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On Adeosun, Silence is Not Golden

On Adeosun, Silence is Not Golden

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun

For more than a week now, neither Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun nor the Presidency have said anything definite about the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] exemption certificate scandal swirling around the minister. The matter first came to light when the online newspaper Premium Times reported that its investigation showed the exemption certificate Mrs. Adeosun tendered to the Senate during her ministerial screening in 2015 was fake. It is very strange indeed that a top government official will keep mute when such a serious allegation is made against her. It is doubly strange that the Buhari Presidency, which at the drop of the coin touts integrity and anti-corruption as its defining ethic, has kept mute over this matter for so long.
Daily Trust has summarized where matters stand as follows. Kemi Adeosun was born in England in 1967. She did all her schooling in England and graduated from The Polytechnic of East London [now University of East London] in 1989 at the age of 22. By the provisions of the NYSC Act, anyone who graduates under 30 years of age must undergo a mandatory one year’s national service. Otherwise, he or she cannot be employed in the public or private sector in Nigeria, and could also be jailed.

However, the Act provides conditions for being given an exemption certificate. These include graduating above the age of 30; having been awarded a national honour; or being a member of the security forces. Mrs. Adeosun did not meet any of those exemption provisions. If she had simply remained abroad, she would have been beyond the reach of the NYSC laws. Yet, she returned to Nigeria in 2009 and applied for a certificate of exemption. What reasons she gave in her letter of application, the public does not know yet. She then obtained the certificate allegedly signed by Brigadier General Yusuf Bomoi, who passed away late last year.
The snag is, Bomoi had left the NYSC top job in January 2009 and returned to the Army Education Corps. There was no chance that he could have signed such a “certificate,” which could embroil him in scandal, cost him his Army job and possibly even sent him to prison. All those who knew him also testified that he was a very honourable and very dutiful soldier.
Premium Times quoted an NYSC official as having told them that Adeosun’s certificate is smaller than the one they normally issue. And also that the calligraphy is different, which suggests it was the kind of certificate one obtains under the bridge in Lagos. All the NYSC management could say, weeks after they were first asked, is the Minister had actually applied for an Exemption Certificate. They refused to say whether or not it was issued. They however said the scheme will investigate the origin of her exemption certificate.
Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung was also mum, only saying he summoned NYSC Director General Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure “to obtain firsthand information.” Minister of Information Lai Mohammed only said that government aligned itself with what NYSC said. Let us state it firmly. Whoever issued an exemption certificate to Mrs. Adeosun did so illegally because she graduated under the age of 30, had no national honour and was not a security officer. If the Presidency through NYSC attempts anything that shields her from the sack and prosecution, all their touted anti-corruption stance will fly out through the window.

Daily Trust Editorial


Africa is leaving Nigeria behind

Africa is leaving Nigeria behind

By Simon Kolawole

You should have seen me shaking my head in self-pity, as if somebody had just mercilessly slapped me. I had just landed at the “little” Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana, and needed to use the rest room. What I saw startled me. There were about a dozen toilet cubicles. All the doors were standing tall — none was hanging loose. I also saw a row of urinals in sparkling conditions. The rest room was so clean, so odour-free you could comfortably have your lunch in there without endangering your health. Water flowed freely. There was tissue paper in abundance. The lights were bright. Not a single bulb was bad. I used the toilet and walked away impressed — and depressed.

I returned to Lagos the day after and visited the toilets at the “massive” Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). The first cubicle I opened nearly made me throw up. I covered my nose and retreated. I finally found one that was manageable; the door latch was gone, but since it was the minor business I wanted to do, I soldiered on. To my pleasant surprise, the toilet flushed, and I was grateful. Meanwhile, just in front of the toilets were five cleaners talking on top of their voices about the Belgium-Japan match at the World Cup in Russia. After using the toilet, I walked away depressed. We spend billions maintaining this airport every year.

This experience set me thinking again. I started my opinion-writing career by comparing Nigeria with Europe. I then began consoling myself by saying since the Europeans started their development trajectory centuries ahead of us, comparison was improper. It is like comparing the speed of a five-year-old with that of a teenager. I enjoyed the consolation while it lasted. I decided benchmark us against Asia, with focus on Dubai, Singapore and South Korea. At least, we had similar stories as at 1960 when we began life as an independent country. Comparison with Asia also left me distressed. Their pace of development is such that many Asian countries can now compete with Europe.

I decided to lower the bar further by saying that “after all, we are better than most sub-Saharan African countries”. It got that pathetic. But I have finally decided to stop living in denial. The rest of Africa is fast leaving Nigeria behind. Let me complete my airport stories before I delve into the evidence. It is only in Nigeria that you have two officials checking your passport — first by the DSS and then immigration. I have travelled to quiet a number of countries. Nigeria is just incredible. Only one official checks your passport in Accra, or any other country for that matter. What exactly is the reason for this sickening anomaly in Nigeria? Is this a cherished relic from the military regimes?

I acknowledge that some things changed after Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as acting president, paid an unscheduled visit to the MMIA. We no longer unzip our bags for searches by officials of DSS, NDLEA and Customs at check-in counters. This primitive practice has stopped. Praise the Lord. However, I still see leaking roofs at the airport, with buckets placed at strategic points to harvest rain water. I will avoid talking about the air conditioning system which works only when it pleases. This is the airport for which passengers pay $60 as service charge to FAAN, the landlords, anytime they buy tickets. This sorry story is similar at other “international” airports. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

I have written only about the Accra airport in comparison to our MMIA so as to contain my frustration. I will intentionally ignore the newly opened Blaise Diagne International Airport, Senegal, the adorable Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Ethiopia, and the elegant Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, Côte d’Ivoire. I do not want to inflict myself with hypertension. But the point has to be made that although we like to talk big and act big and claim to have a massive population and humongous petrodollars, we are a disgrace to Africa. We cannot even build modern cubicles for immigration and customs checks!

The efficiency with which airports are run in these other African countries is not even the main reason for this article. While the airports are important as they are central to travel, tourism and trade — in addition to marketing the image of Nigeria — I am more worried about critical things that are happening in other African countries for which Nigeria is shamelessly lagging behind. Ethiopia has launched a metro rail line in Addis Ababa. The project was delivered within six years (despite delays) for less than $500 million. It is the first light rail project in sub-Saharan Africa. It handles 15,000 passengers per hour across 39 stations in the capital city. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

God only knows the billions of dollars we have pumped into railways in the last 20 years with haphazard results, mostly buying toothpick for the price of toothpaste — to quote the immortal Dr Chuba Okadigbo. Only last year, Kenya inaugurated its standard gauge railway project covering about 470 kilometres. It took just three-and-a-half years to build. A presidential term is four years. The terminals look like international airports. Travel time between Nairobi and Mombasa has now been reduced from 15 hours by bus to only four hours and 30 minutes by rail. Imagine being able to travel from Abuja to Lagos by rail within five hours. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

The amazing thing about such audacious and well-executed infrastructure projects is not just that they ease life and business — they also create jobs during and after construction. The direct and indirect benefits are limitless. And, ironically, we do not even have to spend one kobo of our money if we get the framework right. Many African countries are beginning to understand how it works. Asky Airlines has made Lomé-Tokoin International Airport, Togo, its West Africa hub. More than 90% of the passengers are just passing through the airport for onward connection not just to West African countries but also to places such as India, US and Brazil. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

In 2005, Nigeria launched the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with a promise of “universal coverage” by 2015. That means all Nigerians, with emphasis on the poor, will be enrolled on the scheme so that they do not have to pay cash for medical treatment. Rwanda came to study our NHIS some years later. Today, Rwanda has achieved nearly 100% coverage and statistics on maternal and infant health are among the best in the world. Nigeria? We are stuck at 3% — and we got that far because of the compulsory enrolment of civil servants. NHIS is now more about billions of naira to be manipulated by government officials and HMOs. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

