Of Norms, Laws, Prejudice and Revolution
Since the #Istandwithfirdaus campaign started, we have read and still reading pros and cons. Christians have taken it upon themselves to condemn sister Firdaus coupled with obnoxious remarks. The basis of their argument is ” THE LAW”. We have refuted them intellectually, logically and I think we should refute them scripturally using their Bible.
Before I go into the scripture, let me write about my experience which will serve as an opener. I wrote this article on November 30, 2015;
I was at First Bank, Osun State this morning for a transaction.
The security personnel at the gate said, “Welcome to first Bank”
The one at the door to enter into the bank also said, “Welcome to first Bank”
I got inside the bank and another one said, “Welcome to first bank”
They are saying this to everyone who has something to do in the bank. I wondered why they could not skip some people to save themselves stress.
I was done with the transaction so I had to leave. On getting to each of the security personnel, they said, “Have a nice day” respectively, same way they were doing to other customers.
After the security personnel at the gate said, “Have a nice day”, I remembered I forgot the bottle water I had with me so I had to get back inside the bank . when I turned to enter the bank premises again, The guy who just said “Have a nice day” said “welcome to First Bank” and the other two repeated the same process on getting to them.
I picked up the item, and while heading out, the three of them repeated “have a nice day” on getting to them.”
At some points, some laws need to change especially when they are not rational and logical. Many Norms and laws have changed for centuries and those who championed the change are celebrated and this our generation will never be an exception. We cannot allow bigotry, hatred and prejudice make us blind.
Albert Afeso Akanbi is a Christian that writes against Muslims. I sent him the article I wrote yesterday and he replied,
“Ur girl is an idiot, she should have gone to study Islamic law where she can even wear niqap instead
If tomorrow, Shannon worshiper decides to wearbhis own regalia to the ceremony, Wat will u guys day
Muslims are too infantile in their thinking, it’s just like you coming to MA house and telling me how to live, I mean, this is secular law, if she wanted to wear hijab couldn’t she have gone to study Islamic law? Why are u guys like dis
My brother that is the law, what’s human and right about it, so shango worshipers can come with their own regalia abi?”
” [12/17, 22:15] lucassamson24: A secular state surrounded by Churches and mosques? 😁😁😁[12/17, 22:15] lucassamson24: Where should we place fundamental human rights? [12/17, 22:16] lucassamson24: What do we do to a law that contradicts the constitution? [12/17, 22:18] lucassamson24: Where is the law? Let’s see it Bro [12/17, 22:19] lucassamson24: We know of Christians that wore gowns to school in Osun State, they stopped 🙄 [12/17, 22:31] lucassamson24: Keep searching [12/17, 22:51] lucassamson24: I’ll be waiting for a law that goes against her action. You might find your law in section 4 of the constituted [12/17, 23:07] lucassamson24: And section 38…
He read the replies but we need to beg him to reply!
Adekunle Al miftau Adeite posted something on Facebook yesterday asking people to read 1Corinthians 11:6;
“For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.”
A Christian, Bobaseye Akinyemi Olusegun Fasakin made a comment ;
“Simply an advice by Apostle Paul to the Corinthians’ Christian not God’s command. Simple.”
Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. The question is, why not separate the words of Paul from the words of God? Now, let us treat the topic of this article.
Among the Efik and Ibibio, killing of twins was a norm. ” was the belief in Calabar that if a women had twins one of them had to be a devil so the twins were left in the jungle in clay pots to die. Mary Slessor successfully fought against the practice of killing twins at infancy.” (Wiki). Mary Slessor who died in 1915 was awarded the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in 1913 and till today, she is being celebrated. That was a norm and it changed!!!
In pre-islamic Arabia, killing of infant females used to be a norm and was changed by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I ask, do norms like this have to stay? Are these types of revolution a crime?
The same people who shout, “it is the law, it is the norm!!!” celebrated the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther, even Fela Kuti. They cannot claim that the protestants committed a crime by making a revolution against the catholic church. Meanwhile, there is a picture of a catholic nun that removed her head cover to wear the wig. She is not different from the Muslims that removed their hijab too and her failure to demand a change is not a justification for a system not bounded by logical and rational laws!!!
To further silent these Christians, I will use Jesus Christ from a Christian’s perspective as a case study. Jesus himself was revolutionary and he demanded a change yet he knew that was THE LAW AND NORM!!!
In the book of John chapter 2, we read,
 There He (Jesus) found in the temple [enclosure] those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there [also at their stands].
And having made a lash (a whip) of cords, He drove them all out of the temple [enclosure]–both the sheep and the oxen–spilling and scattering the brokers’ money and upsetting and tossing around their trays (their stands).
The Pharisees, Sadducees knew these were going on inside the temple yet they did not nothing. If sister Firdaus had arranged with some Muslims to flog people out of ICC, will they not call her a terrorist?
They say, “why study law when she knew she will not obey the law?” and I ask, “Why did Jesus go to the temple when he knew buying and selling in the temple was a norm?”
Who thinks Jesus was not revolutionary? Let’s read more from the Bible!
Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15)
All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9)
If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10)
But if this charge is true (that she wasn’t a virgin on her wedding night) , and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
Now, Christians tell us that Jesus came and was crucified to save them from the law using verses like this to justify it,
Ephesians 2By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace.
Unfortunately, Christians like Bobaseye Akinyemi Olusegun Fasakin will not see this as being directed to the Ephesians alone! What double standards! In fact, these are some some of the laws Christians claimed Jesus came to save them from through his CruciFiction;
Additional Laws For Burnt Offerings
Additional Laws For Fellowship Offerings
Additional Laws For Grain Offerings
Additional Laws For Guilt Offerings
Additional Laws For Sin Offerings
Laws About Crop Protection
Laws About Murder And Accidental Killing
Laws About Personal Injury
Laws About Personal Property
Laws About Restitution
Laws About Slaves
Laws About Theft
Laws About Unintentional Sins
Laws Concerning Cities Of Refuge
Laws Concerning War With Canaanite Nations
Laws Concerning Witnesses
Laws For Guilt Offerings
Laws For Three Festivals
Laws For Vows
Laws Of Inheritance
Laws Of Sexual Relations
Marriage And Divorce Laws
Please, what then is the crime of Sister Firdaus for standing against a law that is illogical, obnoxious, irrational and preposterous?
Now, if any christian asks, ” Do you think Firdaus is making a sacrifice? If she is, why is she asking to be called to Bar?” and I reply in advance ” Do you not say Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for you? Where is the sacrifice if he was raised up the third day according to your claims?
All arguments on Laws and Norms are busted, please, let us see more counter-arguments so we publish more rebuttals!
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman