By: Balogun I.A
‘Part of a person’s being a good Muslim is leaving alone that which does not concern him’ [Tirmidhee, Saheeh Al-Albaanee]
These people do not understand there is something called a private space in everyone’s life which should be respected. They went on to say “one of them studied law but did not go to Law school…”! When did that become haram or criminal? Did he take a bond from you to go to school? Did someone you share surname with sponsor his education? Did he come to you for garri or sugar? Do these nosey brothers have jobs at all? We didn’t say anything while you were going cap in hand with the PDP for jobs; no one talked! How is someone else’s life your problem? AlhamduliLlaah, the brother you are castigating is doing very well in his endeavours and benefitting the ummah with his first love – Islamic knowledge. If only you would put down your arrogance and leave your Iwo/Osogbo to go and learn from him, you would be better off I think. We have seen many artistes abandon their law or medicine degrees to pursue professions of heedlessness and sins; you don’t seem to have problem with that. It is the one who has pursued the way of teaching Islam that you have problems with! How does a Muslim ever think like that? This dunya really matters more than the hereafter right?? In a rare case of selective amnesia, they forgot that a former Ameer of MSSNOAU and many other members have gone on to Law school if that ever means anything to them.
In conclusion, this lie about the MSSNOAU getting deregistered is not selling; stop it! The MSSNOAU was denied registration because the MSS connived with the Muslim Community which the DSA was also a member of to thwart its registration process. This, with a view to install their yes-men as executives. MSSNOAU never had a list of few people it listens to; it is the MSS which insists only its select people should be listened to. So no matter how beneficial or knowledgeable someone is, if he doesn’t agree with MSSN, you can’t invite him for lectures. That’s typical Boko Haram mentality- prop up little ones as scholars and compel everyone to listen to them. Countless times, they insisted on us inviting them i.e the MSSN executives as lecturers in lieu of established grounded scholars. So full of themselves! This avowal and disavowal based on group affiliation is accentuated by their sticking rather stubbornly to their constitution on issues even when it goes against the Qur’an of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (salallaahu alahiwasalam).
That has not stopped the MSSNOAU doing their normal programmes anyway. Ask the MSSN why they fight MSSNOAU; is it because the MSSNOAU stopped worshipping Allaah and following His prophet? No. In fact they are getting stronger on that. More people are taking up the sunnah and more sisters wearing the hijab. Countless Christians are becoming Muslim even in the midst of mindless opposition. So why should anyone fight such a group? The answer is blind partisanship! We hope one day, these old men shall heed the call of the sunnah and abandon sectarianism; and also the call of reason and let students, not grandpas take charge of students’ affairs.
No name was attached to the write-up as vice knows it is ugly, so it puts on a mask! Let the author come out in the open and tell us who he is. As for me, I am Ibrahim A. Balogun, a former Secretary General of the MSSNOAU.