By Ibrahim Usman
Pastor Yohanna Buru of the Evangelical Church, Kaduna, has reminded Muslims of their duty to hold fast unto the Twelve Infallible Imams, Pure Progeny of the Holy Prophet as a Trust left by behind by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).
He was speaking at the grand finale of the birthday of Sayyidah Zahra (SA)’s birthday organized by the Kaduna zone of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the guardianship of His Eminence, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
The Pastor who listed the Infallible Imams by their names, short biography and distinct excellences of their time, described them as guiding stars for the Muslims and heirs to the Holy Prophet throughout time.
He explained that, the fact that Sayyidah Zahra (SA) is the mother of these 12 great luminaries, whom no lady can claim, testifies to her divinity, unmatched and special status before God.
He lamented the poisoning of Imam Hassan (AS), which said was the fate of some of the Imams and other pious personalities in history.
“Do you remember Hussein? Where is Hussein?” the Pastor rhetorically asked. In unison, the crowd responded: “Labbayka Ya Hussein! Labbayka Ya Hussein!! Labbayka Ya Hussein!!!” He quickly skipped deep explanation of the tragedy on Imam Hussein (AS) in an obvious attempt to calm the emotion regarding the tragedy of Karbala. He dwelt more on the agony of Imam Sajjad (AS), who witnessed what happened in Karbala saying, “what an agony, what a grief, to watch helplessly while your own is being slain!”
“I raise my hat for the great scholar, Imam Baqir (AS), the Fountain of Knowledge”, Pastor Buru further said. According to him, the unmatched fusion of knowledge exemplified by Imam Baqir (AS) was unprecedented.
Speaking on Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq (AS), the Christian clergy said, he loves the Imam for so many reasons. “From his widely circulated teachings the Ja’afari school of thought springs. I also equate his effort of dissemination of knowledge to the present effort of my father and teacher, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, in the propagation of Ja’afari school of thought and path of the pious Imams as exemplified by the Imam”.
Pastor Buru pointed out that, no man in this era, apart from late Imam Khomeini, had made such a tremendous effort in the propagation of teachings of Ahlul Bayt like Sheikh Zakzaky. “He is striving on this path because he is from them. He is in the fold of the house Fatimah”.
Concluding his remarks, the Pastor spoke on Imam Mahdi (AF), whom he described as the Awaited Saviour. “The world is waiting for his re-emergence, the Saviour, son of Fatimah. I remind you Muslims of the Ahlul Bayt, hold unto them. It is the Will of your Prophet, a Trust he left behind for you. Thank you”.