No Compulsion In Religion By Hannatu Musawa

Hannatu Musawa
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Hannatu Musawa

Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi is not only a knowledgeable Islamic scholar; he exemplifies the character of a Muslim nurtured from an early age in a virtuous environment. Having been taught and raised by his late father, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi, he serves as a role model for the spirit and virtue that Muslims can aspire for and attain.

In the spate of the recent unabashed religious threats and violence by misguided elements, it has been necessary for notable and respected members of the Nigerian Islamic society to speak out on the outrageously arrogant, criminal and aggressive actions of people purporting to speak and act on behalf of Islam. Up until the recent sermons Sheikh Gumi has given, in which he has contradicted much of what these unsavory elements spew, hardly anyone within the Nigerian Islamic leadership order has had the courage and persuasion to speak out. Few Scholars have been brave enough to set the record straight on the fact that the individuals and groups presently attacking the peace and stability in Nigeria by claiming an Islamic affiliation are operating with a vile distortion of the noble and peaceful teachings of Islam.

It is regrettable that Islam, a religion of peace, harmony, goodwill and brotherhood has been used by unruly and ghastly people to justify unwarranted acts of violence such as suicide bombings, threats and other forms of violence. At the very base of Islam is the quest for freedom, justice and equality and when a Muslim uses Islam to threaten and condemn another because they do not share the same faith, that discrimination is totally foreign to the pure teachings and doctrines of Islam. In the Quran, God bestowed honour on every single individual, no matter their background, race or tribe. Liberty and everything that emerges from it are some of the great favours God has given us and concepts such as kidnappings, threats and the kind of unprovoked violence we are seeing in Nigeria today towards people of a different faith to Islam, especially the Christian community, are not part of the true teachings of Islam.

It is so shocking that people claiming to promote Islam can issue an ultimatum in which they threaten a Christian president to convert to Islam or face their wrath. How on earth can they give a Christian who believes in his religion as much or even more than they believe in their religion that kind of ultimatum? Under Islamic dispensation, it is clearly taught that “There is no compulsion in religion…” The Qur’an was very clear on the issue of forced conversion by stating, “Had your Lord wanted, all the people on earth would have believed. So will you force people to believe?”

Throughout history, Muslims themselves were the targets of forced conversion during the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades and the Communist era of the 20th century and first hand Muslims understand how unacceptable and unreasonable such a notion is. Threatening people who don’t convert to Islam, persecuting non-Muslims and treating a society in the unjust manner that extremist elements have been doing most definitely is not what Islam is about. When one reads in the Qur’an that Allah encourages Muslims to deal kindly and justly with anyone of any faith who has not fought Muslims for our faith and driven us out of our homes because God loves the just, one wonders why anyone would want to put a negative interpretation to what is clearly a message of patience, peace and harmony between different faiths cohabiting.

The second source in Islam, after the Qur’an, are the statements made by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who in his lifetime gave a clear view on the persecution of non-Muslims when he stated, “Whoever kills an innocent non-Muslim will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise.” How could such statement possibly be compatible with the extremist ideal for Islam to force itself onto others? Instead, it makes it clear that non-Muslims should by no means be harmed by Muslims.

The one doctrine that is used by extremists to lend credibility to the notion that Islam encourages violence is the concept of jihad. The word Jihad brings into play the vision of a marching band of religious fanatics with savage beards, short trousers and fiery eyes, brandishing swords, screaming in Arabic and attacking everyone and everything in their wake.

However, the true spirit of Jihad in Islamic terms means to endeavour and strive in a noble way. Over time this meaning of Jihad has been eradicated or at least diluted. The critical juncture in the Islamic world requires reviving and recapturing the true and pristine meaning of Jihad. Jihad can be divided into two broad categories. First is ‘Jihad-e-akbar’. This is Jihad against one's own person to curb sinful inclinations, which is the purification of self. This is the most difficult Jihad and hence in terms of rewards and blessings is the highest category of Jihad. The second is ‘Jihad-e-asghar’. This is Jihad of the sword. This is communal Jihad and presupposes certain specific conditions. The Quran speaks of fighting only as a self defence and this is the very condition laid down in several verses of the Holy Quran. The so-called verse of the sword in the Islamic scripture is often taken out of context as if it inculcates an indiscriminate massacre of all non-Muslims. The Quranic words such as “kill whatever you find them” apply only in cases of self-defence and a state of unprovoked war; they do not apply to provoked wars and battles. The Muslims who interpret these verses in any other manner commit a travesty of the lofty ideals of Islam. There is not a single instance in the life of the Holy Prophet where he offered the alternative of the sword or Islam to anyone.

