lagos State is a Christian, and interestingly again, no Christian has raised an eyebrow over the close down of the churches. There’s a degree of discomfort amongst the Muslim religious groups within Kaduna State, but it has not reached the extent of threatening the life of the governor. This is not because the governor is a Muslim but because it’s illogical.

For someone to tell the world the another person would die in a certain number of days time, this may be seen as a threat to life. If it’s seen in a predictive (‘apostolic’ or ‘prophetic’) perspective, then I say it’s just ridiculous. If I were the self proclaimed ‘apostle’, I wouldn’t have made that ridiculous prediction. Death is the ultimate end of everyone and everything, and El-Rufa’i, being an ordinary human like every other human will surely die someday and somewhere. His life and death belong to the the exclusive control of his Creator.

El-Rufa’i may not be a good Muslim, and I may not be in any way his fan, but it is my duty as a Nigerian citizen and Kaduna State indegene to voice out my discomfort over a perceived and obvious threat to the life of the Chief Security Officer of state and the representative of the commander-in-chief.

Kaduna State is a state with many religious and tribal affiliations. The peaceful coexistence in the state has been fragile for years. Therefore, it’s a dangerous idea for religious leaders to be making statements carelessly that would ignite tension within the state.

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC CONFERENCE ON PEACE AND NATION BUILDING
ABUJA, 17TH MARCH 2016

PROTOCOLS

    It is my great pleasure to join you this afternoon at the commencement of this International Conference for Peace and Nation Building, which I understand is a joint effort between #Jamaatu_Izalatil_Bida_Wa_Iqamatis_Sunna based here in Nigeria, and the #Muslim_World_League.

2.  I would like to welcome you all; especially those of you who took the time to travel from different parts of the world to attend this very important conference. In particular I would like to extend a warm welcome to His Eminence, Professor Abdullahi bin Abdulmohsin Al- Turki, the Executive Secretary of the Muslim World League.

3.   The theme and timing of this conference are most apt, coming at a time when most of the world is grappling with one form of violent conflict or another. I am particularly impressed by the objectives of the conference, which include:

a.          To promote national, regional and global cooperation against the spread of insurgency

b.          To correct the distortions about the concept of peace in Islamic ideology and philosophy

c.         To contribute to the global fight against terrorism because security is a shared responsibility.

d.          To attract global attention to the plight of those most affected by the insurgency which is mostly concentrated in the North Eastern part of our country. These include Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), orphaned children, widows and the elderly who have been rendered homeless and helpless as a result of the insurgency.

  1. I wish to commend the organizers JIBWIS Nigeria and the Muslim World League, for this initiative. By making the Conference multi-religious and multi- sectoral, you have broadened the scope of the discourses that the conference will generate and thus have enriched the ultimate gains that will accrue from this laudable initiative.  I urge you to solidify and sustain this working relationship encompassing all Nigerians and our neighbours, irrespective of religion or tribe for the benefit of mankind.

5.   In my inauguration address on 29th May 2015, I mentioned that Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. I assured Nigerians that at the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government would commission a sociological study to determine the origin, the remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, its international connections if any, to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of this evil. The outcome of the proceedings of this conference will be useful in that regard.

6.   As we have had cause to mention earlier, our government in joint cooperation with our neighbours, has substantially degraded the attacking capability of the insurgents to a level that has now compelled the insurgents to retreat. We will pursue them relentlessly until they become an item of history.

7.  The tragic paradox of the global insurgency situation is that most of the atrocities committed by various insurgents all over the world today, are being carried out mainly by people who pretend to be Muslims, yet most of the victims and casualties are equally Muslims. To underscore their cruelty and godlessness, they particularly target the most vulnerable members of the society: children, women and the elderly. No religion approves of such heinous crimes against humanity; definitely not Islam nor Christianity, the two to which  most Nigerians belong.

8.   This is a tragedy which all normal people must rise up against. Islam does not permit lawlessness. It frowns at extremism even in normal acts of worship. The emergence of any group advocating the contrary is therefore irreligious and unacceptable. Religious leaders must intensify their efforts to send out the real teachings of their religion in order to counter the diabolical ideology that motivates the insurgent elements.

