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14 Dhuʻl-Qiʻdah 1440 A.H. - July 5 2020 Issue # 27, Newsletter #1870


 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Islam's Greatest Warrior, Khalid, r.a. [ibn al-Waleed] was a dangerous Enemy but the Prophet, pbuh, saw the Good in Him.
He raised the Black Flag of Islam on the way to Damascus after Defeating Huge Numbers of Opposing armies.
[Researched in response to slanderous abuse against Khalid, r.a., by Shias and Ismailis.]

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Let us look at an aspect of Khalid's (r.a.) SPIRITUALITY. He is reported to have gone to the Prophet, pbuh, as late as the 8th year of the Hijra (on the first of Safar) to embrace Islam. Khalid (r.a.) himself narrates:

"When I came in front of the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, I said peace be on you o Prophet of Allah. He very graciously said: peace be on you too. I said I accept Islam and I bear witness to the truth, that there is no God but Allah and you are His messenger. The messenger of Allah, peace be on him, said I want you to follow your good understanding and I hope that your understanding will not lead you to anything but good.After I did the bai'at [oath of allegiance], I said: I Have done much harm in stopping people from the way of Allah. Please pray for me that I be forgiven. He (the Prophet, pbuh) said: Embracing Islam cancels out all previous sins. I insisted: O messenger of Allah, do pray for my forgiveness. He (the Prophet) prayed: 'O Allah! In whatever ways Khalid ibn al-Waleed has done harm in stopping people from Your way, forgive him for it." [Tabaqat of Ibn Saad, vol.4., "Sahaba who embraced Islam before the conquest of Makka."]
So, here we have the human being changing and transforming himself. Instead of SECTARIAN HAGIOGRAPHY where no person from Ali's (r.a) line ever did anything wrong, we have Khalid (r.a.) himself insisting that he had done wrong and urging the Prophet (pbuh) to pray for him. This is real Islam, believable and related to actual human beings.

Humility is one of the GREATEST VIRTUES in ISLAM, as opposed to TAKKABUR or arrogance, the idea that "I can do no wrong", which is one of the greatest sins, committed by Iblis himself according to the Qur'an.

EVEN AT THE GREAT BATTLE OF MAUTA where Khalid (r.a.) turned a terrible defeat into an amazing victory, Khalid (r.a.) was very humble in accepting the leadership of the Islamic army. He was the best of generals, the greatest general the Islamic world has ever known, but watch his humility:

"Zaid ibn Thabit (r.a.) narrates that in the battle of Mauta when the (three) commanders were killed, Thabit ibn Arqam took the banner (of Islam) and started calling out: O people of Ansar. People starred turning towards him. He saw Khalid ibn al-Waleed and said: O Abu Sulayman, take the banner! Khalid said: I will not accept it. You are more deserving of it. YOU ARE OLDER AND YOU WERE PRESENT AT BADR. Thabit said: O man. Take it! By Allah! I was only bringing it for you. Thabit said: O people do you agree on Khalid? They said: Yes, we are. Khalid took the banner and kept it aloft for a while. The unbelievers directed their attack on him but he remained firm. When the unbelievers wavered a little, Khalid, with his companions, attacked, separating one wing of the enemy force from the other. Then Khalid regrouped the (Islamic) army and defeated the enemy's troops" (TABAQAT of Ibn Saad, Vol.4., Ibid)

[Abu Hazim narrates from Khalid ibn al-Waleed (r.a.) On the day of MAUTA, SEVEN SWORDS BROKE IN MY HAND one after the other (in intense battle) till I was left with one big YEMENI sword in my hand. Sahih of Imam Bukhari, kitab al-Maghazi.]

Khalid ibn al-Waleed (r.a.) took part in many campaigns. He was bursting with Islamic enthusiasm. This does not mean that he had become perfect or that the past way of life had been totally expurgated and he was now like an angel. In some campaigns he was over hasty. He killed some people of Banu Jadhima even while they were laying down their arms and were announcing peace. The Prophet (pbuh) was very hurt by Khalid's (r.a.) action and repudiated the action. Khalid (r.a.) was rough with one of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh), Abdur Rahman ibn 'Auf (r.a.). Again, he was corrected by the Prophet (pbuh).

