He is, in my arguable opinion, a thorn in the flesh of fetish fellows who parade themselves as clerics. Many, especially those in diaspora who had for long been trapped in their siege and vampiric den, have now become liberated – courtesy of Saidi ọmọ Shittu.

One may not agree with this until testimonies are aired to his ears by people who, once upon a time, were like Automated Teller Machines to the practitioners of jalabism. Apparently, the spiritual vulnerability – or perhaps gullibility – of
Muslims home and abroad was taken for granted by those pilferers. Someone who used to be surrounded by jalabists once confessed to me that but for Ọmọ Shittu, he might still have been wallowing in the filthy ocean of jalabism. He said watching Saidi hit the nail on the head notwithstanding whose ox was gored was an eye-opener to him. Today, the brother is, to Allāh’s glory, a Muslim living by the Sunnah.

The tricks of those evildoers have become exposed and their dubious business significantly collapsed. May Ọmọọ̀ya-ẹlẹ́jaádín be abundantly rewarded for his strides.

Truth be told, however, that our commendable brother has been doing this good job in a bad manner, and all efforts to put him right by concerned persons, including scholars, have proven abortive. This, indisputably, is no attribute of a good Muslim, let alone an ahlus-sunnah.

I hear our brother is very nice – approachable, generous, jovial etc. But I think he shouldn’t be pat on the back for his unsunnatic way of putting people right. He should be told to his face that he is ill-mannered.

Cursing people in the name of correcting them is ignoble. It doesn’t portray him as what he claims to be. He claims to be a Muslim, whereas that’s against Islām. He claims to be an ahlus-sunnah, whereas that’s against the Sunnah. He is a Yorùbá man, whereas that’s against the Yorùbá culture. He is human, whereas that’s inhuman. Who then is our brother’s model on this ill-attitude of his?

عن أبي هريرة -رضي الله عنه- أن رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال: «لا ينبغي لصِدِّيق أن يكون لعَّانًا».
On the authority of Abū Hurairah, the Messenger of Allāh said: “It is unbefitting of the pious to curse (people)”

عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ لَيْسَ الْمُؤْمِنُ بِالطَّعَّانِ وَلاَ اللَّعَّانِ وَلاَ الْفَاحِشِ وَلاَ الْبَذِيءِ ‏”‏.‏
Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allāh said: “The believer does not insult the honor of others, nor curse, nor commit fāhishah, nor is he foul.”

Let our brother reflect on the above Hadīths – should this piece gets to him – so he knows his presentation manner isn’t of the Sunnah he professes.

Two things make one’s act of worship – such as calling to the path of Allāh – acceptable. One should have ikhlās (sincerity) and the act done with mutāba’ah (following the footsteps of the Prophet). Any act of worship done without these two conditions fulfilled is a waste of precious time. Saidi Shittu’s sincerity, for me, isn’t questionable, and I pray it is not lost away. But the other condition, in my arguable opinion, has a question mark. Abusing isn’t of the Prophet, neither is cursing. His chosen style is worse that he even abuses and curses the parents of his adversaries. By Allāh, this is not Islām. Yes, we know he used to be on the street (and alhamdu liLlāh that he later got Allāh’s guidance), but he should have become significantly refined all the while that he had been on pristine Islām. After all, Salāh Allāh says gets one away from bad behaviour and evil deeds. Doesn’t our brother pray very well?

ٱتۡلُ مَاۤ أُوحِیَ إِلَیۡكَ مِنَ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَۖ إِنَّ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ تَنۡهَىٰ عَنِ ٱلۡفَحۡشَاۤءِ وَٱلۡمُنكَرِۗ وَلَذِكۡرُ ٱللَّهِ أَكۡبَرُۗ وَٱللَّهُ یَعۡلَمُ مَا تَصۡنَعُونَ.
“Recite what has been revealed to you of the Scripture; keep up the prayer: prayer restrains outrageous and unacceptable behaviour. Remembering God is greater: God knows everything you are doing.”
[Surah Al-Ankabut 45]

Saidi Shittu’s person isn’t receptive of criticisms even from his fellow ahlus-sunnah. That’s not good of an orator who forbids evils. Although among his critics are mere mischief and noise makers who seem not to address issues but only glow in fallacies. The way he talks down whoever crosses his path isn’t befitting of a good Muslim. Talk and let others talk. That’s life.

Saidi’s gut with which he tongue-lashes scholars and leaders (some of whom are old enough to father him) isn’t of Islām. I could remember him lashing at doctors (PhD holders) whose feet, I am doubly sure, he would lick knowledge-wise: people whose scholarship the society respects and cherishes so much.

Alfa Saidi, kindly heed this correction. It’s for your own good.

Sanni Kay Yūsuf


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