As I kept on reading reactions on the recent video shared by Boko Haram on a whatsApp group,Custodian of Information-I frowned, smiled and went on ruminating on the way forward. It gladdens the heart to see dialogues on how to clear misconceptions about Islam.
To start with, a brother wrote "Boko Haram is committing atrocities in the name of Islam and National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA is keeping mum. They are not proactive at all..."
Let us assume they have forgotten their objectives-it is time for us to wake them from their slumber. The Council was estabished to cater for; preserve, protect, promote and advance the interests of Islam and the Muslims throughout Nigeria. We must make them play their role on every issues affecting Islam.
We must read, write and spread all the positive things we know about Islam. Islam is Peace, it doesn't teach terrorism. We must write and make Boko Haram read and understand that Islam promotes the seeking of knowledge.
Our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim(Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 218).
We know that there are some western knowledge that are not acceptable in Islam but the way to say 'NO' is not by killing ourselves.
The prophet (PBUH) used to supplicate: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES NOT PROFIT, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard." (Sunan of Abu-Dawood hadith 1543)
Terrorism is not in ISLAM.There is no compulsion in religion. Allah forbids the killing of a SOUL!
You know, I have lived long enough, and got more beards by the way, to know that whether here in Lagos, where I am writing after a wonderful phone call from a SPECIAL ONE, or wherever Shekau presented his script on "Gwosa Caliphate", the truth remains that SALAAM means PEACE. I AM A MUSLIM AND I AM NOT A TERRORIST.