Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega was one of the victims of last Sunday’s bloody crackdown on peaceful Shi’a Muslims in the town of Zaria, Nigeria. A man of peace, and a man of faith, Bukhari was slain by radicals alongside his wife and baby daughter, for his beliefs differed from that of Wahhabi clerics. Shi’a Muslims today live in perpetual fear. Demonized by radical Salafi and Wahhabi preachers, Nigeria’s Shi’ites have been persecuted and oppressed on account they chose to stand by their allegiance to Islam’s first Imam – Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS).
Shi’a Muslims have endured countless horrors at the hands of the Takfiri terrorists. From Africa to the Middle East, Wahhabis have declared war on Shi’a Islam, calling on the complete destruction of this school of thought for they fear the truth it withholds. Here is a heartbreaking account of what hate preaching looks like when witnessed on the ground. Before his life was cut short, Bukhari took to social media to share with the world the horrors his community was facing. If mainstream media have chosen to ignore the plight of an entire community, we have not. We believe it is our journalistic and religious duty to denounce hate and extremism wherever they are found. Islam is a faith of tolerance and peace. Islam does not recognize those who speak violence, xenophobia and bigotry. Islam preaches understanding and compassion for all.
As the Lebanese Christian scholar George Jordaq has said in his book entitled “The Voice of Human Justice”, Imam Ali (AS) marched steadfastly on the path of action fixed by him for himself. He always looked upwards. He prescribed the economic rights of man as well as other rights without which the economic rights cannot materialize. He did not do favour to any particular group, colour or race. All human beings are alike and all of them are entitled to live and share the amenities of life even though they may be different in their creed, colour or race. Ali was considerate to the entire mankind.
According to him there was no difference between the white-colored and the black colored, the Arabs and the non-Arabs, Muslims and non-Muslims in the matter of economic rights and the amenities of life. Although Ali was the successor to the Prophet, the fortress of Islam, and the Commander of the Faithful, he did not at all force non-Muslims to embrace Islam. According to him one’s being a human being was sufficient for his being honoured, befriended and dealt with kindly as well as for his rights being immune from infringement by others.
In the famous Letter of Instructions written by him for Malik Ashtar, his Governor of the then Christian majority Egypt, he said. “Do not become a ferocious animal for them so that you may devour them. There are two kinds of persons amongst the subjects, out of whom some are your brethren-in-faith and others are creatures of God like you, and you should be forgiving towards them just as you wish God to be forgiving towards you. You should not feel elated when you accord punishment. In the circumstances everyone possesses the same rights as you do, even though some or all of his beliefs may be opposed to yours. The object of religion is certainly that it should enable you to establish brotherly relations with others.
Others are as much human beings as you are. This similarity of creation is a stronger connection between you and others. You should, therefore, behave kindly with all human beings. If your brother commits a mistake or sin you should overlook his lapse and forgive him, and should not at all feel ashamed in doing so. Purify the hearts of others of enmity and grudge by purifying your own hearts of these bad qualities in the first instance. It is obligatory for every descendant of Adam, to whatever religion or creed he may belong, that he should sympathize with his fellow beings. He should like that for others which he likes for himself and should not like that for them which he does not like for himself. He should expect from others to the same extent to which he meets the expectations of others. A real believer is he who endeavors to do good deeds.”
Such is the man the Wahhabis and Salafis would have Shi’a Muslims to renounce – a man the Last Prophet of God lifted on his shoulders, a man the Prophet called brother, raised him as son, made him his son-in-law, his heir, and finally caliph. Alas, the forces of darkness masquerading as Muslims, are massacring his followers, as was the recent case in Nigeria. An eyewitness said at 11:06pm on Sunday: “It is carnage here in Zaria. We are grateful we landed peaceful and from the situation here. Soldiers are killing civilians in Gyellesu area and country home of revered leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. They destroyed all the shops along the road to the house and several bodies of civilians are just pilling up here. Do we have human being in government authority are the Nigerian soldiers above the law and the President or those in authority lack the powers to order the killers vampires to stop killing people.”
On Monday at 12:05am, the eyewitness account ran as follows:
“I was thinking and asking in this moment of madness if the command centre has shifted from Borno to Gyellesu? Or is Gyelllesu the new Sambisa forest? Yeah, very lazy and unproductive set of characters shooting civilians especially if they are followers of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky is where you show your trademark. At least you only have weapon to kill but we have faith in Allah and you cannot break our will…… Yeye….. ”
Later on Monday at 12:17am, the eyewitness said:
“Kano is up with demonstration, Sokoto is about taking up, Gombe is already up. All major cities in Northern states demonstration are in top gear. We are not terrorists and we condemned terrorism with our words and actions. Why should we be hunted like some common criminals? Or they forgot where their Sambisa is? Or the command centre has now officially relocated to Zaria in the official resident of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky? Every coroners of this country all lovers of freedom and followers of Sheikh Zakzaky are urged to organized protest against the carnage happening here in Zaria by evil machinery of Nigeria army. Now we are going to see if you are going to kill us all in this country. Let us see if we are not citizens without rights to life.”