Maybe I should stop talking infrastructure and focus on governance. The prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, during the week sacked five senior prisons bosses accused of human rights violations and other misconduct. The government said the needs of prisoners had not been adequately met and their human rights had not been respected. In Nigeria, thousands of people are languishing in police cells all over the country, routinely subjected to torture. We either deny or ignore it. Tens of thousands are in prison awaiting trial for years under the most inhuman conditions. They are transforming to living skeletons. No one ever gets punished. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

Lest I forget, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi is currently being investigated by the country’s anti-graft body over allegations that he received kickback from a $3.9 million contract. The entire cost of the contract is not even up to the pocket money (also known as “security vote”) of many Nigerian governors. In Nigeria, we can’t probe a former president much less a sitting one. In Kenya, Busia county governor Sospeter Ojaamong has been charged to court for awarding a contract that was not included in the budget. Can you imagine that? Who cares about what is in the budget in Nigeria? Just take the money and spend like crazy. We are the Giant of Africa.

Still in Kenya, the public prosecutor last week ordered the arrest of two farm managers and government officials over a dam that collapsed and killed more than 47 persons two months ago. The nine government officials would be prosecuted for manslaughter and neglect of duty. Who holds anybody responsible for anything in Nigeria? In 2014, 16 young Nigerians died during a badly organised recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration Service. The minister of interior, Abba Moro, described them as “unruly”. Why not? He knew he would not have to resign, neither would anybody hold him responsible for the deaths. And Nigeria is the Giant of Africa.

In the year 2001, poorly stored bombs went off at the Ikeja Cantonment, spreading panic all over Lagos. Over 1,000 lay dead at the end of the unprecedented mishap. President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the scene a few days later and famously asked an agitated protester to “shut up”, boasting that he was not even supposed to be in Lagos in any case. The world leader that he was, he was scheduled to be outside the country looking for the legendary foreign investors. Ain’t we lucky he came down to earth to visit Lagos over the tragedy? In the end, nobody resigned and nobody was punished over the catastrophe. That is the way we roll.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently said he ordered the inspector-general of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to relocate to Benue state following the internecine killings in January. The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and commander-in-chief of the armed forces later said he did not know that the IG was not in Benue as ordered by him. In other news, Idris was photographed cutting a giant birthday cake and having fun elsewhere while Benue was burning. He would not resign and nobody would sack him. That is our culture. That is the way we do it here. We are the Giant of Africa. We have moved from being a role model in 1960 to becoming a laughing stock. What hit us?


Since last year, we have been hearing that some politicians will defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to form a formidable opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid in 2019. It has taken forever but it seems it will still happen with the launch of “reformed APC” on Wednesday. I don’t know how far the R-APC can go in the game, but suddenly there is a growing belief that Buhari will have to sweat for re-election. I won’t be surprised if Buhari’s camp dismisses R-APC with a wave of the hand, but that would be a mistake. I must at this stage confess that things are getting more intriguing than I expected. Interesting.


Think you have seen it all? Let me give you one more. The federal government launched the school feeding programme to improve enrolment across the country. From several accounts, the programme is not doing badly. But according to Connecting Gender for Development (COGEN), a non-governmental organisation, some teachers in Kaduna state are eating part of the ration meant for pupils. As a result, the ration does not usually go round. What a country. We steal from public treasury, we steal from the living, we steal from the dead, we steal from the elderly and now we are stealing from the children. Is there any country like Nigeria on Planet Earth? Mindboggling.


I was a guest of the Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, last weekend where Senator Ahmed Makarfi gave a keynote on “Peace and Unity: The Role of Unity Schools”. I was in the panel of discussants. One thing that I walked away with is the value of promoting national integration through the diversity that these schools offer. My wife attended a Unity School up north and has kept most of her diverse relationships till today. It is a sad commentary that Unity Schools are increasingly limiting admissions to locals, thereby defeating the original objective of promoting national integration. Counterproductive.


This is serious. A native doctor has been shot dead — accidentally, you would add — after his customer tested “bullet-proof” charm on him. Mr. Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, had asked his customer to test the efficacy of the charm by using himself as the guinea pig. He must have been so sure of his supernatural powers. Unfortunately, his charms failed him. I know he is dead, but if he could reverse the hand of time, he should test the bullet-proof on a goat next time. Fela once did it. When the native doctor asked to test the charms, Fela suggested using a goat. You guessed right: the goat died. You win either way: you can, after all, make goat meat pepper soup if it fails. Wisdom.

Culled from TheCable

Fake men of God causing confusion with predictions – Abiara

Fake men of God causing havoc in Nigeria –Prophet Abiara

Prophet Abiara

Former General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara in this interview with Effects chides men of God who prophesy doom to the nation, talked about his retirement after 10 years as World Evangelist of the CAC, his late wife and others.

What message do you have for the nation this new year?

This year is a year of blessings, a year of grace, a year of happiness and a year that will enrich those who are poor; it is a year that they will have victory over what has been afflicting them.   It is a year of joy for those who move closer to God and the promise for those who move closer to God will be their lot this year. Secondly, this year is a terrible year for wicked people. I’m referring to hired killers, kidnappers, ritualists this year, God will deal with them thoroughly.  God will empower the security agencies to deal with them if they don’t change; armed robbers, wicked people in government in any society or organizations.  Also, the witches and wizards, God will deal with them this year if they don’t change. 

Thirdly, people must not listen to the prophecy of doom; such prophecies that heaven is going to fall, about earthquakes and all those calamities.  All these problems, and challenges are in the bible; what concerns us as servants of the most high is that when we  get such revelations, we must not allow the heart of the people  or the  government to be troubled. I want to advise all my colleagues, prophets, bishops, evangelists, pastors, that if they see anything terrible, they must put it in prayers and pray against it. They should not put fear and panic into any nation or people. There’s no prophesy you give to the nation which is not in the bible, Matthew 24 tells us that nations will rise against nations, there will be  war, problems and challenges.  So, why are we embarrassing governments and nations, that a country will collapse?  If they see something they must organize prayers.

You are retired but still on the field preaching, why?

I retired from the CAC as General Evangelist but in the service of God, I’m not tired. On 2nd September 1967, God called me; ‘my Son, Samuel Abiara today, 2/9/67, I appoint you a prophet and evangelist to the whole world.’ That was before the Authority of CAC called me in 2007 to be the General Evangelist of the mission. Now, I’m a prophet and evangelist to the whole world, not to any church but to all the churches. All churches all over the world have the authority to invite me if they want.  I don’t discriminate; I’m a prophet to churches all over the world. Any church that needs my service I will obey them and go there to minister. An office is different from service.   I retired from the service of CAC according to their constitution, once you clock 75 years, you retire and give way to another person.  The service and the work of God is for life. I’m free to attend any church all over the world now as a retiree.

At what point in your ministry did you become popular?

God called me in 1963 when I was a clerk with J.A. Agoro. My salary then was 150 kobo. That is 15 shillings per year. My boss was a good man. He took care of me as if I was his child, I attended church services with him.  As a young man, I registered my company to start my business but God said, ‘my son Kayode, you are not doing this business’; that  he wants me to be His Minister and preach His word.  Back then, it’s popular seeing Aladura ringing bell on the streets and looking scruffy.  Due to that, I said I’m not interested. But God said No, I will make you great, just obey me. I listened to that voice and today, God has made me what I am not worth. What you are seeing about me is by the grace of God.  It’s not by my fasting. People call me ‘Wooli Alagbon’ (Coconut prophet,) because I eat coconut whenever it’s time to break my fast.  Be it seven days, 21 days and 40 days fast but that was not the reason for my uncommon favour all over the world. Who am I? My education is nothing to write home about but today, I thank God Almighty. In my dream, an angel came down, spit on my tongue and said I release you to communicate all over the world. I thank God almighty for what God has done for me, I don’t deserve it at all. It’s not because of my holiness or fasting but God just decided to give me an uncommon favour.