These two incidents are honestly and correctly narrated in our hadith literature. No attempt has been made to conceal the barbarity of these actions. The Prophet (pbuh) with the great wisdom Allah had given him, REPUDIATED KHALID's (r.a.) ACTIONS but kept Khalid (r.a) in the service of Islam. THE PROPHET (pbuh) was right and Khalid's (r.a.) CRITICS (including our sectarians), were wrong. After these errors, Khalid's struggle to serve Islam and to smash the power of oppressive empires is so great that it has few (if any equals) in human history.

In spite of some of Khalid's (r.a.) actions, the sahaba thought of Khalid (r.a.) just as the Prophet (pbuh) did,that he was a SWORD OF ALLAH. Hence when the Islamic armies crossed the deserts to topple the oppressive empires of the time (the U.S. and USSR of the time) Khalid (r.a.) was brilliant and outshone the extraordinary commanders and heroic fighters of the Islamic forces. He was the best among the best.

During the Caliphate of Abu Bakr (r.a.), Khalid (r.a.) was often in command of the Islamic armies. In one battle he killed an apostate named Ibn Nuwaira. There was a dispute among the Muslims as to whether Ibn Nuwaira was going to make peace and was wrongfully killed by Khalid (r.a.). Here we find another incident which historians in other religions would have tried to conceal. Some hadith narrations say that 'Umar (r.a.) was convinced that Khalid (r.a.) was wrong in the case of Ibn Nuwaira and this is said to be the reason why 'Umar (r.a.) removed Khalid (r.a.) from the command of the Islamic army when he became Caliph. (Tabari's Tarikh, vol.2.)

However, like the Prophet (pbuh), Abu Bakr (r.a.) gave command of various Islamic armies to Khalid (r.a.). The Islamic content of Khalid's (r.a.) leadership was recognized by the entire ummah, so much so that on the way to DAMASCUS, "KHALID PAUSED AT A PLACE TO RAISE THE BANNER OF THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH, PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE ON HIM. Since then the site is known as 'The Site of the Banner. The flag was black in color." [Futuh al-Buldan by Ahmed al-Buladhuri, died 279 A.H., chapter on "Khalid's March on Damascus and the Places he conquered on the way."]

In 13 Hijri in the month of Jamada al-Awwal, Khalid (r.a.) scored a victory for Islam which changed the history of the middle east. With a small force, he routed a European army of nearly 100,000 troops. Known as the battle of Ajnadin, this battle in itself is enough to place Khalid (r.a.) among the greatest generals of Islam for all time to come. Al-Baladhuri writes: "On that day, Khalid ibn al-Waleed displayed tremendous bravery and chivalry. The enemy forces were dispersed and large numbers of them were slain in the battle."(Futuh al-Buldan, chapter on The Day of Ajnadin.)

'Umar (r.a.) removed Khalid (r.a.) from the leadership of the battle formations. At that time Khalid (r.a.) had won a string of victories and was extremely popular among the forces. He could have shown reluctance to obey 'Umar's (r.a.) order to hand over command to Abu Ubaidah (r.a.) but Khalid (r.a.) had mastered his self so well that he did not hesitate at all. In fact Abu Ubaidah (r.a.), the new commander was shy of telling him the Caliph's orders.

Khalid's(r.a.) ego was that of a mu'min. He continued to fight as a part of the Islamic army. His units played a key role in the capture of Damascus. The peace instrument Khalid (r.a.) gave to the Bishop of Damascus is of historic importance. Europe cannot boast of anything comparable in its wars. Khalid (r.a.) wrote:

"In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. This is the document khalid ibn al-Waleed gave to the people of Damascus when he entered the city. He gave peace and protection to their lives, to their goods, to their churches and to the protective ramparts of their city. None of their homes will be taken over as dwellings (by the Muslim troops). This guarantee is given to them by Allah's trust and the guarantee of Allah's messenger, peace be on him, his vicegerents and the believers in general. If they pay jizya taxes, good will be done to them."

(Ref: Futuh-al-Buldan, chapter on the conquest of Damascus and its environs.)

According to al-Waqidi, Damascus was conquered in Rajab of 14 Hijri.

The virtues of Khalid, r.a., sword of Allah, are too many to recount in one article. His dash across the Arabian desert, his spiritual experience in the middle of war to carry out an Umrah to Makka, his consultation with a woman (his sister) to decide on 'Umar's orders, are beautiful episodes which I would have liked to discuss.