9.  I wish to use this forum to call on all religious, community and political leaders to mobilize their followers against corruption and crimes of any kind. They should also encourage them to be more tolerant of each other; and recognize the rights of others as they want others to recognize their rights to worship and live freely.

10.  Our country Nigeria has suffered many years of official neglect and corruption leading to untold hardships to the common man. I wish to assure you that our government will do everything possible to safeguard lives and property and also to ensure even development across the country.

11.  The global economic challenges the world is grappling with today might well turn out to be a blessing for us in Nigeria, because it will stimulate the latent economic opportunities that we have left untapped for decades. Poverty breeds disaffection, which in turn leads to crime and lawlessness including confrontation against the State. To checkmate this, we must work hard to lift our economy, engage our youth and rebuild infrastructure. We can only achieve these with full cooperation of all Nigerians and under a stable polity. We are determined to do this and we shall not be deterred.

12.  As I declare this timely conference open, I wish you all the blessings of God and successful deliberations.

Thank you.

Posted by Muhammad Muhammad Uthman

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC CONFERENCE ON PEACE AND NATION BUILDING
ABUJA, 17TH MARCH 2016

PROTOCOLS

    It is my great pleasure to join you this afternoon at the commencement of this International Conference for Peace and Nation Building, which I understand is a joint effort between #Jamaatu_Izalatil_Bida_Wa_Iqamatis_Sunna based here in Nigeria, and the #Muslim_World_League.

2.  I would like to welcome you all; especially those of you who took the time to travel from different parts of the world to attend this very important conference. In particular I would like to extend a warm welcome to His Eminence, Professor Abdullahi bin Abdulmohsin Al- Turki, the Executive Secretary of the Muslim World League.

3.   The theme and timing of this conference are most apt, coming at a time when most of the world is grappling with one form of violent conflict or another. I am particularly impressed by the objectives of the conference, which include:

a.          To promote national, regional and global cooperation against the spread of insurgency

b.          To correct the distortions about the concept of peace in Islamic ideology and philosophy

c.         To contribute to the global fight against terrorism because security is a shared responsibility.

d.          To attract global attention to the plight of those most affected by the insurgency which is mostly concentrated in the North Eastern part of our country. These include Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), orphaned children, widows and the elderly who have been rendered homeless and helpless as a result of the insurgency.

  1. I wish to commend the organizers JIBWIS Nigeria and the Muslim World League, for this initiative. By making the Conference multi-religious and multi- sectoral, you have broadened the scope of the discourses that the conference will generate and thus have enriched the ultimate gains that will accrue from this laudable initiative.  I urge you to solidify and sustain this working relationship encompassing all Nigerians and our neighbours, irrespective of religion or tribe for the benefit of mankind.

5.   In my inauguration address on 29th May 2015, I mentioned that Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. I assured Nigerians that at the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government would commission a sociological study to determine the origin, the remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, its international connections if any, to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of this evil. The outcome of the proceedings of this conference will be useful in that regard.

6.   As we have had cause to mention earlier, our government in joint cooperation with our neighbours, has substantially degraded the attacking capability of the insurgents to a level that has now compelled the insurgents to retreat. We will pursue them relentlessly until they become an item of history.

7.  The tragic paradox of the global insurgency situation is that most of the atrocities committed by various insurgents all over the world today, are being carried out mainly by people who pretend to be Muslims, yet most of the victims and casualties are equally Muslims. To underscore their cruelty and godlessness, they particularly target the most vulnerable members of the society: children, women and the elderly. No religion approves of such heinous crimes against humanity; definitely not Islam nor Christianity, the two to which  most Nigerians belong.

8.   This is a tragedy which all normal people must rise up against. Islam does not permit lawlessness. It frowns at extremism even in normal acts of worship. The emergence of any group advocating the contrary is therefore irreligious and unacceptable. Religious leaders must intensify their efforts to send out the real teachings of their religion in order to counter the diabolical ideology that motivates the insurgent elements.

