Friday, September 24, 2021
Written by freezak   
Sunday, 30 August 2020 21:36

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a calamitous month of tragedy and mourning, not only for Muslims alone, but for all lovers and advocates of justice, truth and humanity. It was on the tenth of the month some 1381 years ago that the Grandson of the Holy Prophet (saaw), Imam Hussein (AS) sacrificed his life, those of his family members and his faithful companions for the protection of Islam and for dignity, honour, justice and freedom.

The atrocities of that day on the plains of Karbala, Iraq, also referred to as Ashura, exposed the enmity and treachery of Banu Umayyad and their hirelings on Almighty Allah, His Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his holy household (AS). It clearly demonstrated the difference between what is just and truth over oppression and tyranny. It was an event that showed the triumph of blood over the swords and the victory in defense of humanity. Ashura will continue to be remembered as a focal point in the quest for justice and freedom till the end of time against the wishes of tyrants, oppressors and all enemies of God.

This is the reason why agents of oppression throughout history seek to prevent the remembrance of the occasion in gatherings for lamentation and mourning. They feel uncomfortable anytime remembrance of the events of Karbala and Ashura are kept alive through these mourning sessions and recitation of the events leading up to the ultimate victory of truth and justice.

 Here in Nigeria, the Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement has been at the recieving end of the most inhuman and brutal oppression especially by the present government. The massacre in Zaria with international collaboration between 12-14 December, 2015 was similar to what was unleashed on Imam Hussein, his family and followers in Karbala.

As recent as last Saturday (22/08/2020), a contingent of the Nigeria police had attacked unarmed Ashura mourners in Kaduna, killing 3, injuring over a dozen, burning 5 houses, vandalizing several vehicles and detaining 16 people. In Sokoto there was intimidation of Ashura mourning sessions with the arrest of 3 people. In Malumfashi, Katsina state, mourners of Ashura were molested by the police with the momentary detention of one of them.

In 2016 a federal high court had ruled against the continued incarceration of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H). The government has contemptuously continued to detain him, and even went ahead to falsely charge him on trumped up charges. When the Kaduna state high court granted him medical leave to attend to his deteriorating health condition, the Buhari government scuttled the trip, and thus continues to be in dire need of medical attention.

As we mourn Ashura, we once again unequivocally demand the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Zakzaky and hundreds of his other supporters still in detention since December 2015. We demand justice for all victims and the restoration of the fundamental human rights of all members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

Peace be upon Hussein (AS), Aliyu binul Hussein (AS) children of Hussein and companions of Hussein!!

Muharram 10, 1442 (August 29, 2020)

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