The army lied when it said the Shi’a Muslims were planning to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff. This is nothing but lies. The army came fully prepared to kill the Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria. The soldiers are busy spreading lies. The eyewitness said: “Two loud explosions around Hussainiya Baiyyatullahi now, indeed Nigerian Soldiers are doing everything possible to see they ended what they started this afternoon before morning. More re-enforcement of soldiers from Kano just arrived, siege on Hussainiya Baiyyatullahi. It is an interesting night here and we give glad tidings to Allah, that we are still strong. As we pray, rejoice and congratulate each other over the callousness, stupidity and hopelessness exhibited by Nigerian army. If you like get more re-enforcement across the world, you can never break our will. We are patient with this trial and tribulations. It shall come to pass too and we shall emerge victorious Insha Allah. Brothers and sisters are seriously offering prayers not because we are afraid of death…. Death is a beautiful necklace on the neck of a girl…. dying in the hands of the zombies of Zionist gangsters is the highest rewards indeed..We are praying to Allah to give us courage, bravery, faith and patience not to change no matter the hardship and tension…..We are indeed patient and prayerful for the gift of martyrdom just like our brothers and sisters who just departed this night from the bullets and explosive of the people who are paid to protect the people… If the Nigerian soldiers decided to turn their weapons on innocent and armless civilians we say this is most unfortunate…We are Muslims and we have every right to practice our religion according to the teaching and understanding of Islam. We can never surrender like slaves and humiliated like cowards. Just like Imam Husain (AS) said, we equally re-echo such beautiful statement I don’t see death from the hands of oppression but happiness while living with tyrant but humiliation”
The eyewitness continued: “Disappointment and confusion in the camp of Nigerian soldiers as they about to face the biggest shame of their lives… they have done all the killing and injuring score of brothers and sisters, yet, we remain peaceful. They expected confrontation, the only thing they are getting is the loud slogan of “Allahu Akbar” Allahu Akbar” Allahu Akbar” Ya Mahdi Ya Mahdi Ya Mahdi is what is echoing here from brothers and sisters and children … What a disappointing outing for the Zionist zombies…. as shame and defeat is eminent .. with all the re-enforcement and weapons and shooting Power, the Will and resolved of brothers and sisters is just getting started… You cannot structure us according to your fancy …. We are Muslim.. Lovers of Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad ….. We have a code of ethics and engagement… No provocation can force us to do your bidding …If you have border to read about Islam…it is a defensive religion not offensive …..And they are a lot of steps and procedure of engagement in Jihad please….You cannot structure us according to your ignorance and deception siege on Hussainiyya Baqiyyatullah”
“Nigerian soldiers have just won a medal of cowardice by bombing the front view of Hussainiyya Baqiyyatullah. Loud explosion has shattered the front view of beautiful Hussaniyya Baqiyyatullah information reaching us now. What is the meaning of this? Is Hussainiyya the new found Sambisa Forest?
Shame and defeat is eminent, as morning get closer by the day, the people will continue from where we stop. They lost the support and sympathy of the people, The REAL BOKO HARAM is now on the loose bombing the building and killing innocent civilians. Indeed the command centre has just moved to Zaria.”
Over the years the Nigerian government has done everything within its power to infiltrate the Islamic Movement in Nigeria so that they can penetrate and destroy the movement. That failed because the only leader is Muallam Ibrahim Zakzaky. The biggest threat to Zionism and tyranny is having a strong and pious Islamic leader with central command system in Islamic Movement. He remains the spiritual and political leader of the Movement and so far it has frustrated all their plans because Allah has honoured him after much trials and tribulations with the gift of wisdom and destroying all the plans of the enemies of Humanity. Just like they were infiltrated the Hassan at-Turabi’s movement in Sudan, the Muslim Brotherhoood in Egypt, and the Islamic Front in Algeria, they tried to infiltrate the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, but failed, because, as the Nigerian Shi’a say: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei remains the Leader of the Revolution. No doubt the Islamic Movement is the only truly Islamic Movement in Africa and with the gains and the general acceptance of the larger populations they are getting, they are afraid everyday of losing their relevance and power.