 What lessons about life have you learnt?

To move closer to God; when you move closer to God, you will be great. When you move closer to God, you will see the blessings of God almighty, you will see wonders and the hand of God almighty. Just try it. When you move closer to God and obey him, things will go well with you.

So many fake prophets, pastors using that title as a cover-up. It’s in the bible, that in the last days there shall be fake prophets, fake pastors, etc. It’s all in the bible. Those who are seeking and going after prophets here and there, they must be very careful. They must find the true gospel church to attend. There are fake prophets, fake pastors, and fake bishops, they are all over. It’s in the bible, I’m not a judge. But the bible warned that we should be careful. So, readers of this interview should be careful of men of God who deceive people all over. They continue to tell lies.

At 75, you are still strong, what is the secret sir?

That is what I’m telling you, God gave me an uncommon favour. I eat the same food everyone eats but it’s the glory of God. People tell me I look younger and I reply it’s the glory of God. When someone keeps herself or himself and moves closer to God, you will see the glory of God. I move closer to God, I try to obey him, I’m not half as holy as God but God just favours me. When you have a son or daughter, you can never have the same love for all your children; there’s special love for one of them. Most men of God confess they were bad boys before their journey into ministry, they smoked, drank, womanized. I was not holy when God called me too. I just saw grace from God almighty. But when God called me, I heeded his call.

In your family, do you have other prophets before you?

No, we don’t have any man of God in my family, my father was a catholic and my mum was an Anglican. So we don’t have any pastor or any prophet in my family until God called me in 1963.

 How do you relax?

Since I lost my wife last year, I pray more, read my bible and I’m starting a program, Abiara Divine Foundation Outreach to help and empower people, give them scholarship, take the senior citizens, go to rural areas to empower them. That is what I want to do together with the evangelistic ministry.

What did you miss about your late wife?

I miss my wife so much, there’s no lady in this world that is more beautiful than my wife. I miss her. She knows my ways, she’s obedient, she takes care of me, and she knows what I want and what I don’t want. So, I miss her a lot. I thank God almighty for sustaining me since the day she passed on last year.

Most men of God remarry fast when they lose their wife, are we expecting another mummy soon?

Yes, by the grace of God. The bible did not put us in darkness. The bible says men and women are permitted to marry whosoever they want to marry when they lose their loving one. By the grace of God, when God gives me my choice, you will hear.

Source: The Sun

We need private jets to be able to talk to God better, American Evangelist tells congregation

We acquire private jets to talk to God better —US cleric

THANKS to the support of his deep-pocketed partners, Texas-based televangelist Kenneth Copeland, of Kenneth Copeland Ministries has acquired a new multimillion dollar Gulfstream V jet that he says will help him do the Lord’s work and help him avoid having to contend with “demons” that travel on commercial airlines.

Copeland’s ministry announced the acquisition of the “debt free” jet, which hit the market with a $36 million price tag in 1998 on January 12, 2018.

The ultra-long-range business jet can accommodate up to four crew members and 14 passengers in an executive configuration, according to Gulfstream.

It is unclear how much Copeland’s ministry paid for the jet but AV Buyer says they currently have the lowest priced Gulfstream V on the market priced at just under $6 million.

“Father we thank you so and I’m asking you now sir, according to your word, bless our partners beyond measure. Yes, in the name of Jesus. For you said in 2002, ‘I’m sending you new partners who are very strong financially and they will obey me. And I will increase your longtime partners and they will obey me,” Copeland, 81, said in a prayer of thanksgiving for the new jet.

“And you will not come short. And you will not fail. And you will not lack. And you will not come behind and you will not be diminished. Praise God,” he said of his donors, Christian Post reported.

On the December 29, 2015, television broadcast of “Believers Voice of Victory,” hosted by Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, the ministers explained that private jets were important to their business to help them, among other things, pray in privacy as the Lord leads and avoid unnecessary demons.

“We’ve got to have this! The mess that the airlines are in today; I would have to stop – I’m being very conservative – at least, 75-80, more like 90 per cent of what we are doing. Because we can’t get there! That’s why we are on that airplane. We can talk to God!” Copeland said.
“Now, Oral [Roberts] used to fly airlines. But even back then it got to the place where it was agitating his spiritual. People coming up to him, he had become famous, and they wanting him to pray for them and all that,” Copeland explained. “You can’t, you can’t manage that today. This dope-filled world, and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons. And it’s deadly.

“I wanted to make that clear so the devil can’t lie to you and say, ‘See them there preachers spending all that money, just fat cats riding around.’ No, we’re not; we’re in business,” Copeland said.

According to Charlie Bollinger, Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ partner and volunteer, “the Holy Spirit confirmed to Brother Copeland that the Gulfstream V was the plane the Lord had set aside for KCM.” The ministry identified the seller of the jet as filmmaker Tyler Perry. The jet was purchased and “paid in full” during Thanksgiving week.

While the newly acquired Gulfstream V jet “is in outstanding condition and is an exceptional value,” Bollinger said it will need $2.5 million in upgrades to meet new FAA standards.

“So, as Elite CX Team members, we need to set our faith NOW on receiving that additional seed so that we can sow it within the next three to four months, as the upgrades are completed,” Bollinger urged Copeland’s donors.

He further noted that an additional $17 million was necessary to help maintain the new aircraft and urged donors to prepare to give that amount as well.

Governance of Ekiti State and the lots of Ekiti Muslims



I greet you all in that particular mode of greeting that is not only full of blessings, but also universal, gender-sensitive and auspicious of all times and occasions by saying: Asalaamu alaykun woramatulahi wabarakatuh.


Let me start by expressing my sincere appreciation to the organizers of this important event for the invitation extended to me to give this talk. I have been asked to express my thoughts on Ekiti governance and the lots of Ekiti Muslims. I am sure the organizers chose me for this talk based on my calling as a teacher and researcher in the discipline known as Political Science. Therefore, I shall approach the task as a teacher, a researcher, a student of Politics and Society and as well as a member of the Muslim Community. I will also be as practical as I can be. Whatever I am unable to cover in this talk, I think, will be accommodated in the question and answer series.  


The topic, as provided by NACOMYO, suggests two major assumptions. The first is that there is a group of people who by virtue of their belief, we can refer to as Ekiti Muslims. Second, there is a pattern of governance in Ekiti state that is not inclusive enough of this set of people, i.e. the Muslim group. The issue then is to draw a linkage between the two by asking some pertinent questions, which to me is the crux of this talk. They are: What is the place of Ekiti Muslims in the pattern of governance of Ekiti state. What is the level of involvement/participation in the governance? What is the depth of the involvement? What has been the outcome of the involvement? I see these questions as being at the heart of our discourse.