The Holy Quran does not make Jihad in context of an article of faith. The sayings and traditions of the Holy Prophet render it into a formula for active struggle that invariably and incorrectly tended towards a militant expression. Suicide bombings, violent threats and killing those of different faiths just for the sake of killing are contrary to the purview of the real spirit of the Islamic Jihad. It is pure and simple mass murder. The presentation of Islam as a crude and barbaric religion which gives itself the right to cause unwarranted human and material suffering and destruction under the guise of Divine authority is not the kind of Islam we find in the precepts of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The basic unity of the followers of all faiths is emphatically stressed in the Holy Quran and the creation of discord and disunity by terrorism or otherwise has no place in Islam. Islam is an all-encompassing codes of values and conduct and with those values, those of us that practice it from the depths of our heart and soul must use its teachings as a ground of hope to progressively promote unity and accord in Nigeria rather than mischievously and maliciously using it as a justification for violence.

The Holy Quran teaches that God has sent His revelation to all people from time to time. Jesus Christ and many of the Prophets of the Old Testament are mentioned by name and they are all honoured and revered by all true believing Muslims. Indeed, the Quran requires belief in the truth of all the Messengers of God and requires an affirmation in them all wherever they appear. And therefore it seeks to bring about reconciliation between the followers of different faiths and to establish a basis of respect and honour among them. The Quran says: “Surely, those who believe and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians - whichever party from among these truly believes in Allah (God) and the Last Day and does good deeds, shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve.”

In the Holy Scriptures, the Qur’an, Torah and the Bible, both Christians and Muslims are taught that God is the Source of peace and the bestower of security. And since the doctrine of peace and security are ‘His’’, the establishment of that peace and maintenance of security must, therefore, be the constant objective of all Muslims and Christians alike. Those who choose to exact a campaign of hatred, violence and threats against others who have done nothing to provoke them, purely because others worship in a different way to them, must revaluate Allah’s message of peace and harmony and understand that, only through conformity to the spirit of peace, patience, conscience and the promotion of human welfare can we achieve a society where all can co-exist. If they don’t, they have only themselves to blame in the hereafter when they have to make the real account to the Almighty, All seeing and All Knowing.

Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi is a beacon to the inherent justice in Islam and a brave Scholar, especially when examined with the lenses of the present Islamic leadership in Nigeria. Like his father, he lives a life outstanding in its dedication to the cause of Allah. May God protect him and guide him to continue speaking out against those within the Muslim Ummah choose to distort the message and meaning of Islam. Nigerian Muslim, extremists especially, can learn from Sheikh Gumi when he explores them to follow Allah accordingly and advises them that there is no compulsion to Islam.

Hannatu Musawa
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@Taqqiya and Muruna

Open your heart to what Mrs Hannatu has taken the time to share. Your pride and anger can only deprive you vital knowledge that is priceless. What you stand to loose is everything and i mean everything. Watch a presentation by Lesley Hazleton on reading the Quran, Find out what Max Hastings wrote on George Bush's agenda to demonise Islam, See Micheal Hart's list of worlds most influential pple in history. Seek knowledge with an open mind. And if u want a constructive discussion visit challengeyoursoul.com

IQRAA

IQRA, d 1st verse of the glorious Quran means "read" or "seek knowledge". If those attacking Islam r wondering y Islam is the fastest growing religion; it's simple, Islam covers all religions including xtianity and Judaism. Did u knw dat Jesus is mentioned more time than Muhammad (pbuh) in the Quran over 1400 yrs ago. All Muslim in this forum have been doing is defending the truth but are being accused of aggression when it is evident that Islam is under attack. Ask yourself what u r afraid of, the contradiction in your belief r many e.g. D numerous versions of the bible, when the Old testament is even mentioned in the Quran as a holy book of Allah. Did Jesus go to Church on Sunday the ans is no, did he celebrate Christmas...no he did not, did he die on the cross, the controversy on the shroud turin proves debatable. Matthew 26:39 even suggests that he prayed like a Muslim. Dn't be mislead by those who shall not save u on judgment day, seek knowledge and at least give yourself a chance

Taqqiya and Muruna

Hannatu is either putting the above two Islamic concepts into practice or she is just plain ignorant. If there is no compulsion is Islamic religion she openly convert from Islam. If her own father, husband or brothers do not slit her throat as commanded by the quran and has been practised since islam began then she can make this claim. Until then I advice her to shut her mouth, her photo shopped face does not deceive anybody. Not with the mask around it anyways .

