Boko Haram- Muslim Army?

My aim is not to apologize for my religion; I will not write as one who is ashamed of my way of life, and before you shout ‘Southern Muslim!’ like I’m certain you’re probably already thinking, let me inform you that Muslims all over the world are one and the same.
Once, the Prophet (PBUH) was asked ‘who is a Muslim?’, his reply made it clear that anyone who believes in the Oneness of God and offers as-salat (prayers) regularly is a Muslim; I call this the ‘minimum requirement(s) into the school of Islam’, a School of which I’m a proud student. I have faith in the Oneness of God, I observe as-salat, I give Zakat (charity), I fast during Ramadan, and I hope to go on pilgrimage soon. Muslim, I am, and I will die as one (Insha Allah).
Many times, I’ve had cause to dispel rumours about my religion (I do not conform to any form of stereotype, so I’ve had the privilege of hearing a lot of lies and conjecture). Once, on a bus from Enugu to Lagos, a preacher decided to get the attention of his ‘mobile congregation’ by misquoting and murdering verses from the Holy Qur’an. I respectfully waited for him to end his hateful sermon, then produced my Quran and read the actual verses to everyone in the bus. I even took time to explain what Jihad means, what it entails, and what led to it. Yes, I’m a woman; No, I’m not a scholar. But do you have to be male or a Reverend to understand the Bible?
As you most probably already know, Jihad means to strive in God’s Cause. There are two forms of Jihad- the one you fight within yourself (this entails choosing between what’s right and what’s wrong), and actual warfare.
Now, what led to it?
When the Prophet (PBUH) began to spread the message of Islam, the unbelievers (pagans, idol worshippers) of that time decided that Muslims didn’t deserve to live; they attacked Muslims, took over their properties, killed them. Muslims were oppressed. Initially, they were asked to ignore the pagans and maintain peace, but when the situation became unbearable, God asked them to fight back.
The first verse revealed with respect to Jihad (V 2:190) says ‘And fight in the way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors‘. This verse is the ‘foundation’ of Jihad, it prescribes THE standard for warfare in the name of God.
Fight against those who fight against you; God did not say ‘fight against those who piss you off’, He didn’t say ‘fight against those who you don’t like’. ‘Fight against those who fight against you’ means self-defence is the ONLY form of violence that’s permitted.
‘But do not transgress limits'; self-defence was the previously established limit. ‘Transgression’ would then mean fighting people who didn’t attack you first. This is termed ‘irjaf’. Irjaf and Jihad are two extremely different things.
Before you judge the over one billion Muslims in the world by the actions of some hell-bound transgressors, kindly permit me to draw your attention to the Muslim Capital of the World; Saudi Arabia. Do Christians live there or not? How many times has a suicide bombing occurred there? How many times have some obviously deluded, highly misguided maniacs demanded that they all revert to Islam?
This brings me to another issue- suicide. My Qur’an tells me that suicide is a one-way ticket to Hell. Couple that with aggression, and tell me what the outcome would be.
This brings me, inevitably, to Boko Haram. Personally, I believe what happened in this case was a deliberate move by government to hijack a problem that should have been solved at inception, and turn it to a political tool for division.
Nigerians have always had a penchant for tribalism; add different religions to the mix and the potion becomes even more volatile and potentially lethal. Just how lethal that potion is, is what we’re all experiencing now.
Frankly, what this is about is speaking for myself and others like me, and most importantly, sparing Islam the pain of being seen as something it’s not.
Claiming Islam encourages violence is akin to saying that Christianity or Buddhism or Zoroastrianism, or even Scientology, gives room for a vice that some of its followers have.
Right now, I’m just so glad that Hitler and Truman weren’t Muslims.
My point? PEOPLE are evil, PEOPLE kill, and taking up arms and killing little children is no justification. Boko Haram does not have the mandate of Nigerian Muslims to exterminate Christians. When Boko Haram killed Imams almost on a daily basis, there were no reprisals. Nobody said ‘Muslims have asked Boko Haram to kill the clerics’. When busy areas of Kano were bombed, no one said ‘Muslims are killing Christians again’.
This selective anger, this selective pity, is what I do not like. My eldest sister is an evangelist, my niece bears the name ‘Chukwuamaka’, her father is an Igbo man. Why would I, a Muslim, then decide to send Boko Haram on a mission to kill Christians? Or why would I harbour murderous thoughts towards Christians at all?
My Quran tells me that ‘…….he who takes a life will be judged like he killed all of mankind….he who saves a life will be judged like he saved all of mankind’ (5:32). If Boko Haram is following any sort of manual, it is not this Qur’an (or any other for that matter because there are no different versions. The Qur’an is the same anywhere in the world). Perhaps if we did the right thing and displaced those thieves and murderers from their seats of power, we would find copies of the manual beneath those seats.
There’s a rule I abide by; ‘if you don’t know it, don’t say it’. Seventy-two virgins as reward for suicide? I’ve read the Qur’an from cover to cover countless times and not once have I come across it. The Holy Qur’an does not portray Paradise as a reward for suicide and/or murder.
I pray that God gives all those who’ve lost their loved ones- Muslims, Christians, Traditionalists, free thinkers- the fortitude to bear the loss.
Rinsola Abiola
@Rinsola_Abiola

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Conscious and concerned. I preach the message of a better Nigeria for us all- one that's only achievable if we work towards it.
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629 Responses to Boko Haram- Muslim Army?

  1. michael says:

    I wish they heard your voice..but seriously Rinsola,I’m really vexed with both boko haram and all muslims in nigeria,it eats me up when I open newspapers everyday to see these suicide bombing is dEliberately on curches most times..cos if the most born-again-person in Nigeria loses any of his family,he might 4get this place in the bible where christ says you can only retaliate back your neighbours’ attack after 779 times a day and start killing muslims too..let this people go to mosques on fridays and kill theirselves not churches..me I have not really heard them bombing mosques.seriously I dey vex..what annoys me most about this sect is that they call theirselves devoted muslims and they will like to wipe out people who they think are infedels..quote me right, no where in the world will you see devoted christians killing pple like mosquitoes in this internet age..I feel like not being born again atimes and go to mosques and avenge the death of thes innocent duded,but God forbit!!

    • muhammad abusufyan musa says:

      It is rather un-fortunate that the Nigerian papers and news only carry information about the initial bombing, and not the information obtained after investigation was carried out.
      Why is kabiru Sokoto not a matter of discussion since it was reported that he was apprehended, And why is it that the master mind behind the Zaria bombing who’s name is John Odey whom is clearly not a muslim not on the front pages of news papers, or the SSS official that was caught trying to bomb a church in Gombe who goes by the name of Emmanuel, not forgetting Mr John who was arrested @ Abuja with AK47, ammunition, and grenades, or the murdered boko haram leader Yusuf whom is said to be an Islamic extremist who wants to kill christians and his ties with people like JT Hussaini and TY Danjuma, whom where said to have bailed him when he was initially arrested by the Nigerian Police.
      I wish all this is being analysed, then people will be able to view things objectively and realise who the real enemy is, which is the Government of the country.

      • aj says:

        @M abusafayan musa,is the church now the government ?, u pple can’t see the national assembly or the villa ? For Godsake y de church ? Because minority christain in the north if I may use that cus I don’t believe. Didn’t vote for buhari bcus the north which u claim to be is no longer what is ? Pple hv wised up, the sacrifice has come to an end (may God continue to bless Tarka) if u don’t take time to adjust to change u may never get that seat again I am from the so called north,and I care about. My muslim brothers if u like kill to the last xtian I will still care cus u. Will be in HELL. Get enlightened u are. Reading the koran upside down.

      • Son Guy says:

        Muhammed Abusufyan, i will have key very well in your ideas but for the fact that u don’t have enough fact but only to really on stories, i tink you should keep quit, how can you say a man known as John was responsible 4 d bombing in Zaria even wen ur brodas, d boko boys have come out to claim responsibilities. u people tink we are fools, please educate your people that, the way forward is peace, d should stop bombing Churches & killing innocient people.

      • Kunle O. A. says:

        Please tell us why Boko Haram claimed responsibility for all these attacks if they know nothing about it? If the Government really want to cause chaos in the country as you are insinuating, why would they not organise people to bomb the mosque instead of the Church all the time?

      • Ben says:

        Muhammad,
        You are deliberately spreading half truths which could deceive the uninformed. I do not believe in violence as a solution to any problem and therefore cannot support Boko Haram or those engaged in reprisal attacks. However, I think you need to do some inward soul search and see reality.
        The master mind of Zaria bombing is a member of Boko Haram, of Cross River parentage, but born and bred in the north, where he converted to Islam. Or are you saying that a man cannot be moslem because his parent are from the south?
        Mr. John Odey was not captured with AK 47. The bullets (no gun was found on him) and canisters that were found on him, he said belonged to his late brother who was a police man, whose benefits, which had not been paid. he apprarently wanted to draw attention! He wanted. No one has come out to say he lied. Perhaps when the police finish their investigation, we shall have more facts.
        Who murdered Mohammed Yusuf? Who gave the order? Sectional attitudes will not solve the problem of this country. I am glad that Moslem leaders are coming out to say that Boko haram does not represent Islam, as they claim. You will help the positive move by being objective.

    • walid says:

      my guy go and make PROPER REAEARCH BEFORE OPENING UR DIRTY MOUTH TO TLK,,IF U LYK GO TO CNN ND ANOUNCE SAY U DEY VEX AFTER ALL U NOT GOD……..MTCHWW ILLITRATE

      • Adebisi Odeyemi says:

        @ walid; read yourself, that’s the attitude we don’t want here or elsewhere. Can you say this openly and not end up in a fight. You are just proving those that are saying islam is a religion of violence right with what you just did now. You could simply correct him not abuse him.

    • maimuna says:

      Micheal, itz either u have been living under a rock or your being partial. Any humanbeing with an eye and any common sense @ all , can see that thus boko haram issue is totally political not religous, d fact that u even feel like goin to a mosque en killing muslims makes u as blood thirsty as these so called boko haram people. As she said islam does not permit the killing ogf innocent lives I’m a musim too en I know this 2 be very true. Or u can look it up urslf, no matter wah dis bloodthirsty people potray it to be, islam is a peaceful religion. En if u have been hearing the news lately u would know dat d pple behind most of these church bombings are actually christains, if islam was a violent religion dia will be no christains in saudi or duabai or any of these places, get ur facts b4 u start pointing fingers, ur fingers should be pointed @ ur government, not ur fellow citizens, muslim, pegan, freethinker, christain, traditionalist or wahever.

      • Akinola says:

        True talk @Maimunah May Allah bless You..

      • Rykaard says:

        Islam is a peaceful religion and yet senior Muslim citizens like Buhari will go out to Incite his Muslim followers to violence, killing Christians and threatening to make Nigeria ungovernable? Just like the chiefs in the niger delta knew the militants here in the south, I am very sure that the elders and leaders in the north know these faceless Muslim cowards! We are preparing for our second civil war, I see it coming! Get prepared.

      • Son Guy says:

        my friend maimuna u should advice others and stop puting sentiments in dis issues dat are eating up our people be it xtians or muslim, was abdul kaka a xtian or is it kabiru sokoto dat is d xtians, why not look at this
        issues objectively, well who so ever they are dat are distopping the peace of dis nation, should accept God, yes u can say dis evil does not potray islam. i may believe u but to say it is john or dat wen u & i knows d truth is worrisome.

      • muhammad says:

        That’s d truth maimuna, nd i know not me only we muslim ar still prayin 4 this issue.

      • jeff says:

        @maimuna, so u biliv bokoharam has no hand in d bombingz cos islam is a peaceful religion, peaceful indeed!! Is osama bin laden a christian?? Wat bouh sadam hussein??..dere’s nafn political, muslimz are so self centered…

      • michael says:

        You should go. To saudi and count ow many churches dat r there..all what you people do are repugnant to d law of God and man..no matter what u try to tell xtains,we all blv u pple r murderers and dat thought will nvr leaver our conscious brain.even the way Muslims kill theirselves in the east,u will fear now,so talkless of xtains..preach koran 4 me 4rm today till tomorow,I will only judge you by ur actions and the pain you inflict everyday..

      • fragile says:

        Is the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ Openly Preached in Saudi and other Arab Nations???

        I dnt think so….

      • ahmed says:

        thank you very much my brother in islam you have said it all may the pecae and blessing of ALLHA be with u and all 9jan.

      • mode says:

        @maimuna, next time be objective in your aguement. U pple shd stop thinking upside down. To say that Christain are actually bombing churches is very wrong and blasphemy. When you boko Haram sect already calm responsibility for the bombing. Imfact, am really disappointed at you.Pls, think better next time. So that this problem can stop.

    • muslim says:

      But somany @tyms it is u xtians dat bomb ur places of worship:where is d nonmuslim man dat was caught tryn to bomb a church in bayelsa some months ago,An SSS official by d name of Emmanuel tryn to bomb a church in Gombe,the recently apprehended John Odey who was declared d mastermind in Zaria church bombing….wr are dey all>nd r dey not xtians?

      • kemcee says:

        No nid 4 any arguement here…..our prayer is dat everythng works out well…..in Jesus name…I’m tired so so tired of hearin nd seein d killin of innocent peepz… Seriously I was so so depressed wen I witness d last one in zaria closed 2 my house….*crying*.. 4 hw long is dis gonna continue?? No,it jst had 2 stop… Its all started wen Goodluck kame 2 power, y? Well, all we knw is dat, dis bokoharam’s generations are doomed 4 life includin their spoonsors within nd outside Nigeria…may they see no peace of mind till dia death…their generation is cursed…..hmmmmmmm…*crying****

      • Nadia says:

        @ kemcee. I’m with u maybe we should cut the argument and try something different. Like suggesting solutions. As educated Nigerian youths. Because we all don’t pray for our children to grow up in this caios

      • amina says:

        @rykaard. Am very sure u didn’t listen to the speech buhari made. U just heard ppl saying that he made a bad speech and u too u agreed. I listened to the speech word by word. He said that if the nigerian government does not listen to its people they are bound to retaliate peacefully but if they are stopped from peacefull retaliation they might end up expressing their frelings violently. Tell me how this thing he said is bad. Just tell me. Every ideot will say that he threatened nigerian peace. You can imagine the blashphemy. Mtseeeeew. Every ileterate would not research and just come here and paste rubish

      • cywato says:

        Our Northern first gave Nigerians Sharia to hunt d OBJ. Yaradua came in, there was peace. It is a xtian again, it is now D Boko of all xtians in d North. Abi NIJA na northern property?

      • Prof89 says:

        Look everyone. Let’s look at everything objectively. None of the bombings have been proven to be by a muslim; no muslim has been caught red handed trying to bomb a church; as azazi said, the bombers are faceless, thus where is the proof that the franchise called boko haram is a muslim organisation. How did the religion of islam become entangled in this rigmerol. Can we not see that it’s all a smoke screen for the true enemies who so far evidences show are of the xtian religion.

      • Son Guy says:

        Muslim, we should 4get about being religious, but tink about the innocent lyvs of our people dat r send to d great beyond, u n i owe our people a duty to preach peace n let peace reign in our mines, we r all one people created by one GOD…

    • hauwaty says:

      D boko haram r not muslims,becouse Islam means PEACE.as far as am concern boko Haram are another teirories group,fanatics but not MUSLIMS

      • mode says:

        @HAUWATY, thanks for this bright comment. May the good Lord bless you heart. This is what we shd be saying. We dont need to get sentimental about this issue bcos as a nation we are lossing innocent pple evryday. For how long while this continue. May God help us.

    • zaynab Abdulrahman says:

      Micheal , stop being an ass the pple who have been attacking churches are just frustrated church members , Islam is against blood letting. The attacks in jos, gombe , Yola , bauchi , and more recently in zaria nd kd are not linked in any way to Islam

      • mode says:

        @Zaynab, It’s seem as if u have not been reading or following event in this country. My heart bleeds, whn educated pple argue like illiterates. Boko Haram have claim responsibilities for these numerous bombings. So what are you talking for this evil to stop. we must call a spide, a spide and what is wrong does not have any name. It is called “wrong” No christain will go and bomb a church. The same way Boko haram, have not taking thier fight to the mosques. So be OBJECTIVE, in your arguement next time. mtchhhhhhhhhhh

      • abbati says:

        @Mode. I think we should look at things d way they are nd not following sentiments. Who told U̶̲̥̅̊ D̶̲̥̅̊A̶̲̅τ̲̅ only muslims are involved in these bombings? In case U̶̲̥̅̊ don’t research then take dis-
        Thanks to Sharon Faliya Cham for reminding Nigerians of the involvement of Christians in terrorist activities in the country in her article As The Church Slept.. The Trilogy serialized in Leadership Newspaper. We should all be cautious and think twice before we jump on each others neck. Now, let’s read in the book of Sharon Faliya:
        1- Hasan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu all xtians; arrested with vehicle load of explosives and ammunition after shortly the attack on Deeper life Church in Gombe.
        2- 8 COCIN members arrested with explosive devises at Miya Barkatai branch of the church.
        3- Lydia Joseph arrested with explosive devise in Bauchi
        4- Emmanuel King arrested while disguised as a Muslim and attempting to bomb Redeemed Christian Church Yenogoa.
        5- Madam Ruth attempted bombing ECWA Church in Kalarin area of Gombe.
        6- Mr Alex Danladi involved in COCIN HQ bombing was lynched by worshipers. He was a church member disguised in military uniform.
        7- Sunday Eze, Samuel Taiwo and 3 Ghanians were arrested with heavy weaponry in Ghana.
        8- Monday Davou was arrested while planting IED at Maker weekly market at Riyom LG.
        9- A group of robbers led by Evangelist Wale Adelu was nabbed. They used to meet in the Church B4 operation.
        10- Gary Hyde, the british in court for shipping 80000 guns and 32 million round of ammunition in the country. 11-the 4 Xtians arrested trying to bomb st Theresa Catholic Parish. Makurdi.
        For details and dates read leadership of Tuesday and Wednesday 5 and 6 june 2012.
        W̶̲̥̅̊e̲̅ really need  wake  from our slumber! God save Nigeria

    • Hayatuddeen Sadis says:

      micheal am very sorry for how u feel, i want to tell u my view of victims of boko haram but let me leave u with what Xan Rice a financial times reporter said. And i quote “About 500 people, mostly Muslims, have been killed this year in Boko Haram raids, suicide attacks and commando-style assaults targeting police, students, the media, churchgoers and ordinary civilians.”

      You can fine the whole article at
      http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/9d2ab750-9ac1-11e1-9c98-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1yH2LY3ca

    • Dammy says:

      I have not even read the article but your comment was the first thing I saw which will definitely not make me even read the article..How can you generalize and say *Muslims in Nigeria*..statements like this cause put grudge and hatred in people’s minds..Do you think Muslims are also not being bombed also..Take the case of the Kano market massacre and the Kano Police headquarters bombing..Boko Haram are infidels and are not fighting the cause of Allah (SWt)..Allah(SWT) can fight his own cause and doesn’t need anyone fighting for him..This is a cause of terrorism and not a Christian Muslim thing..Its a shame that the name of Islam is being used to cover up for their self desires..We as Muslims have no affiliation with BokoHaram and our religion is a religion of Peace

    • Ajibols says:

      I think you still need better understanding about the politics of this world Mr Michael. If all muslims in the world or Nigeria should be treated the same, perhaps percieved same as a result of Boko Haram’s actions, then the killings of muslims by Israelites should be blamed on all christains in the world including you. We are saying that this people are not true muslims but you people does not want to face the fact, rather keep trailing shadows. the earlier we all try to understand the reasons behind this inhuman acts/course of this sect and find a united lasting answer, the better for us.I will suggest that people should have fact to justify their statements, maybe you or anyone else should provide figures of innocent souls cut short by Boko Haram and explain why the muslims among them should be killed because the sect claims to be muslims. I’m more than vex … especially with some kind of languages people who claim to be religious adopts … what does devilish internet age has to do with this? …

    • Hafsat says:

      My brother, u seem not to be getting your facts right. Or maybe we r not in the same country. Ever since the bombings of churches started we have seen more cases of ‘aggreived’ christains bombing these churches! It is only when the perpetrator is uncertain, that’s when boko haram comes in. So maybe you should try and wake up to reality, and accept that boko haram may not only be muslim, as claimed by selective media and government alike

    • Danjuma says:

      “S l a y them wherever you find them….” (Surah 2:190-) 

      “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.”
      (Surah 2:216) 

      “The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)

      “Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people…They
      desire nothing but your ruin….You believe in the entire Book…When they meet
      you they say: ‘We, too, are believers.’ But when alone, they bite their
      finger-tips with rage.” (Surah 3:118, 119) 

      “Seek out your enemies relentlessly.” (Surah 4:103-) 

      “The Jews and Christians say: ‘We are the children of God and His
      loved ones.’ Say: ‘Why then does He punish you for your sins?” (Surah
      5:18) 

      “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.”
      (Surah 5:51) 

      “Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not
      turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to
      them, except it be for tactical reasons…he shall incur the wrath of God and H
      e l l shall be his home…” (Surah 8:12-) 

      “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion
      shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-) 

      “I …make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will
      chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over
      them…” (Surah 9:12-) 

      “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews
      and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly
      subdued.” (Surah 9:27-) 

      “It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true
      Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much th
      idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it.” (Surah 9:31-) 

      “If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by
      other men.” (Surah 9:37-) 

      “Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal
      rigorously with them. H  el l shall be
      their home.” (Surah 9:73) 

      “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal
      firmly with them.” (Surah 9:121-) 

      “Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him…He has
      given you the name of Muslims…” (Surah 22:78-) 

      “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the
      unbelievers but merciful to one another.” (Surah 48:29)”

      • Sharifah says:

        @ Danjuma, I dnt knw where u got dese translations but dey are all fake I just checked dem up. Pls next b4 u showcase anything 4 d public 2 c make sure of the authenticity.

      • Raphiat says:

        @Micheal,u seem 2 av a problem understanding aw 2 read d basic English Lang.jus checked d surahs u posted n I weep 4 dse wu falsify records 4 dre own gain.d first Surah reads thus;”Fight in the cause of Allah THOSE WHO FIGHT U,but DO NOT TRANGRESS limits;for Allah loves not the transgressors.(Q2:190).D capitalized words are “those wu fight u and do not trangress Limits”.As Sages wuld say in Yoruba:”Eni a wi fun Oba je ogbo..ehi to gbo ogbo fun ori ara re”.

      • jeff says:

        Its fools like you that causes chaos in a country…so all dis citations are in d quran and u tel me islam is a religion of peace???…smh

      • abbati says:

        @Danjuma. The holy Qur’an was’nt revealed in English language but in arabic. The translator of those verses are the enemies of Islam, I know that U̶̲̥̅̊ didn’t translate them but U̶̲̥̅̊ copied and pasted it from somewhere. The problem with most people Į̸̸̨§ they fail to research Fø̲̣̣я̅ the authenticity of ђã†̥ they d̶̲̥̅̊☺ rather they just d̶̲̥̅̊☺ it without asking questions. Let M̶̲̥̅̊​ξ borrow d words of Alvin Toffler “The illiterate of the twenty first century Į̸̸̨§ not the individual who cannot read or write,but the one who refuses to learn, unlearn and relearn. Those translations are all wrong I̶̲̥̅̊F̶̲̥̅̊ U̶̲̥̅̊ are seeking Fø̲̣̣я̅ truth and not trouble,get someone with knowledge of d holy Quran to translate it,or go to any islamic website and get d correct meaning.

      • salisu says:

        Well Danjuma I don’t know where u got this chapters n verses bcos I jst finished checking the refernces u made in respect to those citations claiming thay all come from Holy Quran…nothing like this is seen in the Holy Quran…what I will advice any Literate is jst make urself aquinted to Holy Quran it is a Holy scripture by Allah don’t be affraid of it…it is made 4 the whole generation not only restricted to Muslem only but to those who want to know the real truth..don’t wait to what ur Pastors n Reverend told u about Holy Quran pls grab a copy and read the translation you wil know how powerful n fruitful the words r…pls don’t conclude without having access 2 the source..truth can not b covered onless u gave room for that….May the truth of God Almighty b wit us Amin…

    • amina says:

      @micheal. What if after you go ahead and bomb and then when you die you find out that its not muslims that are bombing churches. You find out that even christian politians are involved and you find out that te bombings have a political and not religious root. Imagine how guilty you are going to feel. Moreover two wrong does not make a right. Have u sat down and thought about this. Do you know how many billions of naira are given out every year as contract to citizens. They’re are people who will get as much as half a billion as contract for curbin this ill fate. Just imagine what people will do, what lenghts they’ll go to to keep the money coming year after year. Moreover God homself will punish you for taking peoples lives

    • Letusunite says:

      I think you are determined to miss the point behind this article…..and when you let your heart be fueled by anger and bigotry then you have a heart that is similar to that of a terrorist…only that u don’t own a bomb…..how many mosque services have u attended that u are saying that no Muslim is talking…and those who want Muslims to intervene on this issue can u help us to find the names and addresses of these people…..do u even know who they r to begin with?….perhaps give us a gun because an unarmed person confronting an armed person is a fool…please redirect your frustration at the ministry of defense who receive a budgetary allocation in defending our country…so if another non Muslim group comes and starts killing Nigerians its ok?….no one deserves to be killed period..who cares what the religion or motive is…please open ur eyes!

    • Abdul says:

      That is y our prophet said in the course of Jihad “do not kill the children, women and old people and also do not distort worshiping places, do not cut down trees”. Now what the So called Boko Haram are doing is unislamic.

    • Tijjani says:

      Bros do u really know what u re saying at all? dnt u knw de way to d mosque? u can bomb down al de mosques in nigeria without being a susider cos nobody is being search b4 entering d mosque. wsh u gut luck

    • Sanny Feeky says:

      You this Michael is very ”stupid” what’s is problem with all Muslims in Nigeria, and Boko Haram- am also a Muslims and no one can’t tell me to come and killed Ram talk less of to killed person like me. So please mind your speech.

  2. Michael, I really wish you knew the truth. I wish you knew how this menace started. I wish you knew how many clerics we lost, I wish you knew how many muslims died, I wish you knew how many mosques were attacked. Tell me, if a newspaper had the headline ‘Mosque Bombed in …..’, how many people would buy it? Do you believe that true journalism has been slaughtered at the alter of sensationalism. Muslims have become the new villains; the inherently evil ones that can be painted in any colour whatsoever. In february, there was rioting in Onitsha because a police man shot a driver. The people went on rampage, killing hausas, displacing them, all the while claiming the officer responsible was an Hausa man. Eventually, it was revealed that the culprit was a Chriatian from Benue. Nobody apologized. The media said there were ‘skirmishes’, no lives were lost. Michael, people died. I heard of tribal conflicts in a certain part of cross-river or akwa-ibom recently. This was between non-muslims, you know? People were killed.
    My point? Nobody is above reproach. There isn’t any member of any group that is not capable of blood-curdling evil. Behaving like them will only make them achieve their aim. If there was ever a time to be united, that time is now.
    We have suffered, as you have. We still suffer, as you do. Don’t turn a blind eye to the evil that touches us simply to portray Christians as the only victims. We are not fighting against you; Boko Haram is fighting against us all,

    • Remi says:

      @ Rinsola i commend you for taking your time to do this write-up, the issue is that the media globally hardly report anything good about Islam because most media houses are owned by non-Muslims. People are killed by non-muslims and the media closes its eyes but when muslims do the same, they call for their heads.
      Well all we need now is to pray for God’s intervention for us to have peaceful co-existence, after all i am not a Northerner, but i was born and breed in Kaduna. While we were growing up in the heart of Kaduna town you can not differentiate between Bola, Amaka and Aisha, or among us is a Muslim or Christian.
      That is the reason why most us speak Hausa fluently, May the Almighty touch their hearts and i pray to Almighty Allah to punish all those who are behind the killings of innocent souls

    • haruna s says:

      You have really done well. Please keep it up, continue being objective and professional in giving your report.

    • kingsley says:

      Pls u need to become a public speaker if u re not one. Ur insight is overwelming. Nigerians need to hear u speak pls.

    • Ibrahim Tanko says:

      Assalamu alaikum,
      Oh my sister!! i wish, and i wish we will all talk and think with wisdom like you do. hating one another will never solve these problems. some of us call ourselves muslims, quoting the qur’an half way and believe they have sent a message. if we must quote a verse of the quran, it should be quoted to the end of the verse, that is when the full message is passed across. we should not let anger do the thinking for us. it is obvious that muslims and christians alike are angry, but our anger is channeled to the wrong directions. we are no enemy of each other, the enemy we need to identify. if boko haram is claiming to be part of true islam, then a great injustice has be done upon ISLAM. we need ANSWERS from our GOVERNMENT, i believe they are the media.
      God bless you my sister, may Allah continue to guide you, me, christian brother and sisters and the true muslims of the world.

    • You are fantastic sister Rinsola. All you wrote about boko haram is perfect. Am particularly delighted for insisting that Islam must not be judge by our individual conduct. Islam exhorts us to keep the peace as there is no compulsion in Islam. Keep it up!

  3. Michael, once more, kindly consider this. If you want to fight someone to gain something you feel you’ve lost, would you fight him by destroying your own home, or would you fight him while protecting your home? There is hardly anything in this country that is as it seems, the people we need to unite and fight against are those in positions of power- those who hear our cries of despair, who hear us call for help, but would rather watch us die to justify an unreasonable budget.
    And please, I do not compare between religions. I know the Bible well but I’d rather refrain from making comments about it. In some societies, we have serial killers, we have kidnappers.
    In fact, in southern Nigeria, there’s more crime, more cultism, rituals, prostitution. Wouldn’t it be terribly unreasonable to state that christianity supports these? PEOPLE choose what they want for themselves. Some people are demons at heart- their thoughts alone would make the devil cower in fear.

    • Sa'id says:

      Jazzakallahu Khair Sister for helping in enlightening our brothers. We have a common enemy which is these our so called Government.

    • Abdulkadir Bashir says:

      Rinsola Abiola, may ALLAH continue to bless u. I feel highly gifted to hav come accross ur write-up. Pray it serves as an inspiration for more muslims to pick up their pens nd start writing to to enlighten d mostly uniformed public bout islam. May ALLAH accept this as an act of JIHAD. *knw this‘ll raise alarm*.

    • Paschal Amah says:

      No matter how much you dress up GOODWILL, it ends up doing no single good. Like someone rightly said that the militants in the South are known by the sponsors and godfathers, so do northern elders know these spineless hoodlums called boko haram. And since you opine it is political that’s all the more reason northern elders know them. Not having come up with a ‘northern’ solution to it is a sabotage.

      We can’t wish it away, these guys are Moslems killing Christians. Once a specie feels threatened there’s hardly any rational barrier keeping them from fighting back. Retaliation has been unfortunate but avoidable. Until top Moslems come out in the open and condemn these guys and show genuine effect at stemming this boko nonsense, you are all culpable one way or the other.

      Keep your goodwill. Provide us a good deal.

      • amina says:

        @paschal. I can see ur out of ur senses. Think about this. Since the sept 11th bombings. Muslims have been seen as terrorists and if a certain political figure earns half a billion as contract for curbing this menace churches will be the perfect excuse to make the christians fight back so they d politicians can keep stealing money. They can’t burn both christians and muslims houses of worship because then it will be very clear that its the government so now they only bomb xchristian house of worship so we keep on fighting and they keep on stealing the money

      • abbati says:

        @Paschal. Ho̝̊̅ώ many times will top muslim leaders C☺M̶̲̥̅ε̲̣̣̣̥ out openly to condemn dis idiots. Don’t U̶̲̥̅̊ listen to news ne?

  4. professorq88 says:

    your write up is good but why defend your religion,if it is from God? are you claiming to know better than these people? I have read about the leader of boko haram and the guy is qualified “professor” in islam. All terrorist attacks in the whole world always claims the same Goal,fighting the cause of Allah…believe it or not your muslim heaven is a sensual one, where things not permitted on earth are permitted..Hadith number 2,562 in the collection
    known as the Sunan al-Tirmidhi says, “The least [reward] for the
    people of Heaven is 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which
    stands a dome of pearls, aquamarine and ruby.” Now what do you have to say about this?
    People engaged in terrorism see themselves as one performing an act of matrydom and thereby going off to enjoy etternal bliss with there 72 wives! lets face the fact.

    Even though the Qur’an does not mention the number of
    virgins, it does say in verse 56:36 [25] that Muslim men will
    be awarded with virgins in Paradise. The Qur’an describes
    their physical attributes, for example they will have large
    eyes (56:22) and big breasts (78:33) [17] and so on. The
    actual number of houri is thus a minor issue and 72 is the
    number of those houris confirmed in multiple hadith. The
    hadiths are a crucial part of Islam and certain Muslims
    ignore them because sometimes they contain uncomfortable
    details about Islam. There are many hadiths and Qur’anic
    verses which talk about various issues of a sexual nature.
    According to Sahih Bukhari 1:5:268 which belongs to the
    most authentic collection of hadiths, Muhammad himself
    was given the sexual strength of 30 men and so on.

    NO ONE THAT WILL READ ALL THIS AND WILL NOT GO AND DIE TO ENJOY THEM WHERE HE WILL NOT BE FLOGGED IN THE NAME OF SHARIA!!!

    • yakubu Bababa says:

      What I believe here is dat she is not in any way depending her religion, I can call a number of churches being bombed by not the muslims or boko haram bt by church member and also some by d Christians there are 2 churches in jos being bombed by the church member in such dat they even killed one of the member known 2 dem is a member of d church, another 1 in bauchi if u listen 2 news nd read newspapers, wat I want u 2 understand her is muslims r being framed 4 ol dis bombing bcos of hatred. I have a list of churches being pull down by christians if u need 2 c dem I can post it nw 4 u. So 4 all dis 2 stop we must stop putting blames on religion difference nd fight those tout on power. Thanks

      • Xrs says:

        @yakubu Bababa Let me ask one quetion, why is this bombing taking place now and did not happen during Yaradua’s regim(thoug Yaradua was a peacefull fellow) or IBB’s and so on….its all hapening cus a christian is leading Nigeria as president(whom you refere as an unbeliver) all this are based on sentiments.

      • hassan m tahir says:

        It was true yakubu what u said about the bombed church ‘s memeber

      • walid says:

        @xrs why ddnt it happen in a tym of obasanjo?????????? or is obasanjo a muslim too???????

    • Musa Abba says:

      So what if it is said that good thing await people in paradise? Your articles did not say if people kill they will enjoy those things. All religions that believe in paradise show paradise to be a place of eternal bliss. Please do not venture into anything just to bend it in your selfish favour. BH is twisting things to suit their selfish needs and you wont be different from them.

    • Umar Mangga says:

      Professorq88, please find out the meaning of hadith in Arabic. Qur’an sura 56, verse 22 says “Beautiful mates”, I don’t read ‘large eyes’ there. Qur’an sura 78, verse 33 says “Magnificent spouses”, ‘Big breasts’? I don’t see that either. So Professor, where did you get those from? Please be objective in all that you do. Any word that is not in the Arabic text of the Qur’an, is not from the Qur’an. Please endeavour to find out the meaning of hadith, its for your education.

    • mimimath says:

      Excuse me sir in all those verses nd hadiths about heaven and its constistuents did you see anything about killing ppl mercilessly? Was it said that the heaven is a reward for senselessly killing people and burning down churches? Yes you might see our heaven as a sensual one but is that the topic at hand? What does our heaven have to do with miscreants going about killing ppl in the name of islam? It was nt stated in the Qur’an that killing ppl is condoned in this religion. Heaven is a reward for ppl who do good deeds nd avoid hurting ppl in anyway. These ppl doing this are just blood thirsty ppl out for blood. If they were nt muslims I assure u they wud find a way to kill ppl using another thing as reason. I’m sincerely sad about all these killings going on but pls don’t go about blaming islam for thing these people are doing.

    • Husseyn says:

      There is reason to be wicked man! So I wnt dignify you with a response. You know every thing you wrote was biased αи∂ a misrepresentation aimed at misguiding & inciting innocent readers. Am ashamed a prof will stup so low.

      • Remi says:

        Husseyn the man is not a professor he just used the it as his username to deceive himself not us.

    • mariam says:

      Whoever you are I don’t know what you are quoting but it definitely is not the quran, to you is your religion & to me is my religion so if you don’t have anything to say shut up. Read before you open your mouth

    • Prof89 says:

      My dear brother, Professor88, just read your comment about what islamic scriptures promise of heaven and I must say I want to go to heaven don’t u? Though you did not actually state, your writeup is intimating that islam is promising heaven to those who kill and bomb others in there houses of worship. But what u fail to do is quote any of the scriptures to support your intimation.

    • zaynab Abdulrahman says:

      Prof stop mis interpreting the quran or hadith to suit your misguided beliefs , no offence meant but if u choose to mis interpret the quran or hadith any Muslim will defend the faith

      • Fauzzy says:

        Defend the faith? That’s the problem Zainab! U can’t fight for God. Wut happened to walking away and leaving him in his unmatched Ignorance? Preach Love, Islam is Love

    • maryam bashir says:

      @professor88, from my own perspective,I think u sounded like an anti islam. U actually went into deep research to bring negative facts about islam. You quoting from the prestiguos quran and hadith, doesn’t make u know or understand islam. Though ur quotes are true. What is d problem in our GOD promising us virgins with beautiful eyes and beautiful breasts and ‘80,000 servants(for d least reward). If u claim its bcos of dis promises dat some foolish people are killing themselves and others,den I must say am highly disappointed in ur intelligence. And u also said the quran was eplicit in describing the ‘heavenly women’, professor do not let me start to quote book of psalms for u to remind u. U very well know wat it contains.so I wouldn’t go bragging about quoting ur bible. Really dis is not about comparing religions and berating each other. You sed Rinsola is defending her religion,I tink she has every rite to but at least she’s not berating anybodys religion. On a final note,I’ll advise u ‘read’ about islam and understand it(am not saying u should love it), before u start to quote.

      • Audu says:

        Some are saying he is misquoting your quran or hadith, Maryam here is saying the quotes are true. Are you people so confused about your own religious book? And you are threatening to bring quotes from the book of psalms. That is so funny and shows your obvious ignorance of the same bible you want to quote from. If you want to quote anything from the bible in relation to what is written in your quran, it will be from the book Songs of Songs (Solomon) . And that book is just talking about his youthful-lustful earthly desires. Not rewards in Heaven. I’ve been wanting to know also.. Are you ladies here (the same ones commenting) going to be the ones used as the virgins? Or is God going to create 72 new virgins for each men? And if so, are you (the ladies) going to have your own 72 virgin men?…. SMDH

    • azeezat says:

      @professorq88: if u had read d hadith well, u wld v known dat it was tryin to stop men 4rm fornicatin n kipin to their spouses. And its meant as reward 4 good deeds and am sure killin innocent people isn’t one of them.
      Islam is a religion of peace. We all have a common enemy n killin ourselves won’t help matters. I implore you to get ur facts ryt b4 pointing fingers.
      And pls, we r all educated ppl here. We shldnt resort to usin harsh words on ppl.

    • Bambazee says:

      Professor u really went all out to search for sexual content in the holy books? Allah be with you, sha dnt go and be looking for trouble..

    • hussein says:

      Let me ask you something @professor do you know what the meaning of hadith is?
      I am of arab origins I read/write and speak arabic flawlessly.. Hadith is a saying which is heard and said transmitted from person to person, and in most times there’s no way of validating it.. Usually comes in the form of: I heard from X that heard from Y speaking that Z heard the prophet or somebody else saying that: and the hadith starts… (Where X Y Zrefer to ppl) most of these hadith are fabrications we believe in our qur’an which is concrete and unchanged since the time of the prophet, that’s where we base our faith, not on hear-say. Thank u

    • risbids says:

      @Micheal: why r u quiet all of a sudden!