O Sword of Allah, the Ummah of Islam is indebted to you for all time to come. The world has not produced many who can compare with you.



Jamaate Islami Deeply Concerned over Indian Atrocities in Occupied Kashmir and Pakistani Silence.
By Qaiser Sharif
LAHORE- July 2: The so-called international champions of human rights should die of shame on the incident of brutal killing of 65-year-old Kashmiri in front of his grandson in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Jamaat-e-Islami Emir Senator Sirajul Haq said this while talking to newly elected Emir of JI AJK chapter Dr Khalid Mahmood at Mansoora on Thursday.

He said the UN, international community and Pakistani government played a criminal role over the atrocities in the Indian Occupied. They were, he added, showing no concern on the Kashmiri genocide in the held valley. He said the occupied forces had killed thousands of Kashmiri youth and put a large number in prison. Infect, he added, the occupied valley had turned into the largest prison of the world in Modi rule.

He said it was matter of great concern no session of Kashmir Committee was held in past nine months. He asked the government to take bold stand against New Delhi plan and made decisive step for the freedom of Kashmir.

LAHORE- July 2: Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ameerul Azim has asked the government to renovate six Hindu temples in twin cities instead of building new one in Islamabad.

Every government in Pakistan took the exhibitionnary steps for the minorities only to prove it secular and liberal in the eyes of the West, he said in a statement issued from Mansoora on Thursday. Instead of showoffs, he said, the government should provide quality education, good health facilities and employment opportunities to the minorities. The rulers, he said, were also expected to provide opportunity to the majority to spend their lives according the spirit of Islam. He called for introducing Islamic system of education, interest free economy and promotion of Islamic culture in the country.

War News

 War News

July 2-4.
Baghdad regime forces with US-British air support are battling ISIS fighters in two areas: One just north of Baghdad and one just north of Kirkuk.
Details are not available.

July 2-5. Largw Russian force known as Wagner "private" army has entered the Sirte area and the nearby oil fields.
Saudi paid mercenaries from Sudan and Chad have also arrived.

July 3: Al-Shabab attacks are reported from outside Mogadishu and near Boadoa.
Regime tax collectors and troops were killed in the second attack.

July 3 and 4,
in the Sukhna desert, eastern Homs province Russian air strikes killed 31 ISIS fighters after ISIS encircled and killed 25 Assad regime troops.

July 4.
Deraa al-Balad: Assad troops opened fire to protect a drug dealer who was under fire by local gunmen. A 5 year old girl was killed and several injured.

July 2.
Assad regime artillery shelled villages in the Jabal al-Zawiya area south of Idlib province.
Assad's artillery also shelled hills in the Jabal al-Akrad area of Latakia province.

July 3.
In the Ras al-Ain area of northern Syria, Syrian fighters refusing to hand over Aluk station to Russian forces clashed with others who agreed with Turkey to hand it over.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Law.
by Sis. Aisha, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York

I was watching Community Cop with co-hosts Noel Leader and Julian Harper and as usual they had an interesting perspective on recent events.

According to Noel Leader, this Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Law has no teeth and that even under this new law Daniel Pantaleo would not be convicted.

Daniel Pantaleo is the ex-detective who used the chokehold on Eric Garner. Leader stated that Pantaleo was vindicated in his use of the chokehold because the medical examiner attributed Garner's death to obesity and a heart attack, this in spite of the fact that Garner repeatedly stated, "I can't breathe," while Pantaleo was on his back using a chokehold. It was never even stated that this chokehold contributed to Garner's death in the coroner's report.

Noel Leader said the chokehold has actually been banned beginning in the 1980s, nationwide.

He also stated that there are no need for any new laws, we need convictions. There are enough laws on the books that, if used properly, can get these criminal cops convicted. Last week, co-host Michael Greys said that people ask the wrong questions about criminal cop behavior, such as were they following guidelines or did they violate any laws? Greys said that the only question to ask is, "Was it necessary?" For instance, many of these deaths have resulted while the suspect was rendered defenseless with handcuffs, sitting at a traffic light, or running away. So, was it really necessary to apply a chokehold or shoot this person 50 times?

The co-hosts mentioned concern for the Ahmaud Arbery murder case and how it is being handled. Two prosecutors looked at the evidence and claimed that the three White men arrested were justified in this killing and refused to bring charges. They discussed how prosecutors and judges protect the accused police officers thereby encouraging more criminal behavior. Many of these prosecutors sympathize with the accused and put together weak prosecutions.