But before I go into the nitty-gritty of the matter, I need to clear a conceptual undergrowth so as not to becloud our understanding. And it is the concept of Ekiti Muslims. When we say Ekiti Muslims, what do we really mean? Who are they? What are their characteristics? In my own opinion, I would say that Ekiti Muslims refer to Muslims residing in Ekiti state. In arriving at this definition, I refused to engage in the politics of categorization. I know some are indigenes by virtue of accidents of birth, while quite a lot are not. Therefore, my conceptualization includes those whose parents are from Ekiti, those who are born in Ekiti, those who are working in Ekiti and those who have made Ekiti their homes. It covers everybody that professes the Islamic faith, living in this state, and are contributing to the progress of the Community and that of the state. I anchored my definition on three planks. One, there is constitutional guarantee of freedom of residence and living within the Nigerian space. Second, Islam is basically about comradeship and brotherliness; and wherever Muslims go, they are enjoined to bond with fellow Muslims on ground, see themselves as one and contribute towards the growth of Islam and the environment they find themselves. Third, propagating Islam or promoting or projecting its values has nothing to do with whether you are born in the environment or not. We have the perfect example in the growth of Islam in Medina, where you could call the Prophet a non-indigene, in our own notion of the conception. This particular place we are gathered today is another living example. Sheikh Ibiyemi, the founder of Ola Oluwa Muslim Grammar School, was not an Ekiti person. But he left an indelible legacy that will endure forever. Wherever Muslims find themselves, they owe it a duty to the faith to bond and regard themselves as stakeholders, and also make positive impacts on the environment. Therefore, I see all Muslims in Ekiti as falling into the category of Ekiti Muslims.


In terms of demography, Muslims are part and parcel of the state. Though they are significant minority in the state, yet they have come a long way and are present in every nook and cranny of the state. Indeed, Islam has a long presence in Ekiti state. We can take the locations of mosques in Ado Ekiti and in most towns in Ekiti as evident of long presence and deep involvement in politics and governance in the years gone by. Mosques are located at the hearts of towns. Central mosques are always close to the palaces and the central markets. Even though overwhelming majority of the Kings are non-Muslims, the symbolic lambs that we slaughter at Eid praying ground on Eid Adha day are provided by the kings! In those days, Imams were crucial members of the palaces, and the Kings can hardly do anything without the involvement of the Imam. In other words, the Imam was more or less a member of the traditional cabinet. This should tell us that Muslims were at the very thick of governance in the traditional settings of the olden days.

However, I hasten to say that such involvement has not been much pronounced at the level of the state administration. My argument here is that since the inception of Ekiti as a state, the involvement of Muslims in the administration of the state has been rather minimal. The first two administrators were Muslims but were military men on secondment. Few Muslims were appointed into their cabinets. During the first democratic order under Governor Adeniyi Adebayo, we had about ten political positions, the highest was Commissioner. Under the government that succeeded him, headed by Ayo Fayose, we had about five, the highest was Special Adviser. Under the administration of Segun Oni, we had a Deputy Governor as the highest political position; and about five other slots. Under Governor Fayemi, we had SSG as the highest political position; but available record shows political positions that run to over one hundred to Muslims. Generally, the administration is generally regarded as Muslim-friendly because of level of inclusivity, political positions and a number of favourable policies carried out. Under the present administration, the portfolio of Special Adviser was the highest political position given to Muslims. There were about five other political positions. Going by the data presented here, I can say that, with the exemption of the Fayemi administration, the involvement has been rather low and not commensurate with the population of Muslims in the state.


The nest question then is who do we blame?


Who do we blame?

The determination of who to blame should be situated within the context of the pattern of involvement as contained in the data presented above. There are two patterns: elected and appointed. I take the first one. Democracy is a game of number and who gets elected is the person that has the highest number of votes. Electoral contest involves a lot of work: belonging to a political party whose platform will be used. Active participation in the party at different levels. Getting the right connection within the party. Financial capacity or connection to financial source. Mobilisation of people and resources. Bargaining. Good personality and being given the opportunity by political godfathers. Successful Electoral contest is hardly achieved on a platter of gold, in most instances. If Muslims are not getting elected, it has to do with interplay of factors listed above. The second pattern, political appointment, is at the discretion of the Chief Executive. A consideration for appointment is also contingent on some factors, which include: level of work done in the course of political campaigns. The fact is that political appointment is often a compensation for works done during electioneering campaigns. People can be appointed on the basis of their expertise. Other factors include deep involvement in the affairs of political party; right connections; level of support (moral or financial) given to the candidates in the course of campaigns; perceived relevance of the group; personality, idiosyncrasies and worldview of the Chief Executive (a very crucial factor). Therefore, if Muslims are not getting appointed into positions, then we have to look at the factors listed above, particularly the aspect of leader idiosyncrasies.


And this leads me to another question: How can a minority makes itself relevant in governance? Discourses on minority relevance in governance takes me to the whole essence of politics. Scholars have made us to understand that, in its widest conceptualization, governance has to do with how any entity, organization or country is run. It involves all forms of actions and manners of governing an entity, based on law making, law enforcements and service delivery (Fukuyama, 2013). Governance is all about decision making. It is directly tied to politics. Politics, we are told, is authoritative allocation of values (Easton, 1965); It is also the determination of who gets what, when and how (Lasswell, 1936). It is about decision making towards governing an entity or country, at local, state or federal levels. Politics is central to human existence. And there is nobody that is exempted from outcomes of politics. In other words, politics affects everybody either directly or indirectly. This reality had been perfectly captured by Aristotles description of human being as political animal! Every decision is taking by leaders who are political elected or appointed. And whatever they decide affects us. That is why Harold Laski argues that politics is superior to economics, because all economic matters are made by political leaders! The idea of all public decisions taken by political leaders point to the centrality of politics. Politics is also about struggle for power. Power, according to Robert Dahl (1961), is the ability to make someone do what otherwise he/she wouldnt want to do. It also involves struggle for ascendancy and making things happen. Politics is central to human existence that it cannot be ignored. That means people must be involved in politics. The bottom-line then is that Ekiti Muslims must be interested and involved in politics.


Different levels of involvement

If we say politics is important and people must be involved, what does it mean? The meaning is that people must be involved in various aspects of politics. Involvement can be direct and indirect. Direct involvement:

– Voting during elections

– Belonging to political parties

– Contributing money towards party finance or candidates

– Holding positions within a political party

– attending party meetings

– attending political/campaign rallies

– Standing for elections

– Getting elected

– Getting appointed to political positions

– Attending protest rallies

Indirect involvement:

– Voting during elections

– Following political debates

– Joining interest groups

– Having sympathy for particular party or political figures

– Writing or posing comments about political parties or political developments

– Forming pressure groups to compel government to take certain actions

– Writing letters to the government towards getting some things done

– Taking part in demonstrations and protests

– Carrying placards during protests and demonstrations


Ladies and gentlemen, if you do any of the above, then you are involved in politics. And the fact is that almost every one of us has one or two things to do with the above. So, we are all involved in politics. It is for this reason that Aristotle said several centuries ago that whoever that is not involved in politics is either a beast or semi-god. That is, the person is either below humanity or above humanity. So, when people say they are not interested in politics, they are totally correct. The difference however is that some people are more involved than others!


Ekiti Muslims and politics

I asked three questions at the beginning of this talk. Let me go back to them and give my own answers: 1. What is the place of Ekiti Muslims in the pattern of governance of Ekiti state? My Answer: MARGINAL. 2. What is the level of involvement/participation in the governance? Answer: VERY LOW. 3. What is the depth of the involvement? Answer: SHALLOW. 4. What has been the outcome of the involvement? Answer: NOT COMMENSURATE WITH THE HISTORICAL FACTS OF MUSLIMS IN THE STATE AND THEIR NUMERICAL STRENGTH.


