The Confused Gumi at it again
By Abdulmumin Giwa
It is indeed a development that Dr. Ahmad Gumi is now calling for the immediate release of the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN, His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
At least his approach to the matter differs from some of his kinsmen in Wahabism like the most foolish among the “Arabic speaking idiots” Kabiru Gombe who is leading a support campaign for the incessant killing of IMN members in Zaria by the Nigerian Army and even going as far as praising Lt. General Tukur Buratai for killing the Shi’ites for them.
Dr. Ahmad Gumi’s confusions are so many that one would wonder where exactly he is heading to when he speaks because he is an embodiment of his personal emotions, illogical thoughts and very poor sense of reasoning.
One would definitely expect that Dr. Gumi would be challenged by his brothers in the Wahhabi faith for calling for the release of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky most especially as the leading Wahhabi Saudi regime is the major sponsor of the killings.
Undoubtedly he was challenged and confronted by a narrow-minded Wahhabi who expressed dissatisfaction with Dr. Gumi’s call for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky in the midst of other Wahhabis listening to his Ramadan Quranic Tafsir session at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna.
Dr. Gumi took his time to convince them in a way he would avoid offending their sentiments and emotionalism lest he loses credence among them.
What is baffling is his reason for calling for the release of the IMN leader where he stated that Sheikh Zakzaky has seen God’s sign warning on his wrong doings especially abusing of the companions. He added that the Sheikh had been detained illegally without trial and nothing happened and this shows that he can do nothing.
He claimed that the revered Sheikh will have no other option than to succumb to the desires and caprices of the regime when he is released.
Dr. Gumi added that he should be released in order to clear the poor human rights record of the regime in which people are detained without charges. He said this affects governance and international diplomacy where the country cannot even procure arms from other countries because such arms are used in killing innocent unarmed civilians.
On the issue of the said sign Sheikh Zakzaky had seen after his detention that purportedly signified that God was not on his side that is why He is punishing him reminds me of the arrest and detention of Dr. Gumi by the Saudi regime in the past.
Dr. Gumi is still as confused as ever even after his release and after he had also seen God’s sign that He was not with him. He had not changed a bit he is still his confused self.
Probably his said sign theory is vague and has no moral basis in religion more especially as it is not supported by history.
We have seen a lot of great leaders in history even from among God’s Prophets that have faced the same faith as Sheikh Zakzaky for their belief and ideas that tyrant and oppressive rulers are opposed to. Definitely, this sign theory of Dr. Gumi is only a display of confusion and intellectual sickness corroborated by absence of good reasoning.
Dr. Gumi should have simply given his reason as clearing the poor human rights image of the Nigerian regime that is notorious for killing of innocent unarmed civilians and not venture into joining issues with God.
Was it God that killed the over 1000 men, women and children in Zaria on 12th to 14th of December 2015 or the Nigerian Army? Definitely it was the Nigerian Army that violated God’s instructions and committed extra-judicial killings.
Was it God that arrested and illegally detained Sheikh Zakzaky in Abuja without charges or the Nigerian government? Definitely it is the Nigerian government that is keeping him in illegal detention and not God.
Did all these things happen because of the faith of Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers or because they committed a crime punishable by death? Definitely it happened because of their faith in God Almighty which those in authority and people like Dr. Gumi oppose to.
What a religious scholar of logic and good reasoning would say here is that God wants to exalt Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky to a very high worldly and spiritual level and so He decided to test his faith whether he is capable or not.
This is so because we have seen how God had tested Prophets like Abraham who was plunged into fire for his faith, Joseph who was jailed for his faith, Prophet Muhammad who was forced to migrate for his faith and various other instances.
More so, we have seen how in the modern times people like Nelson Mandela were jailed for decades for their ideas and Ayatullah Khumain forced to go to France on exile because of his ideas.
To use Dr Gumi’s expression, “So what” if Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky is jailed for his faith and ideas?
Dr Gumi being an Islamic cleric knows the hardship and losses suffered by the Prophet of Islam during his early years in Mecca that finally led to his migration to Madina. Those were the milestones he faced in the struggle for the establishment of the Islamic system.
In like manner, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky is facing the same milestones in his struggle for the establishment of Islam in our immediate environment and is facing the impending milestones.
I am sure that Dr Gumi is aware that the revered leader of the Islamic Movement had been detained severally because of his faith by successive regimes including the military junta of General Muhammadu Buhari. He had been detained in various detention facilities in Kaduna, Warri, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Lagos among others and now Abuja where he spent not less than a total of 10 years in 10 different prisons between 1979 and 2016.
Thousands of his followers have been murdered by state machineries including three of his biological sons in 2014 and another three in 2015 all for his faith and ideas.
Yet Sheikh Zakzaky still remains firm, steadfast, focused and most dedicated to the course not minding distractors like Dr Gumi and his likes.
Definitely only a blind-hearted man would ignore the level of loyalty being enjoyed by the revered leader of the Islamic Movement where his followers give the ultimate sacrifice of life just to protect him. Even the Nigerian Army had to kill all his followers present at his residence in their hundreds to the last man standing before they could reach him. Indeed this is no ordinary man.
Dr. Gumi’s saying that Sheikh Zakzaky could do nothing because he had been detained and nothing had happened is very stupid. What does he expect to happen? I know he expects nothing more than wanton bloodshed, severe crises and possibly war because that is the average level of thinking of every Wahhabi.
Definitely a lot have happened because his followers have remained focused as he trained them never to allow themselves to be used in shedding the blood of innocent people and should remain focused and resolute. This they have done by refusing to create that opportunity for the terror laden Nigerian regime to achieve is devilish aim. Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers have abided by his instructions even in his absence and have continued with all their activities without hindrance or fear.
His followers have challenged the authorities in courts of law including the International Criminal Court in the Hague and have put so much pressure on the government that it is now on the defensive seeking ways out of their mess including using people like Dr. Gumi to seek a way out for them. Definitely Sheikh Zakzaky is the victor here. He is winning everything without killing anybody and the government is losing everything even after killing over 1000 of his followers.
This piece will not be complete if I did not ask Dr Gumi what kind of sacrifice he has made for his faith and ideas. What hardship and milestones have you crossed for your faith and ideas? None! This means you are either a coward in what you are doing or a hypocrite that God does not even find you worthy of testing your faith to see if you are truthful.
Finally, I assure Dr Gumi that Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has gone thousands of levels ahead of what he knew him to be before. He has now reached a level of closeness with God Almighty that God is close to making his life dream a reality. Whether they release him or not cannot change what God had planned.
Had it been Dr Gumi was not the confused person he had been, he should have referred to Sheikh Zakzaky’s survival from a well-planned assassination mission by the government under which he is living as the actual sign of God. In fact for the Sheikh to be alive today is a miracle that only the wise could perceive.