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Our Martyrs, Our Pride – Sheikh Zakzaky

By Ibrahim Usman
Rajab 25 is the occasion for mourning the martyrdom of Imam Musa Bin Ja’afar Al-Kazeem (AS), from the Holy Prophet’s Infallible Progeny. It is also the day set aside by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, under the guardianship of His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, to remember its martyrs, Yaum Shuhada (Martyrs’ Day). During the occasion held at the Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, Sheikh Zakzaky spoke on many issues to the mammoth crowd. Below is an excerpt:

Exemplary devotion and perseverance of Imam Musa al-Kazeem (AS)

The offence of a martyr, if at all there is any, is his strict belief that Allah is his Lord, the Creator, the Almighty and All-Knowing. He is killed for no justification. His killer will therefore have coin a more selfish and defensive reason to justify killing him.

This was demonstrated in the life of Imam Musa al-Kazeem (AS), who was unjustifiably imprisoned, and eventually poisoned to death. During his incarceration in a solitary cell, he engaged in strict devotion, seeking for Allah’s forgiveness, as well as thanking Him for the opportunity Allah provided to him to serve Him. This was to the astonishment of those who imprisoned him. On many instances, the Imam had demonstrated exemplary good conduct towards his enemies, in response to their outward hatred toward him. Despite these special and unparallel attributes, the “Caliph” of his time called Haruna “Rasheed”, went ahead and ordered for his eventual death through heavy dose of poison.

Martyrdom, our ultimate goal


Death is a tradition to us; martyrdom our ultimate goal. Martyrdom is very expensive, for its price is Jannah (Paradise). For a martyr to attain such a lofty heavenly status, he must have been endowed the certain distinct qualities among people.  Martyrdom is the best choice of Allah, it is not a coincidence. We have so much pride in our martyrs; we were blessed with first martyr in 1982. Today, we have total of 145 martyrs since then. This year, we have recorded four martyrs.

Really, martyrdom is very expensive, when compared to the mass loss of lives being witnessed in the spate of violence across the country. In a single violent conflict lives are being lost, more than what we record in over thirty years. They come with great fury, using all their might, but at end you find only one person will attain martyrdom. We have several instances, especially in Kaduna.

All they know is to kill, for they have guns. Guns are all they have. We have no guns, but we have that which is mightier than a gun. We have Allah! We need not gun, but steadfast on the path of truth and justice. All your efforts and that of your masters will come to an end; all your machinations will come to naught. Our martyrs will live forever, this Movement will stand the test of time, and it will achieve its objective. Our ultimate goal is martyrdom; this is what we crave for. Therefore do your worse!

To our martyrs, we are solidly with you, steadfast on your path of glory.

 Rights of Martyrs


-Constant remembrance in our prayers.

-Regular visit to their graves.

-Catering for the needs of their families and parents.

-Payment of the Martyrs’ dues, as when due.

We also have the duty of looking after the Living Martyrs, those injured, as is done in other countries.

 Our Brothers in detention must be released!

Last year when I said, our two Brothers, Haruna Abbas and Ibrahim Hussain must be released, they said it was a threat and waited to see our reaction. When they saw that we did nothing, they said it was an empty threat. They thought we were going to put on a fight. No, this is not an empty threat, it is the truth. Haruna Abbas and Hussain Ibrahim must be released! Yes, they must be released because their detention contravened all international laws, and even their constitutional provision. They are unjustifiably detained without trial, without allowing anyone to visit them. There is no law that says those detained or imprisoned cannot be visited, even I military regime it is allowed. Surprisingly, they boast of operating a democratic rule in this country.

They accuse them of receiving training on terrorism abroad. Fine, if that is true, allow them to commit terrorism before you arrest them, one cannot be arrested and detained this long in anticipation that he may commit a crime. They have not committed any crime yet. We therefore challenge them to present them before court. They cannot present them before any court, for they have no justification of keeping them. They are protecting U.S and Israeli interest, waiting for orders from them.

New Scramble for Africa

They name this era as the new era for scramble of Africa. They realized that this the era when Africa is at the peak of its glory. The US proclaimed the use of terrorism to capture Africa. It was demonstrated in Libya, and plunged the country in complete anarchy. Libya and Nigeria, they found out, have Sweet Crude which most lucrative. The sinister experiment was extended to Mali, a country that is rich in gold that was left by Mansa Mousa.

Jonathan’s Government Abducted School Girls in Chibok!


Let no one be fooled, there is nothing like Boko Haram! It is a covert operation to balkanize Nigeria and steals its resources in the name of search of Boko Haram insurgents. If you can fool others, we cannot be fooled!

Jonathan’s government abducted school girls in Chibok to pave way for U.S. and Israeli presence in the country. Now the real Boko Haram is here in Nigeria at last. I heard people in red are protesting, demanding the release of the abducted girls, direct it at Jonathan. Shekau is presently in a secret military camp.

Their intention is to disperse people from all places where there are resources. They realized there is gold in Zamfara and Zaria-Birnin Gwari; gold and platinum in Sokoto and Borno. They did it in Iraq, as they went in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which they never found but plunged the country in chaos. The same thing was experimented in Afghanistan. If you want our resources, let us negotiate on equal terms, but steer clear of our lives. We are aware that, they see they Islamic Movement as a great threat that will hinder them from their planned atrocities. There was a report that during such senseless killings, they beheaded a Brother in Goza town, and to their surprise the head was reciting the Kalimatus-Shahadah. As a result, they left the town, saying it was inhibited by Shi’ites! Whoever they kill among us is a martyr; whatever concerns the entire people concerns us also.

 A Word to the Puppets


You have the right to a counsel from us, though you don’t listen. For so much foolishness, you can kill and have your people killed. Know that, your foreign masters will eliminate you when you finished their job, as they did to other stooges like you. Don’t you see what they did to puppets like Saddam and Gaddafi?