To me, the bulk of the problem is within us. I will give my reasons. (1). We are not united as a group. We often pull ourselves down over struggle for material things, particularly political positions. (2). We tend to settle for less and glorify it. For example, we tend to see distribution of Ileya Rams as the best thing for us. Once we are given one hungry-looking ram, then we are satisfied. Our struggle is to be appointed into the Muslim Pilgrims Board, either as the Chairman or Members. And this is a very basic position that cannot be given to someone else. (3). We are too silent. (4). We do not have a voice in the media. We do not have good outlets to ventilate our grievances. (5). We are not conscious enough of our situation as a group. (6). We tend to behave like conquered people. We seem too afraid to talk. (7). We have been divided by political sentiments. (8). Those who are in a position to influence things have not made maximum utilization of the opportunities. (9). We fritter chances to improve the lots of our people.


Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, our problem goes beyond annual ram distribution. It is far deeper than appointments into Pilgrims Board. It is even beyond Ramadan gifts. I am not saying these gifts are not important. My message is that our matter is beyond all these. The main issue has to do with identity recognition as a group. To deny us inclusion into critical aspects of government and placate us with some material items is not something we should be proud of. When lists of appointments are made and we are missing out, it sends signals to the rest of the world that we are either not existing or not important. Inclusion has psychological effects on a group. It is a mark of social recognition as an important member of the society. When Obama emerged as the US president, the whole of Black race jubilated. We knew Obama was not going to distribute dollars to us; but his emergence has social and psychological implications on the Black people anywhere in the world. That is why we have to demand for proper inclusion in the politics of governing our state, beyond mere annual material gifts! It is our rights as stakeholders in the state. And if we are denied, we have the right to employ legitimate means of agitation to seek redress – through dialogue, lobbying, issuing press releases and courting the media. I am not saying people should not collect rams or reject gifts. My message is that these items should not replace other fundamental things that should be extended to us as a group. We should demand for inclusion. This will give us economic, social and psychological sense of belonging. It is more than annual gifts!


Some suggestions

The question then is how do we ensure inclusion and recognition? I have some suggestions that I think will be helpful.


Attitudinal change

This is about the most important thing. We just need to know that our demands should go beyond mere tokenism. The issue at stake is more of identity. The tactic is to downplay the presence of Muslims in this state. Let us be conscious of this fact. Remember Surah Al Rad, verse 11 (Quran 13:11): Allah never changes the condition of a people unless they strive to change themselves. Nobody will take us serious if we do not take ourselves serious. When we fight ourselves over rams or Ramadan gifts, we send signals to people out there the kind of group we are.


Unity of purpose

Perhaps no other group needs unity more that Ekiti Muslim Ummah. Muslims are supposed to be the most united group. So many things bind us together: same ways of worship, same principles of belief, same content of the Holy Quran, same way and period of fasting etc. In Quran 49:13-14, Allah enjoins us to avoid suspicion, discrimination and segregation.  In several verse of the Quran, Allah warned against lies and falsehood so as to cause disharmony. This uniqueness of the faith and the various Quranic injunctions ought not only to guide our behaviours, but also be taken to the political realm. But this is not so. we are divided. And for us to be taken serious there must be unity. Pull him down syndrome ought not to find a place within us. We should be our brothers keepers. We should be a united formidable group. Group division should be jettisoned. An injustice to one should be seen as injustice to all.  



For a minority group to be relevant, it must have quality. We need to produce as many doctors, engineers, lawyers, nurses, teachers, businessmen and women as possible. We need to be present in the Universities as Lecturers and Administrators. We need to be good traders and committed artisans. We need to occupy top positions in the society, both locally and nationally. One of the challenges we have is that Ekiti Muslims are not visible in critical areas of the state and at the national level. How many judges do we have? How many lawyers? How many professors? How many Engineers? What is our number in the Civil Service as Administrators? How many of us are in the hospitals as medical practitioners? How successful are we in trading and other businesses? If a small group has much quality, it can never be ignored. We need to invest in education. In the Quran, we are told that education is power. In Quran 39:9, Allah says Can they who know and they who do not know be deemed equal? We need to have an all-round education. We need to bring quality to our smallness.  




We have to be involved at various levels. Democracy is a game of number and participation. If you are not there, you cant benefit.


Presence in different parties

Let us not put all our eggs in one basket! Let us be represented in all the major parties. The logic of democracy is that no single political party remains in power in perpetuity, except in a dictatorial setting. One party will be replacing the other. So, the logic is that we need presence in all the dominant parties.


Qualitative presence

It is not only enough to be present. We need to be deeply involved. Let us be party chairmen at state, local or ward levels. Let us strive to be included in the Party Executives at all levels. For those who are visibly involved in political party, let them be part of the nucleus of the political parties they belong at all levels.


Use of media 

We need to air our grievances in a legitimate way. As I said earlier, we need to make use of the media. Let us write rejoinders to newspapers. Let us issue press releases. Let us continue to hold meetings such as this. We need the media to help us project our views.


Form alliances and collaborate

Democracy is about dialogue and lobbying; let us cultivate friendships with people. Let us imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship. Quran 3 Vs 114-116 tells us clearly that not all people of the book are bad. There is no harm in forming partnership and collaboration for good. Democracy is a game of number.


Build good personality

Islam enjoins us to live a good personal life. We have to always project this essential value. In our various places, let us be known for good. Let us be relevant in our communities, our streets and our places of work. Let us contribute towards what they are doing in our neighbourhood. If we are good, then we can be called upon to represent the people.


Financial capability

We need to build our financial capability. Democracy is not cheap. We need to be financially involved ether to contest for elective posts or to support candidates. This is the hard fact. Those without money can make intellectual contributions.


Islamize politics

We can Islamize politics. What do I mean by this? It is simply by bringing the principles and values of Islam to politics. These values include fairness to all irrespective of creed and ethnic differences, justice, accountability, transparency, compassion and uncompromising attitude to corruption. If those Muslims who find themselves at the corridor of power either by election or appointment abide by these virtues, they are Islamizing politics. When we make good differences wherever we find ourselves, we are practicing Islam. Therefore, let those who find themselves in positions of authority exhibit these traits. Once we are known for this, people will give us more respects. By this we would have Islamized politics.  



In conclusion, let us know that in this state, we need to make ourselves relevant. Recognition may not be given on a platter of gold; we need to struggle for it. In doing so, we need to adopt legitimate means. We need to be strategic. There is hardly anywhere in the world where people who hold privileged position, willingly let it go. Also, we need to know that there is tyranny of majority anywhere in the world. The tyranny of majority is neither ethnic-bound nor nation-specific. It is a universal practice. It is the people that have been marginalized that will have to work for redress. They have to make the changes happen. I have listed some of the things we need to do.


May Allah guide us right and be with us all!


Asalam alaykun woramatulah wobarakatuh




Beware of atheism


By Imam Murtadha Gusau

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

All thanks and praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the consequences of our evil deeds.

Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find guidance. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, He is alone without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims in submission to Him.” [Quran, 3:102]

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Verily, Allah is ever watching over you.” [Quran, 4:1]

“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” [Quran, 33:70-71]

Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, and the worst affairs are newly invented matters (in the religion). Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.

Respected Servants of Allah! Atheism, in modern terminology, means denying the Creator (Allah) altogether, denying that He exists and not acknowledging Him, may He be glorified and exalted. The universe and everything in it, according to their claims, came about purely by chance. Wallahi this is a strange view which is contrary to sound human nature, reason and logic, and is contrary to simple logic and indisputable facts.

Brothers and Sisters! As I said, Atheism is the denial that Allah exists. In Arabic, its known as AL-ILHAAD. An atheist is a person who disbelieves in Allah, His names, His attributes, His Lordship, and denies that worship should be directed to Him. The atheists have the belief that this world came into existence without a creator by an eternal material. This material is considered to them to be the creator of creation. Along with this, they reject the Messengers and religion.

The atheists themselves are divided into two types; 

1- Those who deny Allah totally.

