By Abdullahi Isa Wasagu
In series of Eid-il Ghadeer celebrations taking place in various zones of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, under the leadership of his eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakazaky(H), Kaduna zone marked the event on Saturday, 19th of October, 2015. It took place at ‘Yan Lilo play ground T/Wada, Kaduna, with multitude of people in attendance.
After songs of praise on declaration of Wilayah to Imam Ali(a.s) by Shu’arah of the movement, the Ameer of the zone Sheikh Muhammad
Mukhtar Sahabi expounded how the declaration of Wilayah extended to Imam Ali at of Ghadeer Khum, a juncture, where pilgrims take various routes to their various destinations.
Before speaking on Ghadeer, the cleric lamented over the recent tragedy of Hajj stampede, attributingng the course on Saudi Arabian
authority which he said, "it happened due to their negligence". Speaking further, the Ameer quoted Dr. Abdul’azeez Fauzi’s report, a
medical specialist in Egypt, denouncing the act that, the stampede was as a result of poisons used on the Pilgrims. According to Dr. Fauzi.
When speaking on Ghadeer, Sheikh Mukhtar Sahabi explained at lenth how the Ghadeer Khum event took place. After completion of the Prophet’s last pilgrimage. Angel Gabriel(a.s) was sent conveying the message of Mastership of Ali to the Holy Prophet. After a dialogue for about three times, the Almighty Allah inspired the verse of Wilayah(Suratul Ma’idah, verse 67) to the Prophet(pbuh & hf) after which a hasty stop was made at the premises of ‘Khum’ , a pond behind a place called Ghadeer Khum. After some questions issued by the Holy Prophet to the faithful followers, in return of unconditional responses by the faithful believers to the Holy Prophet, he openly proclaimed the
expression of Wilayah to the faithful believers. Who ever I am his Master, this Ali is his Master, followed by a lenthy sermon. He
He also narrated various events of Mastership from pages of history took place at same day, 18th of Dhul Hijjah, by Ancient Apostles of Allah(T), sucha as Yusha’u Bin Noon by Prophet Nuhu(as), Hazim by Prophet Sulaiman(as), Sham’uni by Prophet Musa(as). Imam Ali on 18th of Dhul Hijjah by the Holy Prophet(a.s).
To butress his statements, Sheikh Mukhtar cited various Sunni, and Shi’ites traditions, their traditionists remarks justifuying the event
of Ghadeer Khum. He cited that of Ayatullah Amini, which comprises 12 volumes, Book of Bukhari and Muslim, Hamziyya commentary by Sayyid Busari, a sufi order, and lots more.
At the end of his lectures, the sheikh attributed the act of perfidy to the declaration of Mastership of Ali by some Prophet’s companions
as a result of old-aged hatred due to the extermination of lives of many warriors from Banu Ummayya by Ali in varous battles during the
life of the Holy Prophet.
The event witnessed by much larger crowd of attendants than previous years.