15th December 2015
On December 11th at the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine Conference, we said goodbye to Hamad ZakZaky son of Sheikh Ebrahim ZakZaky, one of the most inspirational faith leaders on the sub Saharan continent and dedicated opponent of the illegal state of Israel and standard bearer of freedom for Palestine.
On December 12th we were shocked to hear of Hamad’s death, murdered by pro Zionist Nigerian government forces:
I just got unconfirmed messages about the martyrdom of Hammad Ibrahim #Zakizakison of #SheikhIbrahimZakizaki whom I met in #Beirut during the coference of#ReturntoPalestine.
May Allah protect him if he is alive and may Allah consider him among the followers of Imam Hussain A.S if he has been martyred by #Zionist agents in Nigerian Army.
الله اكبر ولله الحمد ~ Sarbaz Roohulla Rezvi
As the story unfolded, we heard of the horrific events.
“TROUBLE could be brewing between the state and the Shiite sect Islamic Movement of Nigeria after it emerged that the wife and son of its leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky were killed by the Nigerian Army over the weekend. At least 20 members of the sect were shot dead in Zaria in a clash with the Nigerian Army, who claimed they planned to assassinate the chief of army staff Lt General Tukur Buratai. It has now emerged that Sheikh Zakzaky’s wife Zeenat and his son Aliyu were also shot later in the evening, while the leader himself has been arrested.” – See more at: http://www.nigerianwatch.com/news/8389-army-kills-shiite-leader-sheikh-zakzakys-wife-and-son-as-they-arrest-him-in-zaria#sthash.b0eiKQ6W.dpuf
Maha Tannous: “Brother Nakafi I have just seen this message on a friends FB. Dear friends a message from #HarunEbnawi
A member of our forum is at present with Sheikh #Zakzaky at a military hospital where they are detaining him. Whenever he is through we will have full information on the health of the Sheikh.
The Sheikh was shot four times in his hands & he is undergoing treatment.
The campaign should continue. We still do not have the actual casualty figure of those martyred but it is in hundreds. They [Nigerian Govt forces] might attempt to cover it.”
ELEVEN REASONS WHY SHEIKH EBRAHIM ZAKZAKY HAS BEEN TARGETED BY THE ZIONIST SYMPATHIZING NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT.
1. He opposes Boko Haram and knows that the Nigerian Government [backed by US & Israel alliance] is behind their creation.
2. He opposes the illegal state of Israel.
3. He carries out the biggest Yawm Al Quds to support Palestine.
4. He opposes US hegemony and interventionism
5. He lives a simple life and cannot be corrupted.
6. He is universally loved and respected in Nigeria, by Christian, Shia & Sunni alike.
7. His movement is ideological and not militarily, economically or politically motivated
8. His following is deep rooted throughout Nigeria and now has a strong influence in many African countries.
9. The Nigerian government had already murdered 3 of his sons during a pro Palestine, Al Quds rally in 2014
10. On December 12th 2015 the Nigerian Govt massacred hundreds of his followers. They killed his young son Hamad ZakZaky. They wounded his wife Zeenat. They murdered his deputy. They shot the Sheikh 4 times in his hands and arrested him.
11. “He had a list of names of the contractors used to carry out other massacres blamed on Boko Haram.”
“We know the names of the contractors and those contracted to commit the massacre, their identity is not hidden from us. Therefore we cannot be cowed by an imaginary Boko Haram tale, let them tell it to the fools and ignorant. They should know that they are dealing with those with foresight, wisdom and intelligence, and above all with the real religion”.
Sheikh Ebrahim ZakZaky talking about the recent bomb attack on Arba’een symbolic trek in Kano in which over 24 people died and many more injured. Article here.
“It is no longer unknown to the general public the brutal massacre meted out on the members of the Islamic movement and its leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky (H) since Saturday till this present time.
Numerous members whose number no one can ascertain were killed at Hussainiyya Baqiyyatullah, the residence of the Sheikh and the Darur Rahma all in Zaria.
Our centers destroyed and set alight, burnt to ashes including the residence of the Sheikh Zakzaky (H). In the ruthless attack, one of the our most eminent clerics and leader of the Kano center and a well respected elder in the movement Sheikh Muhammad Mahmoud Turi and Dr Mustapha Sa’id were all martyred together with many other scholars.
In this blood bath and barbaric Nigerian army slaughter, women and children were not spared.
We are hearing that the army has entered the residence of the leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky they shot him and arrested him alive.
Our call and words to the government of Nigeria and all concerned is that, the life and the health of our leader must be secured.
Everybody should know that the peace in Nigeria centered on Sheikh Zakzaky, he is the only scholar that is generally recognised for his efforts to unite various groups and religions towards understanding one another in west African sub- region, hence, promotion of peace in Nigeria.
The fate of this nation is unknown if anything should happen to our leader Sayyid Ibrahim Zakzaky.” ~ Nakafi Sarawy
Catherine Shakdam writes for the American Herald Tribune ~
“If mainstream media have long decried radicals’ acts of terror on their soil, rooting their bigot and often xenophobic rhetoric on this rationale of terror Western powers have carried as their own political grail, few words have ever been spared to depict the horrors Wahhabi hate-preachers have perpetuated against local communities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – those others whose fate seem to matter little to a Western audience.
And while of course the Black Flag Army and its disciples have indeed declared war on all faiths, religious denominations and spirituality, in the name of its imperious and unforgiving truth they claim to be absolute and inherently reactionary, it is Muslims more than most who continue to suffer under their blades.
