BUSY AT NOTHING! (A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIAN MUSLIMS)…
In as much as I would want this article to reach the totality of Muslims in this nation, if possible… I wouldn’t also want a Non-Muslim to get a glimpse of this for it has gone beyond mere shame. It is a pitiful eventuality of caricature that shouldn’t be learnt of by others, except that they laugh in profound mockery and revalidate their claims of fallacy that this Islam, is indeed a misleading invention (I seek Allah’s refuge from disbelief).
While the Christians are perambulating in severe strive, in the name of salvation, to gather more people into their religion and targeting the Muslims most especially, the Muslims are busy tackling and fighting against one another and giving the “trying Muslims” a headway to join the Christians.
Who are “trying Muslims”? They are the Nominal Muslims, who just bear Islamic names but are not active in any voluntary or involuntary practices of an ideal Muslim. If they are, it happens just once in a blue moon. They are the ones that the Christians capture the most! This is because the knowledgeable Muslims are busy giving them “hot lectures”; lectures of… “if you don’t do so, so and so, you go to hell”. After that none the less, they ignore their welfare and expect them to be on the straight path! What vanity!
The other day, a Christian organisation came into my school (UNILAG) with thousands of forms to be filled. Forms that display awaiting jobs to be taken after graduating from the school. They gave them to interested final year students to fill and you could see that they were specifically and particularly focusing on the Muslims, persuading them to fill the forms. So you could see even the small-Hijab sisters filling the forms so enthusiastically.
Going down the footnote of the form, it was powered by a Christian organisation who invited the individual who has filled the form to come down to the church on two Sundays for orientation and shouldn’t worry about breakfast for it would be handsomely catered for.
I’m not uncertain that majority are not aware of the Redeemed Convention, whose ambitious objectives are to, apart from the situation of a Church of its in every Nigerian Street, make a Redeemed member, at least, a member of every single family! Now, they have even resolved into their men, marrying the Muslim ladies regardless of their Islamic religious beings! Can you see that we Muslims are busy at nothing!
I’ve also heard stories of yet another church organisation, promising Muslim students who convert to Christianity, two hundred and fifty thousand Naira cash and Apple laptops each and some Muslims with half-baked faith lost their way through this! Are we supposed to continue this way?
The seriousness with which the Christians pay their tithe cannot be over emphasised. These are what they use the tithes for! Get more Christians from amongst! But what are my fellow Muslims doing? After reading the whole Islamic jurisprudence, law, and literatures; then they go hunting one another and segregating themselves into sects and accusing one sect or the other of deviating from Islamic norms and order!
Is this what should be given absolute priority at this time? A time when Muslims are fast converting into Christianity due to economic challenges, Islamophobia and welfare retardation. The Christians use this as a means to capture them, giving them a guarantee of breakout from their poverty-striken lives! What are the rich Muslims doing? They keep going to Hajj annually and ignore the Penury conditions of their fellow Muslims. Some travel to places where Islam is already established in the bid to call to Islam while abandoning their own nationality where Islam has a shaky leg. What can we call that? Busy at nothing!
What pains me most is this! They say “we are doing Da’wah (calling to Islam)”. For Allah’s sake, who needs Da’wah most? Is it people who are already Muslims or People who are yet to believe in the Oneness of Allah? The Christians will have the impetus and audacity to move close to Muslims, appearing as one in all ramifications, in caps and Hijabs and preach the Gospel, all in the name of evangelism. This is an Islamic heritage! But the Muslims have abandoned it to the Christians. Lugubrious!
What do the Muslims do? They place their overall Da’wah on another Muslim who comes to mosque everyday but doesn’t fly his trousers or keep his beards! They creep behind one another in secret observation and come back with news of… “I saw that brother talking to another sister in the close or I saw that sister not lowering her gaze upon another brother while they conversed”, what misplacement of priorities! They, among the Muslim women, do nothing about calling a non Muslim lady to Islam but rather, they concentrate all their acclaimed Da’wah on a sister who’s already a Muslim in a little Hijab or pashmina, telling her that “if you don’t use a bigger Hijab, you will go to hell!” Now tell me, how wouldn’t such be enticed by Christians and yield so easily?
Some Muslim men have the whole Quran, Minhajul Muslim, Sahih Bukhari, Riyaadus Soliheen and other Islamic documents in their memories by heart, but have never set out one day to go preaching to a non Muslim on how to become a believer. Rather, they sit down in mosques, and wait in “intellectual ambush” against another Muslim, observing their practical and verbal mistakes and raising unnecessary arguments over such when they are eventually committed.
What are Muslims doing? Busy at nothing!!!
I have intentionally decided to forgo any Quranic verses or Hadith references in this write up! It is a deliberate attempt to project the fact that the eyes and brain that Allah gives us to see and judge things respectively, aren’t just there to read literatures and memorise Quran and Ahadith alone but to behold what goes on in our surrounding and ask ourselves judiciously, “what are we really doing? Da’wah or Dower?”
Let us think!
A concerned Muslim Student,
Chiwuzo Abdul Qawiyy Alexandre.