      @D Mr who claims to know Qur’an so well! U need to read deeper into the religion! U jst don’t choose the places u want and explain to urself and understand the way u want. At least doz gettin the 72 wives are the pious not killer or sucide bombers! Did they write anytin about suicide bombers in the Qur’an. And better stop lying on the Holy book. Ur house I’m bombing next! :p Otondo :p

    • deejoda says:

      I believe what the author has done is to inform where people are mis-informed. Of course, some people (perhaps you from your comment) have already made up their mind so this wont change a thing. But for those interested in the truth and want to get their facts straight, this is a balanced argument. I dont think any more needs to be clarified – her points are salient and well explained in as simple English as is possible in my view.
      One thing I would point out is that the Hadith is a collection of the Prophet’s sayings, deeds and actions. He was a human being like you and I. He was not perfect but he was close. Some of the things he said when explaining Islam to his followers have to be interpreted in the context of 600-700AD Arabia (the promise of Heaven is those things the majority of men at the time took to be ideal and a true paradise. Notice nothing was promised to women who go to Heaven. Not because they do not go to Heaven but because those he was preaching to were generally men as dictated by tradition). However, the Quran is believed by muslims to be the words of God so is Holy and perfect so whatever is in the Quran takes precedence over all other sources of Islamic knowledge. The only time you turn to some other else (Hadith generally seen as second best source) is when the Quran does not explicitly state something.
      Allah says ‘read. Read in the name of your Lord’. My advice to you to do more of that sir. Peace!

    • Bello m says:

      In Tryn to manipulate d real context of those Qura’nic nd Hadith verses u’ve qouted in ur Rite-up in order to fulfill ur selfish ends, that totally exposed ur Ignorance of d understandings of d Qur’an nd Hadith, or in other word, it exposes ur biasness towards Islam nd what Islam is all about. And if i may ask u a question, do u just go to church 4 d fun of it without thinking of any reward in d hereafter? Surely there’s live after death. So, Mr professorq88, always say what u know best nd not things u r ignorant of.

    • Adama says:

      @professorq88: YOU are A BLOODY LIAR!!! Stop Qouting Unnecessary and Unreasonable things. You Know Nothing about The Holy Qur’an Nor Hadith. Besides, d Hadith has no Verses! So SHUT Your FILTHY Mouth and stop saying RUBBISH and BROADCASTING IT! If U know Nothing about anybody’s religion, just shut ur mouth and don’t create words to tarnish its IMAGE!

    • Hafsat says:

      Professor88 am sorry for you! Really very sorry. Your ignorance is sooo disheartening and it is evidently leading you to self destruction! I wonder where you got your ‘quotations’ from? Apparently even Jesus Christ will have no use for you in his flock! Because am sure he wil not have any use for liars, and storytellers. Am sure he didn’t preach for you to disrespect or slander anybodys religion for your myopic interest. Boko Haram is not Islam! Get it into your thick head! Or did Abu Qaqa supply you with those ‘verses’? U seem to be on the same page. Maybe you should join him and form your own coalition!

    • Hafsat says:

      Professor88! You seem to be on d same page wit Abu Qaqa. Because all these your qouted verses sound like he provided them to you. I belive you are either a part of his sect or you aim to be in coalition with him. We all know that most of the church bombings were perpetrated by christains because they have been caught (and these are facts not imaginations like yours). And we know that Boko Haram is not Islam. So we know it is people like you that are the other part of boko haram that are aiding Abu Qaqa in destroying Islam and the peace of this country. illiterate kawai. Say me hi to your illiterate brother Abu Qaqa

    • Sharifah says:

      @ prof, wat rimisola is trying 2 say is just cos a particular grp of pple who claim 2 be muslims r killing innocent lives doesn’t make all d muslims in d world the same. Also most christains have this misconception abt islam dat if u kill a person frm anoda religion u’ll go 2 heaven dats a BIG LIE. Jihad doesn’t mean kill innocent lives. D only situation a muslim is permitted 2 kill a non muslim is in self defence. Besides, some christians were also caught attempting 2 bomb churches, a typical example is the 8 COCIN church members that were caught wit explosive devices attempting 2 bomb their church in miyabarkate bauchi state a neighbouring village 2 Jos. One more thing , Islam doesn’t permit suicide, infact whoever takes his/her own life will go 2 hell. Let’s not let our emotions rule our thinking. Boko Haram is not religous it is political. It is a political tool 2 divide nigerians. Like we all knw UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.

    • Raphiat says:

      U r so missin d point,Prof.d issue @ hand is d Boko Haram insurgence.Whatever in Heavens has that got 2 do wv Paradise n its sensuality,virgins et al?U really nyd 2 confirm this?Make sure u r admitted into dt garden,huhn?Then,if u r not satisfied wv d virgins,u can opt out.Buh,ryt now,d contentious issue is d Boko haram menace.

  5. Muhammad Albani Misau says:

    Gud my sister! Ahsanallahu ilaikhi.

  6. jirgi80 says:

    This is the problem with Nigerians. A comment here said late Muhammed Yusuf the leader and founder of Boko haram is a professor in Islam this is ridiculous where ever your source is its not authentic. For those of us who know Muhammed Yusuf we know he has never been to school of islam or been to any scholar in any way as far as we re concern he is a stark illiterate. From the comments I expect to be attacked but am a muslim from Nigeria I expect nothing less. Rinsola I am a muslim from Borno the so called home of Boko haram must people don’t that Borno has a very funny set up we ve both muslims and christian in the same house hold belonging to the same family ie a father will be a muslim while the mother a christian so goes to the kids. The Boko haram of kids with Ak47 that we here is ending and the political Bokos of church and mosque shooters is growing. Am sure must people don’t even know that muslims ve been killed in mosques too every day but some how its no news to the media. Every action of a muslim is seen and judged through his religion. That’s why ritual killings kidnapping and other crimes like the militant/cultist clash during the weekend was done by boko haram. Just like you said Hitler, Truman and if am to add Bush Rev Johnson are all muslims possibly Boko haram or Alqaida. This is a brilliant write up my sister keep it up.

    • hussein says:

      @jirgi I can validate what u just said my brother I’ve lived 4 years in borno home of peace. Another question for everybody that says BH I solely againt christians. Who killed the muslim politicians and the bulamas? And the mala’ams in borno? They are muslims too aren’t they?this really shows how naïve people are, that’s how the country is set up, they feed u BS and u buy into it. I’m not nigerian but in my 4 years I’ve seen like the author said “tribalism” is what’s keeping the country from functioning as a real nation should. Either I’m hausa kanuri igbo babur fulani yoruba etc etc. Be nigerian period!
      I know for a fact about a couple of policemen that were found shot dead on d road while doing prayers! U wanna tell me they misthought them for christians? Or what? Which true musllim would kill his brother while praying? U should get educated. I as a muslim schooled in a catholic school in my country and been numerous times to churches with my friends back home, and I’m damn proud of it. I never entered a church thinking christians are wrong I want to kill them, I entered as they are my brothers I should understand them. Maybe u ppl should open up ur minds and get enlightened, and for all the ignorants ranting here, plz choose ur sources well and diversify them, if u go for a “biased” source chances are u will hear what u want to hear, doesn’t mean its right

  7. Agatha Benson says:

    Great sermon my sister. May God protect all human and judgemental against other religion. We’re all one before God. Those Christians and Muslims that believe to kill are not going by Qu’ran of Bible. God doesn’t hate. One can’t say he or she loves me but hate me. There’re Bokos around the society. Those that killed and beheaded two students of Igbinedioun University are not Bokos but share the same evil with Bokos. Those are Christians who killed their brothers and beheaded them because Bible or Qu’ran didn’t teach evil. Thank you my sister..

    • khalid umar says:

      Agatha, u r an exceptional christian i have read a comment you made, no attacks. just pure understanding of the problem and i believe you have a good heart with good teachings of christianity. May God continue to bless your direction of thought.

    • Remi says:

      Agatha may God bless you for that using an objective lens

    • mamman a mamman says:

      Agatha realy u seems to be exceptional in ur judgement. U see, in as much as muslims are killed and some muslim clerics, the BH sect are complicating issues. They tend to accept responsibilities on every attacks. If they reject some definately, the issue of pointing accusing fingers will not come in. How can they retaliate an attack that took place long ago? Where were they when the attack takes place? I shed tears on the Zaria/ Kad bombings. This bcos as I left my house I ask my people to where are they going to bomb again today? On my way to work, I heard Zaria, its un4tunate. May God expose the the pepole concern w/o delay amen.

      • hussein says:

        Who are the bokos do we really know?
        When I was in maiduguri about 7 months ago, the trend was whenever somebody ws killed pin it on BH. The government doesn’t investigate cause its easier this way. And people don’t ask any questions because they wanna believe the answers in their heads. Boko killed a pharmcist, boko robbed a bank etc… U can always blame it on them cz its easier to believe when its related to them. These ppl are hired for a political agenda and that’s all. If they are against christians how come I’ve seen muslims with my own eyes enter trailers just so that they can escape maiduguri imagine cz they ccant afford taxis or bus. Why didn’t they stay cz they are not targetted

    • risbids says:

      God Bless Agatha! She’s not only a good christain! But she’s also human

  8. Abubakar sadiq Ibrahim says:

    I wish to point to the writer that this boko haram has affected muslims more than christians.It capital(boko haram) they started kilin muslims serially bt nobody cared.they started bombin their neigbohood,stil nobody cared.I’m nt defendin them bt our govt onli send soldiers to kill innocent people in d name of JTF.people r so selfish that they onli care abt themselves,coz if they{BH} stop bombin ani other state pple stopin carin abt the menace.pple react wen it affects them onli.for BH TO STOP FIGHT POVERTY.i hve so much 2 say that cant be writen.

  9. archcardinal says:

    I totally agree with the earlier portions of your write up. I am, despite being a christian, tolerant of the Islamic religion and believe that killing of any human being, by no matter what form is an act of wickedness and is not governed by any religious persuation.

    I will however differ from the general speculation of government’s complicity in the BH issue. Let us not forget that there are devout muslims in government who will gladly defend their faith and not allow the creation of a monster out of their religious persuation. for now it is merely heresay and have no basis in the quest for truth.

    At least for decorum sake, I will advise that such sensetionalization be dropped (at least to give your reader a sense of objectivity).

    However I must commend your candor and clarity of message. Not all islam is bad just as not all christians are good. BH does not represent islam as a whole but whatever rougish body they affiliate to. I wish al muslims will read and follow your trend. It is very commendable

  10. abdullone says:

    Professor u quotin quran witout surat u don’t hv any basics or point, what we sain here is jihad n d reward of a 72 virgin ,yes d quran mention a lot of beautiful tins 4 a muslim if he dies wit iman n a muslim who dies in fighting to protect him self against oppression….go n read d quran n hadith well again

  11. Professorq88, I don’t know you. I don’t know your family members. Now, imagine if I spread malicious tales about your sisters, or any other member of your family. Would you try to clear the air if these tails got you, or would you simply develop a non-challant attitude?
    Of course, the Hadiths are indispensable in Islam, but please is that a Sahih Hadith? Also, if it is, where did the Prophet (PBUH) say that to gain entry, you would have to commit murder? Where did the Prophet (PBUH) say that aggression would get you there?
    What’s so evil about sex being discussed? In Islam, sex is not seen as a shameful or evil thing. Husbands and wives are meant for each other. Heaven is too sensual, have you by any chance come across depictions of hell? Where skin will be burnt and replaced once the nerves are gone and the occupants can no longer feel pain? Where the only drink will be boiling oil? Where those who committed suicide will feel the pain of whatever method they chose to die by for eternity, while serving all the other punishments? If you’re going to talk about heaven being sensual, you might as well mention the detail with which hell is described to.

  12. @archcardinal, thank you very much for remaining objective and truthful. Your observation is noted, although I believe that govt wouldn’t allow this get to this level if it didn’t serve a purpose.
    Good morning to you, my brother. Remain blessed.

    • Abubakar says:

      My sister. I am glad to read this write up. It pains to hear ‘educated christians’ absorbing and circulating falsehood abt islam. I later discovered that it was deliberate rather than lack of knowledge on the subject, amounting to simple mischief with the single agenda of dissuading people from simply ‘picking up the quran and hadith and reading for themslves’ A reverend father once told me that ‘ if they allowed christians access to the quran there will be exodus into islam because islam is a religion of common sense”. i hope ur write up will stimulate xtians to find out what muims are really are!.

  13. victor etuk says:

    I really glad about your piece.but I wanna tell u this,how many Muslims have taken time to study their quran and know Allah for themselves.do u know that in zaria that any church or school close to a madarastul is in trouble.d tiny Muslim scholars haul stones @ Christian worshipers.tell me what does a child of 7-8 Years know about hatred..if he is not taught by his teachers.its d core north Muslims that have my maybe a different version of d Koran.my boss is a Muslim from ogun state.we just knew a month ago that he is a Muslim.he detests performing asalat with d hausa Muslims,they see a yoruba muslin or any other Muslim from another tribe as a inferior muslim.God help us all.

    • salis says:

      @victor, i am a muslim from the north and i have colleagues from the south who are muslims but we all pray in the same mosque and never for once our tribal difference becomes an issue.

      • tee says:

        @victor etuk, u talked about how hostile the muslims in zaria relate to the christians in church, but u didn’t mention how difficult it is to come across a mosjid in anambra state or other eastern states and the kind of threat u get for practising islam in such places, dnt get me wrong, am not trying to justify any hostility against xtians by muslims, what am saying is, we are all guilty and we dnt need to trade blames, but work collectively to make things better

    • Lukman says:

      Good a thing in zaria you see churches close to madarasas,but I bet you cannot see mosques close to covenants in the southern parts of the country not because there are no Muslims in the south but because the Christians are not tolerant enough to allow mosques in their towns and cities!Check out how many mosques are there in Owerri and Enugu compared to the churches in Sokoto or Kano!

      • nneka says:

        Lukman, what kind of point are u trying to make here. If they can’t afford to build a mosque in those states you’ve mentioned, will the christians build the church for them

      • Jamiu says:

        examples of this abound in PH. the makeshift mosque (makeshift bcos the muslims were not given a place to build a mosque) in University of Science & Tech (UST) in Port Harcourt was destroyed whereas there at least 8 big churches in the same UST. the case is in court now to enforce the fundamental human right of muslims in the institution. We are also facing challenge form the state govt to have a mosque at trans amadi area of PH. the attempts to build mosque in that area is being frustrated by the state govt.

      • abbati says:

        @nneka. Are U̶̲̥̅̊ trying to say D̶̲̥̅̊A̶̲̅τ̲̅ D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ don’t have d money to build a mosque there? Hahahahahahahahahaha! U̶̲̥̅̊ ® funny.

    • baba says:

      Dis is an outryt lie victor, which mosk, which area, I live in zaria and I’v neva seen any such tin, pls reply, if its tru, I hav to investigate dis.

      • tee says:

        @nneka,d problem is not that the muslims can’t afford to build one, the problem is, they are not permitted to build one.u are seen as an outcast if u practise islam in the east

    • Abdulkadir Bashir says:

      “my boss is a
      Muslim from ogun state.we just knew
      a month ago that he is a Muslim.he
      detests performing asalat with d hausa
      Muslims,they see a yoruba muslin or
      any other Muslim from another tribe
      as a inferior muslim“

      @ victor. dont u think there‘s something wrong here. Prayin in congregatn is very important in islam. if he ur boss really knws this he‘ll shelve is percieved wrong notion/excuse nd pray with his brothers in islam as he‘s required to do. That d hausa muslims see other muslims as inferior is preposterous. I knw this for a fact cos i‘m yoruba from ilorin. I pray with hausas nd in some cases hav led them in prayers.
      pls ask ur boss his real reasn for not prayin with d hausa.

  14. jardeysolar says:

    Infact this is a very good write-up, after reading this I now have a ready-made answer for my boss and my colleague because anytime this boko haram issue came up
    they always use it as an excuse to say we muslims are blood sulking killer all in the name of jihad and I always try to explain but U̶̲̥̅̊ know where the ratio is 2:20 it always result to some kind of argument but with this they will see everything from my own angle. I believe Allah will vindicate us so all the xtian and even the society at large will know that this so called boko haram are not fighting for any muslim course or jihad for that matter but just bunch of aimless blood sulking killers.

  15. @victor etuk, I have met Northerners (not all are Hausa, you know?) that don’t hold that view, as I have met those who do. The Northerners here pray with us in the same mosques, and I had cause to interact with many of them during my service year. There is no such thing as a different version- there’s just one!

    • hussein says:

      It is true that some muslim northerners look at other nigerian muslims as less. That is not the issue here, if a person is an ignorant and happenes to be as muslim or christian, is it the religion’s fault? Nope its the person himself. Sorry to sound a bit possessif or such, islam started with us then made its way to africa, I hv african origins too. But my arab origins don’t make me look down on other muslims as less religious or such. Ignorance doesn’t know color, creed, race nor religion. As a muslim u respect all other people of the book I.e christians and jews

  16. Dauda says:

    These are nice comments and I highly appreciate the tolerance. For me I believe the perpertrators of these evil have no tribe nor religion. They are bunch of thieves who are using our religious and tribal weakness as people to acquire wealth and power.

  17. seyi says:

    In as much as I agree wit wat u hv said dat Islam does not preach violece, I totally disagree wit u on d basis dat d media has not been fair with d whole issue of Boko Haram..ar u tellin us dat they ar reporting smtin diff 4rm wat dis Inhuman hv bben doin…ow many tym has dis group cm on air dat D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥y hv successfully blown off mosques? Y ar u been sentimental abt wat happened @ Onoitsha wen u knw dat weneva crisis happens in anywhr in d country, it easily becms tribal war…am v srry srry 2 say dis,I tink muslims ar 2 sensitive wen it cms 2 d issue of deir religion most especially D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥y ar ready 2 kill d whole weneva negative comments is made agaist deir prophet…wat do u xpect 4rm pple wu hv been loosin deir family on evry sunday y worshipin deir God! Or Is becoz none of us hv been directly affected dats y is more easy 2 put up such writin in defence of d Sec actions….sm Muslims in dis country rily nid 2 b re-oriented. Coz religion is a tin is a tin of mind n I totally believe dat no1 can successful fight d battle of God.He is big eanough 2 fight his own war, so am urgin Muslims 2 embrace peace n shun violence coz dos suicide bombers ar goin straight 2 Hell n v sure of dat

    • salis says:

      @seyi, i agree with your saying “sucide bombers are going straight to hell” i have no doubt about that becos in islam you dont have the righ to take your own life not to talk of taking someone elses. But i disagree with your saying “all muslims are ready to kill when it comes to their religeous affairs” i am a true muslim and practice my religion to the best of my ability, i want to let you know that i dont support what BH are doing and alot of muslims like me dont. Lets all pray to God to bring an end to the current crisis,

    • mickey says:

      My dear uv got it all wrong I’m not a muslim and I condemn all these bombings and soon justice will prevail on all that are evil, I was on the way back from abj for weekend @abuja roundabout I can confess, what those guys did to the non christians at goni gora abuja junction is not human women, children and men alike are pulled out of cars and slaughtered or set ablaze. We hav to accept wheather muslim or christian ppl are evil and will commit evil acts

    • risbids says:

      Yes d press and journalism is wacked in this country!

      N point to note! Stop urging muslims! Urge everyone! For I’m sure d persons u need be urging aint even reading this! U r too subjective

      • hussein says:

        @risbids lol regarding media being wack in 9ja I remember if my memory isn’t failing me 9 months ago I was in kaduna. At the time there were rumors a bridge was about to get bombed there. At night NTA says that the bridge was bombed. Next day as we left kaduna, we saw a trailer and a bus actually collided there, there were no bomb no explosions nothing

  18. Hussain Zandam says:

    Thank you sister.

  19. maryam alfa says:

    Jazakallahu khair. May you be elivated in all your undertaking. This might intrests you all. Genesis of Boko Haram http://www.newsrescue.com/2012/03/religious-violence-in-nigeria-boko-haram-as-a-tool-of-religious-political-foreign-interests/#axzz1tHmGOCDZ

  20. JAY-1 says:

    It’s always in the north! it’s always churches that are either burnt or bombed; we may say that some muslims were also murdered in open markets of Kano and so on, but lets check the indices. How many mosques have been bombed since this country came to being? What about being burnt? You can count on one hand if there’s any, I doubt if the ratio will be any better than 1:100. Any plan by any person, group, political party, or school of thought to islamize Nigeria is stark insanity. The north cannot even be achieved, an illitrate created a group and everyone is turning him into a celebrity, I think that’s why we really are where we are. An illitrate says “western education is a sacrilege” what do you expect him to say? Call it the best thing that ever happened to man? How will he know when he never tasted it? Truth is, IF THIS MADNESS DOES NOT STOP, WE WILL ALL PROTECT OURSELVES. We are all fed up, and the day we all decide in our respective stations to sneeze… IT WILL BE A PANDEMIC.

    • DSP says:

      Exactly Jay-1, the statistics speaks volumes. Thanks for your analysis. Besides, its only a southern muslim that can write this. Why are we not getting this kind of write up from the islamic scholars in the north? The southern muslims are condemning because they have family members that are christians.I have a friend from Borno state who converted to christianity He had to flee to avoid “honor killing”. HIS OWN FATHER THREATENED THAT HE IS DEAD NEXT TIME HE IS SEEN!!!!! This guy is still alive today and if northern muslims deny it, I WILL BRING HIM ONLINE TO SPEAK FOR HIMSELF. The southern muslims also know that they don’t stand a chance when push turn to shove… we are waiting.

      • risbids says:

        @JAY1: try not to segregate Islam! We are ONE. Only u know southern and northern Muslims! And the author didn’t mention she was a southern muslim. Hold ur aproko and guard ur words.

        I also have a frnd! Who’s like a brother to me now. He’s parent disowned him and barned him from Calabar coz he became a muslim. And he’s been in my house for the past 17yrs. U wanna meet him too? Trade by bata! U all forgettin its a 2ways thing ryt?

    • tee says:

      @jay1. Na wa 4 some pple and their bigotry, where where u when pple mentioned several instance when muslims where murdered by BH, abi u are not aware dat even notherners are packing their things and feeing d states where BH is known to operate, if its a xgtian thing, why do those muslims need to flee? When I hear people like u talk, I see that BH is really achieving its aims. Oh, its about ratio now? Huh? So when the number of muslims murdered increase, that’s when u’ll be convinved its got nothing to do with islam? U can as well blow up some mosk so the numbers will be even.SMH

  21. alfa says:

    In a country, where the factor of peace and progress rely mainly on religion and tribalism, with the people refusing to accept challenges, chances and fact, is indeed a land of political games and chaos. Nigerians contribute greatly to the present situation of the country. The question is as a Nigerian, what have you done, to arrest the present situation?

    • Preye says:

      You yourself what have you done? is it not in the power of the govt that should eradicate this pandemic called boko haram? which if not handled properly.we will have no other conclusion but to tag it as a Muslim hatred on Christians in the north bombing churches and I think the Muslims like it because they do nothing to stop them….And I tell you,the day will soon come when we will all get fed up to be allowed to be slaughtered like chickens and retaliate all Muslim of whatever kind. so if you say that boko harams are not Muslims, fish them out and eradicate them or we will make our conclusion and fire back with all crusade power. what about the instances of corpers been killed by a riot of almajarins in the north last year,was that Boko haram? what about jos killing? 9ja make una wake up…..the killings has not been only boko haram but also muslim fanatical miscreants

      • mohi says:

        Sorry 2 say dis 2 u buh let me remaind u abt jos killing hmmm pls ans me dis qtn who started d killing in jos was it muslim or xtian? Wen a muslim kill is a terrorist buh wen a xtian kill not a terrorist buh is ryt 2 do so ryt.

    • Joseph says:

      In as much as i respect everyones view@alfa. I want to tnx u for bringing in dis issue. Pls @all.what is d way out?

      • nur says:

        honestly sm pple ar amusin,wen pple in maiduguri, kano,bauchi,gombe,yobe were killed nobody said anythn of such or is it bcuz dey ar muslims dat ws y nothng ws done abt dt… thousands of innocent muslims had been killed by ds sect…. hw sure ar we dat all does thing ar done by d sect…. cuz a true muslim wil nver do dt. hw many tyms wered christianz caught in an attempt 2 bomb chuchz tymz without numbr i guess so y ar u guys paniking instead of prayng 4 peace…y dnt we jst stp all ds hatred n live as one nigeria, pray 2 god 4 an end 2 all ds bombins pls..

  22. Halima Yusuf says:

    Sister Rinsola,Succint! Jazzakum Allah khaiyr.

    Truly,Its not in our character.
    The Prophet (SAW) lived with the Jews & Christians in Makkah.Most of the non-Muslims actually preferred to live in the Muslim community because of the strong assurance of their human rights & security it affords them.
    In Palestine, Muslims,Jews & Christians lived side by side until the influx of Azknazi Jews from Europe whose motive was to destroy that beautiful relationship.They did.None of the peoples have known peace.

    Hitler’s (German) army had ” God with us” inscribed on their uniforms.
    Here is one of his ‘passionate’ speeches :

    “My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.  It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth!  was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.  In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders.  How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison.  To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross.  As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice…  And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.”  –Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed.  The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)

    Did Hitler really get the order to kill from the Bible? Can we say Boko haram are acting on Qur’an injunctions just because they adorn religious garbs & mis-quote the scripture?
    Again, did Hitler truly represent all christians? Is Boko haram a front for all Muslims?

    “I think therefore i am”- Socrates

    • DSP says:

      If you are insisting that Hitler is a Christian, you should also insist that Hitler was destroyed by Christians who didn’t want him to tarnish their belief. So then, let Muslims take up arms and fight Boko Haram.

      • Preye says:

        @DSP , My brother God bless you.

      • khalid umar says:

        when militancy was raging in niger delta, yaradua abacha fought them, obasanjo fought odi ppl, n now ur expecting muslims to fight bh? govt should fight them cos even when clerics earlier spoke against them, they got slaughtered. pls read the article again and if you want dates and instances of clerics being killed im sure the writer has the facts.

      • khadeejah says:

        Dats bull DSP,y didn’t d niger delta ppl fight their militants themselves…

      • risbids says:

        @Halima: I really do like ur piece, the referencing and everything

        @DSP: u r just myopic. Since ur mind is made up! Do wateva??? :p :p

      • hussein says:

        Lol I never knew the soviets were christians. Kai!

      • PEACE says:

        @DSP uv indeed spoken well. I am also of d opinion dat we’re all one (christians/muslims…) Especially, when we learn to b tolerant and live in peace with one another. Another point that has been raised under dis ryt-up is d fact that some Christians have been identified as behind the bombing of churches in the North, but, have we really thought carefully that dis may have been trained followers of the sect that had to blend in and carry out their missions successfully without suspicions? Then again, I’m not against our muslim brethren, just against dis terrible act of excentrism hiding behind d guise of a religion. In my opinion they have been brain-washed in2 believing they r ryt in d killing of innocent souls (dey target d churches/christians but end up hurting and even killing their own brethren in the process) remember d saying goes; ‘don’t throw stones in a market square, u might just end up hitting ur own’.
        I implore that we that r still sane should walk 2geda in peace by first winning over one anodas confidence (how else can two or three walk peacefully if derz no agreement) in unity to fight watsoeva has eaten deep in2 our society cos d longer we sit aside and argue, d more people die and d closer d ill gets to us

      • tee says:

        @U just made some funny believes in ur head. And have u taken time to take a look at d army causalties and recognise most of the army officers killed by BH are muslims?

    • abbati says:

      @halimaaaaaa! Thumbs up.

  23. Linda Shehu says:

    I guess Boko Haram thrieve because the people of Maiduguri are cowards. Yes Cowards! They know who the Boko Harams are but refuse to expose them.
    In Kano everyday they expose them and they are weak in Kano now and people are discussing how to send all people from North west out especially Borno, Yobe axis. If People from Borno have exposed the Boko Haram it wont have gotten this far.

    • salis says:

      @Linda, Maybe you dont know, people have tryed exposing them, but do you know what happened? they were hunted by BH and killed. Thats why people stopped doing that because the security of their life is not guaranteed.

      • yemi says:

        Am neither 4 or against the opinion dat boko haram are muslim but I’ll like 2 react 2 some of the comments av read, like dat of lukman dat said there are no mosque in enugu but there are churches in kano I hope u’ve bn 2 kano b4 u write ur comment d only place in kano where u can get a church is sabongeri u dare nt build a church anywhere inside kano city dat is dominated by hausas like kofar dawanau,kofar waika,and all d interior of kano city. Also abdukadir bashir u said u pray with hausa muslim dis is cos u re 4rm ilorin and u ppl are a bit different 4rm d hausas(sorry 2 say) I av a lot of ilorin guys as friends. I think d northern moslems needs to be enlightened cos they re terribly backward imagine d almajiri’s always throw stone @ me anytime am passing cos I stays in kofar dawanau predominated by hausas even after dressing like dem covering my body including my teeth tell me if they av bomb won’t they throw it @ me. I once asked my hausa friend dat if there is a fight now will u kill me guess what his response was “why not” u can imagine. Sum1 asked why dis didn’t happen during obj’s regime we all knw that the hausas like obj to them it’s as good as an hausa man is ruling dem but the moment GEj step in problem arise tell me is presidency meant 4 northerners alone. Let’s look critically @ this issue without bn biased.4 as many xtians dat reads their bible I don’t think all dis this should surprise us cos the bible (perfect book) said in d last day nation will rise against nation,tribe against tribe,earth quakes and so many things will occur so all dis all the fulfilment of the word of God telling us dat d end is here all we need 2 do is ammend our ways and prepare ourselves 4 d second coming of the Lord. I pray dat when He shall come u and I will not miss it.stay blessed

      • PEACE says:

        @ Yemi truly ur final paragraph has pointed out something of d predictions of things that wld come to show the end is near (rumours of wars, nations rising against nations…) May God help us all

    • Bukar Ali says:

      Linda may God forgive you for calling the people of Borno cowards. If u have any relatives in Maiduguri, u would have sounded different. If u are following the events in Maiduguri as it unfold u. Will not be blind to call anyone cowards on this issue.

    • Liman says:

      I wish you would check your facts before commenting , Armed policemen are slaugthered , clerics killed , even JTF wear masks so as not to be killed, what do you expect defenceless ordinary citizens to do?

  24. Zwahu says:

    Your frustrations are appreciated.
    Kindly note that when Hitler did what he did, he did not say he was led by his religion. Same for whatever Truman did for which you refer to him. They were professedly driven by their party or national ideologies, as it were. Boko Haram claims its charisma from the Quran and the religion of Islam. They follow after the footsteps of the 12th century Turkish Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ibn Taymiyya, after whom their HQ mosque in Maiduguri is named.
    World over, you and I know of groups like that that justify their positions as religious duties and they are muslim. It makes it profoundly difficult, if not impossible, for non-Muslims to spare the religion of responsibility. Some Muslims have become pissed off by the reputation the actions of others have acquired for their religion that they have crystallised some very interesting positions: look up the works of Hamed Abdel-Samad.
    As for the hysteria that trails attacks on Christian targets, as against those on Muslim targets, it’s simple: muslim-muslim is presumed by outsiders as a family thing which can easily be resolved. But when it spills out, it is something else.

    • DSP says:

      Let the Supreme council for Islamic affairs issue a statement every time a church is attacked denouncing Boko Haram, NO. Let Buhari come out openly and denounce Boko Haram, NO, Let Adamu Ciroma come out openly and denounce Boko HAram, NO, Let Atiku Abubakar come out openly and denounce Boko Haram, NO. islam is peace? I don’t believe you my friends. and I say again, the Christian world stood up and fought against Hitler that you guys keep referring to. Let muslims stand up and fight against Boko Haram maybe then, I will believe that Islam is peace. I say again the Christians in USA and UK stood up and destroyed BAD christian Hitler, they later donated funds to rebuild Germany because they knew that it was all about Hitler. LET MUSLIMS STAND UP AND FIGHT BOKO HARAM.

      • Fatima says:

        It is easy for you to say muslims should fight boko haram. Hitler fought a conventional war where u’re face to face wit ur enemy. Boko haram attack out of nowhere. I live in yobe n have lost family members n neighbours to boko haram. We dnt knw who they r n once u do, just say ur last prayers cos u won’t live to tell d nxt person. Even d so called “JTF” who r our protectors disappear at d slighest sound of a gunshot even it they mistake a tyre burst for a gunshot n leave us as defenceless as we r to d mercy of BH. Imagine sum1 wit an AK47 running away frm another person wit d same gun talkless of sum1 whose only weapon will b his kitchen knife. Pls if u haven’t witnessed such terrors n only rely on hear-say then u have no right to judge. I rest my case.

      • Fatima says:

        How many times do u want them to denounce?as if it’ll make any difference. How many clerics paid wit their lives just for denouncing? I bet u dnt know. They r numerous. It is easy for you to say muslims should fight boko haram. Hitler fought a conventional warfare where u’re face to face wit ur enemy. Boko haram attack out of nowhere.urban warfare is d most difficult to fight n that is why more than a decade d US is still in Afghanistan. I live in yobe n have lost family members n neighbours to boko haram. We dnt knw who they r n once u do, just say ur last prayers cos u won’t live to tell d nxt person u saw their member. Even d so called “JTF” who r our protectors disappear at d slighest sound of a gunshot even it they mistake a tyre burst for a gunshot n leave us as defenceless as we r to d mercy of BH. Imagine sum1 wit an AK47 running away frm another person wit d same gun talkless of sum1 whose only weapon will b his kitchen knife. Pls if u haven’t witnessed such terrors n only rely on hear-say then u have no right to judge. I rest my case.

      • maryam bashir says:

        @dsp. We do not need u to believe islam is peace. Stay in ur religion and we would stay in ours.so whether u beLieve does not concern us. U say muslims should fight boko haram, is BH not a national problem? And ofcourse to clear our name we would fight them only if we know them. Dis is a national problem, no need to be biased here..

      • sheilah says:

        Thank u God bless u for ur coment.leave dis pple to keep ranting time is coming if they can’t do it we will help them and even plenty of d innocent muslims will have to be victims too then ill see if they will come out or not.does pple saying don’t jurdge don’t say wat u don’t know,u know ur quran I know my bible.some say dis bokoharams are invisible was osama nt invisible how about sahdam u talk about ur sogers running at d sound of gunshots wen the BH have dere informants amongs dem how re dey to do there job.IBB is paying almost a thousand persons salary just to either kill or give informations dat will help dem to execute evil plan all dis pple are strong muslim dat observes d prayers and fasting and u say d muslim re nt in support.I dey vex.u guys should go and fight dem before u come and say dis fins u say.mstchewwwwwwwwww

      • amina says:

        @lsp U are an ideot. When muslims were killed in mosques and during eid prayers on sallah day by christians did ur CAN president issue any statement. Answer me. Imbecile kawai

  25. Austine olakunle says:

    First when i started reading ur write up, i thought u where saying or writing to surport ur point, but at the middle i now get ur ponit, but this boko haram guys, say any time a church is bomb, that they are responsible and they claim to be fighting for islam and allah. That they want Nigeria to become an islamic state, what, do u still want to deffend their course, for killing only christains, and bombing of churches? How many mosque have they bomb since the inception of the so called sect, group? Pls ma dear don’t let us start varbal Jihad pls.

    • khadeejah says:

      I think u all just read the part that favours u guys,my dad is a cleric and I know he has denouced this BH thing on air severally…As a matter of fact I happen 2 know a frnd of his who was also an Imam dat wuz shot by dis BH ppl in d mosque while he was on prayer along with 3 members of the congregation…Ofcourse we never heard abt it in d news as usual.U just sit somewhere in d corner of your room nd judge all muslims bcos some ppl r killing nd using Islam as their mirage!

      • yemi says:

        Pls help us call on allah to disgrace and expose dem. I bliv u ppl av organizations like nasfat, quareeb etc let them declare a fast and come 2geda 2 pray dat allah should rise against every1 that want 2 tanish islam.

  26. HANMERSON PEARLSON says:

    RINSOLA!MAY GOD BLESS YOU.YOU HAVE NOT DEFENDED YOUR RELIGION BUT MADE US TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH.U CANNOT SEE THE TRUTH IF U ARE ALRADY BIASED.BOKO HARAM IS NOT A TRUE ISLAMIST AND NEVER HAD THE SUPPORT OF TRUE PRACTICING MUSLIMS.WE SHOULD LEARN TO DESIST FROM HETRED FOR OURSELVES BCOZ IT ONLY CREATES NEGATIVITY TO PROGRESS. PLS ENLIGHT US MORE ABOUT ISLAM BCOZ I VE HEARD LOT OF SERMONS FROM PASTORS AGAINST ISLAM AND WEN I GET THE ENGLISH VERSION,IT CONTRADICTORY.I EVEN TOLD MY PASTOR ONE TIME BUT I KNW HE L TESTIFY ME.BUT HE SAID A FRIEND TOLD HIM.I M NOT RELATED TO ISLAM BUT BORN IN THE XTIAN FAMILY OF PEARLSON ZACK LIVED IN TOGO AND NOW IN NIGERIA.I WANT TO UNDERSTAND ALL EVEN BUDHAISM.WHY ARE WE CONCLUSIVELY MIOPIC TO GET KNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATE SOMETHING EVEN IF U DNT HAVE TO BE CONVINCED.

    • Linda Shehu says:

      Islam is simple as water. Its build on 5 pillars.
      1. You must believe that there is only one God and Muhammad is his messenger. You have to believe in angels and the past prophets (Moses, Noah, JESUS, abraham etc and the books they brough such as the original bible,new and the old testment)
      You must also believe in fate that is whatever happens to you good or bad is from God.

      2. You pray 5 daily prayers.

      3. You fast in the month of ramadan

      4. Pay Zakkat as charity (2.5% of your earning)

      5. Attend pilgrimage atleast once in a life time

      These are the fundamentals and its all that is required of a muslim. Its so simple.
      Islam means peace and is suppose to bring peace, happiness and joy into your life.
      Islam abhors violence and the greatest sin in Islam is taking life of another or cheating.
      Just like every other religon Muslims have extreamist and fanatics. Hitler killed 6million just because they were Jews for example, Christians killed so many in Ireland and other places, today Jews are killing palastines all these does not make all Jews to be bad people or Christians and muslims too.
      If you can pick the quran and read it (there is only 1 version) and ask muslims about there religion.

      • DSP says:

        The Muslim world condemned Osama Bin Laden by mouth only, they didn’t mean it. I want to believe that Nigerian muslims deep down in their hearts, think that the ‘kaffirs’ deserve what they are getting. Otherwise why did the Muslim world imprison the medical doctor that provided intelligence that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden? Even after they all ‘condemned’ him (Osama) with mouth only? In all the analogies you drew, Christians that did evil things were fought by other Christians. Let muslims FIGHT boko haram then we will know that its not only mouth…

      • maryam bashir says:

        God bless u linda for carefully highlighting the fundamentals of islam to dis brother with so much clarity. I don’t know ur religion (by ur name). If u r not a muslim, I commend ur efforts in d search for knowlegde and it shows u understand d basis of islam. If everyone could ‘read, research and understand’ each others religion, I think d world would be a much more habitable place to live.

      • sheilah says:

        You still havnt said any fin.if dis boko harams are not muslims and there targets are not only d christians then let them go to places like lagos niger delta or to d east they just want to clear out d churches and christians in d nothern states and dats there limits.they if dey move to other states d rehaction will be bad.a niger delta man or igbo man will not watch u leave ur place and distroy his family in his place.if dat is done dey know d reparcussion.if dey have guts let them try me am saying dis on dis wall cos I know a lot of d pple comenting are either supporters of BH or BH themselves so I’m challenging dem to try de niger deltas or easternance den they’ll know dis there are doing is a small version of terrorism.abeg nobody should tell me d attacks are not just focused on christians it is.I’m so pissed.foolish creatures.muslims are just playing corny and innocent forget it we know d truth stop trying to make us sympatise with u pple.is it not d ishmelites.always betrayal.

      • tee says:

        @dsp, I doubt u are from this same world we are in, “muslims only condemned osama ibn laden with mout?” Obviously, u are mot learned cos if u are, you would have heard or read that pakistanis and afghans lose their life fighting “al-qaeda” on a daily basis. Abi na xtians be those pple?.

  27. MAILAFIYA SULAIMAN says:

    MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU SISTER BISOLA ABIOLA,I WANT BOTH THE MUSLIMS N CHRISTIANS TO PUT HEAD TOGETHER N PRAY FOR ALMIGHTY GODS INTERVENTION ON THIS DASTARDLY ACT.OH ALLAH XPOSE N PUNISH ALL THOSE BEHIND THIS DEVILISH ACT.