9.  I wish to use this forum to call on all religious, community and political leaders to mobilize their followers against corruption and crimes of any kind. They should also encourage them to be more tolerant of each other; and recognize the rights of others as they want others to recognize their rights to worship and live freely.

10.  Our country Nigeria has suffered many years of official neglect and corruption leading to untold hardships to the common man. I wish to assure you that our government will do everything possible to safeguard lives and property and also to ensure even development across the country.

11.  The global economic challenges the world is grappling with today might well turn out to be a blessing for us in Nigeria, because it will stimulate the latent economic opportunities that we have left untapped for decades. Poverty breeds disaffection, which in turn leads to crime and lawlessness including confrontation against the State. To checkmate this, we must work hard to lift our economy, engage our youth and rebuild infrastructure. We can only achieve these with full cooperation of all Nigerians and under a stable polity. We are determined to do this and we shall not be deterred.

12.  As I declare this timely conference open, I wish you all the blessings of God and successful deliberations.

Thank you.

Posted by Muhammad Muhammad Uthman

UDUS RESULTS PALAVER AND THE CHALLENGE OF MODERNITY

UDUS should embrace technology

By Ja’afar Ja’afar | Publish Date: Dec 29 2012 5:00AM
           
Graduating from Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS) may not be difficult, but collecting one’s statement of result after graduation is not easy. For a 37 year old higher institution, and in this era of technological advancement, processing of result should not be a difficult task to accomplish within the shortest time possible.But in UDUS, with over 15, 000 students, processing of result is still centralized in management information system (MIS) unit. The various departments don’t process results; they go to the MIS, where it is done on the basis of first come, first serve. So it is common to spend months after graduation without collect your result due to one problem or another. For the students of the faculty of education, their case is worse because someone can spend up to two years without collecting his/her result. In general, one out of every three students in UDUS is likely to have problem with his/her result slip. There is a popular slogan for the students from the faculty of education known as “Shekarar Shehu” meaning a year for Shehu Usmanu Danfodio because students spend months before they can be able to collect their result. And because things are being done manually, one can finish a new pen filling forms. Many universities that were established after UDUS are not having this problem.
This is the reason why graduates from UDUS are missing the service year unlike their counterparts in other schools. Graduates have to fill the mobilization forms by themselves instead of the university to send it to the NYSC.

Now, many students from the faculty of education are still stranded because they were not able to collect their statement of result due to one problem or another, but busy making corrections. There are many students from this faculty who graduated long ago but have not yet collect their statement of result. There are many cases in UDUS where students from the faculty of education are having problem with their parents because they cannot present their results to them long after graduation. Most parents think their children are only deceiving them and they did not graduate while in fact they have graduated.

The university management should show some concern or sympathy on how students are suffering about the issue of result. They should ease students’ difficulty. Though the management often cites the need to minimize corruption by sticking to the old rigorous system, it should not be at the expense of students, who are suffering unnecessarily.

Could this be the reason why the university alumni forget the school immediately they set their foot outside the gate because of the way they were treated as students?  We hope the university will rise up and face the task ahead of becoming modern in this age of science and technology. Let them all stop foot-dragging while their students continue to suffer in the name of minimizing corruption.

Ja’afar Ja’afar, Faculty of Education and Extension Services, Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto

Posted by Muhammad Muhammad Uthman

Marriage

Marriage is, rightly put, a sacred institution. It is one of the oldest and most important institutions in the life of humankind. It is almost as old as man himself. It is one of the bedrocks of civilisation. By marriage here, I mean a legal and lawful union between man and woman (or in Islamic tradition, between a man and up to four wives) validly joined as husband and wife (wives), not the disgusting, barbaric and crude neo-madness and aberration we are witnessing today of union between people of same sex or in its most barbaric form, of humans and animals.

Sexual maturity is a significant constituent of marriage. However, more important are psychological, mental, social maturity and to some extent financial stability. A man must be sufficiently buoyant psychologically, mentally and socially to the capability to keep a wife. In lieu of these, one will find things falling apart.

Financial stability is nothing but the ability to provide for the wife, which itself is a religious obligation. The man doesn’t need to to own a big mansion or own a big car, or even have a large share in a bubbling company.