2- Agnosticism, those who say, “ We don’t know if Allah is the Creator and if He exists.

Both groups have no faith in Allah and doubt His existence. When researching an atheist’s situation it’s clear that they aren’t convinced in the signs of Allah as being the Creator. Their beliefs aren’t truly based on any scientific theories and facts.

Maurice Blondel, a French philosopher, once said:

“There really isn’t no true atheists.” 

For that reason, it’s not farfetched that you find a group of them affirming Allah’s existence, but they say that He disappeared after creating this world. This is a major crime and sin.

Allah the Almighty said: 

“And they say: “The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son (or offspring or children) [as the Jews say: Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say that He has begotten a son [Isa (Jesus Christ)], and the pagan Arabs say that He has begotten daughters (angels, etc.)].” Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins, that they ascribe a son (or offspring or children) to the Most Beneficent (Allah).” [Quran, 88-91]

In the past Atheism wasn’t really widespread and only a few people had this belief similar to Fir’aun (Pharaoh). After him, there was an atheistic trend in the medieval Islam known as materialism [ ﺍﻟﺪﻫﺮﻳﺔ]. However today since the end of the seventeen and the beginning of the eighteen century, and the spread of technology the rise of atheism began. Those eras were the periods of Marxism and Darwinism, and Nietzsche and Freud. These philosophers fought against the Catholic Church in Europe and it’s from them the ideology of atheism spread.

Brothers and Sisters! There isn’t any sincere particular school dedicated to the teachings of atheism. Atheists generally base their beliefs off of experiments and philosophy and from this they have divided into various sects among themselves as follows:

* Secularism: Those who want to establish the state off of resources and material and not religion.

* Existentialism: A philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

* Positivism: A philosophical system recognizing only that which can be scientifically verified or which is capable of logical or mathematical proof, and therefore rejecting metaphysics and theism.

* Socialism: Founded by Karl Marx, a policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism that denies the existence of Allah.

* Darwinism: the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection advanced by Charles Darwin.

Last to add to this list is an evil form of atheism, that has recently spread around the world, and is picking up momentum in the Arab and African Worlds, known as Devil Worship, or the Church of Satan.

Servants of Allah! Atheism goes against the natural disposition of man and the intellect. Despite this, it has spread and found its way in the Muslim World. Some people have fallen into this trend of atheism as a result of being brainwashed while living among the disbelievers or being educated in their system or they didn’t receive strong and proper Islamic training/upbringing from their parents. Other reasons stem from the inability to accept the Qadr and Qada of Allah or accept it in its correct manner, in particularly the things related to the actions of Allah and the servants. Moreover, we find people going to atheism when they are ignorant of Islam. The Muslims who are running to atheism and of the Church of Satan are following their desires or have an unbridled desire to live what they call freedom. Therefore they don’t consider anything Halal [lawful] or Haram [prohibited]. Also those who are in the shade of atheism don’t believe there is anyone watching over them, no account, no punishment and no reward. Allah’s aide is sought!

Servants of Allah! Most people who consider themselves intellectuals due to their status, or on educational certificates have taken the path of denying Allah’s presence due to arrogance. Allah the Most High said: 

“Verily, those who dispute about the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, without any authority having come to them, there is nothing else in their breasts except pride [to accept you (Muhammad ) as a Messenger of Allah and to obey you].”

* Arrogance leads to many atrocities

– Denying things you comprehend – Allah said: 

“Nay, they deny that; the knowledge whereof they could not compass.” [Yunus :39]

– Turning away from the truth and listening to it – Allah said: 

“And never came an Ayah from among the Ayat (proofs, shreds of evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord to them, but they did turn away from it.” [Ya-Sin: 46]

– Being content with the knowledge you possess and rejecting the Shari’a – Allah said:

“Then when their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, they were glad (and proud) with that which they had of the knowledge (of worldly things): And that at which they used to mock, surrounded them (i.e. the punishment).” [Ghafir :83]

– Blind-following misguided leaders – Allah said: 

“And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad ) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones (elites) among them said: We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps.” [Az-Zukhruf :23]

– The final result of arrogance is the increase of misguidance – Allah said: 

“So when they turned away (from the Path of Allah), Allah turned their hearts away (from the Right Path).” [As-Saff :5]

Now what are the pillars of atheism, its foundations, and the approach on which unilateral thought was based were founded?

It’s sufficient to say there isn’t any complete thought among atheists that fully explain their theories from beginning to end. Some atheists will come and present a bunch of awkward questions answered by their doubts and assumptions, which don’t satisfy a person’s thirst for knowledge. They have established their foundation and thought both based on experimental theories or philosophy.

* Experimental Theories

Two of the most widely known experimental theories are evolution and the big bang theory. Charles Darwin wrote a book titled, The Origin of Species; which serves as a major reference point for an atheist who defends the theory of evolution. Atheists believe that Darwin’s theory of evolution explains life; however, when it’s closely examined there are still many unanswered questions that remain. Therefore this theory is flawed. Darwin’s theory doesn’t cover all aspects of life. For instance, insects make up eighty percent of animals. Did these insects evolve or remain, and why didn’t the principles of evolution go into effect with them. Insects are living beings and they weren’t included in Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as birds.

The main distraction in this theory of Darwin’s is the question, how do non-living things transform into living? Their only response is, “by coincidence.” Referring to happenings by coincidence isn’t an academic answer. Darwin also concluded that man evolved from apes as they share the same illnesses as humans. The question to ask here is why apes, and not rats? Rats and humans share the same diseases as well, like cancer.

Darwin viewed evolution for every species consists of individuals that show considerable variations. Under certain environmental conditions, particular variations will be most advantageous. Natural selection weeds out the unadapted and the best-adapted survive. These variations become dominant in the species and so it evolves. In the case of giraffes, times of drought and arid conditions give an advantage to those animals that can out-compete others by reaching the higher, untouched leaves. They form the ancestral stock of the animals that evolve into giraffes.

This is also rejected as the necks of goats didn’t evolve. They need long necks to eat leaves from high trees, and their necks didn’t expand over time.

* The Big Bang Theory

In summary, the origin of creation comes from one cell that was swimming in a time and place then one day all of sudden it just exploded about fifteen million years ago. So based off of this theory this world came from the cell that was the size of a pin. The question they’re unable to answer about this theory is where did that cell come from?

Why was this cell still then moved all of a sudden?

What’s the difference between the moments of the explosion compared to others?

How did the big bang organize such a well-structured universe?

How did non-living thing come from matter and transform into living beings with intellects?

Whenever you ask an atheist the question about how non-living beings became living, they reply, by coincidence. Coincidence is Lord of the Worlds according to atheists.

* Philosophy

Philosophers give precedence to the intellect over the texts (Nusus). They believe that the mind is able to grasp everything that exists in its senses. In reality with this belief, they go against the limits of the mind and the body’s senses. The mind doesn’t have the ability to comprehend everything.

Imam Ibn Battah mentioned that: 

“Man came to Abdullah Ibn Abbas with his son. His son said, He was puzzled by his mind and this went to his heart, so he brought him to Ibn Abbas. Abdullah Ibn Abbas said: “Look over there nephew and tell me what is that black thing you see over there?”. He replied, “So and so.” Ibn Abbas said: “That’s’ right, and what is that image behind you?” The boy replied, “I don’t know.” Ibn Abbas said: My nephew the same way Allah has placed a limited limit without a veil, likewise, He has placed on the Heart’s sight a limit, so don’t go beyond its bounds and limits.” [See ‘Atheism, its means of spreading, its dangers, and ways to combat it, by Shaykh Salih Ibn Abdil Aziz Sindi]

The same applies to the senses. It’s not everything that exists can be confined to the five senses.We accept the fact that the senses exist, but what is the proof that something outside of these five senses doesn’t exist?