  28. y1nka says:

    Really couldn’t read all the comments although i’d love too, but Great Article. It just addresses how Muslims have been segregated and classified as hell-bringers to the world. This is a must-read for everybody!!!

  29. seun says:

    @Rinsola abiola:great job

  30. bukola says:

    Infact dis is a touching piece.I commend d writer of dis piece for standin up to defend ur religion.really am a christain a catholic for that matter and my mum is a muslim,a strong believer of islam who has read and is still readin the quaran and we live in the same house.my point here is that I don’t believe that BH’s are true muslims cos I av had a little time to study the quaran and I can’t see where their actions are justified by the quaran.there is more to this than we the ordinary citizens are seeing.I just hope we xtains won’t be baised and have a wrong notion or believe towards the muslims,cos in all religion I believe we have extremist and that’s who the BH’s are in islam.all I pray for is God’s intervention and arrest of the evil perpetrators of our dear country nigeria be it muslim or xtain.

  31. Yemi says:

    Thank you Zwahu and Austin,
    Dear Rinsola, I am very happy and proud to tell you I have a lot of Muslim friends though I am a Christian. Toeing the line of Zwahu and Abiola, Muslims have never been deliberately targeted (as Muslims) by BH. Let’s not compare apples and oranges. Ritualistic, kidnappers etc in the South do not claim to commit those crimes as Christians neither do the Armed Robbers of the North claim to steal in the name of Islam.
    However, Boko Haram claim to kill and annihilate Christians in the name of Islam. Do they represent main stream Islam? No they dont. And yes there have been suicide bombing in Saudi. Almost half of 911 bombers were from Saudi.
    I will rather you clearly state that BH isn’t doing the bidding of Islam than say they aren’t Muslims fighting an Islamic course, just as a Quaeda and alShabab.
    Bulk passing isn’t going to help – that it is political etc. BH has said unequivocally that they are responsible for this heinous crime. Please let’s us not exonerated them in an attempt to present a squeaky clean religion. BTW, I haven’t heard people say Muslims are the ones blowing up churches, I have heard people say Boko Haram is responsible – I think being specific when pointing fingers is the way to go i.e isolating the culprits since they can be so identified.

    • sani says:

      The John that was caught with grenades, AK 47 and ammunition attempting to attack a ministerial briefing at Radio House….where is he? An SSS operative named Emmanuel was also arrested in Gombe attempting to bomb a church…where is he? A man, non-muslim, but dressed in white jallabiyyah arrested in Bayelsa attempting to bomb a church….months ago….where is? Why is Kabiru Sokoto not on trial? What about the Abu Qaqa SSS claimed to have arrested? Are all these facts or fiction? Many questions….

      • Black Knight says:

        I keep hearing about these conspiracy theories all the time. But I think it will be nice if you also gave details of other more successful bombers that were apparently non-Christian- thisday bomber, the initial 2009 bombers, the UN building and police hq bombers …

      • Nadia says:

        @ Black Knight. Thank God Leadership newspaper dosent in any way belong to a xtian. Please avail urself with this…Thanks to Sharon Faliya Cham for reminding Nigerians of the involvement of Christians in terrorist activities in the country in her article As The Church Slept.. The Trilogy serialized in Leadership Newspaper. We should all be cautious and think twice before we jump on each others neck. Now, let’s read in the book of Sharon Faliya:
        1- Hasan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu all xtians; arrested with vehicle load of explosives and ammunition after shortly the attack on Deeper life Church in Gombe.
        2- 8 COCIN members arrested with explosive devises at Miya Barkatai branch of the church.
        3- Lydia Joseph arrested with explosive devise in Bauchi
        4- Emmanuel King arrested while disguised as a Muslim and attempting to bomb Redeemed Christian Church Yenogoa.
        5- Madam Ruth attempted bombing ECWA Church in Kalarin area of Gombe.
        6- Mr Alex Danladi involved in COCIN HQ bombing was lynched by worshipers. He was a church member disguised in military uniform.
        7- Sunday Eze, Samuel Taiwo and 3 Ghanians were arrested with heavy weaponry in Ghana.
        8- Monday Davou was arrested while planting IED at Maker weekly market at Riyom LG.
        9- A group of robbers led by Evangelist Wale Adelu was nabbed. They used to meet in the Church B4 operation.
        10- Gary Hyde, the british in court for shipping 80000 guns and 32 million round of ammunition in the country.
        11-the 4 Xtians arrested trying to bomb st Theresa Catholic Parish. Makurdi.
        For details and dates read leadership of Tuesday and Wednesday 5 and 6 june 2012.

      • yemi says:

        Mr sani like I said am nt 4 or aginst the fact that BH guys are moslem but I want u 2 knw dat d fact dat sum1 is named john or emmanuel or even jesus christ does nt make him a xtian.any1 dat do evil against the will of God is nt a xtian if u like bear the name of God but everything is pointing 2 d fact dat the end is here.take it or leave it

    • maryam bashir says:

      ISLAM is a perfect religion, MUSLIMS are not perfect cos they are humanbeings.. I soooooo agree.

      • tee says:

        @ yemi, but if some1 is named “yusuf” that makes him a good muslim? That’s the bigotry am talking about

    • abbati says:

      When Boko Haram threatened to bomb lagos, they mean it. But ђã†̥ did Fashola say? He said I̶̲̥̅̊F̶̲̥̅̊ a single bomb should explode in Lagos then he will expose and reveal everything he knows. W̶̲̥̅̊ђγ̲̣̣̥ hasn’t any bomb explode in lagos? Boko suspects are arrested on a daily basis W̶̲̥̅̊ђγ̲̣̣̥ hasn’t anybody tried openly? W̶̲̥̅̊ђγ̲̣̣̥ are christians involved in some foiled bomb attempts. These and some other questions begging Fø̲̣̣я̅ answers will tell you Ho̝̊̅ώ political this stuff Į̸̸̨§.

  32. Adenike says:

    i am a christian and i believe i av jst read,dat boko haram are jst killing 4 dier own selfish reasons but our govt. Shld jst try and do sumtin abt it.

  33. zakariya abdul says:

    Nice One! do you know that when the then leader of BH was killed in maiduguri,the people of maiduguri were happy that this evil man has gone forever?i think the govt didnt do a mop up of its displaced members and the people are scared of pointing out BH members for fear of been killed.My hope is that the people would understand that they are not carrying out their evil activities in the name of islam.

  34. geeborlah says:

    Rinsola, I must really say this is a good write up, and I as well as other muslims who have seen this appreciate this, may Allah continue to guide u, bless u for spreading the word of God and clearing the name of islam from this mayhem. I must say I’m a muslim and I’m proud to be a muslim. Now @professorqq8, pls try to find out the truth about the matter, and pls in islam sucide is not accepted and it can be a basis for matyrdom and pls pple shouldn’t hate islam and it should also be noted that boko haram is not for islam ooo

  35. bash shariff says:

    Rinsola may τ̣̣ђё blessings of ALLAH be upon you and your likes. You tried so much in this piece-having said what should be considered. But of cause τ̣̣ђё non muslim will never hide their anger at τ̣̣ђё muslims JƱڪτ̲̅ because worship τ̣̣ђё ONE GOD,, MOST GRACIOUS. Τ̣̣ЂЁ ALL MIGHTY, Τ̣̣ЂЁ CREATOR, as worshipped by all HIS messangers and prophets.
    Even if you spend all τ̣̣ђё rest of your life in explaining these BH issue τ̅☺ them they never take your statement into consideration. They look for loose piece τ̅☺ jurge what you wrote, even when what you wrote íڪ in both τ̣̣ђё Quran and τ̣̣ђё Hadiths. They think its your own writing since you did not subject yourself τ̅☺ such narrow beliefs.

  36. Alli Nuhu says:

    Masha Allah Sister, may almighty Allah reward you for this. And i pray that Allah in His infinite mercy grant you more knowledge and whatever it is ur heart desire. Thank You

  37. Adam Adejumo says:

    @Rinsola – thanks for the write up. Jazzakillahu khaeran.

    @ professorq88 – I understand your feelings. But the fact remains that, u just don’t read quran, u understand it. Immediately u said something abt “72 companions, bright eyes, big boobs”… I laughed because I know Allah will never say so. I picked my quran checked it and saw something similar. But it might be hard for you to understand the content cus u wanna use the words against it. And more also u aint a muslim. When people translate “kawahiba” as “maidens” or “virgin ladies”, That’s lack of understanding. “Kawahiba” means “virginity”… Something that is pure, untouched, sealed… Symbol of purity, grace, beauty, innocence, truth and sympathy.

    And abt Hadith… Mohammad is a prophet, like moses given the strength of fourty men, like jesus who can wake the dead, like yusuph who’s the most handsome. Words like that are sometimes appraisals. And mostly not found to be truth. Everyone can write anything abt any prophet. But my Mohammad never said he has sexual power of 30 men. And abt hadith. U can’t just pick on any book and say u read an hadith dat quote thus or so so… Like u have wars u fight within the christian scholars abt their misconceptions and write ups. So do we. Many hadith are false write ups. Even pagan write many things abt islam to make people see it as something bad. Like an ibo man found amongst BokoHaram. There are disguises to corrupt something. But the fact is BokoHaram aren’t true and peaceful people. They aint islam. They are National threat. To both christians and muslims. I cry every time I see innocent christians die. Don’t get it wrong… BokoHaram aint Muslim Army. God bless u brother.

    Rinsola… Once again, u make me proud. Allah bless you

    • binta I. says:

      Ade….kudos to your reply bout Islam, beloved Muhammad s.a.w.And d thwarted misconception bout our religion.may Allah make dem understand us we r for peace nd Islam is literally peace. Its extremists among us dt twist d true meaning of Islam. Initiator of ds discussion Rinsola I jus love u for standing up for my beloved life…..Islam.

  38. Abdulrahman says:

    May Allah bless
    U.

  39. Anehi says:

    The Prophet (S.A.W) says when you train a woman, you train a Nation. The one who watered your seed has blossomed you into a flower for a Nation. I have no comment. Those who want to reason should do so. But those who want to live in prejudice should continue to do so as well. It is worth mentioning also that the most BASIC, ELEMENTARY and LITERAL meaning of JIHAD is STRUGGLE. I have seen no one who intentionally struggle for Destruction, except the Ignorant one. Which means Jihad connotes and denotes a positive sense. Another good piece in the past: http://www.saharareporters.com/article/boko-haram-northern-problem-southern-blackmails

  40. fatima says:

    I love ur write up,bt what baffles the christains is ever snice this boko haram incidents started,chrisains hav not heard of muslim going to mosque and bomb exploding,its only on sunday u hear abt 3churches at d same tym exploding,I wonder where church hv become govt ppty.see what happen on sunday in kd,I jst drove pass that area when that bomblast took place,its unfair and govt we don’t knw what they r saying

    • DSP says:

      Dear Fatima, thanks for your clarifications. Boko Haram has clearly stated that Christians are their enemies in their press releases. Those drawing analogy with Hitler do not yet understand what the real issues are!!!!!

      • lateefah says:

        May almighty Allah bless the writr.@ professor8 n DSP islam condemns violence.y dint all dese happen b4 GEJs regime? Were all the leaders b4 him muslims?its just so sad that most nigerians are blamn it all on the muslim and can’t c the obvious

  41. joseph anekwe says:

    your piece is good in the light that you are trying to salvage an already bad situation. i strongly believe that the activities of this” boko haram” driven away new converts to islam. but beyond this islamic scholars have a role to play , am saying this because most of them preach violent. i grew up to know islam to be a religion of peace why will you people allow very few minority to give you a bad name. please take this your piece to the north

  42. asake says:

    Salam alaekun waramotul lahi wabarakatul. I really appreciate ur clarification. Being a muslim myself. I am made to believe that islam is a religion of peace. Those who derive pleasure In killing and maiming innocent people are not worthy of being called a muslim. Allah will judge them accordingly.

  43. Well said, and well timed… Precisely balanced, insightfully logical, analytically informative. No doubt, ths piece of urs represents Muslim’s point of view, in respect of BH’s un-Islamic acts.

    Its hoped that, my Christian brethrens wl b able to clarify th diff btw the Muslim & the so-called Muslims who r disguising in th name of religion to undrtk unGodly acts, paving way to disunity among the Abrahamic religions (ie. Christianity & Islam), hence, resulting in doom, confuse, pointless & ‘under-develop’ 9ja.

    One of the best piece I hv cm across, may ur pen keep dancing Sister. May Allah reward u more!

  44. MO says:

    But what will you call the killing and bombing of christains and security agent which some of them are also christains. Let stop deceiving ourselves. Bokoharam has called Jihad on christains living within their axis. Islam may means peace “the peace doesn’t extend to non-muslisms”. And what is taking the muslisms clerics or the sultan from calling fatuah on bokoharam. Obviously they still have a soft spot for them for killing infidel. I have muslisms friends who don’t accept this rubbish
    From bokoharam, but they are from the south. What is the mind of an average muslism in the north supporting bokoharam? But so far more christains have died than any muslisms from the hands of bokoharassment

    • Nadia says:

      Jazakhillahu khairan katheer. Sister. Maybe when we stop beign sentimental, judgemental and blind to the truth. Then we as a people would be able to get to the root of this insecurity. Because as it is our leaders”both xtians & muslims” are comfortable with the insecurity in our nation as long as it dsnt affect their looting of public funds. I always use to wonder why the BOKO HARAM. Menace is growing by the day, and even wondered more if an insurgence that isn’t upto 1% of the nation’s population “cannot” be brought to a standstill. Then my silent questions are gradually beign answered. With unfolding events ….Thanks to Sharon Faliya Cham for reminding Nigerians of the involvement of Christians in terrorist activities in the country in her article As The Church Slept.. The Trilogy serialized in Leadership Newspaper. We should all be cautious and think twice before we jump on each others neck. Now, let’s read in the book of Sharon Faliya:
      1- Hasan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu all xtians; arrested with vehicle load of explosives and ammunition after shortly the attack on Deeper life Church in Gombe.
      2- 8 COCIN members arrested with explosive devises at Miya Barkatai branch of the church.
      3- Lydia Joseph arrested with explosive devise in Bauchi
      4- Emmanuel King arrested while disguised as a Muslim and attempting to bomb Redeemed Christian Church Yenogoa.
      5- Madam Ruth attempted bombing ECWA Church in Kalarin area of Gombe.
      6- Mr Alex Danladi involved in COCIN HQ bombing was lynched by worshipers. He was a church member disguised in military uniform.
      7- Sunday Eze, Samuel Taiwo and 3 Ghanians were arrested with heavy weaponry in Ghana.
      8- Monday Davou was arrested while planting IED at Maker weekly market at Riyom LG.
      9- A group of robbers led by Evangelist Wale Adelu was nabbed. They used to meet in the Church B4 operation.
      10- Gary Hyde, the british in court for shipping 80000 guns and 32 million round of ammunition in the country.
      11-the 4 Xtians arrested trying to bomb st Theresa Catholic Parish. Makurdi.
      For details and dates read leadership of Tuesday and Wednesday 5 and 6 june 2012.
      W̶̲̥̅̊e̲̅ really need to wake up from our slumber! May God save our souls and expose the perpetrators.
      GOD SAVE NIGERIA! ( Its better for we Nigerians to see and treat a terrorist as one. Be it a muslim or xtian instead of throwing stones at eachother and beign judgemental. This is crime against humanity we are talking about.

    • madam says:

      I totaly agree wiith u,2 of an ibo man’s shop got burnt in zzariaa simply bcos an hausa man cudnt pay of his bills nd kept begn in d naame of Allah n d ibo man said he had had enough dt evn if he uses Alahs name,he cnt let go of d debts anymor. D ibo man had 2 run for his dear life in d middle of d nyt cos aafta dis hausa man n his frnds had finishd with his 2 shops,they were headn 2 burn his house with his family in it. This was in 2009 just opposite abu zaria samaru caampus north gate

  45. adamu auta says:

    Nice write up and also commendable, well the issue of muslims been killed by bh the media has made sure it is not an issue even if u keep saying what islam entails from now till the end of time any one who doesn’t reason objectively will never understand it. Well the person who is saying the core muslim detest southern muslim that is a blatant lie because when I did my nysc in kaduna ( zuntu) the corpers I met there told me a muslim corper from lagos does not pray outside or go to jumat because they they hate a muslim from the south bt when they saw how I was relating and also telling him to come let’s pray and he refused they now realise that he was just a lazy brat would be preffered to be called fred instead of his realy name kadiri cos he wants to be friendly with ladies. I
    In essence what I am sying is this whatever you are is who u made yourself to be

    • yemi says:

      The fact dat some muslims were killed does nt mean dat BH is /isnt a moslem a yoruba adage says if u throw Stones into a market place even if u aim it @ ur enemy there’s a possibility dat 1 or more of the stone can go 2 ur friend.and u said d media don’t see d killing of muslims as an issue does dat mean dat everybody in d media sector are xtians dat dey cover up the killing of muslims NO but wen u av a ratio of 1:1000 what do u expect? all I want our muslim brothers and sisters 2 do is to enlighten their northern fellow cos let me nt dciv u my experience in kano with the hausas was nt palatable @ all am a living testimony.all what the hausa ppl want is power one of dem even told me dat power blong 2 the hausas,education 2 the yorubas and business 2 the igbos and u knw they’ve mix their culture and passion with their religion dat’s y the only way they can express their lust 4 power is thru the unbrella of their religion and dis is nt good 4 their southern counterparts

  46. Anas M Sani says:

    JaxakiLLAHU bil jannah sistr “RINSOLA ABIOLA“. @ professo uu cnt jez go tru wht uu dnt knw as said in the qur‘an or hadith. Islam is peace bt nt terrorism“ the muslims ar pissed bt yet no one took revenge. @ victor can uu plz tel me whr in xaria children trow stone during sunday worship?? Uu cant jez predict. Am nah qoutin uu wrong bt plz be truthfull. Nyz right-up my sistr keep up the perfomance.

    • unknown says:

      Anas M Sani, please do not spoil this conversation with your unserious way of writing. Can’t you see the subject matter is one of high importance and write as others as writing.

    • yemi says:

      My dear broda anas sani talking about throwing stone is very true I am a victim of dat. That is the sole work of the almajiri’s the moment they see that u don’t blong 2 their faith the next thing is to throw stone @ u. Mine happen in kano I don’t even knw such happen in zaria as well. Pls help us educate ur people

      • hussein says:

        @yemi first of all almajaris are not present in any arab country. just from what I’ve seen nigeria, ignorant ppl giving birth to a lot of children and don’t know what to do with them so they send them to islamic schools that way. 2nd thing about “help us educate ur people” u are nigerian and they are nigerian, they are ur people too. These ppl, sorry to say this and plz do not take it as racism cz I’m half black lol, our muslims don’t behave this way, nor do our christians. Ignorant people are everywhere. But I don’t label a religion or group of ppl as terrorists or killers just because a small fanatic portion exists within it. They are not muslims to us. They can claim islam but what they do doesn’t go with what islam says.

  47. Jimoh Sirajudeen says:

    You have made your points Rinsola,the first muslims were not tererrosts,we the present muslims are not terorrists,and insha’a Allah our muslimchildren won’t be terorrists.

    • yemi says:

      Husein I called dem ur ppl cos they claim 2 be muslim if they claim 2 be a xtian I will personally take it upon myself 2 educate dem. I even tried 2 talk 2 sum of them but the fact dat I blong 2 a different faith made it difficult so if ppl of like faith can take it upon demselve 2 enlighten dis ppl dat want to tarnish islam I think we’ll av a little peace if nt much

      • hussein says:

        @yemi listen up brother. I’m not even nigerian if I didn’t care enough for u ppl I wouldn’t even contribute here cz its none of my business. Yes I am a muslim but I still consider myself objective in this topic because I lived outside of ur communities and when I came n stayed in nigeria I started seeing how things are done there. Believe me when I say all these things are fabrications. This sect had the mission of “education,especially western, is haram”, Imam Ali once said: every vessel gets full, but the vessel of knowledge its every expanding. Islam gives high regard to knowledge and learning.cz how will uu read the qur’an if ur an illiterate? The prophet also said that seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.
        Islam is bigger than boko haram and nigeria, do not forsake a religion just because of what some people are doing. I and other muslims have said we don’t consider them as muslims and ppl say if so why don’t we fight them, its not our job, its the government u should be asking this. Some people are just evil, its just their nature. Isn’t it jesus that said : listen to what they preach, but don’t do as they do( and he was talking about pastors). Everybody is angry and fed up I understand but ur busy abusing each other and the real criminals from both camps are having dinners together sharing money, going abroad while u ppl are suffering. They want u to stay in this confusion. What people are doing isn’t with coordinance with what islam says, so what? At the end of the day I didn’t create it neither u created me.. Its God himself that will judge us all and say if we have been in coordinance of what he commanded throughout all of his messengers, and I say all of his messengers. Do u know how many times the virgin Mary and jesus were mentioned in qur’an? Do u know that jesus in arabic is “Issa” a name that so many muslims in nigeria give to their children? Yes we are not a religion of violence even though these ppl are showing otherwise. Assalamu alaikum is what every muslim should say when meeting somebody, which means peace be upon u, how can a bloodthirsty relegion necessite something like “peace be upon u”. Take time to read this please, and please as people u should rise above this and work together or else u would lose ur country and identity

  48. Umm umar says:

    U nail it on d head.d unfortunate tin abt naija christain is dy ar one way man. No deep thing dat ds is nt frm d muslims,is d result of der emotionally electin GEJ witno mission nd vision 4 naija

    • yemi says:

      Then find a way of telling the evil doer to stop using islam @ least there a lots of religion they can use y did they choose islam.pls pray dat Allah shouldfish dem out and punish dem 4 the sake of islam cos if u re a xtian and 1 of ur family is affected I knw u won’t talk like dis ,it’s nt about xtian bn one way may its what we hear and see dat we based our talk on. Thanks

    • PEACE says:

      After such sense being made by Hussein, @ Umar I don’t think u shld generalise but talk in d same vein as Hussein. So r u claiming dat Christians were d only ones to vote in GEJ, ‘come out and vote’ for who you want, guess u didnt. Besides that’s not the bone of contention here please think and speak objectively

  49. Azeez Rahmon says:

    Michael I don’t think its necessary for Rinsola to persuade u from not taking action pls go ahead and start killing any Muslims and after u might ve killed all of them, then point to one or two that killed Christains. When there is problem u turned it to religion. If not for stupidity and ignorance those arrested so far are what? Is John Odia a muslim or Xtain?

    • PEACE says:

      Azeez I get u but stop thinking anyone dat doesn’t answer Muslim names is definitely a Christian (d church is open 4 just anyone to walk in n join in sermons and worship). They could just b idol worshippers n ocultists or whatever they belong to

      • PEACE says:

        @ Azeez, besides- born into a Christian family doesn’t automatically make you one. Some of these people visit d church only on national/worldwide celebration days so pls think before you talk

  50. Moukhtarr says:

    Excellent piece! Sister Rinsola has said the truth,dere is a deliberate distortion of fact in order to vilify Islam n muslims.when christians commit crimes,no one blames it on christianity but wen muslims do,Islam must always be d culprit,what an act of hypocrisy? How do u explain d arrest of some christians in Bauchi attempting to bomb their own church,d full truth has not been told. There is a deliberate attempt by christians to attack christian objects in order to justify the killing of muslims in d name of reprisal.

  51. Ummumar says:

    U mis it al ds are said ,so dat muslims wil nt commit 4nicatn nd evils.wen u deprive muslim frm al evils nd worldly ill act der must prize 4 a wel manner nd behave child, if nt wat is nd of being a firstclass student .ALLAH said muslims ar d best mankind nt 4 nothing cus dy 4bid evil ,enjoy goodnes amg dmselves nd other nd believe in Allah.no pain no gain.dos describtn just 4 muslim 2 4bid evil nd aim 4 beta

  52. Adamu Danjuma says:

    I av gone through the comments of evrybdy nd there were sinses in each commnt that was posted. I just want us to think nd scrutinize what our president said on october 1st bombing last year, he said “we know those behind these bombings but we are just keeping mute”. Fashola, ‘lagos state governor’ said “if any bombing occure in lagos state, the world will know the truth about all these bombings”.

    A woman was caught in ‘FAITH LIVING’ church in kaduna here with explossives right inside the church, nd she was a christian-igbo.

    A woman was caught at bauchi tryin to set the church ablaz for no just cause, nd she was a christian.

    Three top nigerians whose names i cant recall now but i av it on record, along side with three ganians were caught at Ghana with suffisticated weapons to be transported to Nigeria, nd they were all christians.
    There are tens of such informations documented. With all these do you still believe boko haram as a group still exist? Av u ever asked the end results of these persons caught?

  53. onetwo says:

    risola,wel sed… i dnt knw u b4 bt ds s d best journal a muslim eva wrote i read,i esp lyk d line u sed ‘Perhaps if we did the right thing and displaced those thieves and murderers from their seats of power, we would find copies of the manual beneath those seats’….
    bt i wnt 2 disagree wiv u in some parts& ask u som qstns 2;
    if u deny d boko haram bein an islamic sect,hw com de do ds evil in d name ov ‘ALLAH’ evn read d qur’an durin dir evil doins,hw com de gt d suport ov som top muslim elite (argued wiv proofz),hw com other muslims r nt sayin anytin bout it or com out openly 2 dsapove ov dem? qstns go on… u wrote lyk a muslim hu had neva bin in d north,if u had u’d realizes dt muslims in d north r tot 2 hate d christians. i finishd frm d ahmadu bello university zaria,i wld boldly tel u my stay in zaria tru out ws by d grace ov God. on daily basis (evn b4 d evil ov boko haram), christians esp ladiz wer asaultd on a daily mst tyms wiv d help ov ‘raro boiz’ & i knw de act according 2 wt de r tot. i v pasd bsyd a mosque in skool 1day wen i hed a tape play in hausa sayin ‘su christoci arne ne,kar kuk beri su huta’ meanin ‘christians re pegans de shldnt rest’…wit such massages in a plce ov worship,hw do u c peace? it wld b a hyt ov decption if we raiz our hedz hy & smyl 2 prtend al s wel…ur ppl seek fyt in disguise (its hapinin in oda arab world sef) i tink its tym de eat dir fud…no luv lost,ds s wt we found…maybe @ d end we’d sit & let ‘had i knwn’ spik, bt 4 nw i tink repraisal atak s sooo on point. God bles u.

  54. Thank you so much Rinsola for your write up.
    But am sorry to say this.BOKO HARAM is form by the government & it turn out to over powered the government.
    That was why they used the last force they have to kill MALAM YUSUFI,thinking that it is the only way to demolish the idea,thereby creating a name to them that will make people to hate them.that was why they call them BOKO HARAM.
    And unfortunately that failed it only brings abaut many more lyk,
    we now have POLITICAL boko haram,NIGERIAN AMERICAN boko haram & many more of them.

  55. Noor says:

    Jazakillahu khaki ran, my sister. May Allah reward you abundantly for this write up. Couldn’t have said it better my self.
    To those who insist all northern Muslims support boko haram, I say that is very unfair of you. No sane human will be happy over the death of innocent people, be it religious or otherwise
    I am from Borno, half my family are Christians. I lost relatives when they shot at a mosque during jumma’a prayers on Friday. The bombs don’t discriminate.
    Do not judge the majority by the barbaric and inhumane actions of a few.

  56. mujidah says:

    Jazakumulah khairan. Wil always hold on to this.Alhamduliah,i am α̲̅ muslim

  57. yeba says:

    Just a defensive statement…answer me. how many mosques have they attacked, how many children lives have they spared, how many time have they not mention Allah and the island that they stand for…how many time have they not avocate for islamic nation. And now u are taking about represal attacked.. When boko Haram start attacking mosques then we will believe all ur aclaim interpretation of the Quaram. Peace

  58. Jumoke says:

    Beautiful and insightful! May Allah reward u 4 dis great effort. Like rinsola I share the view that we should together objectively view dis issue of BH. From d unset I knew der was more to d issue of BH. I have never viewed dis as a religious battle. Cos neither of d religion is based on such doctrination. I still feel the government as condoned so much of dis attacks and der’s little we can do except to in our little voices condemn it. But of cos mere condemnation wudnt wake up d dead. Let’s arise and demand from our governmemnt what is truly due to us. We deserve a peaceful and sane society. Govt can tackle boko haram better than any of us can.
    May God deliver us fast form dis evil and tales of woes!

  59. Saheed says:

    Islam is a religion of peace and we muslims are peace luving people.NO REAL MUSLIM WILL KILL HIMSELF NOR ANYOTHER PERSON.

  60. Anita Max says:

    hmmm all these tins dat u ar stating will neve solve any issue rahter pray dan critizing n bleming one another, by doing dat hw cn d uniyt u ar talking abt b found? No one judges another o wit same measures u use it will b used on u live God to do tins his way n by his will no one knws d truth oly d creator of d universe.

  61. ABBA says:

    Thank God u are A Positive thinker /Muslim sir,Ur type of Muslims are Few Out there Even B4 BH it Has Been like Dis We Liv Among Muslims we See It….Plus I like The Fact that U said U are Speaking For Ur Self and Ur True Religion…..In Jos and Kaduna During the last Riot in KD yoruba Muslims,Igala muslims wr been slained by Hausa Muslims Calling Them Ar’ ne) that is fake’@ that Time we Harboured Plenty Muslim friends in Our House frm Being killed by Angry Youth”’ we knw this Thing let’s Call a Spade speak for ur Self .The Fucking Suicide Bombers scream Allah ak”bar 3 times b4 exploding killing Innocent Mothers and Kids and U re speaking Plenty English…. God Help Us All’

  62. faceoff says:

    Insight.

  63. nneka says:

    I think you have a good point. I’m a christian and as we have good christians, so do we have bad christians. And as far as saying boko haram isn’t an islamic sect, I’d say u are wrong there. You are a good person doesn’t mean all muslims are good. U pointed out that Imams have been killed by bokoharam, I’d say that’s just a cover up, just my honest opinion though cos as far as I’m concerned, sop many muslims are ready and willing to lay down their life for their cause, take the alqeada members for example cos if u compare the amount of churches that have been burnt down in the last few months to the amount of imams that have been killed, you’d see that it’s totally incomparable, and who do u find in the churches, obviously christians

    • hussein says:

      Ur talking of alqaeda aunty? We don’t see them as real muslims. They are salafists they think other muslims are not true believers. Do u even read or do a proper research before u write?
      Gosh I’m having a feeling that ignorance levels are on the rise

    • hussein says:

      Another question @nnena u ppl are talking about a cause? Where’s the cause here for muslims to fights and “lay down their lives”? Can u plz enlighten me and tell me why are BH doing what they are doing? What is their cause?

  64. Mrs Binta Tanko Beji says:

    Amin summa amin 2 your prayers. Ya Allah guide us 2 d right path.

  65. asmau says:

    Sincerely,if evry1 sld tk a critical look at tins n wats happinin in nigeria u wld knw tht there re pp behind it all.there re pp tht hate d muslim so bad tht they want 2 gv it a bad name.hw many times hv they caught dis suicide bombers or d 1ce abt 2 commit d act n they re nt muslims but xtains.wld u bliv me if i tell u our govt n some top pp re d 1ce bhind dis all just 2 c tht islam is painted black.there re real evil pp amongst us.seriously i am a muslim any wia n anytime n inshaAllah wld want 2 die as a muslim.my religion neva preaches suicide bombing nor killin nor hatered.its very unfortunate tht is happinin like dis

  66. prince mohammed kudu abdulrahim says:

    the prophet muhammad PBUH livs in MAKKAH wit bot christians nd idol worshipers,they all lovs him wen he was a child,but wen he announce to them dat he is d last messenger of god,they started hatin him nd ALLAH S.W.T. said to them never u revenge to them until it get too much ALLAH nw said to him oh u MUHAMMAD fight them back,wen prophet cant defeat them, he was asked to migrate to MADINA whr the pple accept him nd gv him shelter,PROPHET MUHAMMAD livs wit bot d christians nd idol worshipers in peace nd comand the muslims to avoid been in seekin for war,so this BOKO-HARAM of a tin is nt the habit of muslims, wen christians were kilin muslims in jos nd in kaduna,nigerians did nt say its BOKO-HARAMS whl this bomb-blast shld b referd to d muslims,whr wer u wen d christians in kaduna kilin d muslims returnin 4rm NATIONAL MAULUD in minna.jst three/3/ days ago,let reason nd reason very wel my fellow nigerians,this is our country nd we must hold it to b one united peaceful state.i luv u all nigerians.

    • Audu says:

      No matter what you claim your quran says, history shows that Islam is not a tolerant religion. I’m surprised most Muslims don’t care to know anything about Mohammed’s early stages of Islam.. Yes he lived with idol worshippers but only the ones who converted to Islam.. The Jews and Christians were tolerated at first because they believed in one God. So they were not considered ‘infidels’. But later the Jews and Christians were unjustly deprived of their property and expelled from Medna.. I believe today Christians are still banned from entering Mecca. If you want to bring up talk about killing muslims in jos and kaduna, tell me who started the killing iin kaduna in 2000 and who started it in jos in 2001.. You should be ashamed of yourself for bringing up that statement. The greed of the Hausa Muslims have turned my lovely state (Plateau) and our neighbor (Kaduna) into death traps for even us the indigenes. I’m sure Plateau and Kaduna state will continue to retaliate whenever any coward dares to show his face in one of our churches again

    • PEACE says:

      @Prince don’t look at it like a religious thing, cos if it is the Christians u claim are behind dis nonsence would also turn on the Western Muslims. I think its political and their using tribal intolerance to instigate the whole thing. Cos I don’t know why its always the south against the North, while they live in peace with the West

  67. taslim says:

    This is a very good and excellent article. May Allah reward you abundantly. It is a pity that some muslims are so ignorant of what Islam is all about . It is therefore not embarrassing for me when I see non-muslims who show little knowledge about Islam. Islam forbids the taking of life. Every life is sacred in Islam whether it is the life of a believer or a non-believer except in a war situation. Therefore these Boko Haram people are on their own. May Allah open their eyes and hearts to the truth. Amen

  68. Adeniyi Abiodun says:

    May Allah continues to guide you and whoever that always stood by the truth.
    The only solution to all these menaces is truthful of purpose and sincerity.
    Our political leaders, religious leaders as well as the media outfit have more to tell the nation. I don’t want to subscribe to all there assertions and name calling,Nigerians have been co existing for a very long time irrespective of religion affiliation, even in the dark age of Nigeria history no one is hell bent in forcefully turned it to single religion state let alone in this modern era.
    It has never being this worse, let the media and our leaders in all ramifications be objective towards sustaining the unity of this nation and always remember that God Almighty is watching all their hidden agendas.

  69. Muslimah says:

    May Allah bless you for this article and may He give us all the strength and faith to get through these trials and tests which we are going through. Surely Allah tests only those who are closest to Him and i believe that we Nigerians, being the the faithful and God-fearing people we are, will surely get through this as ONE UNITED COUNTRY InshaAllah. Jazakallahu-Khair

  70. rabi abubakar bobbo says:

    Very well said Rinsola, can anyone say anything better? Kudos sister for the enlightement. Well done, May Allah make this single act of yours a source of your jannah, may Allah continue to guide and bless you. The world need move of your type simply clearly and straight to the point.

  71. Dauda says:

    Great one Rinsola. Enough of such misconception about Islam by some non-muslims & I’ve always tried 2 explain d same fact 2 some of my christian friends with little or no success. Most of them fail 2 understand with me on that. Some of my elder brothers ‘re xtians, yet I so much love & care 4 them. I remember paying d bride price my elder brother’s wife & also empowering d same broda, economically, yet he’s a xtian. My 2 younger sisters/orphans whom I fully sponsor ‘re xtians( one is @ d university). 3 of my late brother’s kids who ‘re also orphans all live with me & enjoy full sponsorship. Even half of my friends ‘re xtians & we luv each other, yet I’m a peaceful muslim. I was nominated 4 d award of d most calm, cool & most collected Pharmacy student in d entire faculty in 2007 @ d University of Jos, yet I’m a muslim…So hw does anyone explain all this. Boko Haram ‘re not truly fighting 4 Islam. Let everybody think deep about this.

  72. Abubakar Hassan says:

    Point of correction my sister, Jihad means striving for a cause and not Holy War as widely put. This term emanated from the western world who do not or refuse to understand what Islam is. Unfortunately even many muslims do not understand what Jihad means and hence are misapplying it.

  73. naboulove says:

    Thanks for this piece. I wished Nigerians thought of themselves as a Nation instead of favouring the “ism” such as tribalism, elitism, etc. Hw can a Nation face a threat if they are not united as one to fight back the common ennemy within. It shd be about Nigerian deaths first. It is painful to see haters such as Boko Haram succeeding in their hidden agenda. Yes they hv a victory everytime a Nigerian separates himself from another as a muslim or a Christian, as a Southerner or a Northerner.
    This writing is brilliant & filled with wisdom.
    That was an African perspective from a Panafrican Observer

  74. Sadeeqib says:

    I maintain thesame opinion with you Rinsola. Take it as a test from Allah. Let’s keep praying and hope for Allah’s mercy. Indeed He’s not heedless of our misery.
    LAILA HA ILLA ANTA SUBHANAKA INNI KUNTU MINA ZUALIMIN

  75. Usman Akeem says:

    I believe u ve spoken d mind of d average nigeria muslims. All i av 2 say is jazaakillahu khairan!

  76. hauwa says:

    jazakallah sister…. I undastnd our frustrations we do nt xpect d xtians a laud d bhs,yes its true der hasnt b publictions on any burnt mosque by ds pathetic sect.it it really doz happen.ds incumbi we mst always c a plight a bring disunity amongst us wch as i cn c is really gainin grounds.ds a very knotty situation shldnt b left g only d muslims controvert .ds sect wch i bliv r nt jst muslim or xtians,bt political contravening religious teachings…we only hope n pray dat Allah (swt) coms 2 our aid n xposed d culprits amin….n pls refrain 4rm interpretn or quotn wrngly d holy QUR’AN..may Allah restore peace in our,hearts,soul,n country…amin

  77. hadiza sulaiman says:

    Well said Rinsola.

  78. Odumosu Billqis says:

    Just when,I began to lose fate in islam God sent u to me,am crying after readin this cos am glad almighty Allah has chosen u to help others understand this better,jazakalahukairan,may Almighty Allah continue to bless and guide u.I pray this touches as many people dat will see dis.A christian friend actually sent this to me.For d first tym I’ld send an islamic bc nt only to my muslim friends but to all my contacts.

  79. Rabi Bello Isah says:

    Salam sis Rinsola.weldone & may Allah(SWT) reward u 4 ur efforts & write up.as far as am concerned,boko harams are neither muslims nor xristians.they are just bunch of idiots & blood suckers who don’t really knw what they represent.if boko haram’s stupid activities are associated with Islam,what about d xristians that were caught planting bombs in churches?are they also associated with Islam?that’s to tell us Nigerians that we have some maniac sect of serial killers out there & untill they are all fished out,there will be no peace for both muslims & xristians.infact,Nigeria its self.let’s all think wisely & stop fighting ourselves. PEACE!!!

  80. Mall. Idris says:

    The first Hijra(Islamic migration) was to Abysinia, when Muslims where tortured by Meccan Arab Pegan. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) instructed d Muslims Ummah to go to a JUST Christians leader. (Source: d Message)
    Lesson! Muslims & Xtians have bn 2geda and peacefully from inception, My Boko haram siblings(whether Muslims or Christians) will not erode this coexistence.
    Let We d 99.999999……..99n% peace loving Muslims form a protective rings for our Xtians neighbour while on service & let Boko haram kill us 2geda 4 good.

  81. ummi says:

    I am a muslim nd I’m proud. Jazakallah sister for this wonderful write up. We have to stop being biased nd sentimental when it comes to religious issues. Most of u critizing d northern muslims have never been to d north,u only talk base on wat u hear frm odas. Killing christians nd bombing churches is condemnable but killing innocent muslims in reprisal attacks is horrible it shows dat u r no better dan dos bombing churches,and saying dat d ratio of d number of christians killed to dat of d muslims is 1:100 is a big lie jst trying to show dat u r d victims,muslims r being killed everyday in kano,borno,damaturu nd so on. Most of d pple caught wth bombs or abt to bomb churches r christians dis means dat der r also christians in boko haram sect. So please let us be,to u is ur religion nd to us is our religion. @ Xrs,is jonathan d first christian president? Y did dis nt happen during OBJ’s tym?