It is those Muslims whose faith remains rooted in Islam’s pluralism and tradition of tolerance, compassion, and mercy who stand today to be eradicated by this nefarious plague which imagined itself Islamic, while preaching infinite hatred.
From the shores of Africa to Asia’ plains Shia Muslims have been earmarked for annihilation. Everything which is Wahhabism, this devolution born from the mind of an 18th century pseudo-scholar: Mohammad ibn Abdel Wahhab, can actually be summarized in its sadistic hatred of Shia Islam, the very faith which mapped itself on Islam’s Prophets and Imams, the very faith which has positioned itself against all and every form of fundamentalism.
If not for Western powers’ desire to demonize Iran leadership, if not for a political narrative which requires Iran’s servitude and humiliation, heads of state would have recognized that their best bets against terror lie still with Shia Islam. But this logic has been suppressed in favour of a grand alliance with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, those very powers we know now have played radicalism to pursue very hegemonic agendas across Africa and Asia.
Shielded by Gulf monarchies’ wealth, protected by regimes whose political myopia made them blind to the real enemy hiding among their midst, Addel Wahhab’s armies have returned: stronger and better organized. And if Wahhabis’ massacres of old in the cities of Karbala (Iraq) and Medina (Saudi Arabia) at the turn of the 19th century are anything to go by, the world stands to witness a monstrous genocide.
Back then it was the infamous Ekhwan army which sowed destruction and carnage where its men went. Under ISIL banner, names might have changed but the agenda remains.
In plain sight, and without so much of a murmur from the international community, communities in Africa stand in the line of a barbaric fire.
Nigeria today has fallen to the darkness of fascism, faced with a terror which calls itself righteous, when in truth it rises against God himself.
Away from the spotlight, Nigeria Shias have lived in fear, persecuted by those officials who continue to abide by Riyadh’s agenda in return for financial patronage.
Last Saturday, Nigeria soldiers raided the home of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, one the country’s most prominent Shia clerics, in Zaria. Where such actions might have been officially rationalized by officials’ allegations that Shias pose a threat to national security, it is really the community’s opposition to Boko Haram and military officials’ ties with radicals which prompted such a sectarian witch-hunt
Sheikh Ibraheem Al-Zakzaky (el-Zakzaky) is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria. His movement has been highly critical of political corruption, Boko Haram and the relationship it has with facets of the Nigerian army. The movement itself is heavily involved in educational and interfaith social programmes across Nigeria.
It is important to note that Sheikh Al-Zakzaky’s life work has been devoted to interfaith harmony. Through his actions and under his care Christian communities in Nigeria have been protected from the rage of Boko Haram; under his watch and from his pulpit he has fervently defended Nigerians’ right to freedom of religion.
Today this stand for peace cost him his wife and his son … maybe soon his life.
According to Haroon Bainavi, Nigerian political activist, Sheikh Zakzaky was shot and wounded during the attacks.”We don’t know where he is or where they took him,” he told local press.
Activists and local residents confirmed that a large number of soldiers torched and destroyed several parts of Al-Zakzaky’s house before arresting him this Sunday.
Witnesses said that several people were killed or injured when the Nigerian government forces opened fire on local residents who were attempting to protect the cleric with their bodies.
But the military did not have its fill of blood just yet.
On Sunday a mourning procession became target practice for over-zealous soldiers – 30 unarmed civilians were killed and countless more were injured.
One man, Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega took to social media to alert the world to the crimes taking place in his hometown. Before he was slain, alongside his wife and baby daughter, Bukhari was able to relay the horrors Shias are witnessing on a regular basis – preyed upon by a regime which seeks to eradicate all people of faith: whether Shia Muslims or Christians, for they have dared cry tolerance over hate.
On Saturday, Bukhari writes: “It is carnage here in Zaria … soldiers are killing civilians in Gyellesu area and the home of our revered leader…. Sheikh Ibraheeem Zakzaky…. They destroyed all the shops along the road leading to the house and several bodies of civilians are just piling up here… Do we have human beings in government? Are Nigerian soldiers above the law? Do those in authority lack the will or power to stop those vampires?”
On Sunday his plight turned into a prayer for his fallen brethren: “Disappointment and confusion in the camp of Nigerian soldiers as they are about to face the biggest shame of their lives… they have done a lot of killing and they have injured scores of brothers and sisters, yet, we remain peaceful. Shame and defeat is eminent, as morning get closer…. the people will continue from where we stopped… they lost the support and sympathy of the people …. The REAL BOKO HARAM is now on the loose bombing building and killing innocent civilians ….. Indeed the command centre has just moved to Zaria … “We are praying to God to give us courage, bravery, faith and patience , we pray not to change no matter the hardship and tension…”
On Monday Bukhari’s voice was made silent, still on his lips a call for peace and tolerance.
This injustice has gone unreported – worse still it has gone ignored, for mainstream media cares not for men of peace and conviction. Mainstream media only abide by the rules of unfettered capitalism, this quiet evil which pushed Western capitals to court the very evil which yearns to destroy them all – Wahhabism.
The real enemy is in plain sight, if only you chose to see.” ~
In the immortal words of the warrior Sheikh Ebrahim ZakZaky ~
“Reason with this: Who is carrying out senseless killings in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon? They are the same people carrying out attacks here, and we know them. We cannot be cowed”.