Measuring the existence of thing according to the five senses wallahi is a weak criterion; as sometimes our senses deceive us. For example there are times that things appear to us outside of its true form. During the afternoon on a very hot day doesn’t it appear that water is in front of you in the desert, but it’s a mirage? And when a pen is placed in a glass of water doesn’t it appear broken? The mind and senses are always to be trusted. The mind doesn’t have the ability to explain everything.

The soul, for example, is something that can’t be explained although it’s the closest thing to you. The mind truly can’t be explained, nor can visions or dreams. If we accept the argument that just because Allah can’t be seen right now this means He doesn’t exist then we’d have to discard many experiments and scientific conclusions. For instance gravity, electrons, Ether, or Atoms and so forth are all things we affirm exist, even though we can’t see them.

Just because we are unable to see Allah it doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. It’s enough to look at His creation and its system in order to recognize He is in existent. The methodology of atheism is one of the contradictions which has no true criterion except desires.

The Debate between Prophet Musa (Moses) and Fir’aun (Pharaoh) (An Atheist Versus A Muslim):

Brothers and Sisters! Allah the Most High said: 

“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?” [ Al-Fussilat :43]

The thoughts that come to one’s mind which voluntarily submit to Allah’s Lordship.

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. 

2- All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists). 

3- The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. 

4- The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).

5- You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). 

6- Guide us to the Straight Way.

7- The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray.” [Al-Fatihah :1-7]

The Debate Between a Believer and non-believer… [Musa and Fir’aun]

Fir’aun said: 

“And what is the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)?” [Surah Ash-Shu’ara :23]

Fir’aun asked this question denying Allah the Lord of Heavens and Earth exists. He denied everything the Prophets, the Heavens and Earth and what the intellect and natural disposition acknowledges.

Musa said: 

“Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.” [Ta-Ha :50]

Musa (Moses) said: 

“Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, if you seek to be convinced with certainty.” [Ash-Shu’ara :24]

Musa (Moses) said: 

“Lord of the east and the west, and all that is between them, if you did but understand!” [Ash-Shu’ara :28]

These are the Heavens with their stars, planets, suns and moons. The Earth has mountains, gardens, animals and human-beings. This planet has clouds, winds, seas and deserts. Allah created all of these things and He manages them, nurtures them and by the fact that he arranged them in this fashion is a sign that He exists. 

These creations in the Heavens and in the Earth prove Allah’s knowledge, His Will, His Might, His Wisdom and His Mercy:

“Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.” [Ta-Ha :50]

Allah created man after he was nonexistent then guided him through customary actions, his nature, the five senses, his thinking and his intellect. Allah guided man to the religion (Islam) that makes him righteous and leads him to purpose of his creation.

Allah said: 

“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding.” [Al-Baqarah :164]

This design and the organization of these creations are well planned and are clear signs to man’s psychic that the organizer of this World’s design is Wise, Merciful, and Compassionate. The sound mind and Fitrah [disposition] believe in all of these things about Allah.

Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said to those around: 

“Do you not hear (what he says)?” [Ash-Shu’ara :25]

Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: 

“Verily, your Messenger who has been sent to you is a madman.” [Ash-Shu’ara :27]

Fir’aun said: 

“What about the generations of old?“ [Ta-Ha :51]

Fir’aun reviled Musa publicly calling him crazy because he mentioned things that were unknown to them. Musa denied Materialism and this is what Fir’aun and his group accepted and acted by among themselves. Fir’aun and his people thought the previous nations were the same.i.e, They only believed in what they could see and rejected everything that they couldn’t. In other words, They don’t believe in the unseen and He is the Creator of these visible things.

Musa said: 

“Our Lord is He Who gave to each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.” [Ta-Ha :50]

“The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, if you (but) have a faith with certainty.” [Ad-Dukhan :7]

“Lord of the east and the west, and all that is between them, if you did but understand!” [Ash-Shura: 28]

[Fir’aun (Pharaoh)] said: 

“What about the generations of old?”

Musa said: 

“The knowledge thereof is with my Lord, in a Record. My Lord is neither unaware nor He forgets,” Who has made earth for you like a bed (spread out); and has opened roads (ways and paths etc.) for you therein; and has sent down water (rain) from the sky. And We have brought forth with it various kinds of vegetation. Eat and pasture your cattle, (therein); verily, in this are proofs and signs for men of understanding.” [Ta-Ha :52-54]

The generations of old and everything that took place there among the believers and disbelievers is all recorded. Their Creator isn’t unaware of their deeds. He knows their actions and beliefs and they are noted in his book which is error free, and has no negligence or misguidance.

My Lord is the one who has made the Earth well-prepared and good enough for you to live in. The entire Earth isn’t an ocean; inhabitable for land animals and humans. The whole Earth isn’t mountains and rocks; not suitable for plants and living, along with other subsistence for life; such as food and drinks.

Among the organization of this World is you are able to connect the East to the West by air, land or sea. The layout of this Earth makes it easy for ships and caravans to travel to do business.

Fresh water falls from the sky clean and pure without any salt and bitterness. This water gives life to plants, to animals and to mankind. If there was no rain life on Earth would cease to exist and the entire Globe would become a wasteland.

Allah the Almighty said: 

“It is He (Allah) Who sends down water (rain) from the sky; from it you drink and from it (grows) the vegetation on which you send your cattle to pasture; With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought.” [An-Nahl :10-11]

Allah the Most High said: 

“And the earth! We have spread it out, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and have produced therein every kind of lovely growth (plants). An insight and a Reminder for every slave turning to Allah (i.e. the one who believes in Allah and performs deeds of His obedience, and always begs His pardon). And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky, then We produce therewith gardens and grain (every kind of harvests) that are reaped.. And tall date-palms, with ranged clusters; A provision for (Allah’s) slaves. And We give life therewith to a dead land.” [Qaf :7-11]

Allah said: 

“It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.” [Al-An’am :99]

Allah said: 

“Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby We cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any ilah (god) with Allah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)! Is not He (better than your gods) Who has made the earth as a fixed abode, and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water). Is there any ilah (god) with Allah? Nay, but most of them know not.” [An-Naml :60-61]

Allah said: 

“Allah is He Who sends the winds, so they raise clouds, and spread them along the sky as He wills, and then break them into fragments, until you see rain drops come forth from their midst! Then when He has made them fall on whom of His slaves as He will, lo! they rejoice! And verily before that (rain), just before it was sent down upon them, they were in despair! Look then at the effects (results) of Allah’s Mercy, how He revives the earth after its death. Verily! That (Allah) Who revived the earth after its death shall indeed raise the dead (on the Day of Resurrection), and He is Able to do all things.” [Ar-Rum :48-50]

Allah said: 

“See you not that Allah drives the clouds gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a heap of layers, and you see the rain comes forth from between them. And He sends down from the sky hail (like) mountains, (or there are in the heaven mountains of hail from where He sends down hail), and strike therewith whom He will, and averts it from whom He wills. The vivid flash of its (clouds) lightning nearly blinds the sight.” [An-Nur :53]

Allah said: 

“See you not that the ships sail through the sea by Allah’s Grace? That He may show you of His Signs? Verily, in this are signs for every patient, grateful (person). And when a wave covers them like shades (i.e. like clouds or the mountains of sea-water), they invoke Allah, making their invocations for Him only. But when He brings them safe to land, there are among them those that stop in the middle, between (Belief and disbelief). But none denies Our Signs except every perfidious ungrateful.” [Luqman :31-32]

Allah said: 

“And if you would count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Truly! Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [An-Nahl :18]

Brothers and Sisters! I mentioned these verses in the context that Musa used them as evidence against the Atheism of Fir’aun (Pharaoh). These verses are appropriate for Musa’s detailed argument for the things he quoted. These verses are clear and supportive evidence. Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said:

“The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophets are Allah’s ambassadors to creation and the guiding light to Him. The methodology and eras are all different, but the goal and path is one. Their objective is to know Allah, believe in Him, worship Him and love him the Most High humbly.