A woman may marry a sexually matured and financially stable man, but if she finds herself married to a psychologically, socially and mentally imbalanced man, she is doomed. She may end up living with a psychotic and psychopath throughout her marital life.

Posted by Muhammad Muhammad Uthman

Controversial Kaduna State Preaching Law: My Opinion

Controversial Kaduna State Preaching Law: My Opinion.


My attention is brought to a law purportedly submitted to legislative arm of government by the executive arm of Kaduna State. The law is primarily devised to curb public preaching by religious groups within the state which, perhaps, in my opinion is to curb the rise of radical religious and pseudo religious groups groups such as Boko Haram, Shi’a and even a Nigerian version of the Lord’s Resistance Army (a Christian terrorist group based in Uganda). This follows the recent unfortunate clash between the men and officers of the Nigeria Army on one side and members of the Shi’a religious group.

Many Nigerians fall victims of sleepless nights caused by the arbitrary use of microphones and frivolous use of public roads and spaces by religious groups during gatherings, which is in fact a public nuisance. However, what the government fails to understand is this public nuisance is not the primary cause the rise of radical groups. What leads to formation of radical groups is the unchecked secretive preachings by those groups.

My candid advice to the government is to have a hand in the way and manner public gatherings, not only religious, are done. Banning or restrictions on religious activities will not be helpful. Lessons may be learned from many countries who try in vain to stop religious activities. The government should encourage religious lessons in schools where pupils and students are to be taught religion in its pure form with the government’s help. Furthermore, the government should take up a rapid response to any suspicious activity by any religious organisation. The government should also make strong laws regarding the use of public roads and spaces. To this I will like to commend His Excellency, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmed ElRufai on his government’s quick response to the uprising by the Shi’a group in Zaria.

