OPINION BY SANI BELLO: BRIEF GENESIS OF DIVISION AMONG THE MUSLIMS
INSULTING THE SAHABAS AND THE KILLINGS OF SHIITES IN NIGERIA
By Sani Bello
After the last breathe of Prophet Muhammad(S), the Successorship crises among his companions teared the Muslim community into two creeds. The SUNNI and the SHI’A (shiite) creeds.
The Shi’a creed clanged unto those many narrations that proclaimed Imam Ali(AS) as a guided Leader, who was Crowned by Prophet Muhammad(S) at “Ghadeer Kum” as His Successor, Master and Guide of the Muslim community after Him.
While the Sunni creed follows Khalifa Abubakar (A companion) that was selected and appointed as the Leader of the Muslim Empire by some few companions at a place called Saqifa immediately after the demise of the Holy Prophet.
The rivalry among the Companions otherwise known as “Sahaba” in Arabic, led to a vicious animosity that resulted into confrontations (the battle of Jamal and Siffin). Which later culminated into the massacre of the Children of Imam Ali(S) at Karbala, (Iraq), who are also the grand children of the Holy Prophet(S) by some of the children of the SAHABAS.
Forty years ago, 99.9% of the Muslim community in Nigeria were adhering to the Sunni creed. It was the activities of the ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA (IMN) over the years under the able leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky(H), that resulted into Ten’s of millions Sunni faithfuls conversion to Shi’a creed today. And the number is rising continuously. The Shiites cut across all works of life. This is becoming a great threat to Saudi Arabia, the incubators of wahabism, the Sunni extremist ideology that inspired all Islamic terrorism worldwide. They are intolerant to loosing followers to Shi’a in such an unprecedented Figures. That is why they are sawing the seed of discord and hatred among the Muslims with the sole aim of stopping Shi’a widespread if possible or turn our country to the faith of Iraq. Insulting Sahaba is the joker card they are using through some Islamic preachers.
The Shiites have never done the kind of injustice others are doing to them. You can never find a Shi’a terrorist group worldwide. Sheikh Zakzaky is an unrepentant advocate for peace and harmony among all people, not just Muslims. Many prominent non Muslims have attended his unity programs over the years. The name of Boko Haram is Jama’atu Ahlul sunnah Wal jihad. They adheres to the Sunni creed, such is the case with ISIS , Al’Qa’ida, Al-Shabbab, An-Nusra and many other terrorist groups worldwide, they all lay claim to the Sunni creed the same way some Sunni Islamic groups like Izala and Darika are associating themselves to that same Sunni school of thought. Now, is it fair to conclude that every Sunni is a terrorist because other Sunni have taken the path of terrorism? Certainly not. But the Shiites are not treated in the same manner.
No Muslim will deny the fact that Prophet Muhammad(s) is superior to all those companions. It is a universal belief. According to some scholars from both Sunni and Shi’a creeds, insulting Prophet Muhammad(S) is punishable by death (under an Islamic authority) Also, it is a common knowledge that some Christians have insulted the Holy Prophet a number of times in this country. You may want to know what stop my Sunni brothers in the North from holding all Christian responsible for insulting Prophet Muhammad (S) as they are holding all Shiite responsible for insulting the Sahaba? They castigate the entire Shi’a community because of this issue of insulting Sahaba, which is not part of our fundamental belief, it is a wrong act that few among the Shiites are guilty of. They won’t dare to treat the Christians in the same manner they are treating us because they know very well that Christians will not tolerate such barbarism. We are treated differently because we have no record of retaliation, Shi’a ideology opposes retaliation or violence except in self-defense, if you have the power.
Through the support of Saudi Arabia, Some misguided Sunni Islamic preachers have succeeded in luring President Buhari(a Sunni), the Army Chief Buratai(a Sunni) and some Bloodthirsty Sunni Governors into igniting sectarian war among the Muslims.
The result is the major reason behind the injustice meted on Sheikh Zakzaky who has been in detention without trial and without proper medical care with gun wounds since December last year after the Zaria massacre of more than a thousand people. You can now understand why hundreds defenseless citizens were mercilessly murdered for an aleadged mere traffic offence.
They are always accusing Shiites of some disgusting things out of hatred and ignorance. And everytime we denied such accusations, they tag our denials as Taqqiyyah (hiding the truth for fear of persecution). Such kind of wickedness is second to known worldwide. If I become scared of telling you the truth about my faith physically, how on earth do you expect me to be afraid of saying it out on social media? You don’t know me and you can’t do me anything here, then what the Hell would I be afraid of?
To my northern brothers, stop blowing the devil trumpet, If you want to know anything about Shi’a know it from a Shi’a fellow not from a none Shi’a, my enemy can not tell you who truly I am. A none Muslim can never explain Islam better than a Muslim, likewise a none Shi’a cannot tell exactly what Shi’a is all about better than a Shiite. If you want to know anything about Darika, you don’t go to Bala Lau or Kabiru Gombe. Likewise Dahiru Bauchi cannot explain Izala better than Bala Lau and Kabiru Gombe.
Our weapon has always been the truth, sound reasoning, knowledge and good conduct. Violence is for the ignorant, reckless and foolhardy. Unjust killings of Shiites will not solve Nigeria’s problems. Let’s come together and understand our differences and live in peace and harmony for the good of our people. End the injustice and join the peaceful campaign to free all prisoners of conscience.