    • yemi says:

      4get about obj bn a xtian obj was luvd by the hausas dat’s y they allowed him. They bliv they own power it’s just unfortunate that most of them are muslims.FACT

  82. Ado adamu says:

    Nice one my sister.
    This thing i dont know what to name it. Its more terrorism cos it play with name of God to suit their selfish agenda. How on earth can you justify the killing of women and childrent, even in the real jihad the prophet categorically prohibited the killing of certain persons during wars and this include women,childrent,monks among many other including animal. If the prophet should prohibit the killing of animal during wars what right do you have to kill humane who have done nothing wrong to you.
    Muslim were kill in many places in nigeria but that does’t warrant the killing of innocent beings else were. This is entirely illogical. If Allah wanted all of us to be muslim we would all have been muslim. Allah created us to be muslims and those that are not, and told us that there should never be compulsion in religion.
    God almighty clearly state this in the holy Quran who are you then to demand the conversion of all christians in nigeria. This is against islam these are not what good musliam should abhor. We need to understand that we have common enemy who only God knows their agenda as they dont fight for islam. In fact they are against the teachings of islam.
    I’m a muslim and i am proud to be to be in islam as islam is peace and nothing but peace.

  83. Sister Rinsola, u’ve done well. I pray muslims should all have the kind of reasoning u have towards religions & humanity. May Allah reward u with jannatul firdaus!

  84. umar yemi says:

    How I wish u can help me reach out to all Nigerians that the problem at hand is that the people in power had seek powers from the power of DARKNESS so they must give them blood. Nigerians are fools, I want u all to keep christians and muslim aside, president is not a christian and vice is not a muslim they are all members of the same secret cult. Believe it or not.

  85. hurairah says:

    May Allah SWT reward with aljannah firdaus for this educative and inspiring piece. I pray to Allah to let anyone reading this understand the virtues of being a true muslim.

  86. Tobby says:

    @Rinsola, note dat Hilter & Truman war was not against muslims but both muslim & christians who dy perceived to be a threat & do nt belong 2 his tribe, so it is wrong to av compare d Hilter killings to boko haram Jihad. Secondly, ur sister/niece is an evangelist, u re a southern muslim dat explain why u wldnt send boko haram on a mission 2 kill christian bcz in evry yoruba family dr is re christians/muslims & traditional worshippers & dy all live in peace. If u re to be in d north & gt caught up in d middle of a religious crisis I bet u, u wn’t be spare bcz ur fellow muslim brother in d north consider u as infidel. Remember d case of a southern muslim youth corper in Bauchi who wz killed in d post election violence who pleaded 2 his killer 2 let him observe his ablusion b4 dy kill him as normal practice in islam but dy refuse & he wz killed instantly. D way u see islam as a southern muslim is different frm d way northern muslims see islam. Evn d bible cn be interpreted by different pastors in different wayz. And finally, Rinola pls alwayz gt ur fact correctly b4 posting, I can authoritatively inform u dat no hausa muslims re kill during d rioting in Onitsha over d killing of d driver. And yes, he was mistok for an hausa man owing d fact dt he was frm d north. Dt is d fate d north central are falling bcz of d brutal killings in d core north. D southern consider all northern 2 be hausa muslim regardless if u re frm Benue, Plateau, Kwara,…north central in general.

    • Abg says:

      @tobby,this is exactly hw d BH operate,attacking both Muslims &christians ESP Muslim clerics who preach against their actions.muslims used to be their only target since 2009 until recently when d churches began to be attacked by both d BH & some Christians.i think this is due to negligence on d part of our leaders,d only thing they did was to worsen d situation by sending d JTF who right now kill more than the BH at least in maiduguri where I Know most.no body can report any BH member bc ppl security is not guaranteed d next thing is either u become a suspect &be locked up &die in police cell or u become one of BH victims,we all know d kind of country we live in.the best thing is prayers!

    • general says:

      Well said my sis, base on dis discussn, one can conclude by saying christianity is a religion of war or do i say is a religion 4 d illitrates.reading thru most of d xtians comments here i feel lyk none of u has gone 2 sch, bcos whn d reverse is d case am sure d most of d muslims wil add 1+1 and undstnd dat smtin is wrong, sm1 is behind dis and not d xtian,s, But bcos ur minds r always being poisioned by ur fake pastors u decide 2 say out wateva comes out of ur dirty mouths. Frm all d comments above, not a single muslim condems xtianity but here u ppl. Sm1 amongs u was saying u wil act up, pls do, and i bet u, if dats d case ur xtian brothers will NEVER have peace in d northern part of d country as most of d states r dominated by d muslims.

      • Ayo says:

        Hmmm @ General,
        Y not express ur point rather than causing strive. Y place a curse. What do u mean by Christianity is a religion of war and for illiterates?
        What do u mean by Poisoned by ur fake pastors and open Deir dirty mouths? We have fake Imams as well as pastors same way we av good pastors as well as Islam. U said no single Muslim has condemn xtians in d whole comments, mayb u suld take ur time to read d Whole comments( I mean d whole comment), seriously u jst did. Can u now see dat no one is perfect. I wish u well.
        Am not in support of BH weda dey be Muslims or Christians but my prayer and cause is dat whoever dey are and their supporters, God ll Xpose, disgrace nd put dem to shame. Let’s all watch our posts/comments so dat we also don’t sin against God.
        Am sure d writer’s aim wasn’t to make us fight or argue with ourselves and religion but to take our focus to d right source.
        I pray that God ll intervene.
        God bless us and Bless Nigeria.

      • yemi says:

        Dat is what we re saying mr general we don’t need ppl like u on this platform please excuse us and let inteligent muslims like rinsola talk.4rm ur write up it shows dat u re happy with the way xtians are bn killed this write up of urs will stand against u in the day of judgement if u refuse 2 change. Tell me what u want ppl to do when they re pushed 2 d wall d last sunday bombing nearly affect my sis and her family thank God they were still @ home preparing 4 church.am a xtian with muslim background and 4rm my contribution so far and dat of sum other xtians dat has contributed I don’t think there is any form of hatred dat u re talking about. So general if u re happy dat sum xtians are killed wait till it gets 2 ur household I knw ur story will change but 4 the purpose of this platform we don’t need ur contribution save it 4 ur self and 4 ppl like u nt 4 d intelligent muslims and xtians on this platform

  87. fayeeh says:

    U said it is a political issue, wats d issue nw polItical or religious? Y haven’t u heard of a mosque been bombed? Reinsola u kw wats happenin stop hiding behind big english.

  88. hassan Mohd Tom says:

    Am very happy abt dis clearification,ppl like u will b rewarded abundantly,n u r right Islam does not encourage violence.and to add on what u said,plz do talk abt d way soldiers are punishing families of muslims because of the boko haram violence,almost all muslims are nuh baking nor in support of this act…thanks 4 ol u said.

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  90. Othman ibrahim Quchi says:

    Rinsola thanks for this classic … Little would you know that you spoke the minds of millions of muslims … Thanks and God bless.

  91. aminah uwais says:

    Very well said Rinsola. An act by a group or individual from a particular faith does not define the entire faith, otherwise all faiths are guilty.

  92. If only all nigerians will read dis article. This is indeed a great piece. Reprisal attacks will only lead to counter reprisal attacks which will eventually lead to anarchy. I always wonder, had it been that lady that tried to bunrt down a church in bauchi was successful and d christians in southern Bauchi decided to retaliate?. My christians brothers should please understand that muslims are also victims here. BH has killed more muslims than christians in Nigeria and yet dat doesn’t speak volumes?. Imaging if for every Igbo arm robber that’s caught in the north, northerns will retaliate on igbos? What will that make us then? Barberians, to say d least.9ce job. Keep it up please. Nxt time u write sumtin pls mention me @mohdsaleh_99

  93. Hadiza Wabili says:

    Absolutely,I wish muslims r seeking for knowledge,its really a sad situation may Allah swt see us through.

  94. Simeon Dele says:

    WISELY SPEAKI THESE SO CALLED BOKO HARRAM GUYS OR BABES ARE NOT REAL OR DEVOTED MUSLIMS, BECOS THE RELIGION DON’T DEMAND VIOLENCE ON INNOCENT LIVES. SAME WITH CHRISTIANITY, AND ALL OTHER POSITIVE RELIGIONS OUT THERE. THESE BOKO HARRAM ARE CRIMINALS AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED & SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO BOOK. I AM A CHRISTIAN BY RELIGION AND A DEVOTED ONE FOR THT MATTER, AS ONE AM AWARE THAT SELF DEFENCE IS NOT A SIN. BUT AS FOR THESE STUPID BOKO HARRAM WHAT ARE THEY CLAIMI THEY ARE DEFENSING FOR? MY PEOPLE I BEG U ALL, LETS US TO GET THIS WHOLE DRAMA MISUNDERSTOOD. THIS IS NOT A RELIGIOUS WAR BUT AN ATTACK FROM SOME MASKED CRIMINALS. LET ALL RELIGION WORLD WIDE UNIFY TO FISH OUT THIS CRIMINALS (BOKO HARRAM).

  95. jacob sankas says:

    You are a southern muslem…. Killing is allowed in islam!!!. Why has bokoharam not bombed a mosque??? Did you wait to examine the statements from the boko haram leader? Its a war against christians! There has been no repraisal just self defence. Christians are taught to turn the other chic. But now its going to be an eye for an eye

  96. Abdulkadir says:

    I wish i’ll ve time 2 write on the issue of BH! May be i’ll during my annual leave. I believe i see alot morethan most writers knw as regard BH.
    I was in Medical School when dis whole thin startd…Ȋ̝̊̅ saw deir (BH) members which include a small boy dat where attacked by members of Nigerian force! Dey where not armd dat tym….none of dem took anythin moredan a chewin stick in d mouth. But dey where seriously injured wit straight bullets by τ̣̣ђё forces dat ar paid 2 protect us ol…..
    Dey wrote an open Latter 2 τ̣̣ђё den presidnt Yaradua bu nuthin was done.
    The nxt incidence was dem τ̣̣ђё (BH) lauchin attack on Police in Bauchi, i was in Lagos den bu i saw on TV dat τ̣̣ђё presidnt request 4 military action which led 2 τ̣̣ђё capture of dier learder….
    I saw on BBC wich is still online how mobile police are killin τ̣̣ђё (BH) members extra-judiciously….”One of dem was even sayin dat dey shud be shot in τ̣̣ђё chest so dat ammunation are nt wastd!”
    Deir houses n places of woships (which is deir’s alone coz dey dnt see us as muslims) were destroyd.
    What do Ɣ☺Ʊ espect if dat MAN dat is treatd infrior 2 an ANT do wen he is armed???
    Am train 2 save n preserve lyf so Ȋ̝̊̅ had great sympathy 4 dem(BH) dou nt anymore…
    Day in Day out…. We nw see deir Victims dat ar brought 2 τ̣̣ђё hospital seriously injured or even death!
    Deir Modus Oparandi has changed frm fightin for socail justice to fightin Humanity.
    Dey ar enamies of Muslims n Christans alike……
    Bu Govt and Politicians ar doin far moredan τ̣̣ђё BH….
    Mst of τ̣̣ђё killins ar political!
    And τ̣̣ђё Govt is usin it to run τ̣̣ђё 3Billion budgetd daily 4 security dis year wch can’t be use in a security stable country……
    Dis a fight 4 ol Nigerians for Nigeria
    We eirther learn 2 live wit τ̣̣ђё Difference coz onli dat can make us stronger as a Nation!
    One love Nigerians…..

  97. maryam mohammed says:

    May Allah reward you for this article you wrote, am so proud of you.

  98. fatimah says:

    JazakakiyalLahu khayran Rinsola. @archcardinal and agatha benson, God bless you. We all need to be like you guys objective and tolerant of one another irrespective of religion or ethnicity.

  99. Orazu says:

    @micheal…its like you haven’t understand what she’s trying to say,allow me to explain to you that this things that you see happening is so confusing that a christian can’t beleave its not done by Muslims no does Muslims beleave its not christians. This is because all the attacks are made at churchs which made christians to beleave is Muslims, but all the faild sucide attaks are christians which made Muslims to beleave its christians e.g those cought at Bauchi,Gombe,Taraba and Jos (the one who was killed by angry church attendants at Jos after the attack as they saw him escorting the attaker before the blast.) So if you notice only Govt can rectify and sort out those behind this bombings, and as it fail to do so is as good as its the one behind it.

  100. maimuna I gamawa says:

    May Allah (SWT) reward you.sister Rinsola.keep up the good work.

  101. medinat salawe says:

    I have always preach d method of warfare in islam n compare to all d riot in nigeria that is tern muslim war as not muslim war but ritual killing by evil people who need plenty flow of blood. I talk of how women, children and the elderly are spared in muslim but what is called muslim war in nigeria is satanic if which religion will permit it followers to cut open a pregnant woman n bring out the feotus? Luck up children n their parent and burn them alive etc may God have mercy on us

  102. Uzor W.S. says:

    Rinsola u hav got a nice write up here bt i knw dt if d muslim community here are tired of destroying der states,an Ordinary mai angwa wud hav stoppd it b4 u even talk abt d Emir’s and SULTAN…GOD BLESS UR HEART DEAR

  103. hameedah says:

    This whole thing is a political conspiracy.Thanks to Sharon Faliya Cham for reminding Nigerians of the involvement of Christians in terrorist activities in the country in her article As The Church Slept.. The Trilogy serialized in Leadership Newspaper. We should all be cautious and think twice before we jump on each others neck. Now, let’s read in the book of Sharon Faliya:
    1- Hasan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu all xtians; arrested with vehicle load of explosives and ammunition after shortly the attack on Deeper life Church in Gombe.
    2- 8 COCIN members arrested with explosive devises at Miya Barkatai branch of the church.
    3- Lydia Joseph arrested with explosive devise in Bauchi
    4- Emmanuel King arrested while disguised as a Muslim and attempting to bomb Redeemed Christian Church Yenogoa.
    5- Madam Ruth attempted bombing ECWA Church in Kalarin area of Gombe.
    6- Mr Alex Danladi involved in COCIN HQ bombing was lynched by worshipers. He was a church member disguised in military uniform.
    7- Sunday Eze, Samuel Taiwo and 3 Ghanians were arrested with heavy weaponry in Ghana.
    8- Monday Davou was arrested while planting IED at Maker weekly market at Riyom LG.
    9- A group of robbers led by Evangelist Wale Adelu was nabbed. They used to meet in the Church B4 operation.
    10- Gary Hyde, the british in court for shipping 80000 guns and 32 million round of ammunition in the country.
    11-the 4 Xtians arrested trying to bomb st Theresa Catholic Parish. Makurdi.
    For details and dates read leadership of Tuesday and Wednesday 5 and 6 june 2012.

  104. Uzor W.S. says:

    Rinsola u hav got a nice write up here bt i knw dt if d muslim community here are tired of destroying der states,an Ordinary mai angwa wud hav stoppd it b4 u even talk abt d Emir’s and SULTAN…GOD BLESS UR HEART DEAR, It pains me bcs i personally hate crisis i hav xperiencd much,as for d Q’ran i wl buy ma self one soonst

  105. Aisha says:

    A very nice write up. Let me first of all state that I am muslim and proud to be one. I don’t not support in any manner or form what BH are doing and I believe that most muslims are one the same page with me. My opinion first of all is most BH is a national threat to Nigeria as a whole whether one is muslim or christian. They are an extremist group that are “fighting” for what ever cause that the average muslim doesn’t support. Islam has never encouraged suicide of killing in any way or form. They derive whatever conclusions to do their bidding from misconceptions.

    We the muslims among ourselves talk about how ‘some’ of our scholars are xtremists and actually teach contrary to what islam is truly about based on either their understanding or what they want others to know. Even no issues that do not partain to non-muslims or violence. That in itself is completely and utterly wrong. And Allah is the best judge. Thank God most pple have the head to go back to the Quran and read up and get better understanding on the matter. Others don’t and follow in this teachings. Personally, I tell every1 muslim or not that we r resonsibile for our actions and if they r wrong, telling Allah that I grew up that way or saw my parents that way is not and wud not be an excuse…

    On this issue of BH, I wd just like to tell my non-muslim brothers and sisters that they might be muslims, but they are not fighting in the cause of Allah (Jihad) bcoz it is no were stated in the quran to do so and also never did the Prophet (SAW) every say we shud do so either. They are a problem to us in Nigeria as a whole so please let us not talk from a biased point of view about this issse.

    @dsp, I noticed u kept requesting for the muslims to fight BH in order to bring them down and prove they r not of islam. I ask sincerely how u”d want to do that? U need to understand that they are a problem to us all not just christians.

    Also someone mentioned that its bcoz a christian is the president that’s why. Please was obasanjo a muslim when he was president. I personally think that the BH doing majority of thez bombs are from the govt. If not, why do pple get arrested and no follow up. Let’s be wise wen talking and not biased.

    May Allah heal our nation and bring thez BH menaces to an end and to book. Amin!

  106. yusuf says:

    I wish we all have an open mind to see things as they really are!

  107. ayeesha says:

    Point of correction micheal;devoted christians don’t kill? hv u forgttn d killings in jos,damaturu,zangon kataf and so many other places in Nigeria. The killings in jos was on the internet captured by international satellite,can u deny that? Believe me or not I don’t think this so called boko haram really exist and even if they do their activities are not as sophisticated as wat is happnin now. Bcoz all the pple that were caught with ammunitions dere wasn’t a sngl muslim’s name mentioned itz dia on leadership newspaper of 5 and 6 june and who knows myb dats why they have not been charged to court. And I’v not had of any mosque dat hv a secret room wia weapons are hidden but I’v hd dat of churches countless tyms, u can’t deny that too. So plz if u wnt 2 speak, say the absolute truth. This is just a plot to divide pples attention for some political reasons.

  108. Odeku says:

    Rinsola, I see the sense in your argument. Obviously, the Boko Haram menace is more doctrinal that anything else. Which means that some group of fundamentalists with warped minds have chosen to fight for reason best known to them using the qur’an as a basis. My major grouse is that well meaning muslims like yourself and other respected clerics in the north have refused to come out publicly to outrightly condemn BH. This gives the impression of a subtle endorsement of their evil actions. Even the northern politicians have kept quiet in the midst of the carnage.
    Also, how do you explain the claim by these psychos that christians will only have peace if they convert to Islam or that Nigeria must embrace Shari’ah.
    While it is true that these men twist portions of the qur’an to justify their evil ways, is it a coincidence that most of the trouble spots in the world today are in areas where some demented minds try to impose shari’ah on others. Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Mali. And is it also a coincidence that these countries rank low in the human development index?
    Muslims of goodwill should see this fight as their own or else, a few demented minds will only succeed in giving Islam, which you all claim to be a religion of peace, a bad name.

  109. Buhari Sodangi says:

    @DSP as u mentioned having a friend who ran away from d north bcos he converted to christianity, i can also tell u that i have more than 3 friends (igbos to be precise) who converted to Islam and ran away from d south n stay with us here bcos of fear of bn killed.
    I read almst all the comments here bt i didn’t hear any of u reacting to the allegations that christians were caught in several occassions attempting to bomb churches plus J.T. Hussain (christian) who once bailed Mohd Yusuf (BH leader) at the SSS office.
    I just laugh anytime i come across such biased comments on Islam, its jst a reflection of what ur pastors teach u bt do urselves a favour and stay centered and study Islam, u wouldn’t blv d beauty ur eyes wld see.
    It doesn’t make sense for one to start counter attack cos most of ur comments clearly show that either you don’t read news or u read with sentiment bt i have a convincing answers to all the issues raised against the north and Islam.
    May God bless Nigeria!

  110. kifaayah says:

    jazaakillahu khairan my sister.and for those that were asking weither mosques have been bombed may be they dont have relatives in borno they would have told them that it started from there.their leader yuusuf killed his alfa(teacher) and many islamic scholars that disagreed with his views many of them were dragged out of the mosque and killed.other muslims feared for their lives because even the police and the military men couldnt save them from this monsters.may Allah destoy them and return peace to my beloved mother land.

  111. Buhari Sodangi says:

    @DSP as u mentioned having a friend who ran away from d north bcos he converted to christianity, i can also tell u that i have more than 3 friends (igbos to be precise) who converted to Islam and ran away from d south n stay with us here bcos of fear of bn killed.
    I read almst all the comments here bt i didn’t hear any of u reacting to the allegations that christians were caught in several occassions attempting to bomb churches plus J.T. Hussain (christian) who once bailed Mohd Yusuf (BH leader) at the SSS office.
    I just laugh anytime i come across such biased comments on Islam, its jst a reflection of what ur pastors teach u bt do urselves a favour and stay centered and study Islam, u wouldn’t blv d beauty ur eyes wld see.
    It doesn’t make sense for one to start counter attack cos most of ur comments clearly show that either you don’t read news or u read with sentiment bt i have a convincing answers to all the issues raised against the north and Islam.
    May God bless Nigeria!!!

  112. adamadyaro says:

    Nd for those who made comments that northern muslims descrimanate southern muslims pls refrain frm that. Jst like christain dnt descriminate northern christains we dnt either. Most importantly we take ourselves as one nigeria wit dsame passion for a better country nd brighter future

    • sodiq olasunkanmi says:

      Well, my nigerian pple, I won’t discuss my point under the grief of being a muslim or a christian, but as a nigerian. We are all human, being a islamist or a christain doesn’t av anything to do wit our deeds..as a xtain or muslim, we can decide to be evil….A muslim is a person that practise islam, while a Mumeen is a belief of islam….the boko harams are evilz and non believers of islam….they enclose their evil deeds under the slogan of islam, claiming to be muslims…they claimed they are unleash an holy war called Jihad….pls ask
      1) If jihad is an holy struggle against non believers, then why are believers(muslims according to them) being killed….
      2) There is an Hadith that says ” when two believers draw swords against each other, let’s them take a place in Hell fire”. Meaning Allah preaches against violence….
      3) If the boko harams are doing the right things commanded by Allah, why are they hiding..
      Pls fellow Nigerian(xtains) I won’t address u as xtainz…cos we are brotherz and sistaz..pple don’t make this menace break us…. Ma- salam

    • Audu says:

      Refrain?? My dear do you know that during the Jos crisis in 2001 hausa muslims were killing yoruba muslims also. They were calling them infidels because they didn’t live like the hausa. This is not made up. I was there and witnessed it first hand. You really need to try and know what is really going on in this country. Just because many of you here went to school and are friends with christians and muslims from north and south doesn’t mean the whole country is a bed of roses.

      • tee says:

        @audu, if an hausa man claims to be a muslim and kills another man who’s a sourhern muslim, common sense shld let u know dat the ‘hausa muslim’s” action was based on tribe and not religion?, well, u wld not like to think of that, cos u are a biggot

      • tee says:

        @ audu, as if u haven’t heard of cases of “christians” killing “christians”. Or u were not in this country during “ODI” crisis. Smh

  113. Rinsola Abiola says:

    Bilqis, your comment moved me to tears. I’m hardly an emotional person, but i refuse to cower like i’ve done something wrong when i haven’t. May Almighty Allah strengthen your Iman.
    I’m not a perfect Muslim, in fact I was faithless until God sent me an Angel that took me out of the darkness i was in. I study religion- all sorts of religions- as a hobby, and i would not consciously make an attempt to rubbish any.
    I don’t agree with all the views, but i know that respecting other opinions is the only way to have peace in the world.
    People occupy the colony of their biased thoughts like it’s something fashionable, and spread hate with their words and actions. There are fanatics everywhere in the world, no member of any group is above reproach.
    I did not give the Hitler and Truman examples to divert attention from Islam to Christianity; I mentioned them to show that truly, people are evil simply because they choose to be.
    Kindly research suicide bombings, i’m certain that you’ll find non-muslim groups indulging in this act too. All resorted to suicide bombing in order to get rid of foreign occupation; all excerpt Boko Haram. If this doesn’t mean something to you, it does to me.
    My brother, thank you for the correction @ striving in place of holy war. I really appreciate it.

  114. Husseyn says:

    Am so with you on your write ups. The government simply saw a means to divert attention from their incompetencies, vices & failures through the hijacking of the so called Boko Haram. Boko Haram ab initio targeted muslims & our fellow uniformed citizens ( for killing Moh’d Yusuf). So please everyone should follow what is really happenening objectively, who is behind most of the bombings….it is a fact that in almst all the instances the culprits are apprehended. Who are they? Why is the government silent? Is boko haram stronger than the government? Can any faction be stronger than a government? I strongly don’t think so..

  115. Rinsola Abiola says:

    northern Muslim, southern Muslim; why don’t you let the Northerners call me a southern Muslim or a fake Muslim first? Why do you try to divide us? Why? Is there a Qur’an for the South and another for the North? Nigeria is ONE country. Remove that Northern Nigeria/ Southern Nigeria covering from your hearts. If you accept division mentally, it will be easy to create it physically. These demons must not win. Their ultimate aim is to drive a lasting wedge between us, let’s not make it happen.

    • BInta Mamman says:

      May Allah reward u for ur efforts.

    • yemi says:

      I really appreciate ur effort my sister but if truly u’ve bn 2 d north maybe u’ll agree 2 sum extent what ppl are saying about the northerner av had d experience and am saying this as a victim d nothern moslem don’t like the way the southern relates with ppl of other religion cos they bliv it’s nt suppose to be. So, if u’ve bn there mayb u’ll knw dat ur nothern fellow needs enlghtenment. I hope I dint talk like sum1 who av sumtin against islam cos I grew up amidst muslim I even attended quran school with ma cousins I went 2 a muslim primary school so I knw little about the religion all am saying is boko haram or no boko haram the hausas needs 2 be educated cos I wonder what the alfas tells the almajiri’s even after I tried 2 please dem by giving them food and money wen they come beging it doesn’t stop them 4rm throwing stone @ me. Please educate their alfas they need it badly

    • Audu says:

      Your comments seem to be based not on the reality that is on ground but on a very defensive attempt to portray Islam as a spotless innocent victim of Western stereotype and Boko Haram. To say there’s no difference between northern muslims and southern muslims is just like saying there’s no difference between a fulani man from Sokoto and an Auchi man from Edo. Even a hausa man who grew up in Lagos or Port Harcourt is in many ways different from a hausa man who grew up I Jigawa. Why don’t we hear of bombs in the south or the West? Where there are more Christian targets.. Because of the differences in the kind of Muslims we have there of course because southern muslims tend to be more enlightened, northern muslims are usually more skeptical of them. I grew up amongst core Northern Muslims and though I am not one, they prefer me to anyone who does not speak hausa. But let’s put that aside, Boko Haram are muslims who were taught there current way of life by a cleric(s) with a lot of influence. When Christians pastors use juju to heal people in the name of God, we don’t run around trying to disassociate ourselves from them in blogs and newspapers. Because we know our own stand with our God and what they do does not affect us in any way. But over the years islam has been repeatedly linked with violence all over the world while we keep hearing “Islam preaches peace”. Islam spread throughout the world through bloody conquests yet “Islam preaches peace” you said ‘jihad’ is a form of violent self defence. But no one was attacking Mohammed after he took over Mecca and starting conquering ‘infidels’ lands. Or Usman Dan Fodio who tried to conquer the whole of present day Nigeria. Its hard to convince people that Islam is a religion of peace in light of what has been witnessed. Name a country that has been converted to Islam through preaching. I’m not saying there isn’t any but I would just like to know some.

  116. steve Nash says:

    Send me your email and I’ll send you some things that would open your mind-theyre facts that you can’t deny so I’ll be expecting your email if your brave enough for the truth:freshtwindido@hotmail.com

  117. aisha umar salim. says:

    Rinsola, you amuse me.i am a fellow muslim like you are. I and you knows we have the ORIGNAL QUR’AN which the BH are using for their criminal acts. You are using Hitler as example what can you say about The syrian leader, late Sadam and late Gaddafi? After the BH persuades the The newly convertes(muslims) they mislead them into carrying bomb attacks on churches in the name of islam,knowing exactly that they are giving them false tickets to heaven rather a quick one to hell. What i hate about the fellow BH muslim is that they publish the former (christian) names of the new(muslim) converts.giving people the inpressions that the attacks are from Muslims. I and you have to stand up and speak the truth.

    • Nadia says:

      @ Aisha Umar Salim. With all due respect. Please due u have authentic refrences backing ur points??

    • yemi says:

      I like ur perspective dat is what am saying and will still continue 2 say the northern muslims need orientation and clarification about sum things in d holy quran

    • Prof89 says:

      Aisha Umar Salim if that’s truely your name. That’s the lamest excuse/explanations for those to be xtian bombers. I doubt u even remotely a muslim. Just like boko haram. Or trying to say that those converts to islam are converting just to spoil islam? Well let me tell u. Islam is God’s own religion and God looks after his own.

  118. adekunle sekinat says:

    Jasakumulahu airan. Allah SWA will continue to increase u in knowledge and u will be among those that will be rewarded with janat fridaus and me too. ♥آمـــــــــــــين يـــــــــا اللـــــــــــــه♥.

  119. Hauwa'u A.U says:

    Rinsola,I love you for the sake of Allah for that intelligent piece.Thank God we have ppl like you that think straight.Its high time Nigerian christians open their eyes and see that what is happening is not islam.Some blood thirsty devils are out for both the muslims and the christians.Its time to unite and fight them NOT ourselves.

  120. kon says:

    Fuck shit! The illitrate muslims r violent fucks and d poverty level is not helping matters.We all know it let’s not deny.An illiterate proverty infested muslim wil kill a fellow muslim jus bcos he thinks d guy is nice to christians. Fuck it mehnn..

    • yusuf says:

      @ Kon, I just wish you would just grow up and talk with sense of reasoning and Maturity as displayed by other discussants.

    • havilla says:

      First of all hitler was killing because he was a racist and he wasn’t a christian he was an atheist, even if he was killing in the name of christianity he is just one person out of the thousands of muslims who have caused havoc all around the world. Secondly, people would always use situations like this to commit crime as regards to christians also partaking in this e.g where people commit war crimes and do things which are not the main purpose of the war.

    • yemi says:

      True talk

  121. Abdul says:

    On point!

  122. Mahmood Gwary says:

    Professorq88, with due respect to you sir, I urge you to get someone with a better understanding of the verses of the Holy Qur’an to give you a better and reasonable explanation of those verses you quoted in your comment.

  123. meena says:

    Ds issue of killing is not religious nd evrybdy knows dt! So wake up frm ur slumber, after all u send ur xtian brothers to kill and destroy so dt u blackmail islam! Islam is nothn but peace!!

  124. priceless princess says:

    She has said nothing but the truth.If you are still in doubt,do not ask a neighbour,get the quran and see for yourself.We have to stand up and defend islam.I am proudly a muslim and am not a terrorist.

  125. Rebellious says:

    I couldn’t read all the comments. Too bad. But let’s get something straight. For those of you saying that muslims like killing and blah blah, I’d like us to take a little history lesson. In the history of Religion, every religion, I repeat, every religion has had its fair share of bloodshed. Muslims, Jews, Christians (catholic or non-catholic), Buddhhists, Hindu, etc. So please, don’t give the monopoly to muslims. What really irritates me is when christiaans especially try to act like they are saints and stuff. Take a look at your bible and see how rich it is in eroticism, violence, genocide which was commanded by God according to the bible. And you might say that is the old testament, but what would you say about what Jesus says in Luke 19:27 “But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.” I’m not trying to blame any religion or something. My point has always been this, TERROR HAS NO RELIGION.

    • @P man says:

      I must appraise u Rinsola for writing this wonderful piece, I refuse to be sentimental and misguided by some self created “fact” that have been made by so many people in their course of trying to respond. I agree that BH are enemy of both christian and muslim, but what baffles me most is why no single mosque has been bombed and why no single northern leader has come out to condemn BH but instead they condemn the bombing. I like ur statement “christian too are involved” which means the major doer are muslims. If truly they are fighting nigeria, why can’t we hear bomb blast on friday muslim prayer section, or why can’t we hear bomb blast in muslim celebration centre. I stayed in kano for three years when I was doing my HND before proceeding to ABU for degree but I must tell u that through out my stay in the north muslim comfortably insult christian but if reverse is the case it turns to riot. I believe strongly that education is highly needed in the northern part of the country may be that will reduce the rate at which uneducated people are been misguided in religion. In case u think I’m bias I’m also from the north but I now stay in the south bcos I prefer their way of life to the life of hypocrisy we live in the north. I love muslims and christian and I pray that God will restore peace one day.

    • yemi says:

      Hello sir in trying to defend ur course I won’t like u quoting what u don’t knw u cant just pick a verse of bible and conclude dat jesus himself support violence pls read dat book 4rm verse 12 Jesus was speaking in parable he talked about a man who traveled and when he come back he didn’t meet what he expected 4rm some of his servants he has giving some works to do and he said they should bring such b4 him and slay them(verse 27) do u understand what a parable mean @ all? Let me tell u d meaning of dat particular parable u misquote Jesus came 2 d world and has given us work 2 do in enlarging the kingdom of God just like d nobleman in dat scripture he will come back 2 see hw far we av done d work it is den dat those who refused 2 accept him will be punished be it a xtian or whoeva. So get d deep understanding of the word of God before u quote.thanks may God himself open our eyes of understanding amen.

    • Audu says:

      I really didn’t want to reply you but I just want to remind you of how foolish most of you Muslims sound when you interpret the book of wisdom (the bible). Jesus was telling a parable of a king who had enemies who wanted to defy him because he (the king) was going to be away for some time and his subjects would be in charge. So when the king came back he sent for the enemies who wanted to overthrow him while he was gone. NOW UNDERSTAND THE MEANINIG..
      The 3 subjects left in charge were rewarded according to how they performed while the king was away and the enemies were punished for their evil schemes.. Meaning you should always do good even when you have the opportunity to do bad because you will be rewarded according to your deeds. That’s the difference between Christians and Muslims, we see the spiritual meaning of scripture.. We don’t just see the word kill or hate then run out and start killing.. Why can’t you do the same?

      • tee says:

        Have see lots of comments from diffrent pple. Some, just palin biggotry, and some need some enlightenment. A xtian commented and mention some names like osama ibn laden, and sadam hussein, butrefused to mention d fact dat dis individuals were trauned and aided buy d US(a xtian dominated nation). How abt u try to include names like charles taylor, josef koni, etc next time u want to talk abt horrible pple. U see, humans are whom they are (selfish and heartless) but seem to associate their course to religion or tribe. D BH issue is obviously political, but pple in denial find it more convinient to just hang it on islam and think it makes them better than muslims. If we don’t take this issue as it is(political) u might end up taking up arms and fighting 4 a cause which u do not understand and will also never benefit from, I.e, u will be used just like d pple taking part in th BH activities are being used.

    • Son Guy says:

      my broda, speak what you know and not what you know not, the bible book you just quoted was a parable of the ten pieces of money, may be you do not know the meaning of parable. please ask for understanding and stop misleading people, JESUS was a man of peace, i know, you know it very well. be guided. the problem of this country is that we love religion and dislike God, because if we love God like we claim, we will not killed fellow man that was created like you, lets come together as one loving family. God bless you.

  126. Sadiq says:

    I really love the way you write and evaluate. Thank you…

  127. hadeezah lawal says:

    Boko haram is the government. Its a game plan in distracting people to look,and maim our beloved nation. It is masterminded by the greedy big bellied thieves ruling d country.

  128. Olakunmi says:

    Hi Rinsola,

    Just wanted to point out something, jihad actually does not mean holy war, it means struggle. In other words it is not confined to war but to other forms of struggle an individual may face eg dropping a bad habit.
    Nice article will definitely circulate.

  129. wale says:

    You have spóken well my sister. I’m a christian and I’ve experienced these evils first hand with 3 of my family members murdered infront of my mother in ’08 NOT by Boko Haram but by misguided fanatics in d disguise of islam.
    I must state here dat Nigeria is a secular State in other words every1 is free to go with watever religion they choose but some people have found a way to make us go against each other leaving us blind to d realities dat face us.
    As u can see some of us here are already going at each other again! Meanwhile we r loosing family, friends every other day. Religion is a very sensitive matter and islam has had its share of bad people giving it bad name as regards violoence which makes it easy to blame them for violent attacks in our country. But we need to keep our eyes on d ball people!
    The focus is to have a country left for our children to grow in… A place the can call home, be a peace and become better people than we are. The only way for us to do dat is to STOP this blame game and go at d politicians.(Do u think they attack demselves as regards religion?) They are too busy eating out money! Leaving us to argue amongst ourselves…

    God bless you my sister! God bless Nigeria.

  130. zainab says:

    Tnksss dearieee i luv. Ndunderstand dis tnkss

  131. Mark Amaza says:

    Rinsola, I feel your pain. But I’ve to state inasmuch as there are a lot of facts here, there are also untruths. As a Maiduguri boy, born and bred there, I can bear testimony to the fact that many imams and Muslim clerics have been killed there. So also many Muslims. I admit that BH isn’t targetting only Christians. But I’m yet to know of a single mosque that has been bombed. If there has been, pls point me to d fact.
    As for the reprisals, it is a sad thing. It is sad esp considering the fact that those who were attacked aren’t the real enemy. Not to excuse their action, but you’ve to understand that there’s a lot of anger. 7 churches attacked in 3 weeks after almost 3 weeks of calm. Even me, I was angry. That anger albeit was misdirected.
    Lastly, u say that govt complicated a simple solution. I admit that a once ‘simple’ problem became complicated cos everyone with an evil intent used BH as a cover for their atrocities: politicians, criminals and jihadists-in-hiding preceeding Boko Haram.
    My last words: there’s no overstating the fact that both Muslims and Christians must unite to defeat our common enemy. But more importantly, we must say the truth about the crisis.
    God help us.

  132. Bilkisu says:

    I am extremely proud of you and your well thought of piece. U have every reason to be proud of your identity and need no reason to make excuses for the mad few who are not worthy of being called Muslims. In shaa Allah, they shall be brought to justice in this world and in the hereafter. You don’t have to be a scholar to understand the beautiful and unambiguous language of the Glorious Quran.

  133. rahma says:

    My comment is dat dis is wonderful. Jazakallahu Khair

  134. Adamu says:

    Firstly I have to commend Rinsola for her beautiful effort in trying to explain to non-muslims and ignorant muslims the real message of Islam, she made a valid point out there. It is rather unfortunate that this Boko Haram (BH) menace is attributed to Islam. Maybe the first Boko Haram crisis was born out of wrong understanding or misconception about the true message of Islam by some few ignorant muslims, but certainly this continued attacks in various parts of the North is politically motivated. The government want us divided, they want to instil fear in the mind of the populace so that we dare not protest against lack of good governance while they keep looting our resources. The government is only using the name ‘Boko Haram’ to cover up its evil plots, it is high time Nigerians realise whom the real enemy is and unite for the greater good. I don’t think the former chief security adviser Gen. Azazi is so confused as to think PDP is BH and BH is PDP. It is therefore wrong to insult Islam or Muslims whenever a so called Boko Haram attack is carried out. May Allah protect us from the plot of evil doers.

  135. jiddah says:

    Jazakallahul khair

  136. adamadyaro says:

    @kon thrs actually no need to exchange words wit a low life cos ul only drag us to ur level. So 4 all those dt think bad on islam carry on! Not all r oppurtuned to see the light anyway. Kapish!

