CALL IT SULTAN OF NIGERIA OR OF SOKOTO:
WE HAVE NO AMEER SHAR’EE IN NIGERIA
In the name of Allah the most beneficent the most merciful, Peace and blessings be upon the one who taught us that every single bid’ah leads to hell fire.
As much as I have wished to avoid talking about this issue however, the over confidence and arrogance of the people of desires is no longer tolerable and they have indeed over stepped all boundaries with ignorance and I fear that I may be dragged on the day of Qiyyãmah and challenged: why did you keep silent?
The Sultan of Sokoto is not the legitimate Imãm (leader) of Muslims in Nigeria and the Muslims in Nigeria today have no Imãm shar’ee (legitimate)! Let those who are pleased be pleased and let those who want to murmur, murmur and those who want to break their necks out of fury let them do so however, the truth is dearer to us than your friendship.
The standard of measuring the truth in this religion of Islam is the Qur’an and Sunnah therefore even if some doctors and professors have said and supported this fallacy, it still remains a fallacy based upon the standards of the Shareeah, we therefore will throw back at them their statements or dump it in the dustbin if they refuse to withdraw it.
The evidence for this stance of ours is the statement of the prophet peace and blessings be upon him:
“إنما الإمام جنة يقاتل من وراءه ويتقى به”
-The Imaam is a shield behind who is fought and used as defence.
[Bukhari #2797 the book of Jihad, chapter: yuqaatalu min waraail Imaam & Muslim, Sharhu An-Nawaawi #1841, book of leadership, chapter: al Imaamu Junnah]
Al-Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hajar commented on this hadith saying:
“Meaning he is a cover because he prevents the enemy from harming muslims and prevents muslims from harming each other, and what is meant by Imãm is everybody who oversees the affairs of people and Allah knows best.”
[Fathul Baari commentary on the hadith of Bukhari referenced above]
Imãm An-Nawãwi commented on the hadith:
The statement of the prophet that the Imãm is a Junnah (Shield) means he is like a cover because he prevents the enemy from harming the Muslims, prevents the people (Muslims and ahludhimah living under the Islamic state) from harming each other and he preserves the sanctity of Islam also, people fear him and avoid his punishment. And the meaning of ‘behind who is fought’ is that we fight together with him against the Kuffar, Bughãt (rebels), the Khawãrij and all other corrupt groups.
[Sharh An-Nawawi ala muslim]
Another pointer is the statement of Imãm Shawkãni in wablul ghamaam:
ملاك أمر الإمامة وأعظم شروطها وأجل أركانها أن يكون قادرا على تأمين السبل وإنصاف المظلومين من الظالمين ومتمكنا من الدفع عن المسلمين إذا دهمهم أمر يخافونه كجيش كافر أو باغ فإذا كان السلطان بهذه المثابة فهو السلطان الذي أوجب الله طاعته وحرم مخالفته
“The essential perquisite, most important pillar and greatest condition for an Imãm is that he should be able to protect the highways, secure justice for the oppressed from the oppressors, defend the Muslims when there is insecurity like an attack from Kuffaar army or an oppressor. If a Sultan is of this quality then, that is the Sultan whom Allah has commanded us to obey and forbidden us from disobeying him.”
We therefore ask these sects of Maftûn doctors and their ignorant blind followers?
- Is your Ameer a ruler or a subject of the president of Nigeria?
- Does your Ameer have an army?
- Can your Ameer protect himself from the Nigerian Kufr police let alone protecting the Muslims from them?
- Can your Ameer prevent the Muslims from harming eachother?
- Does your Ameer have the minimum power to enforce Eid after sighting the moon?
- Does he have the slightest power to punish those who go against his order?
- Is he independent or a captive of democracy just like every average Nigerian Muslim?
- Does he have any power to declare Jihad against the Kuffār?
- Can the Muslims fight behind him?
- Does your Ameer have the power to implement anything from the Hudûd (capital punishments?)
If the answer to any of these questions is no, we ask you all to repent to Allah and STOP MAKING FUN OF THE TERMS OF THE SHAREEAH.
Just briefly, I want to preempt the Hizbees who might want to ask: Do you mean that we should remain without an Ameer?
The answer is yes. Indeed Imãm Bukhari had a chapter in his Saheeh which he titled: “What is the command when the Muslims have no Jamãah”
Citing as evidence what the prophet of Allah Muhammad sollallohu alayh wa sallam already made us know in the hadith of Udhayfah that a time will come when the Muslims will lack an Ameer.
“فإن لم يكن لهم جماعة ولا إمام”
What if they have neither a Jamãah nor an Imãm?
The prophet answered:
“فإعتزل تلك الفرق كلها ولو أن تعض بأصل شجرة حتى يدركك الموت”
Boycott all those groups (TMC, TA’AWUN, MSSN, TADOMUN, NSCIA, DEEN COMMUNICATIONS e.t.c) even if you have to eat from the root of a tree.
[Bukhari Kitãbul Fitan #7085]
Someone might ask, how do you explain the statement of the prophet?
“من مات وليس في عنقه بيعة مات ميتة جاهلية”
-whoever dies without an oath of allegiance on him, he dies the death of Jaahiliyyah.
[Reported by Muslim #1851, Sharhu AnNawaawi Kitaabul Imaarah, chapter on the obligation of sticking to the group of muslims, last hadith]
I say, the scholars of Tawheed have explained the hadith and it is not confusing to the students of knowledge except the hizbees.
Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisee in his Sharh’ of the hadith, he said:
“The meaning of this hadith is not that it is obligatory on individual muslims to start searching for who to give his bay’ah (oath of allegiance) if there is no Imãm like in this era, … rather, what is meant by this is that a muslim should hear and obey (the legitimate Imãm) and not to revolt against him without a Shariah permission. It is however not compulsory for all muslims to individually pledge allegiance to him or hand shake him personally rather what is meant is to hear and obey.”
[Fatãwa lajnah Shar’eyah #3257]
To be fair to him however, he is the Chairman of his sect: “Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)” a sect that believes in democracy, gathers all the deviants from the Qur’ãniyûn to the Sûfis, believes Jihad is Mansûkh (abrogated) etc. Without any doubt, this sect falls under the statement of the prophet:
“كلها في النار إلا واحدة”
All of them (sects) are in hell except one (i.e. Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamãah.
May Allah protect us from these evil sects and make us from Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamãah.
In conclusion, I say:
All I have written is based upon the assumption that your Ameer is a Muslim however, if what some of the people of knowledge have said about him that he is a Sûfi, Democrat, he bows to people when greeting, then, we can categorically say that he is the Ameerul-Mushrikeen.
Assalãmu alaykum wa rahmatullohi wa barakãtuhu.
9-10-1435 Hijriyyah | 4-08-2014 CE