UMAR IBN ABDUL-AZIZ: A GREAT MUSLIM RULER

THERE are a few rulers in the world who have left indelible impressions in history. Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz tops that list. He is considered one of the finest rulers in Muslim history, second only to the four rightly guided caliphs — Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (RA). In fact, in some circles, he is affectionately referred to as the fifth and the last caliph of Islam.
The Roman emperor, when heard about his death, said: “A virtuous person has passed away… I am hardly surprised to see an ascetic who renounced the world and give himself to the prayers of Allah. But I am certainly surprised at a person who had all the pleasures of the world at his feet and yet he shut his eyes against them and lived a life of piety and renunciation.”
Umar bin Abdul Aziz ruled as a caliph for only 30 months but during this short period he changed the world. His tenure was the brightest period in the 92-year history of the Umayyad Caliphate.
He was the son of Abdul Aziz bin Marwan, the governor of Egypt while his mother, Umm-i-Aasim was the granddaughter of Caliph Umar Ibn Al Khattab.
Umar bin Abdul Aziz was born in 63 A.H. (682 A.D.) in Halwan, Egypt, but he received his education in Madinah from his mother’s uncle, the celebrated scholar Abdullah Ibn Umar. He stayed in Madinah till his father’s death in 704 A.D., when he was called by his uncle Caliph Abdul Malik and was married to his daughter Fatima. He was appointed governor of Madinah in 706 A.D. succeeding Caliph Waleed bin Abdul Malik.
Umar remained governor of Madinah throughout the reigns of Caliph Walid and Caliph Suleiman. But when Suleiman fell seriously ill, he wanted to appoint heir, as his sons were still minors. Reja ibn Haiwah, the adviser, proposed to him to appoint his cousin Umar bin Abdul Aziz as his successor. Suleiman accepted the suggestion.
After being nominated caliph, Umar addressed the people from the pulpit saying: “O people, I have been nominated your caliph despite my unwillingness and without your consent. So here I am, I relieve you of your pledge (baiyat) that you have taken for my allegiance. Elect whomsoever you find suitable as your caliph.” People shouted: “O Umar, we have full faith in you and we want you as our caliph.” Umar continued, “O people, obey me as long as I obey Allah; and if I disobey Allah, you are not duty-bound to obey me.”
Umar was extremely pious and averse to worldly luxuries. He preferred simplicity to extravagance. He deposited all assets and wealth meant for the ruling caliph into the Bait Al Maal. He even abandoned the royal palace and preferred to live in a modest house. He wore rough clothes instead of royal robes and often went unrecognized in public like his great grandfather Caliph Umar ibn Al Khattab.
After his appointment as caliph he discarded all the pompous appendages of princely life-servants, slaves, maids, horses, palaces, golden robes and real estates and returned them to Bait Al Maal. He also asked his wife Fatima to return the jewelry she had received from her father Caliph Abdul Malik. The faithful wife complied with his bidding and deposited all of it in the Bait Al Maal. Later, he got his articles of luxury auctioned for 23,000 dinars and spent the amount for charitable purposes.”
He never built a house of his own. Allama Suyuti in his historical work “Taarikh Al Khulafaa” records that Umar spent only two dirhams a day when he was caliph. He received lesser salary than his subordinates. His private properties yielded an income of 50,000 dinars annually before his nomination, but when he returned all his properties to the Bait Al Maal, his private income was reduced to 200 dinars per annum. This was his wealth when he was commanding the vast Caliphate from the borders of France in the West to the borders of China in the East.
Once his wife found him weeping after prayers. She asked what had happened. He replied: “I have been made the ruler over the Muslims and I was thinking of the poor who are starving, and the sick who are destitute, and the naked who are in distress, and the oppressed that are stricken, and the stranger that is in prison, and the venerable elder, and him that hath a large family and small means, and the like of them in countries of the earth and the distant provinces, and I felt that my Lord would ask me about them on the Day of Resurrection, and I feared that no defense would avail me (at that time), and I wept.”
He was very considerate to his subjects.
His generous reforms and leniency led the people to deposit their taxes willingly. Ibn Kathir writes that thanks to the reforms undertaken by Umar, the annual revenue from Persia alone increased from 28 million dirham to 124 million dirham.
He undertook extensive public works in Persia, Khorasan and North Africa, including the construction of canals, roads, rest houses for travelers and medical dispensaries.
The result was that during his short reign of two and half years, people had become so prosperous and contented that one could hardly find a person who would accept alms.
Umar is credited with having ordered the first collection of Hadith, in an official manner, fearing that some of it might be lost. Abu Bakr ibn Muhammad ibn Hazm and Ibn Shihab Al-Zuhri, were among those who compiled Hadith at Umar’s behest.
Following the example of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), Umar sent out emissaries to China and Tibet, inviting their rulers to embrace Islam. It was during the time of Umar that Islam took roots and was accepted by a large segment of the population of Persia and Egypt. When the officials complained that because of conversions, the jizya revenues of the state had experienced a steep decline, Umar wrote back saying that “Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent as a prophet (to invite the people to Islam) and not as a tax collector.” He abolished home tax, marriage tax, stamp tax and many other taxes as well. When many of his agents wrote that his fiscal reforms in favor of new converts would deplete the Treasury, he replied, “Glad would I be, by Allah, to see everybody become Muslim so that you and I would have to till the soil with our own hands to earn a living.”
Once a Muslim murdered a non-Muslim of Hira. Caliph Umar, when informed of the event, ordered the governor to do justice in the case. The Muslim was surrendered to the relations of the murdered person who killed him.
The general princely class of that time could not digest these policies of justice, simplicity and equality. A slave of the caliph was bribed to administer the deadly poison to him. The caliph having felt the effect of the poison sent for the slave and asked him why he had poisoned him. The slave replied that he was given 1,000 dinars for the job. The caliph took the amount from him and deposited it in Bait Al Maal. Freeing the slave he asked him to leave the place immediately, lest anyone might kill him. This was his last deposit in the Bait Al-Maal for the welfare of Muslims.
Umar died in Rajab 101 AH at the age of 38 in a rented house at the place called Dair Sim’aan near Homs. He was buried in Dair Sim’aan on a piece of land he had purchased from a Christian. He reportedly left behind only 17 dinars with a will that out of this amount the rent of the house in which he died and the price of the land in which he was buried would be paid. And thus departed the great soul from the world.
May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace and award him the best place in Paradise.

 

Culled from http://www.arabnews.com