Beards do not make a good Muslim neither does cramming Arabic lines. Islam is one of the beautiful religions but battered by some ignorant adherents especially in Nigeria. These self-appointed ‘soldiers of Allah’ set the standard for everyone to abide. In fact, they feel like thye are holding the key to aljannah and anything contrary to what they believe in spells doom for every Muslims. They are quick to call others ‘arne’ and ‘dan wuta’, meaning infidel.
I had a test of these folks in my secondary school days when they frown at the lifestyles of people like me. To them, we are mere adherents of Islam, therefore, we are ‘social Muslims’. To them, relating to non-Muslims makes you impure. Trust me with my obstinacy, I refused their label as I live to practice my religion with universal love devoid of hate and discriminatory. In fact, I so socialized the Muslims Students Society that Christian students were attending our functions in GSS Karu Abuja. Instead of learning about Islam from afar, I brought them to learn about my religion from me.
In my university days, I and Mustapha Aliyu were bluntly asked to leave the central mosque where we went to observe our prayers by some officials of the MSSN. According to them, we are too social to be in the mosque. Musty wanted to put up a fight but I restrained him. You don’t win over ignorance with brute force but logic.
Another friend once called me a ‘Google Muslim’ because I challenged his every preaching. According to him, whatever is recited stands sacrosanct, a stance I vehemently objected.
The tragedy of our reality is to assume the class monitor of Islam and begin to wade the rod of authority. Compulsion does not fetch submission but your deeds and character. The prophet, peace be upon him, never lorded his belief on anyone but his deeds are today’s sustenance of Islam. The dude that went haywire calling for the head of Kadaria Ahmed is not alone, he speaks for a multitude. They represent Islam in a fearful manner. They play smelly gods, brandishing in self-righteous gaits. If left untouched, they are ready to take Islam to disrepute.
Islam, as we speak, is growing at a geometric progression in Europe while here in Nigeria, it is thinning out, no thanks to the character manifestations of some Muslims who use hate, bigotry and arrogance to preach Islam. In Europe, humility, community services, modesty and respects are what is making Islam thick and dominant.
Let’s practice our religion with love and respect for every man because God made the world equal for every soul he created. If he wanted a monolithic religion, he would have done so without calling for any mortal help. Critically musing