Muharram: Shia Killings In Nigeria

Muharram: Shia Killings In Nigeria

Muharram is the name of the first month of the Islamic calendar like January in the Gregorian calendar. Muharram is a very important month to Muslims especially Shia Muslims since the Karbala tragedy that saw the gruesome beheading of the affectionate Grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa), Imam Hussein (as), occurred on the tenth of the month Muharram.

Programs and activities are organize in the first ten days of Muharram to highlight the tragedy and lessons to be learnt. People are encourage to willingly donate Blood to be given to those in need so as to symbolize the massive bloodletting that took place during the Karbala tragedy.

In Nigeria Shia Muslims made preparation for the events which is mourning period and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) under the leadership of His Eminence Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky made Press Release to draw attention to the mourning period of Muharram and the possibility that the Nigerian government is planning to attack the Ashura peaceful processions as an extension of the Zaria massacre that took place last December where the Nigerian President Buhari sent the Nigerian army and they massacred close to one thousand Nigerian civilians and wickedly dumped their dead bodies in mass graves.

Yesterday (12/10/2016) was the tenth of Muharram (Ashura) and peaceful processions were organized in many Nigerian towns. Sadly some of those processions were attacked by Nigerian Security Forces and their allied Wahhabi thugs, Nigerians were killed and properties destroyed. The worst case happened in Funtua in Kastina state where the Nigerian Security Forces killed 15 Shia mourners and injured more than 100. In Kaduna and Jos shootings took place by the Security Forces with Shia Muslims killed and injured. The security Forces gave their allied Wahhabi thugs the cover to burnt down Shia properties and destroyed the buildings as they came ready with tools.

Some Christian friends visited me yesterday evening for condolences of the more than 20 Nigerian Shia Muslims killed on the day of Ashura. I told them that there is certain inclination among Muslims that do not value human lives and that inclination is Wahhabism. I told them that this ideology has inspired all the murderous terrorist groups in the world that are killing innocent people in the name of Islam. Wahhabism inspired ISIS, AlQaeda, Boko Haram, Shabaab etc, these are intolerant murderous terrorist groups who only kill, rape and destroy all in the name of Islam. I told them that it was Wahhabism that inspired the Zaria massacre of Shia Muslims and the same ideology inspired the Shia killings of yesterday.

When the Nigerian massacres were taken place yesterday coincidentally a Saudi Shia brother was sending me pictures of their Ashura programs. I asked him if their security forces are attacking them and he answered negatively, and I told him that is what is happening in my country (Nigeria). We all know that the anti-Shia attacks and state-sponsored terrorism in Nigeria by the present government is tele-guided and orchestrated by the Saudi regime but here we were yesterday the Nigerian security forces killing Shia mourners while their Saudi masters did not do that!

On a final note, killings and destruction have never destroy an Idea but the Wahhabi mindset thinks that is possible and that is why they engage in so much killings and destructions around the world but achieve nothing. What are the achievements of ISIS, AlQaeda and Boko Haram?

Harun Elbinawi


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