Must You Be Flirtatious?

Lanray!!! Pray for you libido.

Must You Be Flirtatious?

Lanray!!! I am cocksure I echoed literarily echoed your name thrice.
Never knew you could be such a flirt.
Try pray to Divine, to help stem the transmission flow to your brain and optic nerves, as a result of RIOTS FROM YOUR LIBIDO.

Must You Be Flirtatious?

Lanray!!! I am cocksure I echoed literarily echoed your name thrice.
Never knew you could be such a flirt.
Try pray to Divine, to help stem the transmission flow to your brain and optic nerves, as a result of RIOTS FROM YOUR LIBIDO.

Benizir Bhutto

Haven't a woman ruled over a country like Pakistan before? A country known to have a broader section of Islamic faith. My people! Lets uncoat our sense of religious intolerance. It does us no good. Muslims! Put your house in order. Christians! Reafjust your binocular views toward Islam. There is no generality before God Almighty. OK? God bless us all.

I just read a good piece. A

I just read a good piece. A very good piece. A shining light amidst the supervening darkness of misinformation and misguidance. I have also read all the adjoining comments, and thoroughly searched for contrary opinion(s) on your piece from self-proclaimed scholars, gladly, found none. Be assured that many have read your pristine write-up - muslims, christians, whatever but may not comment as I'm. Deep within my heart, I pray that Allah (SWT) accept your/this jihad as an act of ibadah (worship)...Amin. Facts, will only remain sacred. Lastly, let a radio broadcast and re-broadcast an undiluted translation of your piece to all and sundry, especially in the North. Allah (SWT) knows best.

@Adam Sa'ad

Adam Sa'ad of course I am sure you will liked the answer of the German Muslim scholar when he was asked about terrorism and Islam:
But you are missing the point those who committed those atrocities that he mentioned which you listed never at any point proclaim they were doing it in the name God or they were holy men or women. Islamic Terrorist which you support are Killing innocent people in the name of their Allah and are proclaiming that when they murder innocent, they are doing Allah's work. There is big difference.

@ ibro----Reference Relationship between Nupe and Katsina

Dear Ibro I can confirm to you that I am an authentic Nupe Man to the core and very proud to be one. Regarding your reaction to my posting I will like to let you know that you are missing the point. The fact that Nupe people has special relationship with Katsina is completely irrelevant. I hate no one but the truth must be told. Hausa/Fulani dominated the political terrain of Nigeria since independent and cornered huge amount of the commonwealth to themselves, laid the foundation of corruption and impunity, destroyed innocent Nigerian property, killed many many innocent Nigeria who are non Muslim and introduce Sharia to oppress the poor. Hausa/Fulani are parasite and Islamic religion is an evil religion this is the fact. A mango three can never produce an apple by their fruit we shall know them. Take it or leave it.

Islam, "religion of peace"

Check the below for all you need to know about the 'religion of peace'. No more cover ups! Truth be told.
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

'No compulsion in Islam' Really?

Dear Sister Hanatu,
I read your piece with so much respect and admiration. I must however tell you that Islam as you describe it is not so. One thing for sure is that, it is either you are ignorant of the facts in the Quran or practising what is known as taqqiyah=deception. Not only does the quran condone violence it aslo promises prizes in aljanna=heaven for followers provided they commit suicide in the name of the religion. I will now substantiate my points with evidences from the quran itself and let me know if it is indeed in the quran or not.
Link is attached below:
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/023-violence.htm

Islam ma foot

A friend once joked dat Ghana is peaceful coz a xtian is d presido and vice presido. Dats true, any country where muslims are there's war.

Islam mean "peace", not the other way round.

