The Birthday of Imam
Ali Zaynul Abideen commemorated by Ameerul Mu’umineen Unit of
the Islamic Movement in Kano
Action speaks louder than voice. The adherents of
the authentic Sunnah
of the prophet, wherever they are, try at all times to
demonstrate practically his instructions and abrogation. This is
what propels the Muslims all over the World to hold sessions on
the eve of 11th Zhul qa’adah each year to commemorate the
birthday of Imam Aliyu ar-Ridha (AS). He is the 8th among the
twelve rightly guided leaders commanded to be followed after the
Prophet. This command was made by the Prophet himself as
established from authentic sources. Members of Ameerul mu’mineen
(Na’ibawa) unit of the Kano centre of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria were not left behind. They organized a similar occasion
on the same date, i.e. last Monday (11th Dhulqa’dah, 1431H
equivalent to 18th October, 2010 CE) at ‘Yanlemo quarters, in
Kumbotso Local Government of Kano State. Some months ago, the
leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sayyid Zakzaky (H)
enjoined brothers and sisters to be observing such occasions as
related to the revival of the awareness on the esteemed
leadership positions of the Imams. Since then, the Kano centre
has assigned the birthday commemoration of each of the twelve
Imams to specific units (halqas) as appropriate. Already Fagge,
Tudun wada and sabon titi units have conducted same. It is hoped
that this would enhance the proper understanding of the real
authentic teachings of Islam.
The opening prayer and the usual recitation from the verses of
the Holy Qur’an were performed by Malam Tijjani Thabitu and
Maryam Siraj, respectively. The guest speaker, Shaykh Sharif
Shubliy, dwelt on the life of Imam Ridha (AS). The discussant
was Malam Imamu Ya’qub kurna. In his speech, Sharif Shubliy
briefly traced the biography of the Imam: Imam Ridha (AS) was
the son of Imam Musa bn Ja’afar (AS). It was gathered from one
reliable source that he was born at Madinah in the year 148 AH.
He lived for 49 years. Another source establishes 53 years. The
speaker then quoted some verses from the Holy Qur’an and
authentic sayings of the Holy Prophet (SAWA) to establish the
fact that mandates the Muslim Ummah to follow the teachings of
the progeny of the Prophet ( i.e his Ahlul Bayt). Their
followership is the only
true guidance. During their lifetimes, they provided readymade
foundations and verdicts on jurisprudence. In this time of the
occultation of the last Imam (AF), it is the pious, well-learned
scholars (Mujtahideen), who provide proxy verdicts. This ceases
after his long awaited re-appearance. May God hasten it.
The speaker noted that all the Imams are birds of the same
feather. Despite the fact that some behaviors are usually
exclusively attributed to some of them, it does not imply that
the others are
devoid of such ethics. To buttress this point, the erudite
scholar gave some examples: Imam Hassan Al-Mujtaba (AS), is
known for his perseverance and magnanimity; Imam Hussain (AS),
for his struggle against tyranny and injustice; Imams Ja’afar
(AS) and Saadiq (AS) for their in-depth Knowledge and wisdom and
Imam Zaynul abideen (AS) for his dedicated acts of worship.
These did not, however, mean that the exclusive known stark
qualities were absent in others.
Malam Imam Kurna, in his remarks, re-iterated the fact that this
Ummah should hold fast on the two inseparables: The Qur’an and
the Ahlul Bayt. Failure to adhere to this was the cause of the
current calamity that befalls the Ummah. He urged the people to
go back to their senses
so that the society may prosper once again.
The representative leader of this halqa, Malam Yusuf Abdullahi,
donated copies of the Holy Qur’an and a carton of toilet soap to
some distinguished alarammas (those who committed the whole
Qur’an into memory), on behalf of the brothers and sisters. This
was a gesture to
glorify the event. The guest speaker, Sharif Shubliy handed over
the gift items.
The vote of thanks was presented by Malam Siraj Habib Wailari.
Mal Bashir Ibraheem Sabon titi made the closing prayers.
Muhammad Isah Ahmad