I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Quran and Sunnah. I pray He lets us recognise the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He lets us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us.

My Respected Brothers and Sisters! Know that, anything good I have said in my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) is from Allah the Almighty, and any mistakes are my own and we seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bounds in anything I said or I do.

May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

With this I conclude my Khutbah (Sermon) and ask Allah, the Almighty and the Sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving and Most Merciful.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Rabi’ul Thani 10, 1439 AH (December 29, 2017), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and late Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: +2348038289761 or

Seven Reasons to Perform Hajj While Young

Seven Reasons to Perform Hajj While Young

“The feet of man will not slip on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked of five things: of his life as to how he spent it, his youth as to how he used it, his wealth as to where he got it and how he spent it, and of his knowledge as to what he did with it.” (Tirmithi)

“That they may witness benefits for themselves…” (Qur’an, 22:28)

From a young age, many of us dream of going to Hajj – to see the Ka`bah in person, the Station of Ibrahim, drink ZamZam, perform tawaaf (circling the Ka`bah), wear the white garments of Hajj, and be with brothers and sisters from around the world in the greatest international gathering in the history of humanity. It is a rare opportunity for forgiveness, for change, for turning to the Creator, and for Paradise, insha’Allah.

But it can sometimes feel out of reach and far away. This is especially the case with the youth.

But as a person moves on in life, high school and university there may be money left over, or loans that finally get paid off, and a person is in a position to perform Hajj. At the same time, there are many options in life. It could be marriage, travel or vacation – one has to choose. For the young, with all of life’s possibilities tugging at the heart, here are a few reasons to put one’s heart, efforts, and resources into making that life-long dream a reality: the journey of Hajj.

1. If the Door is Open, It May Never Open Again

The dream has finally had its means made easy – will you fulfil it? Life is so short on earth; we never know if this opportunity will come again. In fact, Allah

tells us how short life on earth is:

“You stayed not but a little – if only you had known,” (Qur’an, 23:114)

If the door for performing Hajj is finally open, a person should jump at the chance to perform it.

Ibn `Umar , said, “When evening comes, do not expect (to live till) morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness and from your life for your death.” (Bukhari)

2. Hasten Toward Hajj

“Expedite the performance of Hajj. For nobody knows what may obstruct one.” (Ibn Majah, Ahmad)

Along with not knowing what may obstruct one if one does not take the open opportunity to perform Hajj, the Prophet told us to expedite the performance of Hajj. We are told to get it done, not put it on the backburner or be lax concerning its performance, or to put other things as a priority above it. It is a duty to be fulfilled for Allah, a pillar of Islam. For someone who has had the means to perform Hajj for some time and does not go, the Prophet

informed us of the state of loss of such a person: “Allah said: ‘Any of My slaves who is healthy and are of the means for five years, and did not visit My house, he is

mahroom.” (Ibn Hibban & Musnad Abu Ya’laa: 3703:1031) The direct translation of

mahroom is “deprive,” meaning a person who is able to go to Hajj and does not, has deprived themselves of something good and of benefits that cannot be imagined that will be regretted on the Day of Judgment.

3. Hajj Decreases Poverty

The Prophet said, “Keep on doing Hajj and Umrah, because they both eliminate poverty and sins just like a furnace eliminates the dirty impurities of iron, gold and silver. And an accepted Hajj has no reward less than Paradise!” (Tirmithi, Nisaa’i, Ahmad) It is important that we do not let our worries stop us from going, if we have the means. If we are concerned for our sustenance, one should perform Hajj with the expectation of improving its state, however Allah wills for that to happen.

4. The Supplication

One of the most prominent features of Hajj is supplication to Allah. One does it so much on Hajj. But what is more, the supplication of Hajj is answered insha’Allah; and the best supplication is that of Arafah during Hajj.

“The warrior in the path of Allah, the one performing Hajj and the one performing Umrah are the delegations of Allah. If they call on Allah they are answered and if they ask Him for anything it is given to them.” (Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibban)

“The best supplication is the supplication on the day of Arafah […]” (Tirmithi, Malik)

“There is no other day when Allah sets free more slaves from the Fire than the day of Arafah, for that day He comes nearer to them and says proudly to the angels: What do these people seek?” (Muslim)

Now for the youth looking to improve their lives – to get that nice job, get into that school, improve their relationship with Allah

and draw near to Him, marry that wonderful man or woman, have that a family member come to Islam or get back on the straight path, Hajj is the place to be. Hajj is where it’s at. Think of having supplicated during Hajj and living life from now on benefitting from those supplications insha’Allah.

5. The Release from Sin

Not only is Hajj a priceless opportunity for supplication, it is a chance to wipe clean the slate of one’s mistakes and shortcomings of the past. “One who comes to this House for Hajj and avoids all lewdness and sins, he returns as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhari & Muslim) Imagine having all of one’s mistakes wiped away, and having a clean and healthy conscience, mind and heart and a purified soul insha’Allah. Imagine experiencing this rebirth of sorts from a young age. It is a dream; it is priceless. But by Allah’s Mercy and Compassion, it is insha’Allah within reach for those who make Hajj. Hajj is a great way of for young person to get a head start in cleaning up the shortcomings and mistakes of the past, and thereafter look towards a much brighter future insha’Allah. Hajj is also a chance for Paradise: “An `umrah to another `umrah expiates what is in between them, and the accepted Hajj receives nothing except Paradise.” (Bukhari & Muslim) `Umrah is a like Hajj except it is shorter and can be performed at any time of the year.

6. Utilise Your Youth

Not only is Hajj a chance to be reborn in terms of one’s past mistakes and shortcomings in life, it is also a chance for the youth to take advantage of the fresh health they are often given by Allah, the Most Generous. “There are two blessings which many people do not make the most of and thus lose out: good health and free time.” (Bukhari) Take advantage of this great blessing that is guaranteed for no one. Hajj is not only a spiritual, emotional, and intellectual experience, but also a very physical one. No matter how young or in-shape you are, you will stand to benefit from every last bit of youthful energy and physical health Allah has blessed you with during Hajj.

7. Experience the World

As a young person, valuable life lessons taken from an early age are precious and can leave a lasting impression. One of the greatest life lessons anyone can learn and experience most vividly on Hajj is that human beings are equal to each other. Equal, that is, except in terms of

taqwa, or God consciousness and reverence. On Hajj this is not an ideal of the mind or on the tongue, but is something put into practice, witnessed and experienced. During the Hajj itself, in part of what is known as the Farewell Sermon, the Prophet said, “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black any superiority over a white, except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.” (Excerpt from Khutbatul Wada’, amongst collections of Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmithi, Ahmad)

From virtually every nook and corner of the Earth, men and women gather together in unity and submission to God during Hajj. Men all wear the same simple, white cloth garments; men and women perform the same acts of worship; young and old and even children participate; the rich and the poor mix. Everyone is equal before God and their piety is ultimately only known to Him, and He is their final Judge. Going through such an experience on a large scale with millions of people, insha’Allah, will open up the mind, heart, and soul to what it really means to be a human being amongst everyone on earth, much less what it truly means to be a Muslim in peaceful surrender to God.


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Edited by Demola Sulaimon Adefajo