Muharram: Shia Killings In Nigeria, By Harun Elbinawi

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…killings and destruction have never destroyed an idea, but the Wahhabi mindset thinks this possible, which why they engage in so much killings and destructions around the world but still achieve nothing. What are the achievements of ISIS, AlQaeda and Boko Haram?

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

Programmes and activities are organised in the first ten days of Muharram to highlight the tragedy and lessons to be learnt from it. People are encouraged to willingly donate blood to those in need, in a manner that symbolises the massive bloodletting that took place during the Karbala tragedy.

In Nigeria, Shia Muslims made preparations for the events, which is a mourning period, and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), under the leadership of His Eminence Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, made a press release to draw attention to the mourning period of Muharram and the possibility that the Nigerian government would attack the Ashura peaceful processions as an extension of the Zaria massacre that took place in December 2015, where the Nigerian army killed close to one thousand Nigerian civilians and wickedly dumped their dead bodies in mass graves.

October 10 was the tenth of Muharram (Ashura) and peaceful processions were organised 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 Katsina State where the Nigerian security killed 15 Shia mourners and injured more than 100 others. In Kaduna and Jos, shootings took place with Shia Muslims killed and injured. The security forces gave their allied Wahhabi thugs the cover to burn down Shia properties and destroyed buildings as they came ready with tools.

Some Christian friends visited to condole me over the more than 20 Nigerian Shia Muslims killed on the day of Ashura. I informed them that there is certain inclination among Muslims that does not value human lives, and this pertains to Wahhabism. 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 October 10.

When the Nigerian massacres were taking place, coincidentally a Saudi Shia brother was sending me pictures of their Ashura programmes. I asked if their security forces were attacking for this and he answered in the negative, to which I then informed him of what was happening in Nigeria at that point. 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 on October 10, and the Nigerian security forces were killing Shia mourners, while their Saudi masters did no such thing!

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

Harun Elbinawi can be reached through elbinawi@yahoo.com; Elbinawi.WordPress.com.

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