I liked the answer of this German Muslim scholar when he was asked about terrorism and Islam:
He said: who started the first world war? Muslims?
Who started the second world war? Muslims? Who killed about 20 millions of Aborigines in Australia? Muslims??
Who sent the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Muslims??
Who killed more than 100 millions of Indians in North America? Muslims??
Who killed more than 50 millions of Indians in south America? Muslims?? Who took about 180 millions of African people as slaves and 88% of them died and was thrown in atlantic ocean? Muslims??
No they weren't muslims!!
First of all, you have to define terrorism properly... If a non-muslim does something bad..it is crime. But if a Muslim does the same...he is terrorist.. So first remove this double standard..Then come to the point!!!

The violence in all the

The violence in all the countries you have mentioned take root from undue interference from the Western Nations and Israel. Long before the foreign interventions, citizens of diferrent fates have lived together in peace and harmony in those countries for centuries.

I AM LOOKING INTO THE ROOT OF MUSLIM'S ANGER

Equal Rights is the answer, any time one's right is been denied it result to violence and war. No smoke without fire, Christians might have denied the Muslims their right of salvation of Christ given to them through Thomas. Wait 'am running late to work I will come back to you, we must solve Nigeria problems with One Love and equal rights.Thanks

a punk called nupe man

nupe man I don't no which state You are ofrom,but if it is niger then too bad. because even if nija breaks up you will still be among those muslims you hate till the end of your misrable life. but come to think I doubt if you are nupe man. because there is a special relationship between nupes and katsina people which from Your writting you dont know exist. I will not join issues with you on this forum I know people like you who go to anti islamic sites which I will not name here because that will mean glorifying them. .but am happy that that your effort does not reduce islam by an atom. you can spew hate from now till next year which might give you and your co travelers some individual plesure but it will not reduce islam by an atom and thats the reality mr who ever you are.

a punk called nupe man

nupe man I don't no which state You are ofrom,but if it is niger then too bad. because even if nija breaks up you will still be among those muslims you hate till the end of your misrable life. but come to think I doubt if you are nupe man. because there is a special relationship between nupes and katsina people which from Your writting you dont know exist. I will not join issues with you on this forum I know people like you who go to anti islamic sites which I will not name here because that will mean glorifying them. .but am happy that that your effort does not reduce islam by an atom. you can spew hate from now till next year which might give you and your co travelers some individual plesure but it will not reduce islam by an atom and thats the reality mr who ever you are.

Sure!

No compulsion in religion, & romance! You can't & shouldn't force relationship

HANNATU MUSAWA MY LADY OF LIBERTY SOME THING IS MISSING.

My Lady of Liberty you are still not well informed of your mission to free women from bodage.As far as you supports Sharia Law and its giver Gumi you are still under the bondage of men.Sharia Law is Taliban. We have the Smith who forms the weapons with his words or hands, and we also have the wasters who use the weapons to destroy. Gumi is the Smith of Sharia Law, but Boko Haram are the Foot Soldiers the wasters who use his weapons to destroy.As Jesus Christ changed Mary Magadalene and Martha with Power of Holy Ghost and they became his greatest angels of power of resurrection same manner I stand today as Christ Commander in the South of the Universe of Sun, Moon and Stars with Clouds of Faith and Winds to change you Hannatu Masawa to become a great woman Apostle of Grace of 21st Century. This power is not by my might or wisdom but with authority of Christ I received in Gospel of John 14:12.

@ Naija East coast, I salute

You talkam!

‘Jihad-e-asghar’. This is Jihad of the sword.

First is ‘Jihad-e-akbar’.
This is Jihad against one's own person to curb sinful inclinations, which is the purification of self. This is the most difficult Jihad and hence in terms of rewards and blessings is the highest category of Jihad. The second is
‘Jihad-e-asghar’. This is Jihad of the
sword. This is communal Jihad and presupposes certain specific
conditions. The Quran speaks of
fighting only as a self defence and
this is the very condition laid down in
several verses of the Holy Quran.

Please explain the second Jihad #Jihad of the Sword??

A new head of Nigerian entire

A new head of Nigerian entire Muslims is to be unveiled next week. HE IS FROM ILORIN Kwara state. Support the big change.