  137. Abdul A. A. says:

    @professorq88: u talk about Rinsola defending her RELIGION, you fail to understand that it is a duty upon all muslims to say what is true and what is untrue at all times, and that’s how she has tried to explain to any1 who cares to reason with her. If you didn’t know that Boko Haram started off by blowing up mosques, perceived enemies e.g. clerics, Bornu ANPP governorship candidate + the children in his company, then you’ve not been in Naija. If they attack muslims who question their actions & now christians, then something is horribly wrong. The question should be directed to the government. People have forgotten that an ex commissioner in the state was killed with their leader in 2009! Like some1 said earlier why is government not coming to tell us what’s happening to the people sponsoring them that were charged to court: the senator, kabiru sokoto, abu qaqa et al? If you say the BH leader is so learned, then I’m sorry to say you’ve just been fed with fodder not information. No offence, do you know why I say so? Assuming we have 1,000,000 terrorists the world over, how can they claim they speak for the majority 2.5 billion Muslims on planet earth. So they know better than us all! Funny that’s exactly the position they want christians to be in, and that’s FEAR. Get this CLEARLY: they do NOT speak or stand for us MUSLIMS. Certainly NOT ME. The rewards of Heaven in the after life, is commensurate to the good deeds we do on Earth according to the QUR’AN. If GOD allows muslims to marry the people of the book [ie christians + jews: cuz GOD sent them holy books too]. Ask your self, what joy He derives in watching them being destroyed? @Xrs: that’s not true. The maitatsine crises was under Shagari + Buhari not under any christian leader! For the benefit of every1 on this post, let me tell give you a little storey: in the 70’s a hard line cleric who had migrated into Nigeria from Niger, was preaching negatively to people in Bornu state. Precisely in Gashua town. The Emir + some of his people decided to expel them & some people in Government [yet again!] pleaded on their behalf & they left them alone with a strong warning. The preachings against western education continued & finally, the Emir expelled them. He left for kano, set up camp with maitatsine & as we all know the mayhem they caused led to the loss of thousands of lives who were totally muslims! The cleric was killed together with maitatsine… the cleric was mohammed yusuf’s father [late BH leader]. Now here’s the $1,000,000,000 billion Question: 1] if this scourge is back again, the government is supposed to investigate. 2] the children of this misguided clerics should have been sent back to Niger or I’m sorry to say this destroyed in the heat of the moment & then the government should have lied to cover their tracks [as if they need my advice on that]. Why? The rehabilitation process didn’t work because mohammed yusuf was amongst them! So He came back to finish what his father started. These are authentic stories from one Sheik Albani in Zaria + the SSS. The earlier we put our Government on the hot seat to explain so many grey areas on this issue, the better for us. Lastly NONE of the BH leaders have any serious educational qualifications. They are just a bunch of eloquent miscreants who can make an illiterate jump from the tallest building on planet earth. If their ideology is soOo right… soOooo potent, how come itz only miscreants + solution drinking pot heads that they threaten to blow themselves up. I say threatened because a would be bomber who declined to carry out an assignment was beheaded in front of his family as punishment. Such babaric acts DON’T have a place in my beloved ISLAM…

  138. Sapheeya says:

    Lovely write-up….thank you!

  139. Yusuf Usman says:

    Ameen.
    This is a beautifull write up about Islam and The Holy Qur’an. Jazakumullahu khairan.

  140. Abubakar Mohammed says:

    Dos miscrets don’t represent Islam and d Muslim ummah,cos if 10 percent of d nigerian Muslims believe in wat dos fools believe in by now it wound hv been allover(think abt it)

  141. ummauwal says:

    Aslm sister, may Allah SWT be with you amin. Pls let’s all join hands and unite as one nation and also pray to the Almighty to see us through. Am proud to be a muslim cos it preaches PEACE

  142. Ehioye says:

    There are so many comments I have read here emanating from Rinsola’ write-up, but non had pointed out the major cause of these problems except to put up a defence for his/her religion. Before these various religions were being practised in Nigeria, were people of these regions (North & South)
    not existing or living in peace and harmony? The Britons (Colonial demons) saw great potentials in us, gave a thorough thought as to how to perpetually ruin the discovered potentials, thus decided to almagamate us in 1914, because inspite of the POTENTIALS, they also knew our weakness, they forecasted what the outcome would be and concluded on putting us together whether we resisted it or not. When Nations are torn apart, their big brothers (Colonial Masters) intervene so it doesn’t get too complicated. Have you heard the British Government making any step towards PEACE Brokerage in Nigeria since the inception of the BH menace? Instead they even help deepen the crisis directly or indirectly. Let us stop implicating anyone’ religious belief’, because, the evil that they (British) sowed amongst us is beginning to manifest under the guise of whatever group. They foresaw these problems and are glad to see that it came to pass. They have effortlessly worked for it by inciting the IDIOTS amongst us. The truth is that, if we can no longer manage or accommodate each other, pls let us split up instead of reducing each Nations population. Abi how una see am???

  143. Sulayman says:

    Thank Allah suhanahu wata ala that no muslim was ever cot tryin 2 bomb any church. N i believe if boko haram shld attack churchs, thre wudnt havin been any standin church in maiduguri, a 90% muslims state. If u dnt knw, dnt say mr micheal. Jst ask ur govrmnt.

    • Imran tunroye says:

      Nigeria and Nigerians av actualy suffered. One wud expect varied reactions. Nigerian government is a major stake holder in d current crises. God will soon exonorate Islam. Boko Haram group is not islamic but political.

  144. tanisoil says:

    ATT ALL MEMBERS , @All member our problem is that dose we call so leaders are not after religion , if one of us are musliM or crhistian. Then all of them have same religion ., that is corruption.. We will be here heating one another, but atiku , GJ are there enjoin them self together, whoever is behind this madness, killing of innocent lives and destruction of properties, no matter how high or low, how powerful or strong,leaders or followers, Muslims, christians or pagans, Northerners or Southerners, no matter their political allegiance or tribe, may God almighty expose them, humiliate them and put them to shame in this world. Pls share dis…

  145. MUBARAQ AMINU ABUBAKAR says:

    I’ll say this once. If you feed on everything the media tells you, then you are bound to be fed with programmable information. Programmable in the sense that you will hate where u are supposed to love, you will be angry when u are supposed to be sad, you will rejoice when u are supposed to be angry.
    It is said there are two sides to a story. Two sides to a coin and two sides to a history (sometimes three in history). If you work only with one side, you will not get the picture.
    Pls I will ask you to go to research terrorism and democracy and see what kind of information you will get. Open Microsoft Encarta and in the search bar, type “Terrorism”.
    Lastly I will say this, if northerners really hate christianity from day one, don’t forget that when the white man came to the north there was no church in the whole north. How many are there now? Do you think muslims are wasting time counting or hating for no just cause?
    THE ENEMY OF ALL OF US IS THE POLITICIAN. HE DOESN’T WORK WITH ANY RELIGIOUS BOOK AND HE DOESN’T FULFILL ANY PROMISE HE MAKES. HE WILL DO ANYTHING TO RETAIN HIS POSITION…. EVEN SACRIFICING INNOCENT SOULS. you can’t say u don’t know that one

  146. sadeeq says:

    Well said my sister in islam,jazakallahu

  147. haruna danjuma says:

    May Allah reward u 4 dis great write-up. U hav spoken d minds of most muslims dat knw d truth. No Nigerian Muslim gav Boko haram any mandate to kil or destroy,,Boko H is jst a makin of Nigerian living Leaders..and Allah wil not leave dem in peace.. May Allah expose n destroy them,amin

  148. maxiLee says:

    Arguments!!! When it comes 2 religion evrybdy feels he/she is a guru, evrybdy wants 2 make a point, H̶̲̥̅̊ø̲̣̣̥w̶̲̥̅̊ many times has each and evry 1 of U̶̲̥̅ who think is a saint, take a minute or two in our respective corners to pray for the peace of dis belove country dat heroes have fallen for… Am honestly disappointed with comments made by most individuals. BH will kill and continue to kill as long as we don’t think as 1.

  149. Adebisi Odeyemi says:

    You are very right my fellow good nigerian. Only that one thing is not clear to anyone except the perpetrators of these evils; why churches, why every sundays lately? Why haven’t we heard of any jumat service attack or such? I know for sure they are not Muslems rather they are the angel of darkness. My mother is from a muslem home, my best friend is a muslem, I was once an islamic student in the days of my primary schools. I know for sure that islam will never support such barbaric acts. The war against the evildoers can only be won if the good muslems can come together with the good christians. IT IS A WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND evil, LIGHT and darkness. It must stop, the death of innocents must stop.

  150. Kabir Tijjani Ibrahim says:

    Assalaam! 9c piece sister! May Allah open our hearts 2c d truth n bear dz deliberate descrimination of onwantin thoughts by those not sayin d truth. More grease 2 ur elbow. Jazakallahu khayr

  151. chudi says:

    Great piece. We are all children of God. Some have gone astray and we all have a duty to bring them back home but just in case that doesn’t happen or if they refuse and continue to bomb in the name of religion, their names can be etched on a bullet. I will support the government in doing whatever to assist in their travel to hell.
    Nigeria is for all!

  152. Ismail says:

    My dear brother & sister in both religion. Boko haram are both religion group. They are group that are control & managed by our politician, they want to use this to divide the unit that exist in different ethnic group,religion to achieve their selfish interest. If we dance to their tune then we wil be defitecte

    • maxiLee says:

      I feel U̶̲̥̅ man, dats just what a lot of ud don’t undtnd, av sat down and calculated, am begining 2 realise dat we are been fooled

  153. Jazakallah,may ALLAH reward you in abundance.Ameem.

  154. kassim aderibigbe says:

    Brilliant piece…explicit! Islam position on jihad, suicide bombing et al well presented. I pray this gets to misguided muslims & non muslims alike…islam preaches peace not terrorism.

  155. Olopade Mayowa says:

    Nice article, I just have 1 or 2 issues. Hitler and Truman didn’t kill in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ or the Almighty Creator. Neither did Hitler want to convert all Jews to Aryanism(if there is such a word). When I was growing up, Sundays meant rice and soft drinks…..today it means bombed out churches and dead Christains. We don’t see any Mosques being bombed are we? Also the so called Boko Haram are killing in the name of Islam aren’t they? How are they different from the 9/11 murderers or Osama’s Hordes? Aren’t they offered protection and succor by d same fellow muslims who are “non-violent”? The Niger Delta militants were largely succesful because the people in the Niger Delta felt they were fighting “their fight”…..Is there a similar pattern here? They need food, medicine, water etc? Are they being supplied by the same christains they are killing every day. Pardon me if I don’t feel any pity for your “oppressed and persecuted religion”, but the facts speak for themselves. Islam needs to publicly and actively help to rid this menace, not just in Nigeria, but the world over. Charity begins at home!!

    Ps: The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia actively supports several Muslim Fundamentalist groups with money every year.

  156. Ayo says:

    Y d argument? Y do u allow d devil a smile when he reads ur comments. We all Believe in One true God, the Most High God, The Almighty. D devil is trying to make us blame our religions and fight one another via words. But, let’s not judge others for we are not better than them. Words spoken out can never be taken back. Our major Focus is Meant for us to Come together as One in our different Religions and cry out to God to save us from all dis Blood sucking people. As far as I am concern, BH are a group of people who can never be Greater than our God. We must all go to God in Prayers in our various mode of Prayer and tell God to expose, disgrace, Humiliate & terminate those responsible for all the innocent killings. Wen we do dat in One voice and one mind, d Devil ll be frightened, ashamed, defeated and overcome and we can all live in Peace one again in our nation Nigeria.
    Christians say dis prayer every 9am, 12noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 12mldnight, 3am and 6am.
    Muslims pray d same prayer 5times during Salat for Nigeria.
    Other religions pray d same prayer in ur time of prayer as well.
    Let’s all do this faithfully for 3days @least and C if our God will not answered with fast and rapid intervention. Let’s give it a trial.

    May Peace reign in our Country Nigeria.
    God bless Nigerians(Us)
    God bless Nigeria(Nation)

  157. Hiusseina L Dirisu says:

    This is a write up by someone who is not only intelligent but literate as well. Well done! I hope those who re gladly preparing for war have read this?

  158. Abidjan rasaq says:

    May ALLAH reward u both in ds life and hereafter and attach us wt what we beleif in i.e AL-Quran

  159. This right wht u said & iv seen that all the people that doing the bomb are not muslims iv seen it let me prove it to u

  160. yaman abdul says:

    This a very good piece for those who are free minded, and see above their nose. There is no any sane muslim that wil support what these guys are doing, just giving Islam a bad name. May God Almighty expose all of them!

  161. Bnt Aliu says:

    Salam alaikum. Sister Rinsola, jazakAllah khairan, I couldn’t have said it better. It is said that ignorant people are easy to lead, refuse ignorance at all costs! I’m here, as a muslim woman and as a woman from the north, kebbi state to be precise, because it seems to worry a lot of people in my opinion that the northerners have not written this article therefore are in support, I would have written one to appease you but as Rinsola said, Muslims are ONE and my sister has spoken. If anyone knew where my state was, they would recognize we have never had this “battles” you refer to as jihad, rather, I would urge Nigerians to visit my state, Zuru in particular to see, learn and appreciate how muslims and christains have been able to live in peace as one family, literally, in accordance to BOTH religious teachings.

  162. suleiman sharaf says:

    a very very nice piece @rinsola abiola i say jazakallahu khairan, may Allah increase ur knwledge nd wisdom

  163. Aderonke Tee says:

    God bless you so much for this piece. Like really really really. If you’d like your voice to be heard on a wider platform please send me an email two7ten@yahoo.com.

  164. Akanni Ibrahim says:

    Jazakumulaikhairan…….

  165. Aesha says:

    I think d Christians are been paid to sabotage Muslims by burning churches and kill northerners to reduce their population. This is a political issue by a region to disstabilize north. May God help Nigeria amen

    • yemi says:

      Not true ma

    • mode says:

      @Aesha, i don’t knw why u are making this kind of unintelligent comment. Do u pple have population before. It’s not cows and goats, that make up your popuplation and that why you are thinking like them.mtechhhhhhhh

  166. rukayah says:

    جزاك الله خير my dear sister may الله reward you, you have said it all.may الله save us and spare us of this menace آميـــــــــــــــــــن .

  167. Atama Daniel says:

    God alone can judge all souls, him alone is the way, the truth and everlasting life. To Him alone, be the glory Amen!

  168. mayo says:

    Our country is in chaos but our president is in Brazil with 128 delegates… Its time to stand up and do something especially we the youth..

    • havilla says:

      @ ayesha. Ur comment reaks of soo much ignorance its unbelievable. Am sure its people with ur level of intelligence that go around bombing. May your Allah help you. Amen!

  169. sh says:

    Rlly nıce pıece rınsola!@ proff, jacob and and s guy dt saıd he has a frıend dt ran away frm maıdugurı cos he conveted t xtıanıty, y dnt u guys say smth abt d xtıans caught tryna bomb churches or thse wh actually bombed churches or d evangalıst dt lead a robbery gang( who ve thıer meetın ın d church bfr operatn) etc ınstead of askın y no mosque have bn bombed and tryna ınterprete wt u dnt understnd and clearly ve no knwledge on. Cos t me most of d pple caught who responsıble fr d church bombıns r actually xtaıns sme even members of dat church. Any sensıble person dt puts 2 and 2 together wıl knw BH ıs strıctly polıtıcal and nt a relıgıous thıng

  170. Steve says:

    Southern Muslim! Lol. Am sure you are one of the so called southern muslims they will behead soon.I grew up in the north and saw many of your type killed alongside the christains which they tagged infidels! Listen,as long as we have ignorant blood thirsty idiots in the north kill for God,then you can’t convice us with ur writeup.Story story,story!!! For those Ignorant ones,was the maitesina also xtains?

    • Aesha says:

      So long as we have greedy n ignorant Christians collecting money 2 bomb churches in d name of BH no one is safe in d country. I think u r naïve and sentimental

      • yemi says:

        Aeesha av u taken time 2 ask ursef why all this happening in the north let me tell u ur ppl in d north are hungry 4 power and most of them are muslims even if they didn’t come out as BH ppl will still tag it muslim sect. Those ppl bliv they own power and they want 2 av it by any means. Let’s ask turai,babangida and the likes of buhari what they knw about this bombings.we can say it’s nt religious but political but as long as it involves the northerner my dear it’s nt easy 2 seperate an hausa man 4rm his religion either u take it or u leave it

  171. ismail says:

    As a muslim I sincerely feel very bad about this and implore every christian to pls see thru the mist. Boko haramn is not a representative umbrella of nigerian muslims and any dat goes killing muslims in retaliation for the actions of the group has gone astray. In fact they are not muslims as far as most nigerian muslims akin to the faith are concerned. Also I will category state here that 2015 is around the corner thus a divide is sought between muslins and christians for a political gain to be achieved. Nobody ever believed that we would come together as 1 to protest the fuel subsidy removal? They kno that tge best way to divide the polity is via religion and they are using it to the max

  172. kwaghshir Kwaghshir says:

    Amen for ur prayer and in turn i pray God (in what ever name or way u revere him) clear the misconceptions of his will arising from the instructions and manuals he has given us be it the bible or quran or any of such holy books and that he may help us respect the various religions in with we have found him and see the blood of our fellow man as secred IJN
    Amen

  173. Enas ibn Abubakar says:

    @micheal, I undstnd ur grieviances, unbehave of my muslim brothers and sister, sorry!
    The problem of nigeria is not a religion buf the bad ppl who rule us, ppl we call our leaders are our problem,
    Plz we shouldn’t allow the devil to use us, we knw the truth, thy will couse confusion btwn the muslim and christain and loot our tresures.
    God will xpose the blood sucker in the government.
    Long live nigeria
    Long live, the christains of this great nation.
    Long live, the muslim

  174. DAN-MASANI. says:

    Who are these boko haram? Why are they bombing churches?Christians? And not mosque,Muslems? God will judge us. Any animal who think he is killing for GOD is just wasting his/her time.

    • Aesha says:

      keep sentiment apart, assume u neithe Muslim nor Christian, neither 4rm north east west or south. Wat is the solution or suggestion, pls let’s help our motherland

      • mode says:

        @Aesha, now u have come back to your senses becos all your previous statements are full of sentiment.Pointing fingers will not help us.

    • @P man says:

      Nobody should blame the Christian for thinking the way they do, though there are crisis in the south but not as much as we have muslim killing christian, even before the advent of Boko Haram major killings in this country have always been from the northern side. People were siting example of the militant in the south, have u forgotten that those militant had a course they are fighting for, what exactly is the the course of boko haram? “That the whole country should be islamized”? In the 80s to 90s when religious crisis was much in the north, was there anything like Boko Haram? Are u people listening to urself at all, that christians are the one bombing there church themselves! Were they also the ones killing in kano riot of 1963, bauchi 82, kaduna at late 90s I think Boko Haram is simply a growth of the blood thirsty people of those days to more dreadful ones. Each day they have converts from christian and when this christian convert are caught in the act they mention their christian name, I still stand to say this: until a big mosque is bombed on friday, I’ll never accept the fact that “the fight is on both muslim and christian”

    • @P man says:

      Nobody should blame the Christian for thinking the way they do, though there are crisis in the south but not as much as we have muslim killing christian, even before the advent of Boko Haram major killings in this country have always been from the northern side. People were siting example of the militant in the south, have u forgotten that those militant had a course they are fighting for, what exactly is the the course of boko haram? “That the whole country should be islamized”? In the 80s to 90s when religious crisis was much in the north, was there anything like Boko Haram? Are u people listening to urself at all, that christians are the one bombing there church themselves! Were they also the ones killing in kano riot of 1963, bauchi 82, kaduna at late 90s I think Boko Haram is simply a growth of the blood thirsty people of those days to more dreadful ones. Each day they have converts from christian and when this christian convert are caught in the act they mention their christian name, I still stand to say this: until a big mosque is bombed on friday, I’ll never accept the fact that “the fight is on both muslim and christian” thank u

  175. kakus says:

    LWKMD, everyone’s making claims and counter claims, they are muslims, they are not muslims. Abeg o, has boko haram changed their religious beliefs and ideology? Have they claimed responsibility for the bombings or not? Have they said they are not muslims? Abeg, let me hear word jor. Nonsense.

  176. robert says:

    Touching and true but why are christains always receiving the worst from BH. Like they are doing the will of someone!? Not happy with repraisal attacks but its been a long time coming! With this may be BH will stick to govt structures and leave churches alone haba! Is there name now Church haram! Why them never bomb mosque to show their anger,No christain shud ever have to carry the cross for an uneducated clown with a bomb! I could on and on buh now the pain is spread equally!

  177. emmy says:

    I Hate that religion called Islam,,,,Blood thirsty religion,,,,,how can u convince me to worship the god they claim to serve ,,Gush!!

    • Aesha says:

      U r ignorant n naive, am sure u don’t even know ur own religion, does Christianity encourage criticism, it says thou shall not judge

  178. hameedah says:

    Its good to hear people’s opinion, bur the fact won’t change this is all due to poor leadership. Currently mr. President is in brazil, chilling.

    • hameedah says:

      @robert, do u know that the instances of church bomb blasts were led by christians? Go n do more research

  179. mimiesy says:

    Most comment coming 4rm most muslims are abuses n insult which shows d anger u pple carry inside of u.dat is a bad quality n also a bad way to defend ur religion.

    • hameedah says:

      @mimiesy, pls we need opinions on how to improve our country not on how we muslims make our comments, YES! We r angry, because islam is being abused, muslims r being abused. The instances of the church bomb blasts were led by christians, I ve the list, I posted it earlier. The real BH are illitrates, they have no western education not think of bombs. Nigerians we don’t ve the facilities to make a bomb. They r definitely imported. N if so, were are the people protecting this country? They are there doing nothing to this country….. We don’t even have stable electricity must offices work on gen.their children are out of the country while we suffer strike simply because they won’t pay…………. I’m sure there’s a lot more u can say. So don’t be too judgy

      • Audu says:

        I’m sure the reason you all are so angry is because Islam has always taught you to place yourselves higher than people of other religions. And to take people of other religions as infidels, or to give them ‘pig status’ in the society. Now you see your fellow muslims so illiterate, confused, underdeveloped and resorting to cowardly acts of hiding and striking like mosquitos in the night. And you are ashamed that you have to relate to that. Who are behaving like infidels now?

    • abbati says:

      @mimesy.its either You are one sided or U̶̲̥̅̊ have not been following the comments or you cannot read English very well.

  180. sholz says:

    Nyc write up rinola, buh der z somthn u pple dnt undastnd, we hv christians n we hv d born again christians, d born agn xtian cn go 2 any lent 2 bring a normal/backslided xtian back 2 d kingdom, in oda wrds go out dre n preach d gospel 2 dem. Y cnt u d gud muslims do d same? BH hz being taggd ‘bad muslims’ buh d fact remains dat dey r ‘muslims’ dere r diff ways u cn reach out 2 dz pple, internet, tv programs etc. Let dem knw dat dey r on d wrng track, do evrythn possible 2 win dere souls bak 2 ALLAH, let dem knw dere sins will b 4given! By so doin, u pple will win dere souls bak n all dese will stop/reduce due tym! It is well!!

  181. shakira says:

    May allah continue to enrich u in wisdom and not too long displace our oppressors.

  182. hameedah says:

    @emmy, ISLAM is peace! We r not blood thirsty! This write up is not on our religious differences…… Its for this country n how its being ruled. I personally think this is a political conspiracy! We r being deceived into thinking its religious. Pls mind what u say.

  183. Ehos says:

    As much as the author tries to make islam justified, I still believe islam is the springing board of global terrorism. Boko Haram’s origin traces its root to an islamic sect, same with alqaeda. I am not condemning islam, but you pointed it out that you are permitted to fight back. That implies there is a provision for evil, anger, deceit and murder. Not on a comparism platform though but Christianity says, if you are slapped in your left cheek, turn the right to the person, we stand for love! Our message isn’t war. There is no such things as a holy war. War lives people dead, lives lost, families battered, homes broken, economies shattered. War in which ever physical form it takes is born out of the flesh. As Christians, we do not fight for our God! Jehovah is infinitely tooo mighty to be fought for, instead, He fights for us and we worship Him. If you think islam isn’t the world’s problem then research the history of terrorism. Look around you. I am sorry if I am not in support of your faith, apologies to all islamists. But the blatant truth need not get covered. Islam since inception was associated with conflicts, the founder was a warrior so would you say the followers are treading the wrong path if they are suicide bombers. As for 72 virgins, do you think spirits have sex? Are you hoping to appear in heaven and get fleshy arousal in eternity. I am sorry there is a lot to question in this myth.

    • hameedah says:

      U all ve ISLAM misunderstood. I hope one day u will. But we r not the global problem n I find that insulting. We r humans we have heart. Our religion preaches peace.

  184. muhammad ameena says:

    Ma sis am pround of u and may Allah increase u in knowledge we here knows d truth bt refuse 2 say it d issue of BH is not only religious and we knw bt we we trying 2 shift blames bt don’t worry Allah in his own tym wil put all of dis pple 2 shame bt Mr proffersor pls am telling u dis incase of next tym if u don’t ve any good thing 2 say pls a candid advice pls shut up and stop misqoutting islam and its teachings ok!how can u say ma holy prophet said he has d sexual strenght of 30 men!!how sure r we dat u r even a learned person 4 u 2 ve said such a thing abt prophet Muhammad(SAW)bt I don’t blame if u can call Yusuf a prof then u can commit any other blunder of ur choice bt 4 d purpose of peace let b mindful of wat we say abt other pple’s religion and pray 4 d nation @ large and pray 2 grand d deseased external rest and gv their various family 2 bear d loss

  185. This is so beautiful,am realy proud of this sister.she is Indeed a Muslimah!!! Baraakakallah Fik

  186. Mustapha says:

    Jazakillah khairan sister Rinsola. I started loving the way ds dialogue was taking place bt on d overall the non muslims give more agressive responses because the word “ISLAM and MUSLIMS” r dia greatest enemies. Atleast some of them r matured and talk as elites. Some one even used d word “coward” forgetting that ds same coward was created by the Lord he/she worships. It shows hw he/she does not respect his Lord not to talk of participating in such dialogue. May Allah SWT bring peace to our country and expose d culprits of all evil against any innocent soul.

    • Audu says:

      I used the word ‘coward’. Would you prefer me to use the term ‘brave suicide bombers’? Huh! You are saying hatred… Considering many people here have lost either a family member or friend to those cowards, I didn’t think you would expect sympathy from christians. But it is not a fight against Muslims, what we are saying is Islam has been connected with violence in so many ways that you can not just write up a blog and expect people to believe it’s the government that is running everything. Does that mean its the US government that flew planes into the WTC? Is it naija government that bombed force HQ? Come on.. Say something meaningful

  187. Mujahid says:

    It hurts that these attacks are happenin but it hurts even more that we still fail to see that the same hate these attackers are trying to preach is the same hate we are exhibiting. Do we really want an end to all this conflict and unnecessary bloodbath? if we do then I suggest we learn to tolerateone another regardless of our tribal, spiritual or religious disposition. The seeds of discord amongst us are being planted by the so called “muslim army” and we are using our slanderous tongues and vitriolic actions to culture them to full bloom.
    Agreed, curtailing these attacks is somewhat beyond our capacity as ordinary citizens but the aftermath of initial attacks (reprisal attacks i mean ) are very much within the limits of our control. We have the strength, the power. Let us now have the desire to exercise our collective strength and stop pointing fingers of blame on our fellow countrymen that are very oblivious to the evil plannings of terrorists.
    I was born a muslim, I live the life of a muslim and I wish to die a muslim and it pierces my heart every time a bomb is detonated in a christian settlement. To what end? I question
    Believe me the truest and strongest jihad is the fight within onesefl to desist from all forms of evil. I know that killing another is of the greatest evils known to humanity……….
    I pray Allah guides us all as we seek our path to reconciliation and ultimately, Uhuru. Ameen

  188. motolani enifeni says:

    There shld b a button 4 hate ds comment, u come up n write ur own view like all muslims live like u. Fighting D̶̲̥̅ way of Allah is it carrying swords? Ghandi won D̶̲̥̅ freedom of his people without carrying a stick, D̶̲̥̅ disciple of christ showed violence. He rebuked him, y didn’t they say they were fighting for self defense. I do not say all muslims are violent but islam which means peace preaches violence. All muslims are D̶̲̥̅ same u say, n an arab muslim once told my dad why he was praying in his own language,arabic n not yoruba. I have heard a nothern muslim say to a yoruba dat he borrowed islam n they inherited it. I have a frnd whose mum bcame a muslim by marriage n after D̶̲̥̅ husband’s death she was said not to be a muslim by birth so no inheritance for her or her kids. I do not say we do not have good muslims or bad christians, even D̶̲̥̅ bible preaches violence. B4 boko haram muslim killed christians. N frm ur statement abt who a muslim is, christians believe in 1 God n they pray 2 him, how are they idol worshipers wen u practically have an idle of one God. Saudi is more populated with muslims y shld we hear about bombings there. I do agree that boko haram is a political tool 2 divide nigeria n foreign countries are involved, so it shldnt shock us wen fellow muslims are killed.

  189. Ajagbonna james O says:

    Thank you.may He bless u

  190. northerner says:

    @professor- ur a pathetic liar am so disappointed in u. I don’t think dis a good place to start a debate on quran and bible, just like my sister rinsola said dat she will not qoute anythin wrong from d bible not because d bible is free from all dis violent and pornograghic stuffs. If u want I can qoute plenty of verses from ur bible dat talks about war, terrorism, genoside! So also lied about d holy Quran not knowing dat u can only deceive urself because we muslims knows our Quran very well unlike u paulians! Hilter is a roman catholic but he killed over 5 million jews. Geoge bush is a christian fundamentalist and only God knows d no of people he killed. Why r u people blaming islam for every single act of a muslim? All those drug addicts, gangstars and pornstars are dey not christians? Was it d bible dat inspired dem to carry all dere evil acts? Use ur brain b4 u start making ur baseless accusations!

    • yemi says:

      Mr/ mrs notherner I think d problem we all av is our shallow understanding about other ppl’s religion and we all claim 2 knw more dan dem 4 example u said drug addicts gangsters and the rest are xtians I’ll like 2 tell u dat is not true u can be named john or even Jesus dat doesn’t make u a xtian do u even knw hw d name xtian came in2 bn? Ppl saw d way and manner d disciple of Jesus behaved and dey conclude dat dis are d 4lower of jesus christ and hence they call dem xtian so tell me was jesus a gangster or drug addict.any1 who doesn’t 4lo the way of our Lord Jesus christ is nt a xtian even if he is a pope. So get understanding b4 u talk. Thanks

  191. Usman Mustapha says:

    Jazakallahu khairan to my sister in islam FO̶̷̩̥̊͡Я clearing out some points of concern to our christian brothers and sisters towards islam. May اَللّه SWA reward you and bring peace to our country again أمين. Masha اَللّه

  192. Akintola Alli says:

    Those who have ears and have read this article let them be reasonable to justify the truth from delusion of Boko haram which is used for politican war and aliasing them as general Muslim. Differences have been stated by a non sentimental Muslim lady Biola and Allah will bless and increase your knowledge.

  193. northerner says:

    @Rinsola Abiola- my sister we are all proud of you. Ur article is briliant I don’t know of anybody who can say dis better. May Allah increase ur imaan and intelect! Pls how can I be getting ur write ups?

  194. JHS says:

    4 me I will say prayers is ol dats needed, and not arguing and criticising religions.cos I do believe dat our leaders r behind Wats happening in our beloved country. How many of dem r bin killed or attacked ol dis while?how many of Dem came out to raise alarm? They r manipulating d masses by using religious conflict (since religion is an sensitive issue).pls let’s unites ourselves

    • BInta Mamman says:

      Yes I agree with u, dis ppl r just using our heads to achive their selfish inteterst, I know and I belive dat soon or later God in his infinite mercy will expose dis evil dowers it will not be welll with dem. As for those of u whom hv been saying all kind of things about islam pls go n hv a rethink, seek knowledge if u do not know and don’t speak ill abt other ppls religion, we muslims belive in jesus as a prohept of God, its pains me wen u talk ignoantly abt dis religion of peace, I do not wnt to use any abusive word to any religion pls learn to respect islam it is a religion of peace. No verse in d qur’an where Allah d most high said u shld kill innocent ppl in his curs no practicing muslim is in support of wht is happning, govt is in a better position to define BH, they knw who they r let’s not give dem d chance to use religion to achive their aim. God will expose dem.

  195. sali says:

    Good morning all. Mr mike guess u re doin good. He who bomb a church does not ve to bomb a mosque. Why? Bcos he espect those whose churchs were bombed to do dat job 4 him. To save time, energy and resources its wiser to concentrate on what others cant do for you and let others do what they can do 4 you. The situation is deterioratin and we all need to continue prayin 4 Gods intervention. Many muslims lost their lives too. A true muslim will never attack xtians when their are mosques and muslims scattered everywhere even in d xtians dominated territories cos repraisal attacks must be expected. May Alhighty God protect us from the enemies. Ameen.

  196. Abdullahi Muktar Aliyu says:

    Salam, sister for a must congratulate you for you have washed the eyes of all that are ignorant of islam, ignorant of what the teachings of the Holy Qur’an for any body with reason that is as small as an atom will have no reason to look down on islam because over the course of my readings I have never since a religion that so clearly outline the rules of engagement(war) like my religion AL-ISLAM.

  197. Nath says:

    Are trying to portrait islam as religion of peace?.I considered islam to be a religion of violence,check it out from Sudan,Mali,Libya,Iran,Afghanistan,Pakistan,Iraq,Turkey,Somalia,Algeria down to Nigeria d muslim have killing and maiming innocent souls.
    Wen Mohammad was cartooned in far away Norway,wat happen in Nigeria,d Muslims start killing Christians n u called dat religion of peace?it can never be,out of d ten top terrorist group in d world nine are predominately muslim organisations, Al-Qaeda,Hamas,Taliban,Hezbollah,Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan,Kurdistan Worker’s Party,Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna,Aden-Abyan Islamic Army and Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA). Coming down to Sub Shahara Africa we have d Al-Shbaab,Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko haram who considered themselves to b jihadist movement or jihadi
    movement,my understanding of Jihadism” in this sense covers both Mujahideen
    guerilla warfare and Islamic terrorism.
    If boko haram has grudge against d govt y nt go after d govt y Christians,I do believe in d schools of though,especially d US media dat d menace of boko haram is as a result of socio-politcal and economics problems after muslim v ruled Nigeria more dan Christians. The Global peace index 2012 name three muslim countries as d least peaceful countries of the world,Somalia,Afghanistan and sudan.
    Finally,you should no dat d muslim has no monopoly of violence,d Christians have forebear for so long and they are being push to d wall,Christians have no choice dan to defend themselves against d Northern muslim since d state apparatus can not protect them

  198. Amina umar says:

    I believe you Risola,it very true that islam is peace.many non muslims are misunderstanding what islam is all about due to the behaviour of some peopl that bear muslims by name which I advice to create a name for their religion coz I doubt if they are real muslims.Just bcoz few out of million nig muslims had gone astray deosnt mean all muslims are dsame,it is not right for the christians to feel that their worst enemies are the muslims,we are all nigerians and everyone should have the right to choose what ever religion he wishes. It hurt my heart when I hear pple saying muslims are terrorist they are killer our religion allow us to kill which is not true.now looking at the issue of boko haram I want the christians to reason with me.it started in maiduguri,yobe,bauchi,kano all these states are dominated by muslims boko haram killed them innocently.i was at kano when the bombs blasted in kano it was terrible coz it happen in my area 99.9 of those who lost their lives were muslims. But when these so called boko haram came to kaduna they forgot that they were fighting government they started bombing churches, the question here is why police stations in other state and churches in kaduna?because kaduna is dominated by both muslims and christians who dont get along with each other. The first thing and first suspect that will come any christian mind is MUSLIMS, and if same thing should happen to d mosque the muslims will do thesame sentiment aside.From my analysis right from maiduguri yobe bauchi kano abuja and kaduna I never come across any richman,politician or even local government chairman’s son that fell a victim of boko haram’s attack,I did not hear of any blast in G.R.A.if these boko haram really exist and as they claim they are fighting government am sure they know the way to aso rock,house of reps,senate house and GRA were they live why are they killing innocent souls.MY fellow nigerians instead of killing ourselves like animals why can’t we come together and ask our leaders WHO ARE THESE BOKO HARAM?

    • BInta Mamman says:

      May Allah bless u, I wish fellow Nigs will understand wht is actually going on, my prayer is hp we will understand it soon before it will be too late for us. In every religion they r bad ppl, bcos sm group of ppl r bad those not mean dat ISLAM is bad a muslim can be a killer or a cheat just like a christan, why? becos he is human, if u talk about killing wht do u hv to say abt d bombing in Kano, maiduguri yobe, Gombe by d so call BH n JTF. If we keep pushing blame we will never get positve Solution to dis menace dat we hv at hand. My prayer is God almighty will expose dem insha Allah sooner or later light will alwayz previl over darkness, wen d wind blow d anus of d hen will be expose. Whether muslims, christan or govt we shall see.

  199. Mohammed Ribadu says:

    May Allah SWT.bless you for this piece your wrote.

  200. مصطف says:

    اللهم أعز الإسلام والمسلمين وازللشرك والمشركين ودمر اعدادالدين.

    (جزاك الله خير)ONE LOVE

  201. sulman says:

    wooow wat a lvly write up my sister,may Allah bless u.
    And criously i comend al d ppl dat comentd here both d muslims n d xtians,i’v neva ben proud 2 b a nija youth until 2day.if al d youth in ds country can keep sentiments aside an face our comon enemy which r dos in d coridor of power al ova d country frm d president to his vice,al d govs,d ministers n oda top gov offials nija wil neva hv peace.i’m sr u r al wondrin y i sad so?my reasons r dis
    1.d president him slf confesd dt thr r members of BH in his cabinet,police n top army oficial bt we’v nt hard any of dem ben arestd.
    2.we hear of BH kiln men,children n women of both d north n south,muslim n xtians daily,bt wit al ds happing ws any membr of a top politicians family eva kild evn if it was a state comisionr?ofcrse nt cz dy mastrmind evrytin.
    3.thy own d media houses so dy gv us evry info dy wnt 2 n we folishly agree wit dm eithr bcz d wel paid writer is frm dsame tribe or religion wit us
    My fellow comrads religon is nt our problem here d politicians wnt us 2 blive so bt truly thy r d problem until u unite n send dm out 2 powr nt by voilence bt our votes we cn neva hv a united Nig.
    We al knw d truth bt tribal n religous defrencs is d reason we r running awy frm it.

  202. afolabi ambali says:

    morally,we all knw what is good and bad.BH to me is been use by d govt 2 divert d masses attention frm her failure…d media has nt even help d situation.GOD help us

  203. muaz says:

    jazakallahu khair sis, may Allah swt bless u. A brother was sayin sme tyn ’bout 911, u nd to get ur facts ryt pls refer yo lots of documentries on 911 lyk ferenheit911 n many more. C hw it was doctured, d reltionship btw bush n osama’s family n al. D other brother fat was sayin smetyn ’bout hw saudia’s gvrnmnt z suponsring sme terrorist secr pls wre do u gt dat, or z it d typ of rumor u guys lyks. Sumtyn dat wil stir d soup? Pls u r btr dan dat. Atlast u guyz shuld stop letin dis ppl divrt ur attentn from d billions dy a stlin from our tressures.

  204. Nsikak says:

    Thank you Rinsola for your courage. The piece is particularly insightful and concise. I am only wondering why the government is sitting still whilst a few self seeking imbeciles are fueling these incessant crises.Yet also, the media hasnt helped in any measure to educate with strong headers the importance of one love, one country. Instead,the style of reporting the deathe toll in such a way as to show winner and loser is all they know…PATHETIC!!!
    I pray God to grant families and relations that have lost their loved ones in the face of this crises the fortitude to bare the lose. I also pray that God will restore in heart the fear and clear understanding of His word…
    Peace bé still.

  205. Dantecruso says:

    I have through some comments made on this post and i still find out that Muslims brotherhood is trying to give reasons for BH bombings and some xtians trying to prove that Muslims is associated with Jihad and it must be against anyone who refuses to accept Islam as a relilion.
    I believe that any1 of who can access this write up has attained some level of education, let us reason like elites here we know something is bad and it didn’t start from our time we met it what we need to do is to provide a paneance to curb it.
    BH was actually linked to the northerners and believed to have started from the religion known to have dominated the north. But let us consider that this is a country where conspiracy is at its height now BH today is filled with all kinds of person from what we see today now infact bombings has gone out of the hands of BH every1 uses it now as a tool to express anger and the north fertile to deposit where it will kill less people cos if u drop bomb in any part of Lagos count 1milliondead people immediately.
    Now anoda issue i see here is that many are aggrived about the way others address of say about there religion i see your response like we were to be on same sit fight would have erupted let us try to correct one anoda where he has misinterpreted any ppart of what ever read. Most of read the content but don’t follow the context

  206. time says:

    4giveness don’t mean no one was hurt but everyone has bin hurt enough..God is alive n with us.