In one case a police detective was allowed to plead guilty to one count of perjury although his lies and destruction of evidence allowed three innocent Black men to given 55 year sentences! In another case, an officer caught on video using excessive force was acquitted by a judge. Julian Harper stated that even if an officer must be suspended without pay many fellow officers will take up collection plates and conduct other fundraisers for this officer. So, these officers rarely face any real punishment.

He reminded the audience that when these criminal officers are acquitted they become police sergeants then, captains then police chiefs. When other officers, under their command, are accused of using excessive force or engaging in the same criminal behavior, they are not reprimanded but, are protected by these same corrupt, racist individuals.

The police force has its roots in White supremacist culture however, I disagree with the Community Cop co-hosts when they say that the only solution is Black Nationalism. Black Nationalism was an ideology established to unite people, world-wide, based on their common African ancestry for empowerment against White oppression.

Besides nationalism having no place in Islam, just as racism and sexism do not, the Qur'an is a far superior guidebook against oppression. I am speaking as a Muslim and am not knocking any of Allah's previous works.

Islam has its roots in ending oppression, including slavery. Nationalism has its roots in xenophobia and superiority-complexes.

The Romans were the first to engage in nationalism by taxing residents for not being Roman. This nationalism has extended to Italian cuisine where the red, white, and green colors of the Italian flag must be reflected in the ingredients chosen.

The only way to defeat the devil is with God-conscious strategies, not using the same tools he uses to oppress. Black Nationalists can become just as xenophobic as White Nationalists or Supremacists, even if it is not for the same reasons.



British Diplomacy Defends Israel and Legitimizes Annexation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's op-ed for YNet news reflects all that is wrong with speaking out against annexation "as Israel's friend". Israel has diplomatic allegiances and acquaintances; "friendship" is the euphemism used to make colonialism and collaboration endearing to the undiscerning.

It is no surprise that Johnson's op-ed drew upon privileged personal experiences as opposed to British colonial involvement in Palestine. The Balfour Declaration of November 1917 was depicted in full to complement Johnson's ramblings, a blatant assertion that reminds Britain of the role it played in facilitating the Zionist colonization of Palestine. Indeed, Johnson pointed out that he is "immensely proud of the UK's contribution to the birth of Israel with the 1917 Balfour Declaration."

t is therefore hypocritical for the British PM to state that the UK will not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders, as if having pride in the Balfour Declaration will influence British-Israeli diplomacy. Like the rest of the international community, Britain will not do anything other than condemning the formalization of historical colonial land theft. In this regard, the UN has set a prime example in passing off rhetorical condemnations as adequate political action.

There is no incentive for the UK or any other country in the world to go beyond superficial opposition to Israel's actions. Months after the first Israeli public declaration about annexing over 30 percent of the occupied West Bank, the international community is still debating how to retain its diplomatic edge over the US through the two-state compromise. At the same time, the international community has not completely ruled out collaborating on the Trump administration's so-called deal of the century.

Johnson's writing added nothing of value for Israel; its impunity derived from international acceptance of its colonial project is sufficient. However, the British Prime Minister was clearly exposing how the UK, and the international community, employ the narrative of being "a passionate defender of Israel" to legitimize the complacency shown towards violations of international law.

Johnson has not followed Israel's political plans to annex the occupied West Bank "with sadness", as he claimed. Like other world leaders, he has followed the new phase of Israeli colonization as a de facto next step in the process that they have all facilitated and condoned.

Israel is not placing itself in jeopardy, as Johnson and other "defenders of Israel" claim. The US has committed itself to ensure that Israel retains the best military and logistics in the region, and it contributes billions of dollars for Israeli hegemony to thrive.

Annexation will not come at any cost for the occupation state, and the international community would do well to stop propagating this misinformation, especially not when normalized relations with Arab and Gulf states have been accomplished, after decades of Arab leaders betraying the Palestinians' anti-colonial resistance.

Israel's friends are no friends to the Palestinian people. While politicians such as Johnson and US President Donald Trump might stand out due to their statements, the fact that "friends of Israel" navigate international political platforms without opposition must be pointed out, in particular as Israel formalizes colonialism and the Palestinian Authority, once again, begs for negotiations in which Palestinians are perpetually disadvantaged.

