SULTAN SOKOTO, MOON SIGHTING AND OUR SELF SHENANIGANS By Johnson Abdulazeez Ayomide
An infirmity that is common among we Muslims this days is trying to divide the Deen when it has been perfected by Allah. Allah says;
“…..This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”. – Qur’an 5:3
I travelled down to Ibadan yesterday to celebrate Eid-il-Fitr at home, On getting home, The first thing my Mum said was that Ayo, Did you know some people are celebrating Eid today? I was like 😳, They are only disturbing themselves. The rate at which people takes decision or trying to innovate into Islam is now rampant.
It was narrated that Jabir bin ‘Abdullah said:
“In his Khutbah, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to praise Allah as He deserves to be praised, then he would say: ‘Whomsoever Allah (SWT) guides, none can lead him astray, and whomsoever Allah sends astray, none can guide. The truest of word is the Book of Allah and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The worst of things are those that are newly invented; every newly-invented thing is an innovation and every innovation is going astray, and every going astray is in the Fire. (Sunan an-Nasa’i 1578)
In the world today, Every Nation has his own Islamic body which will direct others based on how Islamic Rites and Jurisdiction should be carried out and Allah enjoins us to obey our Muslim leaders who are in authority. Allah says;
Surah An-Nisa, Verse 59:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا
O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination.
In Nigeria today as an example, We all know that The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar,CFR, mni is the Muslim leader.
I was at the Masjid today around 6:15am when I heard one Baba commenting about those that prayed Eid prayer yesterday in Ibadan and he was in support of such attitude eventhough i wanted to join the conversation, But I snubbed it. What profit will someone gain just to disobey Allah and his Messenger (PBUH).
We need to fear Allah and the last day, Allah has already enjoin us to hold on to the rope of Islam without any division. Many messengers has passed and they make no division about the religion and commandment of Allah.
Our self desire is increasing daily when it comes to the aspect of the Deen. One thing about Islam is that, You can’t judge based on you knowledge, Refer to the Kitab Wa Sunnah.
Imam ash Shafi’i (May Allah be pleased with him) said;
-Always hate what is wrong, but do not
hate the one who errs.
-Hate sin with all your heart, but forgive and have mercy on the sinner.
-Criticize speech, but respect the speaker.
-Our job is to wipe out the disease, not the patient.”
May Allah ease our affairs and make us steadfast on this path of felicity… Aamiyn
Johnson Abdulazeez Ayomide
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