  207. bash says:

    Allahmdulilah

  208. Umar Mohammed Biu says:

    U av said it all wat else can i say but tell u jazakallahu khair. May d Al-mighty ALLAH reward u abundantly for dis lovely da’awah A’ameen.

  209. Mogul says:

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  210. prof 1 says:

    Let us stop all this arguments about muslim and christians and focus our mind on our GOD to help this country of ours…and please you muslims in nigeria,i have a message for you people.from my own reasearch I have discorvered a lot of muslim like to argue with christians,and I also discovered that some muslim love to make wrong assertions due to their ignorance about there confused religion. So please my christian brother I want to make you understand that the holy Bible give way to clearity and refrence which the Holy Quran doesn’t,that is the reason why some of the muslim brothers will bomb a church in the name of jihad,simply because they lack the understanding provided by the unclearity of their holy Quran…that is why some muslims believe to kill in the cause of allah is a criterea to get to paradise and some don’t.,,so I urge you christians never to confuse Islam with christianity.let GOD be the judge.peace out”

    • hameedah says:

      Don’t ever think little of our quran! We try reason not belittle each other, this isn’t a motivational piece n u r solely bringing up an arguement, how well do u know the quran that u will say its unclear? Mtswww!

  211. Danjuma says:

    “S l a y them wherever you find them….” (Surah 2:190-) 

    “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.”
    (Surah 2:216) 

    “The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)

    “Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people…They
    desire nothing but your ruin….You believe in the entire Book…When they meet
    you they say: ‘We, too, are believers.’ But when alone, they bite their
    finger-tips with rage.” (Surah 3:118, 119) 

    “Seek out your enemies relentlessly.” (Surah 4:103-) 

    “The Jews and Christians say: ‘We are the children of God and His
    loved ones.’ Say: ‘Why then does He punish you for your sins?” (Surah
    5:18) 

    “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.”
    (Surah 5:51) 

    “Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not
    turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to
    them, except it be for tactical reasons…he shall incur the wrath of God and H
    e l l shall be his home…” (Surah 8:12-) 

    “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion
    shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-) 

    “I …make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will
    chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over
    them…” (Surah 9:12-) 

    “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews
    and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly
    subdued.” (Surah 9:27-) 

    “It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true
    Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much th
    idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it.” (Surah 9:31-) 

    “If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by
    other men.” (Surah 9:37-) 

    “Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal
    rigorously with them. H  el l shall be
    their home.” (Surah 9:73) 

    “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal
    firmly with them.” (Surah 9:121-) 

    “Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him…He has
    given you the name of Muslims…” (Surah 22:78-) 

    “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the
    unbelievers but merciful to one another.” (Surah 48:29)”

  212. Ilyasu says:

    TAQIYYA
    (Dissimulation and Propaganda)

    Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences.”

    There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman.  These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

  213. kiki says:

    Nice write up,I wish pple could see your point of view.God bless you

  214. lekan says:

    No reason pointing fingers to each other christians muslims budhist etc. Boko haram is not an islamic sect the media made it so boko haram is an arm of the PDP government used to divert attention away from all the looting and corruption going on in this country and its unfortunate president Jonah is not in charge the Govt has been hijacked by the cabals .it is obvious the way they give us different drama week in week out

  215. I agree with what you have said,christains sees muslism as terrorist,killer,but we are not like dat.I believe govertment are the ones doin this jst to split the country into 2 but Insha Allah they wil never succeed.when muslims were killed no one was talking dats not fair.

  216. Adama Salihu says:

    This is truly the truth nd nothing bt d truth. May Allah in his infinate mercy reward u 4 this wonderful post.

  217. knowledgeable christain says:

    good article and nicely presented facts. but at dis point in our nation wer things seems to fall apart ssomebody should be blamed. who, is to be blamed is the major question.
    For me i believe all dis is as a result of confused doctrines, i believe dat only imams give dis doctrines. if d muslim communities cannot put der house in order, then they are to be held responsible. I hear that suicide bombers shout a popular islamic phrase before exploding the bombs.
    Not leaving anything behind, i believe d families of these victims have a right to direct thier grieve towards somebody. But not onlt to d muslim society but also to government that refuse to take neccessary action to curb d situatio at hand.

  218. jophia says:

    The unfotunate thing is not not everything reads or as access to the internet this article is a good one how I wish it could be aired. One thing I know is that God is Patient and He is Almighty and I strongly believed that as a Christian spirit filled, a day is coming that my Mighty GOD the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ will show His WONDERS and Awesomeness. No one or thing that God created is above him sponsors,members and supports of Boko Haram should just be prepared for the visitation of God when and how I do not know but He will surely show Himself and Nigerians and Nigeria from these evil men. May All innocent Lifes wasted by Boko Haram rest in perfect Peace Amen. And may fire from above begin to consume BH members and theirs Sponsors in Jesus Mighty name. Amen

  219. kay says:

    What’s d point of all this write ups and comments if we don’t come up with a solution?

  220. sandra says:

    Wht is now going to happen aLl dis boko haram if they did nt stop the killings,bcos is getting too much.If fedral govt cannot do anything why can’t the united nation or the peace maker come into dis matter and found lasting solution.for the sack of innocent souls?thanks.moreover dis president called goodluck;is totally badluck for nigerians.he is dull and low in intelligent.

  221. Friday says:

    Will any of you not think of something better to do rather than sit and ague what you dont know?
    Please think of how you would make people around you feel the oneness of Nigeria and pray for peace to reign.

  222. emeka says:

    Thanx 4 de write up, u rilly proved a point but is it dat our northern muslims find it very hard 2 accept de fact, they are de set of individuals dat never show remorse even wen dey know dat dey guity in one way or de other instead they ignore de fact and start lookin 4 a way to involv demselves in havin a bad convo with de xtians. U pip suppose 2 be elighten us more on dis situatn rather u kip provin ur voilent oriented minds, am not sayin dat muslims is bad religion but rather a very good religion but there so many things wrong with most northern muslims. U pple shld learn how 2 embrace peace anywhere u find ur self even on the intternet!!! Pls always try nd be a good muslims anywhere u ar and rpresent dem in a positiv way

  223. Tunde says:

    Reading through these comments, it’s alarming how Rinsola Abiola has apparently failed to pass the message, or is it the low-level discerning minds of most readers? There is no justification for illegality, whether in the swamps of the Niger Delta or in the BH-infested streets of the North! The killing of innocent souls, babies and adults, muslims and christians alike makes this sect a general bane and an enemy of all.

  224. Hussein says:

    I beg to say you have just gone doctrinial and not facing facts. Check these out; Islam is peace but is every where in War; In Iran, Iraq, Pakistan etc, what do we find in them, Suiside Bombings, Fatuah, why?
    Why does any one fight for God? Is God a weakling? Is there any other Religion that preaches War in any form.
    You claim the issue of 72 Virgins is not in the quaran, what about in the Hadith and other books? Who was Maitasini, and Mechaniki in Gombe.Ajagbe mo keferi in the West.
    Having said these, When people are not Educated for fear of leaving a religion, they can only remain moribond in outlook, the Princes in Saudi are Well Educated in western education
    So long as a group of people decide to be ancient in Thoughts and Deeds, so long would they remaim Mumu
    Let me stop here to avoid Fatuah

    • atheist says:

      YOU MY FRIEND HAVE YOUR SENSES IN THE RIGHT PLACE. GOD BLESS!

    • abbati says:

      Go back to and research on iraq,pakistan and the rest U̶̲̥̅̊ mentioned,look Fø̲̣̣я̅ the causes of conflicts in those states and see who the invaders are were there any suicide bombings before the west invaded?

  225. Wale Salami says:

    Hello Risola,

    Wonderful piece, I must confess. Please can I share across my networks? Of course, you would be acknowledged as the author. Plus I would need a short bio about you.

    I will be expecting to hear from you. I can be reached via adewalesalami2@yahoo.com

    Do have a splendid day ahead.

    Warm regards,

    Wale Salami
    Lusaka, Zambia

  226. Fatima Ameen says:

    I really love this,Rinsola,am a muslim n will die a musalim,if only we can jus wake up n see reality,NO BOKO Haram is a muslim,recently been discovered dt xtians re d ones involved in bombing churches,in d zaria bombing,john n solomon were d ones caught n john ws stoned to death by d members of dia church,solomon ws d suicide bomber n frm hs iidentification he’s mum is a poor woman dt sells in samaru market close to my house,all d time dy say Boko haram claim responsibility,des really trash…..frm where,THESE ARE THE SERIES OF QUESTIONS I EXTRACTED FROM EL-RUFA’I’S TWITTER PAGE: No matter how hard you try to deviate from the truth, you must come to know that Government is the master mind of such attacks.
    1. Nasir El-Rufai @elrufai
    Unless the authorities explain these excessive coincidences, the FGN will remain the No. 1 suspect behind these bombings,I have said my bit.

    2. Nasir El-Rufai @elrufai
    Why is Kabiru Sokoto not on trial? What about the Abu Qaqa SSS claimed to have arrested? Are all the facts or fiction? Many questions….

    3. Nasir El-Rufai @elrufai
    Now it is being alleged that a John Odey was apprehended as the mastermind of the Zaria bombings…will he vanish into thin air too?…

    4. Nasir El-Rufai @elrufai
    The John that was caught with grenades, AK 47 and ammunition attempting to attack a ministerial briefing at Radio House….where is he?

    5. Nasir El-Rufai @elrufai
    An SSS operative named Emmanuel was also arrested in Gombe attempting to bomb a church…where is he?

    6. Nasir El-Rufai @elrufai
    A man, non-muslim, but dressed in white jallabiyyah arrested in Bayelsa attempting to bomb a church….months ago….where is he?…….pls let’s answer ds questions before killing ourselves tnks

    • atheist says:

      YOU AND EL-RUFAI CAN EAT A HUGE DICK….EVEN IF THESE PEOPLE WERE CHRISTIANS (A NEGLIGIBLE FRACTION) CAN YOU JUSTIFY EXTERMINATION OF ‘NON-BELIEVERS’ IN PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN, INDONESIA, NIGERIA, ETC. ETC.? WHEN YOU ARE BLINDED, YOU CAN NEVER SEE THE LIGHT!! YOUR RELIGION LIVES IN THE BARBARIC ERA AND SO DO YOU!!! HAVE YOU HEARD OF CHRISTIANS, BUDDHISTS, EVEN SATANISTS KILL THE WAY YOUR RELIGION DOES? TELL ME THAT BEFORE YOU TALK A TRUCK LOAD OF BULLSHIT

      • hameedah says:

        U r sick! This is nigeria we r talking of. If u believe in what the media feed u then u r the bigger fool. Go n live in pakistan or afghanistan n know about their situation. U can’t talk out of ignorance. Mind what u say……

  227. ohifeme oike says:

    Yes! Risola you are much right. I’m a christain with lots of muslim friend..I am a free thinker.I love peace. When I look @ the holy bible and holy quran..They both point @ one God..but different ways..what I will point @ is the trabalism in the country which has lead to what we see today.we have also been miss lead by some selfish wicked people and so call bad leaders. What I think the way out is the generational youth of different regions to unite and explain what each regions says. Another problem is the uneducated people with little knowledge and understanding of how to live in amony with one another.Ref; the northern part of nigeria. When ever there is violent,they come out and make it look like they don’t want the christians. Also look @ the southern muslim and christians, don’t they live in peace.even marry each other..I will still say it,if we keep allowing this wicked selfish leader to remain,there be no peace in the nation.and could divide us.That mean the effort of our forefather like Abubakar muhammed,obafemi Awolowo and Azikinwe has gone down the drain..so let’s try and live in peace..pass the message on.Thank you

  228. Zubayda says:

    Dear micheal, muslims are not doin all this. People are just trying to paint us black or have you ever seen any muslim caught and showed on T.V? All the people i see on T.V is either John or something else. Lets just pray not say its Muslims or the christains please. Thanks

  229. George Onmonya Daniel says:

    Islam in Northern Nigeria promotes and encourage violence and hatred. I have lived in Northern Nigeria all my life. Islam itself no doubt is a peaceful religion.

  230. atheist says:

    Screw you and your opinion! Islam has been known to be a violent one from ages past to this modern age. From ‘conservative’ saudi arabia to killing hindus in india to christian persecution in indonesia to muslim north killing christians with reckless abandon in nigeria to the twin towers to boko haram to advance forms of hypocrisy. Your religion is a farce just like all organised religions, just that yours is the more violent farcical religion! And please don’t use ‘positive, non-hostile’ excerpts from your quran to say your religion is not violent, a million and one verses incites extreme forms of violence against ‘non-believers’, why the contradiction?. Don’t sugar coat shit, accept it, islam is the most violent religion on the face of this terrestial ball. Google can do you a whole lot of help on that one. Always agitated like your ‘god’ who ‘created’ the universe can’t deal with mere mortals! Get a life whoever you are!

    • hameedah says:

      Get a life too. Muslims are on the surface of this earth. N we wil be till the end of it. GFY!!!!!

  231. mercy adamu says:

    @zaynab wats wit d callin of som1 an ass.evry1 has a ryt 2 speak his or her mind.look let’s call a spade a spade.its d truth since dis issue of boko haram started I ve neva heard a mosque was bombed by boko haram.u all r nw sayin its d christian dat r doin it.look I tell u no christian will ever do that.we’ve been quite in prevous years but dat doesn’t mean we r fools.enuf is enuf.nd even d people dat dey said are d ones bhind d bombings(christian)how sure are u dat its true?wat solid prove do dey have?have you ever seen the picture of any of dem?no one is a fool or a kid here ok.

  232. Salam sister rinsola u ve said it all may Allah grant u more hikima. Masallam

  233. musa says:

    Thank you have just say what is in my maind. I wish people can understand.

  234. Ɛjiro says:

    Am not a muslim bt for the first time I reli understand wat the Qur’an is sayin…glad u cleared that up…nice write up

  235. muktar says:

    May Allah SWA give you guidence to conteun this elitement to people who doesn’t understand about islam. May Allah Bless you always with HIS Wisdom

  236. Ife Sopade says:

    I have read through your piece, but you have succeeded in telling us that Islam is not a religion of violence, well I refuse to be part of that school of taught based on the following.
    1.The quaran I believe is just one, why is it that most barbaric act is termed Jihad.
    2. Why is it that everywhere in the world from pakistan to somalia, afghanistan to Iran, Iraq to Northern Nigeria they all operated in thesame way? They recite the holy quaran followed by Allahu akbar before perpetrating the datardly act? Don’t you think there is part in the quaran that supported the act of violence?
    3. Christians don’t kill, why is suicide bombing associated with only muslim, why attack churches why nt mosques most especially on a fraday during jumat service.
    The bottom line is that those of you that defend islam are not practicing islam, its a religion of force, Imo Ii le

  237. baguduking says:

    It is obvious our people have been blindfolded,how comes we fail to realize who the real boko harams are and why has government not intervene,our attention is being diverted while our resources are being embezzled by our leaders. What happen to security,welfarism? Let’s face reality this things are strategies to either reduce population or for spiritual purposes,better still for some political reasons and not religion. Why has there been no attack on the east,south and west. What happen to united we stand and divided we fall,where is the unity,where is the love,togetherness,let’s not allow our government create enmity between us. I rest my case

  238. Goodie says:

    I appreciate your attempt at defending your faith. Any body would do what you are doing. You have to understand though that whether Jihad and suicide are in Quran or not or being practiced as written in the Quran or not will not erase the reality on ground. And that reality is that Adherents of Islam and not just lone rangers like Hitler and Truman u mentioned, who by the way targeted particular victims as the Jihad/Suicide believing Islamists target Christians, abound all over the world. From America to Britian; from India to France and from Nigeria to Somalia you don’t have them in less degree. Something must be the matter with the religion and why in all these places they focus on any thing and person western which of course is the bastion of Christianity. Even the Moslem Clerics so killed were those perceived to favour western culture.
    Abiola every body in Nigeria knows that there’s a huge difference between the Hausa moslems and Yoruba moslems. Any attempt at hiding that difference will be playing on our collective intelligence. For the records, no one with Israeli passport is granted entry into Saudi Arabia. The ‘peace’ in Saudi Arabia is same with one in Sokoto-the seat of Caliphate. There’s an evil pattern here: every other place boils but not the strnghold.
    Finally, its my prayer that everyone will be allowed to live their persuasion without inflicting terror, violence and even harm on those who don’t share same with you. Moslem extremists beware!

    • atheist says:

      YOU MY FRIEND ARE MY HERO!!

    • atheist says:

      FURTHER TO THE SAUDI ARABIA PASSPORT DENIAL:

      Countries that do not accept Israeli passports
      Algeria
      Bahrain
      Bangladesh
      Brunei
      Djibouti
      Indonesia (Nationals of Israel are only allowed entry and transit via)
      Iran
      Iraq (if arriving at airports in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul or Najaf)
      Kuwait
      Lebanon
      Libya
      Malaysia (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Internal Security.)
      Pakistan
      Qatar (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Internal Security.)
      Saudi Arabia
      Somalia
      Sudan
      Syria
      United Arab Emirates (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Internal Security.)
      Yemen

      • hussein says:

        Plz stay in nigeria. That’s how far ur knowledge and understanding extendes… Did u even take the times and search for why it is so? Why are they denied entry? Imagine somebody barged into ur brother’s house, kicked him out of it and stayed in. Would u allow him entry in ur own house?

      • Goodie says:

        They also occupy Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Djiboti, Brunei, etc. All the countries that don’t allow Israeli passport have one thing in common. Islam! My brother absolving Islam in the hate against Christianity is not a smart thing to do. I expect your type who wants to make us believe otherwise to fully condemn the evil and find out how the teachings which gave rise to this hatred came about. Then you can cleanse the faith from within and people outside will see the change. This kind of campaign will not do it. For every life lost, a family is bereaved. Is this talk going to assuage their pain?
        You may read this too.NigerianEye: ‘Nigeria wouldn’t have peace until all christians follow Islam’ – BOKO HARAM: http://bit.ly/MePxIh

  239. abdul yari says:

    Loue ur piece of work

    • Otunba Oluwafemi Abraham says:

      First, I must say a big thank you to Rinsola for this wonderful article, its exactly the kind of article we need. But unfortunately its not making the kind of impact it should, I have spent over 2hrs here reading all the comments(the good,the bad and the ugly) and I must say some people are pathetic.
      Boko Haram are muslims,— muslims who do not practice all the tenets of Islam, at least that is what I understand. Won’t it be myopic of a reporter who goes to Allen Avenue to interview prostitutes and discovers that the first ten are christians to conclude that prostitutes are christians and/or christianity supports prostitution? That is a fallacy of generalisation. Just like Rinsola rightly pointed out, Humans are capable of anything including killing-and he does not have to belong to any sect or religion to do that.
      Jesus Christ was killed by people who do not subscribe to his faith and teachings ,early christians were persecuted by same people, idol worshipers were killing muslims too. After a great deal of civilisation, a christian group called CRUSADERS were killing muslims and non-christians all over the world. There are muslim terrorists now who are killing non-muslims(christians mostly). THE TRUTH is that all these group of people who kill are never true to their religion. They are not real christians or real muslims. We should all stand together and fight these menace , Muslims are dying in these attacks too, and yes they plant bomb in churches but I’ve met an affected muslim who relocated to Ghana where I reside after loosing every member of her nuclear family to an attack on their mosque in Borno State. I’m a christian, and I do not have to read the Quran to know that Boko Haram is not an islamic sect.

  240. kingsley says:

    My dear God bless u for this wonderful peace. Let’s all join forces and fight this bloodsucking demon in our society.

  241. Abdulrasheed says:

    May Allah almighty reward u abundantly for this beautiful piece, there is no doubt u have a good knowledge of the holy Quran Alhamdulillah (praise be to God). I must really say categorically that we Nigerians lack religious tolerance and this is so bcos most of us don’t really have a good knowledge of our own religion, not to talk of other’s religion. What my sister here Rinsola did I pray will open up our minds especially my christian brothers to make research about the holy quran in order to find out what the real teachings are. The holy Quran is all over the world and it’s exactly the same (there is no editions) and it’s readily available in different translations. Please kindly pick up one and make some research. I am a practicing muslim and believe me I have a copy of the bible which I read from time to time. I swear by Allah Islam is a perfect religion and no muslim or any human beign is, perfection is an attribute of God alone.

  242. Enyeribe E says:

    Tell boko Haram to stop bombing Churches because Churches are not the problems of this Nation.They should go to Goverment houses not Churches or they want another thing to happen in this nation.Thank

  243. Ab says:

    So anyone who is not a muslim is a christ huh? Are you people this blind not to see clearly that those guys( who claimed to be christians) were used by either islamic BH or some heartless islamic fanatics”who was once threatings to make( Northern) Nigeria ungovernable, should he loss the presidential election in 2011, a threat which is now being made good. With recent happens in the north”)to act as christians to cause more confusion.

    What do you(muslims) have to say to the unrest, violence and killings going on in all islamic countries, starting from africa to mideast, were or are those crime being committed by christians too?

    This whole crab is a satanic strategy by some mischievious islamic faithfuls to divert attention.
    NO CHRISTIAN, I REPEAT, NO CHRISTIAN will ever break a chair in God’s house(church) let alone bombing it.
    Those guys were paid by islamic BH to pose as christians. They were and have never been part of the JESUS family, because killing and violence are not part of the teachings and examples which our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST left for us to follow.

    Come to think of it, will a muslim ever think of burning down a mosque however the provocation? Worse he/she will do is convert to christianity. Now what gives you(muslims) the intuition that those guys”who claimed to be christian” are actaully christians, is it because the names they bear?

    They claim to be christians doesn’t they are, more so, why’d they be fighting against the same body they belong to, being fully abreast of what christians and christinity have suffering from the hands of some islamic extremist.
    If there is or was any reason for them to bomb @ all, without doubt, muslims and mosques would have been their best bet.

    Finally, just as a faithful muslim won’t dare tear a mat @ any mosque, so also will no Godfearing child of God, redeemed by the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THE LAMB JESUS CHRIST dare to bomb nor kill in his own Father’s house(CHURCH)
    God bless us all in JESUS NAME,AMEN!!!

  244. abishag basirat says:

    When are we going to wake up to the realisation that this fight is a fight all of us. I am one of those individuals with a deep background in both religions. I know what Islam preachers, i understand what it is to be a called a Christian. It may sound like a cliché, but Boko Haram is not representing Islam, because it does not represent foundations on which the religion stands on, neither will a reprisal insurgent Christian group represent all that Christ preached.this is a war against the unity of our country, against the principles for which Nigeria was conceived. Let all those who believe in the unity of great country say this prayer ‘ may those who stand against the peace of our country be destroyed, may the mighty hand of the almighty smite them Απϑ their kindred for this injustice against the people amin, amen, ase, ise

  245. Dany says:

    Knowledge can set us free!! Thanks for such a wonderful piece, we need more people like you!

  246. musa alim mohammed says:

    May the Almighty Allah continue to strengthen you for this exquisite and remarkable piece of write. We are one and we shall continue to be one whether Muslim or Christain we are supposed to go by the guiding laws of our holy books and fulfill our sole purpose on earth,to serve God.

  247. Dany says:

    Knowledge can truly set us free. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!

  248. Noor says:

    In 628AD,a delegation from st. Catherine’s monastery came to Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and requested his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights,which i reproduce below in its entirety…This is a message from the Prophet as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity near and far,we are with them. Verily i,the servants,the helpers and my followers defend them,bcos Christians are my citizens;and by Allah! i hold out against anything that displeases them. NO COMPLUSION IS TO B ON THEM.Neither are dia judges to b removed from dia jobs nor dia monks from dia monasteries . No one is to destry a house of dia religion,to damage it or carry anything from it to the muslims houses.Should anyone take any of these,he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey his prophet..Verily,they are my allies and i have my secure charter against all that they hate.No one is to force them to travel or to fight.The muslims are to fight for them.Their churches are to b respected.They are neither to b prevented from repairing them nor d sacredness of dia covenants.No one of the nation(Muslims) is to disobey d covenant till d last day(End of the world)..I rest my case my dear friends

    • Audu says:

      Wow! Look! So that means no muslim has ever hurt a christian before. Oh! This is serious! Islam IS a religion of peace. How convenient it is for this ‘charter’ to just appear in the midst of what is happening.. That is so hypocritical of you. So you mean because of a charter supposedly signed 1400 years ago by Mohammed, all the terroist acts that muslims have commited against Christians have now been lifted off the Islamic people’s conscience? That’s despicable.

  249. tony says:

    sola dis is quite an insightful piece, pple r angry its just unfortunate dey r holding d wrong culprit ala Islam. many of my closest friends are Muslims n i must tell u dey r d most peace loving frens i know, humble and trustworthy.
    sola pls open a group on fb i tried to add u as a fren but fb said u v enof frens. so i want to follow ur group on fb.
    tanx for d piece its a message dat christain nigerians need to recieve

  250. hussein says:

    I’m gonna unfollow this topic.. Like really from what I’ve seen here, ignorance and hatred is such a powerful mixture. May God enlighten us all

  251. JIMOH, Omogbolahan says:

    I really luv ur explanation……. How I wish people understand Qur’an άŋϑ stop quotin’ Ȋ̝̊̅† wrong that B. H are actin’ from Ȋ̝̊̅†. I always upset when people tell M̶̲̅ε̲̣̣̣̥ to my face that my brothers are killin’ their people in the north. I think I need 2 pass this your write up all around

  252. soully says:

    It is through forum like this that really get to know how people feel and the indepth knowledge we all have about the happening in this country. I will want to make some points before giving suggestions.
    Firstly, as human being we are all capable of murder,its part of our human nature but its our reasoning of good and evil that prevent us from doing evil. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are a muslim or a christian we are all capable of evil.
    Secondly, as christian or muslim what have our spiritual leaders done so far to fight against this evil that some faceless group are perpetrating against Nigerians?
    Thirdly, when we exchange words like this and speak bad of ourselves anD our religion, the enemy is winning. Their major aim is to put fear and cause confusion, to put us against each and eventually start a civil war that will divid Nigeria.
    As youth of this great nation(not as christians and muslim) we have to put aside our differences and step up to this chanllege facing us. Let’s stop blaming our selfs.
    If we all show them we are united despite the evil that before our brothers and sisters then they will know their plans will never come to past.
    Boko Haram can not ruin the love and unity we share as Nigerians no matter our religious affiliation if we stand as one. MAY GOD HELP US ALL.

  253. anu says:

    I feel pity that most muslim people tha hav commented here are attacking micheal,pls let’s be sincere and truthful to ourselves,if any man who called himself a xtian should go out and start killing people in the name of xtianity or Jesus,we all will come to a conclusion that christians are killing people irrsepective of who he is killing. Howvwer,if this so called xtian group decide to bomb a mosque on Eid-il-kabir day and subsequently destroy lives every friday by bombing churches,we all cry against our xtian leaders and make it a point of duty to fish the criminal out and it won’t be a crime if people wll now call all xtians murderers,cos this man is killing people in the name of JESUs. For the fact that Boko Haram has declared they are fighting against infidel and they ve proven this by giving the christendom a black sunday every week,blame no one when they say muslims are evil even though we know that is not true in its entirety. The point is that,as someone has said that the northern leaders know the culprits just like the southern leaders know the culprit of kidnapping,we need to see,not just by mouth,that truelly islam is a peaceful religion as rinsola has said. Let’s learn to call a spade a spade,this is more than a political war,its a religious war against the xtians and anybody can be a memeber,I ve muslim friends and I have hausas as friends as well. We ll continue praying for our country and the so called careless and cluess president of ours. God bless Nigeria

  254. saadiya says:

    Salam Rinsola,
    Iam so impressed by the way u explained the true meaning of islam. May almighty Allah rewaed u with Al-jannah Firdausi amin.

  255. ahmed yola says:

    You are great,
    Please check el rufa’ies un aswered questions.

  256. Son Guy says:

    we should come together as one and love each others with the LOVE OF GOD, killing is not an option, peace is the best option.

  257. This is a very good write up,more power to your elbow.This Boko Haram membere are tarnishing the good image of Isalam,even though we now know they are Muslims and christains in the Sect.No Religion on Earth allows killing of innocent people in their place of worship,No religion approves the killing of Women and children.This people am very sure are just doing this for a reason only known to their Sponsors..I paray to God to bring bak Peace not only in Nigeria but through out the World,Unite Nigeria and Nigeria to leave in peace and Harmony..Amin summa Amin.

    • Son Guy says:

      khalifa, may Almighty God be with u, i like ur piece of advice, how i wish we have people like u all over nigeria, please lets continue to preach peace, we are one people created by one GOD no matter the religion we r one.

  258. Hassan Usman says:

    Jazakallahu Khairan. You have completely said the truth about what islam said about living with everybody. Islam did not gave licence to anybody to kill, unless with the reasons mentioned in those Verses and other verses not mention here. May God continue to protect Islam and Muslim. May HE also guide those who goes astray.

    • Son Guy says:

      be consend about GOD and doing gud becos on last day u will not be judge on the basis of religion but your did while on earth. learn to liv in peace not only with those in d same faith but with all man.

  259. blessing says:

    @ maimuna u r nt correct in d statement f urs abt Christians been d peep d@ r bombing d church did u look @ their full name it s either dia s a Muslim name attacked 2 d name or his a nu convert so pls don’t even mention d@ 1 pls n I lyk wot d writer wrote I jst wish d@ Nigeria ll b 1 gud country lyk it use 2 b God help us Amen n bring 2 shame who so eva d@ s behind all these bombings n killing wether high or might they ll all die Amen d@ s MFM prayers n by God’s grace it ll come 2 pass n Nigeria ll b free again

  260. mukhtar Bakori says:

    Is a great write up!

  261. Asiya says:

    Salam to Rinsola May Allah reward u for the enlightenment to the public about Islam n peace.
    To my brothers n sisters peace n patience is the key. We need to repent n seek forgiveness from Allah for His Mercy on us, n bring an end to this uprising.
    After all that has bn happening n we need to b more sympathetic nt tearing each other apart with hate, that will not solve or make the problem it go away.
    Those that have bn killed are dead no one can brring it back, those that lost their property it can’t b brought back, those that are traumertized u can’t take it away, itstead of being negative y dnt start by being positive. The Prophet S.A.W said u shall never b acomplete true muslim until u love for ur brother wat u love for yourself.
    I will stop by saying as salamu ‘alaikum warah matullah.
    It simply means peace unto u.

    • Audu says:

      This is not in any way enlightening.. Its only your guilty conscience that is making you write this blog. The world has been enlightened to the term ‘jihad’ a long time ago despite what you want to say about what is written in the quran, You don’t need to lie to us that a jihad means self defense. How did the Islamic empire spread? It wasn’t through missionary work I assure u.
      And its easy to say, everyone should move on- the dead are dead- the destroyed property are destroyed- etc. But u are a dirty dog for saying something like that. Its never bitter until it happens to you. And if you people are so intent on defending your religion against these “fake muslims” why don’t you do the type of riots you did when they drew a cartoon of Mohammed in Denmark some years ago?

  262. muideen A says:

    May God bless you my sister for this write up. We need people like you in our society that educate us on Islam.

  263. Goodie says:

    NigerianEye: ‘Nigeria wouldn’t have peace until all christians follow Islam’ – BOKO HARAM: http://bit.ly/MePxIh.
    I wish to add that I believe in one true God and pray regularly. I give alms and fast regularly. That doesn’t make me a moslem. So there must be a different God from yours to mine. And mine encourages me to love my neighbour as my self and to owe no man anything other than love. Let’s not debate over what should not be debated. The reality of Islam stares us in the face.

    • hussein says:

      The fact u said there must be a different God shows me ur just a parrot and know nothing of u own religion

  264. mohmmaed says:

    All this are plots to disintegrate Nigeria by the west , u people should seat down and think deeply , because this could be their easiest way , but they shall never succeed by God’s grace, A good Muslim don’t kill his fellow human being just like that, even if he is to slaughter an animal there is procedure , talk more of his fellow human being

  265. hussein says:

    I can’t unfollow! Arghh!

  266. olastep says:

    Yeah. I’v read all comments here n i feel delighted to add a few words here. I’m a christian n i av alot of muslim friends even intimate ones. BUT I often wonder why an average islamic faithful hates any thing called decency, democracy, n tolerance. Now back to d main issue at hand, i mean d security challenges in Nigeria most this boko haram sect. I often imagine that someone will just wake up a day n determine to change d whole world to his/her own religion. Many of us dont even understand what religion realy means including u. Yea. Religion is a thing of d mind n belief. Excuse me, what concerns u if i started worhipping mango trees. Pls, whats ur stress abt dat? Many of u here argue dat islamic religion is peaceful. BUT why is it that u’re not even peaceful within urself talkless of being peaceful with others. 95% of troubled nations on earth are islamic countries. 99% of terrorist groups in the world are founded n controlled by muslims. Little did i wonder if such things happen here. Even look at all those northern states, there is no meaniful development there! All we see are beggers from that side queuing at our streets here at d southern part. I wont mind if i see u say otherwise. I’m not trying to castigate or critize ur religion. What i’m saying is that why isnt these islamic books not strictly warns abt violence rather than jihad, bombings, killings n all those stuff. Criticize me bt u know deep inside u dat u “all av a form of godliness but deny d power thereof”. PLEASE LETS HAVE A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE, LIFESTYLE, TOLERANCE. LETS LIVE IN PEACE. CHRISTIANITY HAS COME TO STAY IN NIGERIA N THERE IS NOTHING ANYBODY INCLUDING U, CAN DO… EVEN IF YUSUF ‘THE BOKO HARAM LEADER’ IS PRESIDENT TODAY; HE CAN NEVER DRIVE US OUT OR DARE ELLIMATE US. IT’LL BE BETTER IF U ALL IN THE NORTHER PART/MUSLIMS FORM ANOTHER COUNTRY. I WONT MIND GIVING U A NAME SIMPLY ‘USBH’. I dont think u get me. I mean “UNITED STATES OF BOKO HARAM”. Isnt it interesting. U’re all worms, termites, rats eating up my dear country.

    I love u all. U can meet me on my facebook fan page via ‘olastep’. Thank u n GOD BLESS…!

    • Son Guy says:

      Olastep, i like ur courage, i am as well a xtian but wish to say lets look at dis issues objectively and preach peace not with bitterness but with milkness, so we can reflect the image of whom we represent, our LORD JESUS says and i quote , love is the greatest among all commandment. lets never worri, the LORD we serve will fight 4 us, we cannot fight 4 him. those who fight and kill others should also know dat one day they will also die and giv account of their did while on earth. please lets continue to liv in peace with one an other as one indivisible nation.

  267. Zeena says:

    Am blaming all these violence nd bombings on d govt coz wateva as people conclude muslims are responsible or christians or whatsoever, why are we having leaders, who r to take action? wat r the leaders tryin to say Nigeria is too big for them to handle or wat, I think we r jst arguing by not understanding ourselves May Allah(SWA) forgives us nd let’s pray for the best solution for everything.

  268. Ruqouyyah Olabiran says:

    Rinsola May Almighty Allah (SWT) Increase your knowledge, and may He accept this write up as an act of Ibadah.Ameen. What Rinsola is trying to say in a nutshell is that BOKO HARAM IS NOT AN ISLAMIC SECT. If you look at the meaning of boko haram, it means WESTERN EDUCATION IS NOT GOOD, and billions of muslims are educated. Infact the Quran says searching for knowledge is compulsory and that we must learn till we die. Since boko haram is against education and Islam supports education, can’t you now see that even through the meaning Islam is against BOKO HARAM. Well I just want you all to know that I AM A MUSLIM AND AM PROUD.

    • austaino says:

      The problem with 50% muslims is this act of annoyance/easy provoked which you indirectly exhibit in your response to RINSOLA, it means if can see her/him one on one you will hit him/her. All this has to stop, lets learn how to tolerate one another then we can gladly say one Nigerian.

  269. austaino says:

    What a wonderful sermon you have here my FRIEND, you are saying this just because you are learned and expose, u even mentioned that some of your families married to a non muslim, how i wish every other Islam fanatics shares in your understanding. Come to think of it, why is that it is only churches they are burning and attacking powerless christian? My brother i feel your grievances but call the so called FANATICS and let there be serious lectures/orientation. We are all tired of the bombing everyday in the nation. Thank you my brother

  270. zainab says:

    @maimuna, did u realy hear urself? R dia no muslims in d western world? Y wud u evn dare mention dubai which is a comercial nation? Weda u lyk it or not d christians hav tried. N al dese so cald christians being caught wiv bombs r jes lies 2 trivialize issues buh d truth is if I had a bomb, aul put it in a mosque so dt y’all wud shut up n undstnd dt wen u go 2 worship n worship wiv fear? Den u wud undstnd wat ppl feel. Al of a suden bcos christians retaliated dts y u comin up wiv blogs dt dnt evn mk sens. Wat of wen churches were being burnt? Did u post ur scrIptures telin dem hw u felt abt hw dey painted ur religion?? Abeg abeg. U cnt b lukeworm. Its eida u r 4 peace or against it. #gbam# n I tink we al can c d handwriting on d wall.

  271. Zara says:

    May Allah reward u n bliv me we all ve a role 2 play as Nigerians if we want 2 make it beta.massalam

  272. Osibajo Ogaloluwa says:

    One thing i believe is that we are been created by one God, all our prayer is been answer by one God. Right now as am writting this comment am in a church praying and as am leaving the place am going to see my islamist prist for prayer. We are all one.

  273. Femi Akingbe says:

    I am a Christian. I hope a very devout Christian albeit who can never be perfect and therefore sins. I fully, totally admire and agree with Rinsola. I also agree that this has more to do with politics than religion. Unfortunately it also has to do with tribalism. My most admired Nigerian is a Muslim and I have known him for over 3 decades one of which he spent guiding me as my chairman.
    It would however serve the country well, were ALL religious leaders to vociferously condemn these attacks. Without taking anything away from Rinsola, this article would be incredibly powerful had the Sultan of Sokoto to write EXACTLY these words!
    Well done Rinsola

  274. lubabatu Ahmed says:

    Well said my sister. I have always wondered why d Qur’an is never qouted right, people should deduce just from the literal meaning of the word “islam” when looking for what islam is all about. Jazakillah Khairan!

  275. lawal says:

    This is indeed the true position of islam and indeed the problem of Nigeria. Those in control of power are not sincere and courageous enough. Infact they are the Boko Haram. We have seen this in Ruwanda, Liberia and recently in Libya and syria. No good government will allow its citizen to be dieing like fouls. Allah is alive. Thank u my dear Rinsola Abiola for telling the whole world the truth.

  276. dr nwaoha ugochukwu says:

    Well spoken cos education gives us the truth abouth religion.am a christain schooled in the north in my secondary school days,served in the north during my youth service year and presently doing my residency training in ABUTH shika.most of my patients are muslims but my medical oath is to protect lifes to the best of my knowledge with the help of God.shuld I say bcos am a christain watch my patients die or even inflict a cause of death on them?can I give life dat I shuld take it?we all will answer to God at the end of our journey here.most of my real true friends are muslims we wine and dine 2gether in peace and I pray this peace is shared amongst all faithfuls of whatever religion.may peace rain in the name of whatever faith we all believe in.long live the federal republic of nigeria

  277. terry says:

    Nice write up you shoud tell it to your ppl up north who claim to be custodian of islam. Who delight in human slaughter. If you ask me I will say your write is to paint things white. Maybe if u live in kaduna,kano or maiduguri as I did you wil not be so full of fancy words. I still live kaduna with the realities on ground I will say you are ignorant sorry no offence meant

    • mohi says:

      Seriously I dnt tink tink u leave in d northern cos if u do u won’t come out a say a tink like dis. In every religion dere bad ppl n gud ppl u n u can’t d deny d fact dt xtian r also in involved in d act buh u xtian always look n put a blind eye 2 dt. Am muslim frm niger state wich is d most peaceful state in nigeria 2 leave in at d moment n I hv so many xtian frends n hv gvn dem shelter in my house eat 2geda move around 2geda. Buh 2 my surprise one of my neighbor attend redeeme church in minna n one day told me dt dere pastor hv arrange guns in d church dt dere ready 2 fight dt means xtian dere always ready 2 kill wen d opportunities arise wen we d ppl of minna leaving wit dem in peace n dis d kind of plan dey hv 2 act. I dnt wnt to point fingers at any religion buh jst remember we will all acct 4 gud or bad deed one day n day is close. My religion doesn’t support killin of innocent ppl n will never do dt in year coming.