Let us not forget that it will be Israel's diplomatic allies who are calculating the future best trajectories towards yet more loss of Palestinian territory.


Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.

Imam Al-Ghazali-(R)
'Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam'ala Rasulillah'.
'As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu'.
'And they ask you (O Muhammad) about the Soul, Say, The Soul is of the affair of my Lord, and mankind have not been given of knowledge, except a little.'
{Source~ 'Qur'an'~ Surat Al-'Isrā' (The Night Journey)~ 17: A # 85}
'NEVER have I dealt with Anything...
More Difficult than my own SOUL !
which sometimes Helps me and sometimes Opposes me {!}
{'Subhan Allah'!}.
[Source ~ Imam Al-Ghazali-(R) ]
My Salams to All
Sis. Yasmin
 Sis Yasmin

Hadith of the Week

Narrated by Said bin Al-Musaiyab, r.a.:
Abu Huraira said, "The Prophet said, 'No child is born but that, Satan touches it when it is born where upon it starts crying loudly because of being touched by Satan, except Mary and her Son." Abu Huraira then said, "Recite, it you wish: "And I seek Refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast." (3.36)

Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 71
 Sis Kristi

[With thanks to Sis. Kristi]

 Islamic Thought

Asalamu alaikum,
O people of Islam,
"You are the best people ever raised for the good of mankind because you have been raised to serve others; you enjoin what is good and forbid evil and believe in Allah." (3:111)

You will remain the best as long as you promote good and promote the welfare of society.

If you fail to do this, you no longer have a right to boast of the superiority of Islam and the Muslim Ummah.

A society which is insensitive to the suffering of other human beings cannot be described as an Islamic society.

Oh Allah, make every single aspect of our lives be for You and in service of Your Creation. Please remove all ill intentions, purify, and cleanse our hearts.

 Word Around The Net

by Br. Nazeer, Texas

Rocket fired towards Baghdad's Green Zone injures child

Palestinians must not rely on back-stabbing Britain

Families mourn as Myanmar jade mine disaster kills more than 170

Can Pakistan trigger a BDS campaign against India over Kashmir?

US diplomats leaving Saudi as coronavirus cases surge

Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base

Palestinians will not raise the white flag' says Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hanna

Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show

 Breaking News

Jamal Khashoggi murder:
Turkey puts 20 Saudis on trial in absentia



China Suppression Of Uighur Minorities Meets U.N. Definition Of Genocide

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with China expert Adrian Zenz about his research uncovering evidence of birth prevention and mass female sterilization of Uighur Muslims in China.


SCOTT SIMON, HOST: A new report in Foreign Policy says that China's suppression of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other chiefly Muslim ethnic minorities in northwest China now meets the United Nations definition of genocide, mass sterilization, forced abortions and mandatory birth control part of a campaign that has swept up more than 1.5 million people and what researcher Adrian Zenz calls probably the largest incarceration of an ethnoreligious minority since the Holocaust. Adrian Zenz joins us from Minneapolis. Mr. Zenz, thanks so much for being with us.

ADRIAN ZENZ: Thank you.

SIMON: Those words are stunning. Outline for us, if you can, what you found.

ZENZ: I was able to uncover dedicated policies by Beijing in the region to systematically suppress birthrates and depress population growth. I uncovered evidence that the Uighurs are subject to internment in camps if they violate birth control policies, have too many children. I also uncovered that there's tools to implement intrauterine contraceptive devices and other intrusive surgical birth prevention mechanisms in at least 80% of the targeted women.

SIMON: Eighty percent.

ZENZ: That's the minimum goal for 2019, but I personally believe that the actual was closer probably to 90%.

SIMON: It is notoriously difficult to do research on the Chinese government, and specifically their policies on the Uighur population. How did you conduct the research? Do you trust the data?

ZENZ: I do trust the data, which, as before, comes from different types of Chinese government documents, firstly from the Xinjiang National Health Commission, whose website has subsequently gone offline since the publication of my report, from local prefecture government websites and from county websites. We're talking budgets with very detailed target indicator figures, reports, policy documents.

SIMON: People need to be careful using the word genocide. Why do you think it's justified and important to use it now?