Law of Motion

A body will continue in a state of rest or uniform motion on a straight line unless a force is apply to it. It written "if the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do". The foundation of Nigeria as a corrupt nation was laid and strengthened by the Hausa/Fulani.The Hausa/Fulani set corruption in motion, for 35 good years stealing huge amount of Nigeria resources without been challenged or prosecuted. Corruption as initiated by Hausa/Fulani begin to gather momentum, going from strength to strength, now it is has become unstoppable. Emir of Kano still collect over 92 Million Naira every month up till now. Hausa/Fulani are parasite and have spread their parasitic tendencies throughout Nigeria.

@Anonymous

Mr or Mrs Anonymous I read through the 20 items listed by you and laugh- I will start with RAPING. An obstetric fistula is an abnormal opening between the vagina and the bladder or rectum. The fistula results in the uncontrolled passage of urine or faeces from the bladder or rectum into the vagina of a woman. Fistulas occur when teenage girls (ie 6,7,9,10 yrs old girls) who have not reach puberty are raped. This is very common among Fulani and Hausa Muslim in Northern Nigeria.A study carried out , identified 123 “houses for women” in the city of Katsina alone, which was nevertheless known for the strength of its Muslim tradition. Islamic religion is an evil religion please accept this fact

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Now you can see from the Quran that you women are subtle, dwellers of Hell and deficient in intelligence. Meaning that the men would not regard what women have to say at all. But the bible does not regard women as what the Quran portrays you (Women).

Hannatu, All that is happening today, you know is a reflection of how the movement of Islam by the founder Prophet Mohammed was able to penetrate beyond the shores of the Arabian penisula using the vehicle of violence through the sword, under the guise of expanding the kingdom of God. Hannatu, is it not in the Hadith that say's "whoever changes the religion, kill him" Hadith -Sahih Al-Bukari(9:57) and there are over 123 quotations in the Quran.

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Now you can see from the Quran that you women are subtle, dwellers of Hell and deficient in intelligence. Meaning that the men would not regard what women have to say at all. But the bible does not regard women as what the Quran portrays you (Women).

Hannatu, All that is happening today, you know is a reflection of how the movement of Islam by the founder Prophet Mohammed was able to penetrate beyond the shores of the Arabian penisula using the vehicle of violence through the sword, under the guise of expanding the kingdom of God. Hannatu, is it not in the Hadith that say's "whoever changes the religion, kill him" Hadith -Sahih Al-Bukari(9:57) and there are over 123 quotations in the Quran.

Hannatu, I really appreciate

Hannatu, I really appreciate your polemical writing. Your expressions portrays the harmless perspective of islam and it is misleading to what is evident "Boko Haram" (mujahidin) Allah's warriors.

Have you not read the Quran, where on 'Id ul Fitr or 'Id ul Adha Allah's Apostle (p.b.u.h) went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, "O people! Give alms." Then he went towards the women and said. "O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women)." The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is the reason for it?" He replied, "O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. O women, some of you can lead a cautious wise man astray.

@ nupe man

DELICIOUS TASTES BITTER TO A SICK PERSON. IT IS UNIVERSALLY AND UNANIMOUSLY AGREED THAT, ONLY ISLAM FIGHT THE FOLLOWING:
1. FORNICATION
2. GAYISM
3. BANK USURY
4. ARMED ROBBRY
5.STEALING
6. INJUSTICE
7.BRIVERY AND CORRUPTION
8. RAPING
9. KILLING INNOCENT SOULS
10. GAMBLING
11. INTOXICATION
12. DECEPTION OF ANY KIND
13. USELESS SONGS, MUSICS AND DANCES
14. CHEATING FELLOW HUMAN AND ANIMALS
15. SATANIC WORSHIP OF ANY FORM.
16. VOWING DOWN TO ANY GRAVEN IMAGE
17. BACKBITING
18. MOLESTING
19. DISAPPOINTING
20. DISCRIMINATION
MY DEAR BROTHERS, THESE ARE ONLY BUT FEW I CAN REMEMBER UPHEAD NOW. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL THESE ARE PROHIBITED ISLAMICALLY. AND THIS IS THE TEACHING OF ALL PROPHETS OF GOD FROM ADAM TO MUHAMMAD (PBUTA).

they ar nt true muslims.

they ar nt true muslims.