  278. Mohammed Nasir says:

    Am a muslim. Islam don’t teach violence. Who ever is Boko Haram Muslim, Christian whoever..! May they never find peace till end time.

  279. mubarak says:

    @michael…stay vexed for as long as u want bcz u ar selfish nd peple like u ar the main cause of problem in this country. Hw many muslims do u think were killed in maiduguri,kano,bauchi and other nothern states? Nd here u ar blabing bout attacks on churches. Wat about Hasan Ojudu and Samaila Yakubu all xtians; arrested with vehicle load of explosives and ammunition after shortly the attack on Deeper life Church in Gombe.
    2- 8 COCIN members arrested with explosive devises at Miya Barkatai branch of the church.
    3- Lydia Joseph arrested with explosive devise in Bauchi
    4- Emmanuel King arrested while disguised as a Muslim and attempting to bomb Redeemed Christian Church Yenogoa.
    5- Madam Ruth attempted bombing ECWA Church in Kalarin area of Gombe.
    6- Mr Alex Danladi involved in COCIN HQ bombing was lynched by worshipers. He was a church member disguised in military uniform.
    7- Sunday Eze, Samuel Taiwo and 3 Ghanians were arrested with heavy weaponry in Ghana.
    8- Monday Davou was arrested while planting IED at Maker weekly market at Riyom LG.
    9- A group of robbers led by Evangelist Wale Adelu was nabbed. They used to meet in the Church B4 operation.
    10- Gary Hyde, the british in court for shipping 80000 guns and 32 million round of ammunition in the country.
    11-the 4 Xtians arrested trying to bomb st Theresa Catholic Parish. Makurdi.
    For details and dates read leadership of Tuesday and Wednesday 5 and 6 june 2012. Nd dnt to talk to me bout fact bcz they in black nd white so please keep quiet nd let us be.

  280. Sodiq says:

    Dear Abiola,
    I am very glad that you made effort to come up with a short piece in order to express your concerns regards the rather dismal situation in Nigeria. But, sorry to say, I strongly think this is rather a polemic than an objective piece of work. There is much more to the early caliphs’ use of violence than you have presented. You have to read up a history of Islam, and concentrate more on Medina after Arabia was conquered. There you will realise that Islam and other religious never had cordial relationship despite the fact that Islam controlled the political arena at the time.
    The second point I will like to take you on is your claim that Islam is One. I think this is a wrong assertation characterised by an unjustified haste generalization. Islam is either esoteric or exoteric in nature. You can’t claim that Sufis are the same as the Sunni or the Shiites. Their ideas differ in the sense that the exoteric belief that revelation ended with Mohammad, and the esoteric belief that there is an ongoing revelation of God in the world.
    To conclude, you have been very good in choose very pleasant parts of the Quran, but what do you have to say about Qura, Sura 9: 5; Sura 74:30-31; Sura 9: 29-32 just to mention a few? I strongly think that Islam is in need of an eccumenical body in order to guide Muslims in her doctrines. They could begin by telling us the differences between the two Jihad and which one is of greater importance.
    However, thanks for your effort.

    Sodiq

  281. Biola oloko says:

    Jazakum lahu khaeran!

  282. Oluwafunke says:

    @Rinsola, tanx for taking out time to explain a lil abt dis whol Jihad nd Boko Haram. Bt my question still remains, if u guys kip saying dez pple aint muslims, y do they use islamic quotes b4 perpetuating evil? Y do dey identify themselves wit islam (dressing, Speech, etc). Secondly, why hasn’t islamic scholars (respected islamic leaders and menthors) avnt come out publicly to denounce these acts? Y are they all silent and saying notyn? It makes me question, maybe there’s a large truth in all these rumours.
    Truth be told, people av lost husbands, wives, breadwinners, children, relatives to this evil. People are bittered! You need to intensify this campaign to really convince dem. If nt trust me every human has limits. People are reaching their limits o. U guys pray ko? Den pray harder. Cos in all ramifications, d silence of d muslim society projects a probable support of the BH cause.

  283. HJB says:

    Jazakallah sister, may Allah in his infinite mercy reward you abundantly. This is a wonderful piece and hw I wish the cristians will undastand bt they won’t. Selfishness and tribalism is a major prblm in Nigeria, alot of bomblast and gunshot is taking place in Damaturu but no single cristian is voicing out, y? Is it because the people that are killed are muslims? Islam is a religion of peace and those not support violence so please my fellow cristians stop pointin fingers @ muslims whenever a mishap happens.May Allah continue 2 protect Islam and the muslim Ummah and may the guilty ones that are usin our beautiful religion in creating violence be purnished. Ameen

  284. Abdul says:

    We are unhappy with the way our
    religion is being abused and muslims
    hated as result of the menace of Boko
    Haram, we intend reciting Hasbunallahu
    waniimal wakil 10,000,000 times tonight
    begging Allah (SWT) to help us bring a quick end to it. Pls help by reciting the
    du’a 100 times and forward to 10 other
    muslims. May Allah hav mercy on us.
    Ameen

  285. bj says:

    Pls o. My name is Yusuf and I’m a Christian. If your basis for sayin dey r Xtians is d name den u r wrong. They could be converts. Moreover anyone can claim any name. I said my name is Yusuf, how do you want to verify that in a country without a database of its citizens

  286. Oxygenated says:

    Rinsola….the Almighty will bless u continually for this piece… As for those that have eyes…let them see.., for those with ears..let them hear..and for those with brains.. Let them think well and proper… BH has norin to do with Islam… May God deliver Naija…

  287. Abdul says:

    funke if u ar well updated u’l know dat in 2003 a lecture was delivered by Islamic scholar late Sheikh Jafar as he condem dia act before he was followed to Kano in the mosque while praying and assassinated him… Sheikh Albani also an Islamic scholar condem dia act… By calling dem Khawarijun… So stop sayin Islamic scholars did not say a thing about it… Remember a tree can not make a forest…

  288. ope says:

    Someone tell me the religion of God? What was d religion of Adam and Eve?…. i think religion is a making of men to satisfy their insatiable greed for power and control. take an unbiased look at the history of all religions and tell which amongst the religion is not aimed at achieving control over fellow mankind. Knowing God is not a matter of competition or superiority or religion or race its is a matter of personal relationship with Him to the exclusion of “others”. IF U ALL TRULY KNOW GOD then u would not try defend him. for He is the all knowing that sends his rain of mercy on both the Just and the wicked.

    Wickedness would continue if we fail accept that their is no JUSTIFICATION whatsoever in the taking the lives of defenseless citizens “our brothers”. “All good and evil deeds belongs to man. the good deeds have their rewards and the evil ones have their consequences”

    While u sit down and trade blames some are out there looting and causing chaos to satisfy their GREED. Let us condem what is not good (BH). so beware don’t be an unconscious agent of discord in the hands of those who do not have ur genuine interest at heart. wish u all a better NIGERIA.

  289. Milda Ayoub says:

    Thank you for the great insight… I pray this won’t be in vein… It has always been my prayer for people to have a better understanding about Jihad… The thought of Boko Haram and their deeds are unbearable and I just can’t understand it

  290. raymond says:

    I reali get ur point.but let’s face reality,if these maniacs dnt stop their actions or lasting solution is nt in place.this country is going to be divided due to the violence.nobody knws where dey stay,nobody knws wat wld make dem stop their actions. their are action of their own accord and hiding under the umbrella of “religious extremist”the issue is that more innocent nigerains are dying and most of dem are xtains and unfortunately dey the boko haram are muslims extremist.its a fact.so the questns is for hw long wld dis attack on churches and innocent nigerians continue b4 a major fight wld happen.everyone has a limit and personally I tink dey want xtains to get to the limit so as dey get a war(which I guess dey wld gain from).finally I tink we shld all pray a solutions cme in place soon.cos the threshold of xtains is getting closer everyday and there are alwys pple who wld nt be rational like me and u.God bless nigeria

  291. Muhammad Munir says:

    Jazaa kilLahu Khair! I pray tht may Allah guide and unite us as Muslim. May Allah disclose 4 us d real perpetrators of this menace to d eyes of d public!

  292. lilian says:

    If u say dis then y is it that churches r constantly burnt down here in kaduna

  293. P.a.k says:

    All these things av hidden agenda…but 1 i know is that he without Christ is in Crisis and will never see the Kingdom of heaven. If u doubt me make research or islam and christianity,draw d line,make ur conclusion n decide where u are…for the kingdom of heaven is at hand..be righteous and holy n nt only of good morals cos that alone wont get u to heaven xcep t u confes that Jesus christ in d true saviour of Mankind

  294. Abbajaye zubairu says:

    Sister rinsola may Allah SWT rewards u in million ways u really brought a gud knowlegd 4 those dat are ignorant of islam&gud muslims tanks

  295. junaid says:

    But if dis whole thing is viewed as political why is it dat d whole bombing is taking place in d northern part of d country

  296. ahmed abdullahi says:

    Allahu Akbar……..beautifuly put.

  297. junaid says:

    But if dis whole thing is viewed as political why is it dat d whole bombing is taking place only in d northern part of d country.

  298. Mukhtar says:

    Me… I am not here to Argue…. Coz I don’t care for the fact that all many Nigerians are too Blind to see that Boko Haram Are Enemies of South, West, East and North and Both Religions just as our Government are enemies to the Whole Nation.
    The fact still remains that people are angry Over the killings of their families, Friends or who so ever but if we keep this up we all are gonna end up in a place they want us to be. If we want to solve all these feuds we need to work all together now both Religions and both Ethnic Groups needs to work together…. Wait a Minute, We as the Citezens are already together for Long.we Study together, Argue together, Vote Together and as a Matter of fact we all Citezens Influence each other… So, why should we be too Blind??? And when I say too Blind I mean BLIND’BLIND??
    Let me add this, The people that do the bombings can’t even make a kitchen bomb not to talk of a real Suicide bomb’ Now tell me if that ain’t the Work of Our Government trying to blind us from them stealing our money and running away with our budgets.
    No Electricity, Roads, Safe Planes, No Good Hospitals, No Security and instead of us trending and yelling about all these things all we do is concentrate on the ideas of our selfish Arguements and watch the Government Escape right infront of Us. Hmmm
    May Those Who Died In This Horrible And Blind Country see Light and find happiness in Heaven. That’s all

  299. Lukkoh ajoke says:

    I just read dis, now and. I think it is step in the right direction .I am a christain,I just want people 2 know dat I have never thought 4 one day dat Boko harams are fighting a religious fight.this is case of plan 4rm some certain governors dat got out of hands. They. Mastermind it and it has been hyjacked right under .the lord will surely take in jesus name,amen

  300. sola says:

    And God told them to fight… Very interesting… I only hope the same God ll not ask the christians in the north to fight back soon… In as much as I don’t hold anything against Islam… The issue of boko haram and in the way it being handled in Nigeria is really alarming… It very easy to be objective when u haven’t lost any family member to boko haram activities… Believe me those who have lost one or two family members to their callous activities ll not be as objective as your write up is … And it only a matter of time before “God ll tell them to fight” God save Nigeria

  301. g20 says:

    All i see here is that the root cause of this issue is bad governance the govt is to be blamed for this rubbish and the alarming thing is that they are not even concerned their problem is how they’ll steal enough before the end their term by so doing they have ignored one of the basic needs of the populace which is security. Am a christian and i believe just as we have good/bad Christians we also have good/bad Muslims enough of this name calling and finger pointing no one is perfect and only God knows the people behind this menace….. so instead of the name calling and the finger pointing we all should find a permanent solution to this issue!. the truth of the matter is we have all failed in showing love to one another the bible and i believe the quran says we should show love to each other if we as families or individuals had succeeded in fulfilling this pact we wont have any need to kill one another. but we have failed woefully so the faults is ours and burden is ours to bear…… love your neighbor as yourself! A word is enough for the wise……………………

  302. Amina Lawal says:

    I must commend you my dear sister in Islam for this educating piece. I sincerely hope and pray that people in authority reads this piece and save ourselves from ignorance and foolish conclusions and judgment. Islam is a religion of peace, there is no where in the quran where violence was promoted. May Allah save our religion.

  303. magnolia007 says:

    Jazakhallah khairan dear sister. May Allah reward you for this piece. May the name of our beloved religion be cleansed from this insanity. May Allah rein peace on our beloved country, save it from the clutches of the evil ones. Amin summa amin

  304. jesscandy says:

    We all sit n judge one anoda,if God decide to judge who can stand?absolutely no one.the same sun dat shines on the christians shines on the muslims,ave seen muslims who are well behaved n loving n ave seen xtians who’re terrible…the point is its not about the religion dis idiots shud stop for God sake hiding uinder d̶̲̥̅̊α̲̅τ̲̅,it takes God nothing to separate us from eachoda if he wants to buh he made us one nation.if boko haram kills D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ know ¥ buh saying allah commands dem to kill as many as possible to gain access to heaven is bullshit,dats simply wat brain washing can do.

  305. Mahmoud Usman says:

    May Almighty God rewards you for this enlightement. I will appreciate it if you can use d same media to educate our fellow brothers particularly christian’s who belief that Islam religion encourage begging and that is why we have our street full of Almajiries.

    • Audu says:

      Its kind of sickening the way people try to always associate themselves with whatever is advantageous. Cast light on only the good and try to disassociate themselves from the bad side. You say Islam is a religion of peace. But the Islamic empire reached its powerful state through bloody suppression of ‘infidels’ lands which brought wealth to the early muslims. Even the Jews who at a time, were living peacefully with Mohammed in Medina were eventually chased out and all their belongings confiscated by the Muslims when they began expanding their empire. They set up ambush against wealthy merchants traveling from Mecca and robbed them of their gold which was used in funding their new religion. These raids were called ‘razziahs’. No this is not slander, it is the truth.. Just the way there are nasty truths about early christians also.. Its easy to always say “islam means peace” but prove it to the world. And you say Boko Haram are not Muslims? I don’t deny that Hitler wasn’t killing Jews in the name of Christianity but he was a member of the racist ‘Aryan White’ group which was based on racial vandetta not religious sentiments. And out of remorse, the West give favour to Jews up to today for that degradation of Christianity by Hitler. Even though Christians are persecuted by Jews in Israel. You say a ‘jihad’ means to defend yourself? Who was attacking Usman Dan Fodio when he left where he came from to come and subdue the hausa? Please.. no matter what the quran says about peace, jihad and islam, the world will only be convinced by what muslims (or people who call themselves muslims) do in the name of Islam. The people of Borno had to use El Kanemi to DEFEND themselves from the jihadists- or should I say the ‘oppresed muslims’. And imagine that almost all Kanuris (majority indigenes of Borno State) are muslims now. And they didn’t have to be forced into it. The most popular way of Islamic evangelism is through forceful conquest so prove the ‘peace’ you are preaching to the world. And again you say government is behind the boko haram? I believe government oficials have a hand in it but Boko Haram is not being controlled by those in absolute power. Will the government send Boko Haram to bomb federal buildings (Police Headquarters) or U.N? Churches are now the main target. And you are saying “blame government” if a christian professing group named ‘boko halal’ comes out and starts bombing mosques will you still say “blame the government.. Its the government)?… Didn’t think so. Muslims are not even that concerned about their religion’s reputation.. If not they would agitate in full force for these so called ‘non muslims’ to be brought to book for slandering their religion. After all muslims (or so called muslims) started a riot here in Nigeria over a cartoon drawn in far away Denmark a few years ago.

      • Eneojo says:

        Tell them my brother. The history of Islam is war fare. I’m sure the author of this write-up is aware of that fact. Why is terrorism in any country where there are muslims?

  306. oyin says:

    MashaAllah,beautiful words.Jazahkullah Khayran

  307. saadat soso says:

    Absolutely true

  308. janis mum says:

    All dis comets & argument ar not taking us any where, I dot no of de muslims but 4 we christians if we look into de book of revelation we will understand dat what is happening now is ment 2 be and dis is de time 4 us 2 come bad 2 christ and make sure dat ar spirit is ready 4 de lord cos is only those dat are ready dat will go with de lord 4 HE COMET SOON. Pls giv ur life 2 christ now u hav de opportunity.

  309. uche says:

    2 hell wit all these rubbish talk of islam being a peaceful, non-violent religion. How kan u explain d fact dat ur quaran says dat anybody nt willin 2 accept ur religion z nt worthy 2 live, isn’t dat an incitin statement? Yet u say u r non-violent. Stop deludin urselves kos islam is a bloodthirsty n sick religion n d hottest part of hell is reserved 4 y’all!

  310. lawrence says:

    All bokoharam members= muslims
    Bokoharam kill christians
    Therfore, muslims kill christians.

    Muslims strated it,It can only be stopped by muslims!!!

    • Amina umar says:

      @lowrence you r getting it wrong boko haram is not a religious matter. They r also killing innocent muslim I tot any reasonable person after reading my opinion I will the strategy in which the govt are using on us they are doing this so that we can forget abt what is happening in d political arena. Then they will keep stealing our money

  311. Olufemi says:

    Wonderful piece, I hope this makes it to the attention of the quack minded peeps, very educating. The bokoram and co, sure have their own evil manuscript the call quran. Definitely not d quaran.

  312. Abdullahi Buhari says:

    Godbless You n May He also grant you ur heart desires

  313. ahmad g usman says:

    Wow dis is a wonderful contribution dat will mk any good citizen to clear its doubt from wat is goin on on d nation

  314. Ruqouyyah says:

    Rinsola, May Allah increase your knowledge and may He accept this write up as an act of Ibadah. what rinsola is trying to say in a Nutshell is that Boko haram is not an Islamic sect, so stop tagging it with Islam.looking at the meaning of Boko Haram, it means western education is not good. and the Quran says searching for knowledge is compulsory and that we have to keep learning till we die. if boko haram opposes education and islam supports it, it shows that boko haram and Islam are against each other.

    Rinsola I searched for you on facebook, and I tried †̥☺ add you but I think u’ve exceeded the maximum number of friends. But if you are on BBM, can you pls send me your Pin so that I can add you or u add me on facebook, here is my username Ruqouyyah Adebola Olabiran.

  315. Bn khidr says:

    In the name of Allah the beneficient the most merciful. My calls is to all muslim brothers and sister, as well as Christian brothers and sister.
    The situation we found ourselves in, needs nothing rather than prayers. May Allah almighty help us Ameen.

  316. Funshy says:

    I can tell u dat nt all educated or literate have wisdom, knowledge or understandin. Bin a literate or educated only means u can read n write. We r all human n dia will definitely be the gud n the bad ones. Stop blamin either religion 4 d act of some zombies(BH) bt blame it on corruption. By pushin blames around on religions, u guyz r doin xactly wat d God forsaken Masterminds n sponsors of d violence wants n datz simply makin a religion d victim while d oda d villain 2 go down 4 dia selfish interests. D Sponsors’ motives is notin bt political, dey simply usin d religious b’livs of brainwashed zombies 4 their advantage. If u crucify ursef nw, den Huz winnin…. Some of dis suicide bombers hu r said 2 be Muslims carryout d acts out of their will, Some suicide bombers’ families r threatened or held hostage if dey don’t carryout their so called duty to Allah. I’m very certain dat bin human, d hardest tin 2 do is endin ma own lyf by hands n I tink some will agree wiv me. We can jst pray dat God shud
    deliver dis notorious groups n their sponsors in chains 2 us in 4 justice while we r alive n nt their victim.

  317. Caleb says:

    I do not dispute ur submission. However, are those who draw a synonym between Islam and Violence to blame? Do you know what christians living in Islamic countries are subjected to? That apart, are you aware Islamic societies are the ‘less’ amongst free societies? How does caging people up in the name of religion guarantee they actualy fulfil the wills of Allah? Bearing in mind that hypocrisy & will of the flesh would always triumph over the rigidity imposed to discourage ‘un-islamic’ living.
    My dear Rinsola, Islam has not given ample room to vindicate itself.

  318. suleiman mohammed says:

    I strongly agree with you. Islam has been mistranslated from what the fundamentals of the religion represents. No doubt with the activities of the boko haram sect.many nigerians especialy christians who never had a prior information about islam have been misinformed evident by articlers and publications by different groups at recent times. The truth remains, islam is a religion of peace by teaching and practice. God bless us all regardless of our faiths. God bless Nigeria.

  319. Hamxa says:

    Old dis kind coner coner tlk it wld nt do anytin, let com 2geda an fight coruption en pray 4 peace in our country.! We ar ol nigerian let be 2geda en hlp each othars, coz nigerians are trible an horoble, radicality an estravagancy’s.! Oh my fellow nigerians let pray 4 our country,.” ameen ix our world…!!!

  320. xee says:

    Talking abt Kabiru sokoto and all dose oda pple, u pple hav seriously, I mean seriously neglected d issue @ hand! First of all! Where did all dese bombings start from? Dey aim @ governmental institutions, e.g U.N in abj, This Day, most police stations in d northern region, Police headquaters in Abj, and no one can mention any name being mentioned as a muslim trying to bomb a Church, d newspapers hav been hiding dese Pple’s names,d. Government does not want u to know d names of dese pple, dereby claiming dat dey r d boko haram sect. How abt d bombings in Kano?! How abt d bombings in Yobe?!? How abt d muslim elders dat hav been murdered?? Y didn’t anyone make it an issue?? I am a Nigerian and a muslim, am tired of hearn abt pple’s lives being wasted, dis is not d way forward for us, am a Proud Muslimah and My Quran tells me that ‘…….he who takes a life will be judged like he killed all of mankind….he who saves a life will be judged like he saved all of mankind’ (5:32).Dat is d judgement for whosever kills, my religion is a peaceful religion, dose pple dat are being violent simply choose dat path for themselves which is very sad. Dis is what d government wants pple? For us to b divided! I rest my case.

  321. jemila says:

    Non-violence is an atticle of my faith…@michael,son guy,kunle,u guys have read but not understood this articule,its time y’all start seeing things differently and speak the truth…being blinded by rage won’t take anyone anywhere,we in the part of the world literally let stereotype over-shadow our sense of reasoning…instead of fighting for the truth,we busy raising dust…what’s the govt doing,how are they relating imformation to us???,there’s no truth in everything they say,they send their families abroad,then watch us burn by making us turn against ourselves…am one very proud muslims with a lot of christian family and friends and I love them and so does other muslims…let’s demand answers and find solutions,I thot they said we running a democracy,we all deserve a life,that’s not what we getting…

  322. jemila says:

    @michael,see oh boy behave urself,don’t u have some regard for other people…if u feel muslims are boko-haram,then take off to wherever becos just when u see one,its gonna be too late…was hitler who annihilated over 6million or thurman or churchill and co muslims,who dared to question them…just becos some sect of madness-practicing gremlins pop up and speak arabic and wear turban,y’all become blasphemous and speak without even thinking…@jeff,take it easy on urself,act fair-mindedly…!!!

    • Audu says:

      You should talk as if you are enlightened.. You are calling people’s names (Truman, Hitler, Churchill and co… Who is the co?) and what are you saying they did? First of all, Hitler killed more Christians than he did Muslims during his reign of terror.. So who was supporting him? Did half of the world not fight against Hitler during his campaign? Hitler was fighting a war at a time where there were no sanctions on war crimes, so stop bringing up cases of Hitler in comparison to what is on ground now. Next Truman.. When the Germans had surrendered, Japan refused to surrender because they had gained illegal land and pacific islands during the war. US (Truman) asked them to surrender or face the atom bomb and they refused. So US dropped the first one. When asked to surrender the second time, japan still refused. Immediately after the second bomb, japan succumbed. That was before the Geneva convention that brought restrictions in the use of nuclear weapons. These were acts carried out against sworn enemies in times of war, in a war that had no international restrictions. I still don’t know what Churchill did? Is he a suspect too just because he’s western? Why didn’t you call gadafi, Assad, Mubarak, Saleh, Hussein,or Idi Amin? People who murdered their own country men in cold blood because they dared to ask for change. Is it because they are Muslims?

  323. abdul Roshd says:

    @rinsola,almighty Allah in his infinite mercy wil be wit u nd ur family….tnk u so much for protecting the integrity of we muslims….

  324. Yusuph says:

    I pray God to give d bereaved d fortitude to bear d loss, reward U Rinsola for d write up & expose d perpetrator of the eviul act BH, Time will tell who d evil doer are.

  325. Rinsola Abiola says:

    Danjuma inspired this piece with his twisted quotes. Please open and read, and comment.
    http://rinsola.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/jihad-with-pleasure/

  326. Moses Abiola says:

    This your message stopped being sensible when you erroneously suggested that government is behind these bombings this proves that you have no grasp of the problem at hand. The truth sadly is that BH is a group made up of extremist muslims with collaboration from international sponsors. They hate the govt, christians and security agents. They fund themselves using contributions within the group and armed robbery. Its better to live the govt out of it because blaming them based on your unverified assertions would eventually lead to anarchy, strife thus turning Nigeria into Somalia. Please endeavour to get your facts right.

  327. Arinola says:

    I am very proud of you, Rinsola. Jesus is and will remain the way, the truth, and the life.

    But I believe that we as Christians should stop judging all Moslems by the actions of Boko Haram. It is not fair.

  328. Sophia says:

    Dear Rinsola, I am indeed appreciative of your piece. I am a Christian but I have muslim friends who take into cognisance the fear of God in their daily dealings and clearly, a lot of people are misguided about what Islam is all about. For once an opportunity for right information to be circulated. Thank you for this. Our prayer is that all those behind this evil called Boko Haram be subjected to the power of the Almighty and may the lives of Nigerians be preserved, the departed rest in peace and the families of the departed comforted. Amen

    • zero says:

      Over 100 comments and no discussion on solutions to the problem. If only we can use this forum as nigerians to join together and profer solutions backed up with actions. Evil triumphs only when good people sit and do nothing. As in this case sit and defend religion. Thus as a solution, i suggest that everyone becomes their own chief security officer,find out what your neighbor does for a living,observe any suspicious activity,visitors etc. Because these people have meetings,they communicate,they plan etc. We cant wait for the government.

  329. kunle says:

    BH is obviously getting to us.I have read lots of comments,evry1 has their own ideas/causes&solutions,but me thinks trading blame on relegion is wrong.But what is religion?what happened to spiritualism?even free thinkers or atheist have violent streaks,so why blame evry1 for a sects misbehaviour?it is quite clear that it is d government that is BH in 9ja(some northern govs/politicians/top shots to b precise).where were they during military regime(even though we have been having religeous crisis since d days of Matasini it was not at this scale)or OBJs&Yaradua(RIP) tenure?it is quite obvious that the northern elite(I will not call dem moslems cos THEY R NOTHING BUT COMMON MURDERERS & SORE LOSERS)are not happy that they are not in control of this country and all its rescources as well as some key positions in govt(though one can’t fault them completely with this clueless fellow incharge of affairs)and as such are trying to destabilize govt.I mean,what do they stand 2gain if all xtians leave the north?does it guarantee dem head honcho position @ Aso-rock?

  330. SULEIMAN KAFAYAT TITILAYO says:

    ALLAHU’AKBAR’KABIRAH…AL’AMDHULILLAH we’r able 2 see somebody 2 talk on this Boko-Haram issue,SHUKRAH SIS,BARKAH’LLAHU’FIKUN…We just hope this little contribution will help change any sort of negative stereotype of MUSLIMS.Thanks

  331. Joel Omoniyi Korode says:

    I am not surprised with all these happenings, These are the descendant of the man in question in Gen 17:12.
    Gen 17:12 He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

    The Bible says, Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    Although all of us must fashion out ways to end these type of barbaric and satanic behaviors, Killing innocent beings they can not create or bring back to live.
    It is good not to be biased on this issue, Call a spade a spade, A true Christian will not kill let alone killing his own brother so as to show that Muslims are doing it as someone has written above. That does not make any sense at all.
    I have watched video of a group on Utube where some group read verses of Quran over a man (Kneeling down) and at the end slaughtered him just like ram. You cant believe it. Were these Christian in disguise?

    One thing I know is that they will all receive their rewards. But for Christian do not compromise and make attempt to retaliate because these might just be a way of going astray. Also if you know you are in a place that is prone to persecution like these you better be devoted or leave the place for somewhere else so that you don’t loose both ways.
    I don’t know why Yoruba says (Iya meji lo je Oku igbe). If you die as a result of persecution here on earth, you must make heaven or else you become “Oku igbe”

    May God enter into the heart of the satanic people that think they can fight for God.

  332. zero says:

    Over 100 comments and no discussion on solutions to the problem. If only we can use this forum as nigerians to join together and profer solutions backed up with actions. Evil triumphs only when good people sit and do nothing. As in this case sit and defend religion. Thus as a solution, i suggest that everyone becomes their own chief security officer,find out what your neighbor does for a living,observe any suspicious activity,visitors etc. Because these people have meetings,they communicate,they plan etc. We cant wait for the government..

  333. Abdulrazaq says:

    The problem with most so-called educated Nigerians is intellectual laziness. Add that to the tendency of the average Nigerian to be some sort of sentimentalist (religious, tribal, lingua etc) it makes our national problems more complex.

    This whole wahala is all about the money. Politics is the industry and we are all the pawns. The politicians (who run d govt by d way) need to keep stealing d money and need to keep us all distracted. It’s the tactic used globally by every corrupt political class I know. Check different countries. The old tactic used by colonial masters is still what is deployed against us all “Divide and rule”.

    I believe BH(which could have been handled and killed off when small) has been hijacked by the govt/politicians and they are using this and other crisis to divert our attention from d real/core issues in this country. They seek to divide us along religious lines, tribal lines and whatever, so that whilst we are fighting ourselves they keep getting away with atrocities, wrongdoings and non-performance in the least.

    Our core problem is that we (Nigerians) are never objective as individuals, our subjectivity allows for us to be manipulated by these people. Guess what, they own all of the media houses so they control what u hear and what not.

    That’s why the media pays more attention to what divides us and any crisis born of that. The media never follow up or put enough emphasis on issues, they bury it immediately after d headline because there is always something new to distract us with.

    All these Buhari, Boko haram, muslim, xtian, PDP drama are all tailored to neither be here or there. The media never have any positive (from d perspective of the masses) stand, they are always negative and in the least neutral. So why won’t we keep fighting based on what we read/see in the media???

    Check out who owns these media, it’s either a politician or his frontman always.Tinubu, Gbenga Daniel, IBB (Dokpesi as frontman). Even political parties run media houses. Their foray into media in itself is not bad but it’s gives these people power that can be perverted, which is the truth both locally and globally. It’s one big class founded on greed and love for money, to them the political party does not matter as it’s about the money and the power. That’s why a politician can leave AC for PDP, get to keep his seat as it’s about money + power. Money is their ideaology.

    Back to d core of this blog post, it’s obvious most of you did not read this post well or that you’re just the typical Nigerian blinded by sentiment, that you still missed out on the message of the post. Here you are subjectively fighting and cursing each other when you are supposed to be figfhting ur common enemy and see thru their propaganda. Why has no one be brought to book on this bombings. Why is corruption institutionalized? And Yes, BH is anti-Islam. They are not muslims as she’s tried to show y’all using the Qur’an.

    Yet the subjective Nigerian will always remain blinded by tribal/religious sentiment and loyalty. Which means, we stay divided. It means our country stays the same and the political class stay ‘chopping’ the money and they keep rotating the power amongst themselves and their children.

    Keep fighting o. What happened to the youth activists? From Labaran Maku to Chude? They are always bought over. The opposition is never strong becuase they are kept divided using tribal, religious and personal greed.

    The revolution/change will not happen in this generation. Judging by the comments I see from young Nigerians here and everywhere else….

    Ask urself, why is the message of this blog hard to get?

  334. Aliko says:

    Sometimes I put myself in xtians shoes. If Boko haram were claiming xtianity and bombing mosques, what would have happened? Our guys would have attacked innocent xtians. So don’t blame xtians for attacking us. We all know some people want us to fight ourselves. The problem is our muslim leaders don’t have the gut to come out publicly to disown Boko haram due to fear of being killed. Boko haram are taking over leadership of northern muslims by force. Sheik jafar adam was killed in kano by boko haram because of his utterances against boko haram. The moment u talk against them u get shot. Even the so called jama,atu nasril islam cannot talk. That’s why they are stylishly calling for dialogue with them. Even this lady that did this write up cannot come out on tv or radio to say it in the north. This guys work like spirit. Muslims are under bondage in the north. If we fire boko haram we get shot, and if we keep quite we get attacked by xtians. So we have no option than fight back either boko haram or xtians. But boko harams seems invisible to us because they are inside us hence more dangerous. May almight God bring the end of this…….(Me ma dey fear o).

  335. mamiHaer says:

    Masha Allah may ALLAH (swt) reward you,and I pray all those who do not understand islam to know that islam is a complete religion of peace from all angles.

  336. Jibril Mohammed says:

    Very educative even to muslims, May Allah grant you al jannah firdausi.
    Amin!

  337. Adesanya yusuf says:

    i simply agree with all you have written in the above aticle and really appreciate your relentless effort in educating most Nigerians who don’t know the truth about what Allah expect from us all.on that note I would like to draw your attention to a movie I watched titled sleeper cell.now this movie was about muslim terrorist who kill all In the name of holy war.wat I noticed was that their leaders misinterpreted the holy Quran for them and as such they believe in the paradise that awaits them in the after life.all said and done I as a a person. Belief. That boko haram is a political instrument

  338. Maje Mansur says:

    My believe is there is boko haram but the greatest boko haram is PDP and what they all do is very bad, so lets just joint hands and pray cause God is never at sleep.

  339. Mills says:

    If I’m not devoted, I can caim 2b devoted! Cc @micheal

  340. sheilah says:

    I for one knows dat d bokoharams are d bad eggs from d muslims.if not why would they be commiting all the atrocities all in d name of allah.and why re dey more focused in the church u talk abt muslims dey kill I’ve not heard of dem going to d mosque and execute a bomb in there.dis pple doing dis fins are also muslims dat observes ur jihad prayer does d rahmadan fasting and travel to sahudi aswell.dey know all dis u know so why do dey still call themselfs muslim.I believe God does not react wen man wants him to but its time for christians to provoke God and let his hanger fall upon dis infidels.d bible say d kingdom of God suffereth violeth and violeth taketh it by force.anough is anough.dey have refused to repent and as long as dey still take life there sins will be visited upon dem there families and generation even relative,don’t be suprised soon we christians will start taking actions bringing isreal wouldn’t be a problem cos dis is too much.I also pray that nig returns to be its peacefull self.lord help us.

    • Abdulrazaq says:

      Sheilah Dear, the only reason why you haven’t heard of the atrocities committed against muslims by Boko Haram is the SELECTIVE JOURNALISM.

      Muslim clerics have been killed, Mosques have been blown, Muslim neighborhoods have experienced random/sporadic BH shootings and vocal critics against Boko Haram have been maimed and killed. The people affected the most are Muslims. Everyone now lives in perpetual fear which is why it seems most of the Northern leaders are silent. Talk against them in public at the risk of your life and that of your family.

      Didn’t Boko Haram Bomb an Emir’s palace? Didn’t they blow up the VP’s house in his home state? Do you know how ordinary citizens both Muslim and christians live in fear of each in cities like Damaturu, Maiduguri (I have a brother there and he’s muslim)?

      The problem is the politician who is sponsoring them in order to instil fear in the land, and all these they are coming to the south talk in the media is part of the plot to spread the fear. you can double check, who own these media? The politicians!!!

  341. ryan says:

    Nigerian should realize that this whole thing is a politic and this ppl wanted to make it look like a religion war,I hope all Nigerian could reason well and answer this Q…WHY (Boko Haram)BOMBING STARTED AFTER THE ELECTION????

  342. AY says:

    I had a discussion with some persons who were bent on believing that “Northerners” are in support of Boko Haram because a Christian is the President They argued that the northerners know the members of Boko Haram so I had to ask this “southerner” a simple question: “as a southerner how many members of MEND do you know?” The argument ended.
    Until we begin to reason before we talk we will not only have problems but create problems for others!
    OTHER QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
    -Did Northerners not overwhelmingly choose Jonathan, a Christian over Atiku, a Muslim at the PDP Convention?
    -Did Northerners not rally support for Obasanjo, a southerner during both of his elections?
    -Did the Boko Haram issue not start during the Presidency of a Northerner (Yar’adua)?
    -Has the Group not spoken well of Obasanjo, a Southern Christian while cursing Yar’adua, a Muslim, who is even late?
    -Has the group not claimed that they could have, but did not want to kill Obasanjo when he came to Maiduguri?
    -Is the largest attack not on Kano: a predominantly Muslim community?
    -Was the first suicide bombing not targeted at killing a Muslim? (Hafiz Ringim)
    -Hasn’t the group murdered a countless number of Islamic scholars?
    -Do you realize that an average of 4 people are killed daily in Maiduguri since 2009, most being predominantly muslims?
    Until we think, we should not talk!

  343. Bigbrovar says:

    Interesting read. While I do not feel there is anything in Islam which is inherently encourages terrorism. I do feel Islam is under threat, the same threat that Christianity was under some 500 years ago when Europe was under the feudal authority of the catholic church. I think a lot of parallels can be drawn with what Christianity of then and the extreme form of Islam which is taking root around the world. It is up to moderates like you to do more to spread the tolerance and peace Islam is known for. Because if history is anything to go by, The middle east thrived and gave birth to logic, maths, geography, philosophy etc.. Even here in Africa Timbuktu in modern day Africa was the center of the first University (some will say in the world) but definitely in Africa. A center of learning which attracted scholars from all around the world. The moors still left their mark of civilization and architecture on the part of Spain which they ruled and ruled well. And while the west was in the dark ages.. civilization thrived in the Muslim world where the knowledge, science and philosophy flourished ( all while the Catholics where sending people to Jail for saying the earth was round). Hence History tells us that all these great civilized kingdoms from mali to sudan and Arabia all had one thing in common. Islam! a religion which was not in conflict but did encourage the respect for human right, fairness, education and all the component that makes a great society.

    It is up to progressives like you to spread that side of Islam which seems to have been forgotten, not to unbelievers but to yourselves. What Islam needs is a positive voice of progress an anti thesis of Osama but with a message of tolerance and hope and progress. You and your kind should nolonger sit idly by while some people bastardize your faith and believe. If someone where to draw the prophet in an unsavory way, millions of Muslims will raise up in protest from Kano to Karachi.. Why don’t we see same protest and anger when innocent people are bombed, beheaded, and killed in the name of Islam? When people are killed just because they worship differently? Surely you will agree with me that terrorist do more harm to the name of Allah than a simple drawing. Coming out in force in protest against terrorist killing would send a stronger message to the world on the true state of islam than just put up a blog post.

    Just a thought

  344. KingJoe says:

    Nigerians are being instigated into fighting each other in d guise of religious crisis… Muslims killing Christians n Christians are retaliating (reprisl attacks, as it is called)!!!; Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Yobe, Kano, Maiduguri (we’ve seen so much death that the Country has not experienced since the civil war)… Are the masses so foolish that they can’t see they are being used? We’ve lived in d same neighbourhood, grew up 2gether, ate 4rm d same lunch box, wore each other’s clothes in school, sat side by side in class, played in d same team, slept in d same bed, n used d same toilets. We are the same. We are all NIGERIANS. We have inter-married, had children 2gether. So, who are we killing now? Simple answer, “our sons/daughters, fathers/mothers, husbands/wives, uncles/Aunties, nephews/nieces. We are killing ourselves and destroying our own properties. If the Government wants 2 end this insecurity n BLOOD BATH today, they can and they will… But then, they dnt want to… Why then are we fighting each other…? We need to Use our brains people. The Government is not ready to tackle this issue. Why should they even care? After all, their houses are guarded 24hrs a day, their cars are bomb proof, their children are in the US, the UK, Asia, etc while U and I are here suffering, fighting and killing each other n destroying the little we have… I call on all Nigerians, Muslims & Christians, Men & Woman, Military & Civilians, to please look beyond this crisis… We are one, & we should strive to build the nation… RIP to d lost lives in d recent KD n Yobe crisis..

    • Jamiu says:

      KingJoe,

      Your is the best comment of all that I have read in this debate. You hit the nail on the head as they will say. Until the Nigeria people realized that we are in this ‘ship’ called Nigeria together, we will continue to have all these crisis. We have nowhere to run to. We have to come together as a single entity and seek for means to solve the multitude of problems that we face as a Nation. I will suggest that we face the common enemies of BH, poverty, corruption, ethnocentric, immorality and self-centreness and others problems collectively. No other group of people can do that better than we that call ourselves “youth”.