ZENZ: I have long argued that the atrocity in the region is a cultural genocide, not a literal genocide. I do continue to believe that, generally speaking, the Chinese government does not intend to physically eradicate the Uighurs and Kazakhs, just to integrate, subjugate, dominate and assimilate them. However, this is coupled with a policy of ethnoracial domination, as the government has brought millions of Han Chinese settler in the regions with promises of high salaries, jobs and free housing.

The reason why now this has changed - we do need to probably call it a genocide - is quite simply because the evidence now, for the first time, very specifically meets one of the five criteria set forth by the United Nations Convention for the Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide from 1948, which specifically says the suppression of birth.

SIMON: The U.N. has said that up to 1.5 million Uighurs are in internment camps in China. China says this is to contain the threat of terrorism and to reeducate people in the camps to become better Chinese citizens. Behind those statistics are real human lives that have been upended. I wonder what some of the stories you've been able to discover have reached into you the most.

ZENZ: Stories that are among the most harrowing, of course, are stories of abuse, stories of women being caught up by the police and, as they're being brought to the internment camp, the first thing is that they're told, you're going to go on the surgery table, and we're going to put an intrauterine contraceptive device into your body, because that's standard policy for women who are put into a camp. Other women report of forced sterilization, of abuse, even accounts of rape.

SIMON: A word like genocide is also supposed to provoke the world to act. What do you believe should or can be done, Mr. Zenz?

ZENZ: I think China needs to face consequences by exclusion or sanctioning from multilateral institutions, either political or possibly economic sanctions, given that we also have a situation of forced labor. I think the international community got to start to think real hard how, with what kind of actions it's going to back up its professed and supposed moral values.

SIMON: Adrian Zenz is a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Mr. Zenz, thanks so much for being with us.

ZENZ: Thank you


LET MUSLIM HOMES BE MUSLIM HOMES. Don't be Misled about this Great Nation.

By Abdulkabir Oyemomi
Let's relate with the watchword and goal of Alija Izetbegovic , former president of Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of his popular book titled "The Islamic Declaration". It is noteworthy that this book earned him prison under the government of Joseph Titto. Through the power of pen, Alija declared a rather psychological warfare against anything unislamic in this book.

In the course of his trial, the judge pleaded profusely to Alija not to make statement relating to the book , but allowed him to make just one sentence. Alija replied with what appeared to be most shocking comment, given the circumstances leading to this trial; Alija said, " I want all homes to be Muslim's"! The judge was furious at this and gave him a second chance to rephrase, to which Alija put to mean that he wanted all Muslims homes to be Muslim homes.

If all Muslims homes were truly Muslims homes, Nigeria Muslim circle would not be this badly dented! If Muslim homes were truly Muslim homes, Nigeria image beyond her borders would be respected among comity of nations. It is clear that our image has been dented almost beyond repair through the criminal activities of fraction of lazy youths, who choose to make fraud their means of livelihood. Kingpins of many of these dastardly syndicates answer names that identify with Islam.

Trending now is the matter of a Raymond Abbas Igbalode who goes by the nickname Husspupi. This young man takes delight in defrauding big international companies and governments,and thereafter flaunts his ill-gotten wealth on the social media. Husspupi is currently being tried for a fraud of multi million dollars connecting both the government of United States and United Arab Emirates.

Imagine a trait of Islam ( as his name suggests) in the life of this rogue from his background, he would have known that whether he was legitimate in his dealings or fraudulently smart, he would only get his destined provision in this ephemeral world. If he had a good Islamic role model in his family, he would know how stupid it was to show off.

There is also a particular popular musician who is also a role model of anything despicable! His real name is AbdulAzeez Aregbeshola with the stage name 'Naira Marley'. It is reliably rumored that this boy was enrolled and graduated from Quranic school. But it's certain that his home was never a Muslim home.

Naira Marley can be said to have captured 70% of Nigerian youths into his intellectual bondage. Rules of his open cult are religiously adhered to by his followers, regardless of their status in the society: Marlians first identify is weed smoking; Marlians don't wear underwear (both male and female), Marlians don't respect no one, including constituted authorities.

Readers of this piece are enjoyed to note there are many Nigerians who are good, loyal, sincere, reliable and religious- it would be unfair and disheartening to make a generalization that all Nigerians are bad. The bad ones could have done much damages ,truly, but they are just in the least minority.

We pray to Allah to redeem our image so that the world could see how enterprising, brilliant, dogged intelligent and God fearing we are.

2020-07-06 Mon 12:16:28 ct