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Does Islam Endorse Boko Haram?

May 26, 2012

Enthrone in what seems to be his palace, from where he commands his forces to bombard us, with two Kalashnikov rifles install in the background; Imam Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram appeared bold and unflinching in a video entitled, “Message to Goodluck Jonathan”, which was posted on YouTube. Wearing a brown check turban dazed to his right shoulder, the Imam was securely camouflaged in a bullet proof jacket holding a huge siwak in his right hand. His message was blunt and direct, but off point. Beginning with his opening remark in fluent Arabic, which was dominated by Quranic verses, but way out of context; the Imam was pushing hard to defend the heinous violence committed by his sect. “To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged; and verily, Allah is most powerful for their aid” (Quran 22:39).

Shekau, like gazillion number of terrorists out there, likes to manipulate Quran to make his evil actions justified. The verse he quoted was actually referring to the Prophet and his people to stand firm in self defense from the severe persecution they had suffered from the Quraysh. “(They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, (for no cause) except that they say, “our Lord is Allah…”” (22:40).

For Boko Haram to base its actions on this verse, is fallacious. Looking at the historicity of the sect since 2002, from Maiduguri to Kanamma in 2004; no member has been persecuted by any regime until the sect’s fierce re-emergence of furor in 2009 which clashed with Yar’adua’s heavy grenade of power leading to the killing of its leader, Muhammad Yusuf. Whether Yar’adua handled them wrongly is another line of argument, but there is no justification whatsoever by Boko Haram to try to retaliate the way they have being doing at the cost of the innocent lives of Nigerians.

Boko Haram sect no doubt claim to be Muslims and their manifesto is clearly to Islamize Nigeria by using force to convert the non-Muslims, and imposing shari’ah by any means necessary. “This religion of Christianity you are practicing is not a religion of God– it is paganism…” said Shekau in the YouTube video gesturing fiercely with his hand, “We are trying to coerce you to embrace Islam”.
Unlike Boko Haram, Islam in stronger terms rejects this tactics.

Nowhere in Quran is changing people’s religion lawfully stated, not to talk of serving as a requisite for war. Despite the earnest desire of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be unto Him) to convert the Meccans to Islam, he never used force as a means and Allah tells him that, “even if you’re eager that they should, most people will not believe”.

The incessant bombings and killing of innocent lives by the Boko Haram sect is antithetical to Islam. While the sect mercilessly shells bombs to destruct and kill, all in the name of retaliation, Islam has no justification for their cruel action. In its most cruel attack in Kano in January this year, it claimed the lives of more than 250 innocent people including women and children. How will you retaliate on the soul that didn’t touch you? If Shekau is trying to argue strictly Islam, he should then begin now.

Prophet Muhammad constantly forgives those that fault him, had not destroy innocent souls, and ordered no one to use force in order to gain converts. You cannot propagate a message by force. Allah commands us that in preaching His message, we should do it in “wisdom and kind enlightenment and debate with them in the best possible manner” because in the end, He knows best who the guided ones are”.

It’s very hypocritical of Boko Haram to pretend that they are Muslims “fighting for the cause of Allah”, and repeatedly insisting that their actions are justified. They will argue that their bombs are meant only to crush the security personnel. Again, what gospel gives them the right to do so? Are the security personnel not humans? Even if Shekau would like to say, “We attack them because they kill our people”, we ask him. Were the innocent people you are attacking, same security personnel that killed your people? It’s a really shallow kind of argument to base the Boko Haram bombardment on the retaliation factor.

Allah frowns at the sect’s actions and it’s repeatedly manifest in the holy Quran that “killing one soul is as though killing the whole humanity, and saving one soul is as though saving the whole humanity”.

It is a wicked fantasy for Boko Haram to equate their actions with the religion that denounces violence, mayhem and conflict out of its doctrine. A Muslim is a tolerant folk who understands the beauty of plurality and religiosity as nature’s gift. War is regulated by the Quran and hadith and cannot be waged loosely such as Boko Haram wants it.

The merciless killing of innocent Nigerian souls by the sect is tantamount to genocide or ethnic cleansing in consequence of ignorance, radicalism and extreme ideologies. Islam, as peaceful as it preaches, holds no such sect as its adherents, and if Jamaat Ahli- Sunnah Li- Da’awati wal Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teaching and Jihad) which should otherwise be Jamaat Ahli-Bid’ah Lil- Harb wal Qital (People Committed to the Satanic Innovations for War and Massacre) insist that they are Muslims, the Quran instructs, “let there be no compulsion in religion”.

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