THE RIGHTS OF OUR RESPECTED MARTYRS
Generally, Mu’assasatus shuhada or martyrs foundation is charged with education, moral upbringing and related activities of the martyrs’ families. The foundation is a fully registered non – governmental organization which collects contribution from members and other well meaning individuals for its humanitarian activities. It was established by the insightful sheikh Immediately after the second brutal murder of a member, precisely on 1st January, 1992. The foundation has an intact record of all martyrs and their families in about forty years of the movement’s existence covering the circumstances and responsible culprits. Undeniably, the martyr as a human being deserves commendation for discarding all human desires absolutely preferring the pleasure of Allah the most High.
Allah says “Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet; women and sons; heaped – up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well – tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world’s life; but with Allah is the best of the goals (to return to). Say: shall I give you glad tiding of things far better than those? for the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their eternal home; with spouses purified and the good pleasure of Allah, for in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants” Q3:14 – 15.
In view of the firm faith, good practice and great sacrifice of the martyr, Allah honors him greatly in a special way here and hereafter. A prominent hadeeth al – Qudsy, says “I am the successor of a martyr in his family”.
Allah says “Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance from their Lord, they rejoice in the Bounty provided by Allah; and with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve. Q3:169 – 170.
The points I want emphasize at this juncture are the following:
The first obligation towards our respected martyrs is prayers. We must always pray for them and their families. As the sheikh repeatedly emphasizes, we should pray to Allah to accept them and grant their wishes at least in our every night Witr. At the same time we should pray to Allah to give a befitting recompense on the culprits responsible for their martyrdom. Yes they deserve destructive prayers for their murderous action against the faithful. Allah says “If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (Forever); and the wrath and the curse of Allah Are upon him, and a dreadful chastisement is prepared for him. Q4: 93.
No matter how long, the criminals will also die. A time will come when they will taste the death and account for their bad deeds. Some of those that killed our well mannered brothers in the fast have made a very bad end and remained accusable forever. “And do not incline towards those who are unjust, lest the fire touch you, and you have no guardians towards besides Allah, then you shall not be helped” Q11:113.
Regrettably, they do not think of their end at all and are ready to be used at will for bloodshed. Questions like these are very important; is death an end or a beginning? Why should I be instructed to kill? What is the wisdom behind it? Where do we go after it? What is the relation between the physical and spiritual aspects of human being? And what are the lessons to learn from the death of others we witness?
“He who created death and life, that He may try which of you is best in deed; He is the exalted in might, Oft forgiving” Q14:42.
2. SHUHADA DUES:
Secondly, we must pay more attention to the general welfare of the martyrs’ family. This could be achieved by utmost support and cooperation to martyrs foundation through prompt payment of Shuhada dues.
We must pay this due so that the honor of these great families is sufficiently protected more than we care for ourselves. This is the interpretation of the hadeeth above. In fact most Islamic scholars have interpreted the verse; “…..on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve” Q3: 170. They referred the fear to the destiny in the hereafter and grieve, regard to the family the martyr lefts behind.
So we must emulate the practice of the Leader of this movement that promptly pays the due for the welfare of the martyrs’ families. We should also learn to visit the martyrs’ families from time to time. Interestingly, all the martyrs’ children are at various school levels. Some are already running various courses within and outside Nigerian universities! This goes in line with what the sheikh maintains that as far as education is concerned sky is not even the limit but the beginning.
3. CONTINOUS REMEMBRANCE:
We must learn to remember our martyrs always. In line with this, we should learn to pay special visits for prayers to their graves. As we care for their children, taking care of their graves is also a duty we should respect. It is imperative to commend the effort of the foundation for renovating their graves in particular and cemeteries in general.
JANNAT AL – RAHMA or GARDEN OF MERCY is the prominent graveyard exclusively for our martyrs in Zaria. We have good lessons to learn especially from other countries where cemeteries are rehabilitated – cared and electrified- for visits, prayers and remembrance, unlike here where they are disrespected, irrationally feared and considered a home for ghosts! “O you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance And prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere” Q2:153.
REWARDS ACCORDING TO DEEDS
Allah is absolutely just. So He does not treat His creatures unfairly. Every soul is a hostage of its own deeds”Q74:37. Therefore the righteous and the wicked are rewarded accordingly. “But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is Garden, beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are fed with fruits there from, they say why, this is what we were fed with before, for they are given things in similitude and they have therein spouses purified; and they abide therein (forever)” Q2:25.
Finally, as we re – appreciate the sympathetic concern and pledges of various groups to take legal action on the deliberate murder of the 33 members including the three sons of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) by the military in favor of the Islamic movement. The world reminds them and looks on earnestly to see the fruits of their faithful attempt.
Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah.
– Shaikh Muhammad Mahmud Turi
(30th Aug, 2014)