      Everybody! What do you say to my proposition?

    • Hayatuddeen Sadis says:

      KingJoe thank you.

  345. Danlami says:

    All i c here r d eternet version of jihad propagated by d eternet boko haram(o rada,xtian haram) membas: e-bh membas.we were nt expectin oda dan diz.i like u gud intentn n style of writing,bt its un4tunat,ur type of muslims r insignif in numba among d muslims.bliv it o nt,here in d north,an average muslim blivs any xtian(d arne o infidel) is his no.1 enemy.i’m nt surprise @ u sayin d gov’t is d bh(evn though its unreasonable n irrational 4u 2say dat).U guys had neva supportd d govt afta al,n had vowed 2 mek his admin ungovernable!tru ur islamic physical agents,d bh.now,u’r tryin 2cova up dir mess by wot u wrote.ofcourse!d govt hav nt tekin d step evry wel meanin nigerian wants dem 2:extaminatin d bh membas.u knw y?dey r al muslims,doin dat wil b misinterpretd as d govt(GEJ as u shud boldly n openly say) comitin a ‘genocide’ against d muslims,cos he’s a xtian.r there no muslims also in d govt? Is only GEJ dat is d govt?d muslims as i knw hav quest 4power so dat dey wil xtend mosque in2 woteva ofice dey enta n propagate islam dere.r diz d same muslims dat wil fold dir hands n watch GEJ(d govt u’r referin 2) o help him 2 tarnish d image of islam in nija??o tag it as we al knw world ova,d ‘terorist religion’??? Com on! Hw reasonable cud dat b?u guys kept sayin dere r also xtians as membas n sponsors of bh.r dey doz 1s dat u deceivd in2 joinin islam n den immed. recruit dem 2 bomb churches?o r dey doz dat were arrestd in error n doz dat were victims of d blast dmselves bt allegly suspectd 2b membas of bh?hav any investigatn purblishd by d SSS proven dat?tel us d names of 20 SUSPECTD bh sponsors dat r D PROMINENT xtians eldas apart frm d TY danjuma dat som of u concluded n tel us hw many times ws d founda of bh arrest bt baild by diz eldas.u guys kept attackin michael as if he said he’l do exactly hw he somtyms feels wheneva his brodas,sistas,modas,…r being bombd in d churches.i tel u dat we al feel d same bt we cant do it(nt in our nature)!d way u kept attackin him has confirmd wot i jst calld u guys:e-bh membas.tel us sincerly n honest hw u’l feel when evry friday ur muslim brodas r bng attackd n bombd by memba of an xtremist xtian grp wu bliv dey r doin d real bidings of xtianity,claimin responsiblty 4 each attack wit jubilatn n celebratin victory dat dir god had given dem by d killin of doz infidels(muslims)??hw wil u feel???u said in evry religion hs ‘bad eggs’hence d whol shud nt b judge as d same.wel,in a basket ful of eggs n there r som rotten 1s inside,i’l throw al d eggs.tel hw on earth do d xtian prostitutes,drunkards,cultists,kidnapers,robbers,etc(d ‘bad eggs’) pose a threat 2d existence/survival of muslims in nija?? (Dis is nt 2 defend/suport dem in any way)I can gues d ansa.dats exactly wot d bh(xtian haram) r 2 us,n U!yes U!knw dat bt denyin it..!

  346. Danlami says:

    U also said reprisals didnt arise whn ur physical agents killd imams on a DAILY basis.can u pls tel us,hw on earth,shud muslims attack xtians whn a xtian terorist grp attack n kill pastors (wu say thins against d grp) on a DAILY basis,without killing any muslim?? O hw wil u react if i’d bn goin abt killin ur muslim brodas in d name of xtianity,in dir mosques durin each fri prayers,n den comin 2ur home 2kill ur parents,inlaws,cowives,children,…??? HOW WILL U FEEL? Hmm! Hw irrational,unreasonable,sarcastic n sentimental was ur statement!! al in a bid 2spare islam d bad name its followers incurrd ön it. Dialogue? D govt(GEJ as u guys presume) had bn opened 4 dialogue bt it has bn NO WAY POSSIBLE bcos ur physical agent(xtian haram) gave an unacheivable,unrealistic conditn dat d presido MUST 1st of al,bcom a muslim b4 dere cud b any thin lyk dialogue! Diz r d same ppl wu boldly n unremorsely claim responsiblty 4 each attack on churches,wit celebratn of victory grantd by ur god!

    • Abdulrazaq says:

      Danlami is filled with bitterness and hatred which is understandable. But then I can see that he is a very intelligent person, he only needs to allow reason and logic.

      Read Rinsola’s post again, and hopefully you see what the ideal muslims should be and look like in character and in person. Even her ending shows the kind of prophet and leader that Muhammad (S.A.W) is to his followers with emphasiis on his guidance to how Muslims are to relate with jews and Christians.

      So I say, the same way you wouldn’t want a white man to profile you as a corrupt and fraudulent Nigerian based on the 419 stories he’s heard as only less than 1% of Nigerians are into 419 is the same way you shouldn’t generalize all muslims and indeed Islam as a religion of terrorists and violent people irrespective of what recent history says.

      The foreign media and America are not helping matters as well and do muslims and Islam have the same outreach as these people in terms of Media visibility? Nah

      So the greatest disservice you’ll do to the cause of peace and unity is to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the few channels like this where you can get to hear the absolute truth about what the true islam.

      Open your mind sir, and soon we’ll be taling about fighting our common enemies who are the politicians and all the conscience-less capitalists of our country and indeed the world. It’s the same phenomenon worldwide.

  347. Muktar Dodo says:

    Thanks Rinsola for using facts to educate us about Islam, though I’m a Muslim I can’t claim to know it all. here is a link for those of you that have chosen to play the blame game, I hope it gives you all a clearer understanding of the politics behind Boko haram and who is responsible
    http://www.leadership.ng/nga/columns/24568/2012/05/14/there_more_meets_eye.html

  348. Muktar Dodo says:

    for those of you that have chose to play the racist blame game, here is a note to ponder.
    http://www.leadership.ng/nga/columns/24568/2012/05/14/there_more_meets_eye.html

  349. ibrahim says:

    Rinsola, all I can say is God bless you. Even the bible says My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge. People go about saying things they are not sure of. Please continue the education and you shall be rewarded etertnally.

  350. michael says:

    Wow,where is this Danjuma from?so u think they still call us infidels?the slaughtering of human heads too after 2pm prayers also baffles me..but Danjuma,sincerely,the prephet brought a peacefull religion..I will like to know u beta,if you read this please send me ur facebook name to stmike_02@yahoo.com

  351. Dizl says:

    Well done

  352. Salimah says:

    Why is it so difficult for people to comprehend things that has already been explained? Why can’t people just open there eyes and see whats going on around? Because an organisation has claimed responsibility for the bombings why blame a whole religion? I once read in the papers about a pastor who was caught adolterating with a choir member,am i then to accuse all christians of being adulterers? Or another pastor that was caught trafficking kids in Kano? Am i then to accuse the Christians of being traffickers? Why blame the sin of one on another? Why can’t we all be open minded and face the reality of this cruel world? Among some of the suspected Boko Haramists,men with christian names were caught but why arn’t any allegations made about christianity? All the Christians living around me could say was that the men were bought with money and nothing else. Why couldn’t they accuse them too,but instead pointing accusing fingers on the muslims saying they bought the christians? Why coudn’t they say “shame on those men”,instead they accused the muslims of buying poor innocent Christians who are in need of money for family upkeep? Why is the world full of fanatics? With the level of education and exposure of people in this country yet we are so ignorant when it comes to facing one’s self or one’s belief.

  353. Tukur says:

    As Muslims, we note with satisfaction that Islam, our religion, means peace and urges peaceful coexistence and that Muslim society is known in history to have been pluralistic, multicultural and tolerant. Today, we in northern Nigeria today are in a state of confusion but surely it shall come to pass.. It is time to talk, take stock and act. Boko Haram does not represent Muslims in the north, they are not up to one percent.

  354. Fati says:

    Boko Haram: Muslim Army? Welldone!!!
    The Muslims do not have the press- the distortion of the truth will continue remain until the Muslim reach begin to invest in media campagin to exonaerate the religion and its followers from evil propaganda

  355. val says:

    Abiola core muslims don’t even see yoruba muslims as muslims so go and sleep. Or are you one of the abiola’s of integrated micro finance. Boko hara are muslims period, if you like con christian names and get them involve.

  356. Yusuf Zakari Shiru says:

    May Allah s.w.t increase u in the knowledge of his religion. We need people like u. How I wish u are male! . But notwithstanding, keep it up Allah would surely be with. Its high time we spoke the truth by not allowing our sentiment be cloud our sense of judgement, no matter what, cos the world is almost going back to that same period of Barbarism, Ignorance or Jahiliyya has hitherto witnessed by the Holy Prophet S.a.w.

  357. Ibrahim Bomoi says:

    May Allah almighty bles u abondantly my dear sis. Bt do u kn dz?

    my hrt bled & at d point of tears sein a congrgatn of 50000+ shrink 2 just 1000, in Damaturu. wel dy cal dem Islamist, bt it a shame how ppl almst 4got wen d dead man rises from dead (Abubakar Shakau) afta 2 yrs in d sands in 2011, wit lots of amunation. wit lessthan a yr in opertation Islam z loosin its core fondamental structur, its leadaship, its economy, its peace, its moral, itsvalu & respect.

    Althur churchs r bombed in d proces i was not supris dt more than 2 dozen of dose cut in d act r nt muslem, infact none 2 this day was cught bombin a church turn out 2b a muslem. Yet d group stil clam reponsibilty dt itz 4d sake of Allah. Its nt a supris 2 me thur, if u kn ur history wel, Maitatsine d leada of a simila group in d 80s, z nt a muslem & his conection 2d Vatican make d lobys, loby Shagari nt 2 releas d white paper. 2dy hu kns, did Shakau rily rise from dead or hv dy created anotha him. Rmba Saddam Husain has 12 dommys dt can reprsent him in a public ocation, yet no body can spot a diff. Its interestin 2 kn dt Moh’d Yusuf father z a fore front activist of d group in d 80s.

    Nt only dt, core criminals, arm robaz, drug dealaz & adicts, pimps all confes 2 playin role in d groups activity.

    wateva it z d trut wuld surely suface smtym 2 com, as its a fake radio propaganda dt ignited d 9jaz civil war, we wil, if alife, if d contry was nt burnt 2 ashes com 2 kn d trut. I advis we all go back 2 history 2 find out hu we rily r.

  358. Ibrahim Bomoi says:

    Micheal u r all fed wit media propagandaz, wen news ocurs, & u wait 2get it in d papers d nest day,sory u r doomed. D lobys might have had lobbied & all d lines u r readin r ducted. This z wat u do, b d 1st 2 hear, get ur radio dont listen 2d reporta, on d scene witneses provide d tru msgs, & dt wuld b d only time dy r aired, by d next dy lobbys wuld & dy r gone.

    Ok this is what i kn, dy cal dem Islamist, bt it a shame how ppl almst 4got wen d dead man rises from dead (Abubakar Shakau) afta 2 yrs in d sands in 2011, wit lots of amunation. wit lessthan a yr in opertation Islam z loosin its core fondamental structur, its leadaship, its economy, its peace, its moral, itsvalu & respect.

    Althur churchs r bombed in d proces, i was not supris dt more than 2 dozen of dose cut in d act r nt muslem, infact none 2 this day was cught bombin a church turn out 2b a muslem. Yet d group stil clam reponsibilty dt itz 4d sake of Allah. Its nt a supris 2 me thur, if u kn ur history wel, Maitatsine d leada of a simila group in d 80s, z nt a muslem & his conection 2d Vatican make d lobys, loby Shagari nt 2 releas d white paper. 2dy hu kns, did Shakau rily rise from dead or hv dy created anotha him. Rmba Saddam Husain has 12 dommys dt can reprsent him in a public ocation, yet no body can spot a diff. Its interestin 2 kn dt Moh’d Yusuf father z a fore front activist of d group in d 80s.

    Nt only dt, core criminals, arm robaz, drug dealaz & adicts, pimps all confes 2 playin role in d groups activity. d story of Escoba z nt in d news, only d locals kns, he was cought in a plane tryin 2 ecape d contry & wc lead 2d arest of morethan 200 othaz core arm robas & drug dealas, from d list takin in his posesion,althur som ecap.

    wateva it z d trut wuld surely suface smtym 2 com, as its a fake radio propaganda dt ignited d 9jaz civil war, we wil, if alife, if d contry was nt burnt 2 ashes com 2 kn d trut. I advis we all go back 2 history 2 find out hu we rily r.

  359. Eneojo says:

    If the Boko Haram members are not muslims as you claimed, why the continual bombing of churches? Who are they? What you’re telling us now is opposite what you discuss in your place of worship. They’ve to come to their threshold in Nigeria. You have to educate your people. They can die for their faith but they should not kill any one because of his/her own faith. Enough is enough!

  360. Stella Okoh-Esene says:

    Your analises were well acticulate sir, as you earlier said the people in power are the cause of our problem, there are always been crisis, but it has never led to this kind of mass killing. The person that calls himself President of this our great Nation is even the worst, if it were to be in advance countries he would have resign honourably, but in Nigeria greed & pride will not allow them. I pray God Almighty will deliver us from the hands of the wicked once. Amen.

  361. Luka Dauda says:

    How i wish the rest would understand like u.

  362. j g says:

    U see,I no if u have the chance u wil kill too,our mentality is differen

  363. Tijjani says:

    even if it the world that has come to an end i dont think muslims should go through this painful humiliation. thank my sister for opening it up. we’ll never be shakened/discouraged, surely Allah will see us true.

  364. jeff says:

    Yeah, nw were are d muslimz sayin mosof d bombingz were foiled by the christianz?????? 4 muslimz were caught 2day tryin 2 defuse ɑ bomb in a mosqueso it wil be acclaimed as a reprisal attack by the christianz nd were are d pple sayin dere’s nothing like the boko haram sect??? Of cos dey exist….this is not fair @all nd som1 will stand up 2 tel me islam is a religion of peace!!! I’m beginning 2 doubt it

  365. jeff says:

    Yeah, nw were are d muslimz sayin most of d bombingz were foiled by the christianz?????? 4 muslimz were caught 2day tryin 2 defuse ɑ bomb in a mosqueso it wil be acclaimed as a reprisal attack by the christianz nd were are d pple sayin dere’s nothing like the boko haram sect??? Of cos dey exist….this is not fair @all nd som1 will stand up 2 tel me islam is a religion of peace!!! I’m beginning 2 doubt it

  366. tubosun says:

    I read almost all d comments and I discover dat u all are thinking like fools. Do u all know dat God has no religion, no religion takes u to heaven. Do u know dat Jesus was nt a christiian or muslim and can neva be one. Do u know dat only people wit d riighteousness of God will get to heaven. Do u know u only ve one life to live. Do u know u will give account of hw u spend ur life becos is a borrowed life. Do u know dat every religion was started by human being for dere selfish life. Do u know u may die before tomorrow. Now ask urseif what u ve done for God wit ur life instead of fighting for stupid religions dat came from d pity of hell. Be wise

  367. I lov 9ja says:

    I lov 9ja… u be commando abi na rambo for reprisal attack… Remember thou shall not kill… U no be judge why u go de kill pesin pikin sai u de carry law for ur hand… Pesin wei u kill no kill anybody… pesin wei kill u u no see am kill… Abeg judge urself… U sure sai u go go heaven wit red blooded hand… Hmm.. And u wei support make dem kill and u wei encourage dat murder abi na masaka hope sai u know sai Baba God de dia de arrange ur own koboko for hell if u no repent and back off now… I lov 9ja Abeg baba God forgiv me… And those mumu boys wei cal dem self Boko Haram make una know sai even for film boss de die and boss de always loose at last na una time to shine una go still reign for hell… I hia say one pit of fire de for hell… I pray sai na only hia I go hia am… God protect d good people of dis world from hell fire… Amin and Amen… Boko Haram weda na una de bomb church oh abi na church members de bomb church oh God no won no… Non shall go unpunish… Oh if only una know how hell hot reach guy u go say una bomb na cold fire… Those wei die for dat una explosive fire oh even dos inosent ones… They go de heaven de watch una de display for diff angle inside hell… God hav mercy on our soul… Abeg God pity us for we no support any of dos mugu people act… Govt and religous ledas muslim abi na christians eldas… Remember una too get una own share oh… if una no do d ryt tin… Non shall go unpunish I lov 9ja… I take Baba God beg una abeg make una no vex we be brothers and sisters for God sake na devil de use scope dance for our country… only God know d kind punishment wei e go punish anybody wei de involve… Abeg guys make we shame devil… Make we come together pray for peace to reign for our 9ja… I lov 9ja for real non shall go unpunish…

  368. naija says:

    hmm… I lov 9ja… u be commando abi na rambo for reprisal attack… Remember thou shall not kill… U no be judge why u go de kill pesin pikin sai u de carry law for ur hand… Pesin wei u kill no kill anybody… pesin wei kill u u no see am kill… Abeg judge urself… U sure sai u go go heaven wit red blooded hand… Hmm.. And u wei support make dem kill and u wei encourage dat murder abi na masaka hope sai u know sai Baba God de dia de arrange ur own koboko for hell if u no repent and back off now… I lov 9ja Abeg baba God forgiv me… And those mumu boys wei cal dem self Boko Haram make una know sai even for film boss de die and boss de always loose at last na una time to shine una go still reign for hell… I hia say one pit of fire de for hell… I pray sai na only hia I go hia am… God protect d good people of dis world from hell fire… Amin and Amen… Boko Haram weda na una de bomb church oh abi na church members de bomb church oh God no won no… Non shall go unpunish… Oh if only una know how hell hot reach guy u go say una bomb na cold fire… Those wei die for dat una explosive fire oh even dos inosent ones… They go de heaven de watch una de display for diff angle inside hell… God hav mercy on our soul… Abeg God pity us for we no support any of dos mugu people act… Govt and religous ledas muslim abi na christians eldas… Remember una too get una own share oh… if una no do d ryt tin… Non shall go unpunish I lov 9ja… I take Baba God beg una abeg make una no vex we be brothers and sisters for God sake na devil de use scope dance for our country… only God know d kind punishment wei e go punish anybody wei de involve… Abeg guys make we shame devil… Make we come together pray for peace to reign for our 9ja… I lov 9ja for real non shall go unpunish…

  369. Gaddafi Iyal says:

    SLAM, JIHAD, AND TERRORISM

    SOME OF THE ISLAMIC TERMS

    Islam: means a commitment to live in peace through submission to the Will of God (Allah).

    MUSLIM: is a person who makes a commitment to live in peace through servitude to Allah.

    JIHAD: means “struggle” and “strive” against evil thoughts, evil action and aggression against a person, family, society or country. Jihad may be a “justifiable war”, borrowing the Christian term.

    MUJAHID: is a person who engages in Jihad for the sake of Allah according to the Quran (Muslim’s source book for guidance) and Sunnah (the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Mujahidin is the plural of Mujahid.

    “ISLAMIC TERRORISM”: There is no such phrase or term in the Islamic source books of the Quran or the Sunnah and has no place in Islam.

    SUNNAH: Sunnah is the preferred way of the Prophet Muhammad that includes his teaching. The sources of the Sunnah are authentic Hadith (reports of the Prophet’s sayings, doings and approvals) collections.

    THE TRUE MEANING OF “JIHAD”

    Jihad is usually associated with Islam and Muslims, but in fact, the concept of Jihad is found in all religions including Christianity, Judaism and political/economic ideologies, such as, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, etc. Islam defines Jihad as striving and struggling for improvement as well as fighting back to defend one’s self, honor, assets and homeland. Also, Jihad is interpreted as the struggle against evil, internal or external of a person or a society. Jihad, in Islam, means doing any or all but not limited to the following:

    Learn, teach, and practice Islam in all aspects of one’s life at all times to reach the highest and best education in order to benefit oneself, family and society.

    Be a messenger of Islam everywhere, in every behavior and action.

    Fight evil, wrongdoing, and injustice with all one’s power by one’s hand (action), with one’s tongue (speech), or at least with one’s heart (prayer).

    Respond to the call for Jihad with money, effort, wisdom and life; yet, never fight a Muslim brother, a Muslim country, or a non-Muslim society that respects its treaties and harbors no aggressive designs against Islam or Muslims.

    Suicide under any pretext is not condoned as Jihad in Islam.

    Converting people to Islam by force or coercion is never Jihad but a crime, punishable by law.

    The concept of Muslim men rushing out to kill themselves to get “70 dancing virgins” in Paradise, is really quite silly.

    The fact of the matter is, the “companions of Paradise” are mentioned as being pure and so much above anything we might imagine on earth, so as to indicate to us they are perpetually “virgin” and are not “touched” by men or devils.

    The words “perpetual virgin” even in English, should give anyone the understanding these are not such as we have known on earth.

    There can be no mistaking the meaning in the Arabic language as to the purity and innocence of these companions.

    THE LEVELS OF JIHAD

    A personal struggle within one’s self to submit to Allah, fight evil within one’s self, achieve higher moral and educational standards – Inner Jihad.

    Jihad against evil, injustice and oppression within one’s self, family and society – Social Jihad.

    Jihad against all that prevents Muslims from servitude to God (Allah), people from knowing Islam, defense of a Muslim society (country), retribution against tyranny, and/or when a Muslim is removed from their homeland by force – Physical Jihad or an armed struggle.

    The Quran defines physical Jihad as being the highest level of Jihad that one can undertake. Its reward is eternal Paradise. Muslims also know that all humans are accountable for what they have done during their life on this earth. Muslims will be asked about what they did with their lives and their level of submission to Allah on the Day of Judgment.

    DOES JIHAD MEAN HOLY WAR?

    In Islam, there is no such thing as holy war. This terminology was generated in Europe during the Crusades and their war against Muslims. Islam recognizes Jews and Christians as the “People of the Book” because they all follow the Prophet Abraham, believing in Moses’ and Jesus’ teachings. For many centuries, Muslims have peacefully coexisted with Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths, maintaining social, business, political and economic treaties. Islam respects all humans and faiths as long as there is no religious oppression, forbidding Muslims from serving Allah, preventing others from learning about Islam, and not respecting treaties. For more information on the topic of Jihad see the brochure Jihad Explained or request brochure #18 from the III&E, the publisher of this article.

    WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO CALL FOR JIHAD AS A WAR?

    Jihad must be performed according to Islamic rules and regulations and only for the sake or in the service of Allah. The physical or military Jihad must be called by a Muslim authority, such as, a president or head of a Muslim country after due consultations with the learned leadership.

    WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT TERRORISM?

    The term “terrorism” does not exist in the Quran or the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. If the terms “terrorist or terrorism” are derived from a verb used in the Quran, such as 5:33 describing a “Muslim’s” terrorist acts, it is in condemnation and prescribes most severe punishment. Islam is a religion and a way of life that does not separate politics from religion. Islam is a religion of mercy, unity and most importantly peace with one’s self and others, to defend not to fight. Allah said in His Book the Quran:

    “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes, that you should show them kindness and deal justly with them. God loves just dealers.” [Noble Quran 60:8]

    “Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not begin aggression, for God loves not aggressors.” [Noble Quran 2:190]

    “If they seek peace, then seek you peace and trust in God for He is the Hearer, the Knower.” [Noble Quran 8:61]

    ” and let not the hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is next to piety; and fear Allah, for Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” [Noble Quran 5:8]

    “But (remember that an attempt at) requiting evil may, too, become an evil: hence whoever pardons (his foe) and makes peace, his reward rests with Allah- for, verily He does not love transgressors.” [Noble Quran 42:40]

    “The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! He between whom and thee there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. [Noble Quran 41:34]

    • maryam bashir says:

      Masha Allah gaddafi iyal, dis is a well written piece of information for all (christians and muslims) may Allah enrich u with more knowlegde, wisdom and understanding. Amin ya rabb. God bless u abundantly for taking time to write dis.

  370. Sahal Mohammed Junaid says:

    Hello Risola, compliment of the season, first I will like start by complimenting and appreciating your effort as an elderly woman preaching out the truth about islam, an effort so rear among our muslim youth, in the qur’an Allah (swt) said ” muslim brothers and sisters teache and spread the word of Allah, no matter how small is your knowledge of the qur’an, even with a verse”
    In piece published in Daily Trust wed, 06-2012, titled BOKO HARAM: MUSLIM ARMY? You said ” as you most probably know Jihad means Holy War” I personnely commend your passion for the holy qur’an as you always carry it along when travelling, reading the qur’an cover to cover, how I wish were my granny.
    But in all the 6346 verses of the holy qur’an I found it very difficult to locate where Jihad is been translated as a Holy War e.g in suratul Al-Anfal (Spoils of War Booty) verse: 74 Allah (swt) said “And those who believed, and emigrated and strove hard in the cause of Allah (Al-Jihad)” in the verse Jihad is more of a self displine, moral, total submission to the will of Allah (swt) not a holy war. Likewise in some other parts of the qur’an i.e suratul Nisa (the woman) verse: 95 100 to mention but a few. Tank you
    May Allah (swt) unite and protect our religion Islam, and our beloved country Nigeria. Salam.

  371. Gaddafi Iyal says:

    Qur’an verse 9:5.

    Since the 9-11 terror in New York, the most cited Qur’an verse is 9:5 in support of false allegation of murder of non-Muslims and forcing them to convert to Islam when they refuse contradicts another Qur’an verse saying that there is no compulsion or coercion in Islam (2:256). The meaning of this one verse may best be understood and appreciated when the reader has full background of the context of revelation and what the message was given as a whole. Surah (chapter) 9 has two names, At-Tauba and Al-Bara’, meaning the repentance and freedom from obligation (disavowal), respectively. Verses 1-37 of Surah 9 were revealed as a block and verses 1 to 16 make up the context of the verse 5. Let me quote the translation of all 16 verses from Zafar Ishaq Ansari’s Towards Understanding the Qur’an, Vol. 3, pp 187-195.  

    “(1) This is a declaration of disavowal by Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) to those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen) and with whom you have made treaties. (2) You may go about freely in the land, for four months, but know well that you will not be able to frustrate Allah, and that Allah will bring disgrace upon those who deny the truth (kafireen). (3) This is a public proclamation by Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) to all men on the day of the Great Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj Al-Akbar): Allah is free from all obligations to those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen); and so is His Messenger. If you repent, it shall be for your own good; but if you turn away, then know well that you will not be able to frustrate Allah. So give glad tidings of a painful chastisement to those who disbelieve (those who reject this call). (4) In exception to those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen) are those with whom you have made treaties and who have not violated their treaties nor have backed up anyone against you. Fulfill your treaties with them till the end of their term. Surely Allah loves the pious (muttaqeen). (5) But when the sacred months (Al-Ashhar ul-Hurum) expire, slay those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen) wherever you find them; seize them, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them. But if they repent and establish the Prayer (As-Salat) and pay Zakah, leave them alone. Surely Allah is All-Forgiving, Ever Merciful. (6) And if any of those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen) seeks asylum, grant him asylum that he may hear the Word of Allah, and then escort him to safety for they are people bereft of all understanding. (7) How can there be a covenant with those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen) on the part of Allah and His Messenger except those with whom you made a covenant near the Sacred Mosque (Al-Masjid Al-Haram)? Behave straight with them so long as they behave straight with you for Allah loves the God-fearing (muttaqeen). (8) How can there be any covenant with the rest who associate others with Allah in His divinity (mushrikeen) for were they to prevail against you, they will respect neither kinship nor agreement. They seek to please you with their tongues while their hearts are averse to you, and most of them are wicked (faasiqoon). (9) They have sold the revelations of Allah for a paltry price and have firmly hindered people from His path. Evil indeed is what they have done. (10) They neither have any respect for kinship nor for agreement in respect of the believers. Such are indeed transgressors (mu’tadoon). (11) But if they repent and establish Prayer (Salat) and give Zakah they are your brothers in faith. Thus do We expound our revelations to those who know (ya’lamoon). (12) But if they break their pledges after making them and attack your faith, make war on the leaders of unbelief (A’immatul Kufr) that they may desist, for they have no regard for their pledged words. (13) Will you not fight against those who broke their pledges and did all they could to drive the Messenger away and initiated hostilities against you? Do you fear them? Surely Allah has greater right that you should fear Him, if you are true believers. (14) Make war on them, Allah will chastise them through you and will humiliate them. He will grant you victory over them, and will soothe the bosoms of those who believe;  (15) and will remove rage from their hearts, and will enable whomsoever He wills to repent. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (16) Do you imagine that you will be spared without being subjected to any test? Know well that Allah has not yet determined who strove hard (in His cause), and has not taken any others besides His Messenger and the believers as His trusted allies? Allah is well aware of all that you do.” The Qur’an 9:1-16.  

    No Compulsion or Coercion 2:256.  The Qur’an verses are clear in commanding the believes that there is no coercion or compulsion in Islam to convert. The history of 14 centuries is the proof that Muslims had no systematic compulsion to convert people to Islam. One verse translation is given below:

    “(256) There is no coercion or compulsion in the Deen (religion, way of life). The right way now stands clearly distinguished from the wrong. Hence he who rejects the evil ones (Taghut, non-god power acting as god) and believes in Allah has indeed taken hold of the firm, unbreakable handle, and Allah (Whom he has held for support) is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” The Qur’an 2:256

    Muslims have honored this commandment and they have been careful in not forcing people to convert to Islam. The best examples are Spain, India, East Europe where Muslims entered with armies and conquered them yet these countries remained non-Muslim majority. On the other hand, in Sub-Sahara Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia where Islamic armies never entered, these countries became Muslim majority countries. In our time in the 21st century, no Muslim army has entered in North America or Europe yet millions of people are converting to Islam by their own will.  

    Some of the principles of understanding the Qur’an are: a verse (ayah) should be read (a) in the context of the surrounding verses, not in isolation,  (b) in the context of its revelation, which may be found in the Hadith collections, and (c) in the context of the whole Qur’an. A fourth requirement frequently presented is to see the words, terms and phrases used and as understood by the companions of the Prophet and following two generations (Salaf). It simply means reading various commentaries of the Qur’an of the classical period and finding how they understood and explained a given verse or a passage. Not knowing Arabic is not an excuse because in the 20th century a few commentaries of the Qur’an in English language have appeared and these writers have summed up the earlier commentators; some of them are Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Towards Understanding the Qur’an referred to above, Muhammad Asad and Abdullah Yusuf Ali. There are two translations and commentaries in the works, one by Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan to be published from India and the other by Dr. Ahmad Zaki Hammad to be published from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. Some parts of the both works have been published. 

    Another aspect of understanding the Qur’an verses is the time frame for application of their meaning. A verse or a passage may have special meaning for a particular time of the revelation and it does not apply after the time has passed. Or a verse or a passage may also have a generalized meaning for all times to come since its revelation.   

    Those who quote Qur’an verses with the objective of criticizing it and Islam do not meet any of the above given requirements yet they interpret verses according to their whims and fancy. These people have no objectivity but malice and prejudice.  

    In the above quoted passage of 9:1-16 in the verses 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 the term used is mushrikeen meaning this is not about any other people than the idolaters (mushrikeen) of Makkah. Another point to note is that the address is towards those who violated the peace treaty with the Prophet Muhammad. This theme repeats in all the verses up to 9:16. Naturally, Allah, in the Qur’an, is instructing the Prophet Muhammad to free himself from the peace treaty obligation, known as the Treaty of Hudaybiah; he made in the year 6 AH for a ten-year period. But the idolaters of Quraysh violated the treaty in the second year and raided a tribe who was an ally of the Prophet. The verse gives specific instruction to fight those who violated the treaty and killed allies of the Prophet. The meaning of the verse does not extend to other non-Muslims except under the exact similar conditions. Those who have never been allies of the Muslims have no treaty to violate, therefore, there should be no war with such countries or people unless they have aggressive designs against the Muslims.  

    In the verse 9:5 there is a mention of “Al-Ashhar ul-Hurum” meaning the months of prohibition, sometimes translated as sacred months, which are Rajab, Dhul Qe’dah, Dhul Hijjah and Muharram, the 7th, 11th,  12th and 1st months of the Arabic lunar calendar. The month of Rajab was reserved for Umrah or lesser Hajj and the other three months were considered the months for Hajj the greater pilgrimage to Makkah. During these months Arabs used to celebrate peace for the safety of the return travel to Makkah and any war or looting was considered prohibited. However, they found a back door to violate these months of safety and invented the custom of Nasi. Under this invention they could exchange a real prohibited month with another non-prohibited month and could go on looting and war and surprise the weaker travelers. Islam kept the custom of prohibited months but abrogated the custom of Nasi.  

    Qur’an verse 9:29.

    “Those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day – even though they were given the scriptures, and who do not hold as unlawful that which Allah and His Messenger have declared to be unlawful, and who do not follow the true religion (Deen Al-Haque) – fight against them until they pay tribute (Al-Jizyah, protection tax or exemption tax) out of their hands and are utterly subdued.”  

    This verse (9:29) is also a part of the revelation 9:1-37 and it has the same background as 9:5, which has already been discussed above. However, in this verse there is inclusion of the “people of the Book” meaning the Christians and the Jews who were also living under the rule established by the Prophet Muhammad. Superficially, it appears that this verse disregards an earlier revealed verse 2:256 (discussed above) ordering that there is no compulsion in Islam. The reader has no other choice but to ask, if the verse 2:256 has been abrogated by the verse 9:29, if not, interpretation of this verse will not allow forcing people to accept Islam or be killed. All Islamic scholars agree that 9:29 is not an abrogating verse and 2:256 stands valid. By the time 9:29 was revealed Zakat on all Muslims had become obligatory for those who had enough wealth to levy this “wealth purifying tax”. Zakat may be translated as wealth purifying tax or growth tax because the payment of Zakat makes wealth grow. Muslims were already paying Zakat, in addition to Sadaqa (charity) and Infaq (required donations), for various causes but there was no such tax on non-Muslims. The verse 9:29 makes tax obligatory upon all non-Muslims except the clergy, very old and poor without adequate income. In fact, the very poor and very old began receiving maintenance money from the general welfare fund of the Muslim treasury by the orders of the Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattab.  

    Verse 9:29 requires non-Muslim population of the Muslim-run state to either accept Islam or pay Jizyah or fight till death. The fourth option, given without saying, is to migrate to another land. Jizyah was a tax much lower than the Zakat paid by the Muslims and its payment gave non-Muslims equal citizenship rights with the Muslims besides exempting them from military service. This is the reason Jizyah has been translated as protection tax (giving full citizenship rights except becoming head of the state) and exemption tax (giving exemption from military service which was not given to the Muslims). Payment of Jizyah is a symbol of accepting to live under Islamic law; this is what it means to be subdued. This is the same as the taxes all Americans have to pay. 

    A non-Muslim cannot become head of the Islamic state because Islamic state is an ideological state and a person who does not believe in the Islamic ideology has no right to head it. An analogy is the U.S., which is ideologically a capitalist state; naturally, a communists or an Islamist will not be allowed to head it.  

    For those non-Muslims who maintain friendly relations with Muslims Qur’an command in the Verse 4:90 in the following translation: 

    (90 in part) “… If they leave you alone and do not fight against you and offer you peace, then Allah does not permit you to harm them.” 

    This is a clear teaching of Islam that those who do not invade Muslim society and show friendly and peaceful attitudes, Muslims are ordered to respond likewise. 

    Islam prohibits aggression against those who have not attacked the Muslims. This point takes us to the verses 2:190-194.  

    Qur’an verses 2:190-194. The translation of these verses is given below; 

    “(190) Fight (qaatiloo) against those who fight against you in the way of Allah, but do not transgress, for Allah does not love transgressors (mu’tadeen). (191) Kill them whenever you confront them and drive them out from where they drove you out. (For though killing is sinful) wrongful persecution is even worse than killing. Do not fight against them near the Masjid Al-Haram (in Makkah) unless they fight against you; but if they fight against you kill them, for that is the reward of such disbelievers (kafireen). (192) Then if they desist, know well that Allah is Forgiving, Most Merciful. (193) Keep on fighting against them until mischief ends and the way prescribed by Allah prevails. But if they desist, then know that hostility is only against the transgressors (Adh-Dhalimeen). (194) The sacred month for the sacred month; sanctities should be respected alike (by all concerned). Thus, if someone has attacked you, attack him just as he attacked you, and fear Allah and remain conscious that Allah is with those who guard against violating the bounds set by Him.”

    The Qur’an 2:190-194. 

    In the verses 190-191 given above it is obvious that Allah is commanding the Muslims, in the Qur’an, to fight against those who began the fight but do not do anything more than necessary to repel the attack because Allah does not like transgression, that is, going beyond one’s limits. The verse 192 puts further emphasis on driving the invaders out of your homes, your property and maybe out of your country to remove their occupation.  

    Verse 193 emphasizes that mischief and persecution is worse than killing, therefore, it is the responsibility of the Muslims to remove mischief and persecution and work to bring justice and equity according to the rules of Islam.  

    Verse 194 refers to the sacred or the months of prohibitions of war; the command is to honor the months but if the adversaries violate them the Muslims are allowed to respond in kind. Similarly, if the opponents attack, the Muslims are allowed to respond in kind but not to violate the limits or the use of excessive force. The use of excessive force is a pagan concept as the U.S. is doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

    Qur’an 5:33-34. Another verse that is frequently quoted for attacking the Qur’an is 5:33 but it should be read with 5:34. The translation is given below: 

    “(33) Those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and go about the earth spreading mischief – indeed their recompense is that they either be put to death, or be crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off from the opposite sides or be banished from the land (or imprisonment). Such shall be their degradation in this world; and a mighty chastisement lies in store for them in the World to Come (34) except for those who repent before you have overpowered them. Know well that Allah is All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate.” 

    These two verses were revealed in response to the treatment of one or more “Muslims” who reverted back to his/their previous religion and became terrorists and highway robbers looting trade caravans. In addition they began encouraging the enemies of the Prophet Muhammad and Muslims to attack and destroy the city-state of Madinah. Allah’s order came to fight them and subdue them followed by killing or crucifying them or cutting hands and feet from opposite sides or imprisoning them. If they submit themselves before being subdued forcefully and ask for forgiveness then forgive them. Their asking forgiveness includes their voluntary returning to Islam. Obviously, these verses are not about non-Muslims or forcing them to convert to Islam.  

    Such a treatment will be meted out to all apostates who combine treason with apostasy. Also, the same fate is due to highway robbers and terrorists who commit heinous crimes after peace, justice and equity has been established under Islamic rule. In the absence of Islamic rule neither peace is possible nor justice and equity but a tyranny of one kind or the other. In the contemporary Muslim world (2004 CE) there is not a single “Islamic” country having Islamic rule but there are over fifty Muslim majority countries having tyrannical rules and most of them are puppets of either the European or American powers. Naturally, there is no peace, no justice and no equity but chaos, murder, persecution, exploitation, looting of the people’s money and tyranny. These countries are ruled by the criminals supported and protected by the enemies of Islam who are rulers in Europe and America.  

    Qur’an 4:74-76. These verses are part of the section 4:71-76 but I will skip first three verses, as they are simple to understand. The translation is given below: 

    (74) Let those who seek the life of the Next World in exchange for the life of this world fight (yuqatil) in the way of Allah. We shall grant a mighty reward to whoever fights in the way of Allah, whether he is slain or comes out victorious. (75) How is it that you do not fight (la tuqatiloona) in the way of Allah and in support of the helpless – men, women and children – who pray: “Our Rabb (Cherisher, Provider), bring us out of this land and whose people are oppressors and appoint for us from Yourself a helper.” (76) Those who have faith fight (yuqatiloona) in the way of Allah, while those who disbelieve (kafaroo, reject Islam) fight in the way of Taghut (Satan, any non-God). Fight, then, against the followers of Satan (Shaytan). Surely, Satan’s strategy is weak. The Qur’an 4:74-76. [Note that the word Jihad or its derivatives have not been used in these verses. The words for fight are derived from the root qatala.]

    The background of these verses is the Battle of Uhud that took place in the year 3 AH in the vicinity of Madinah. One year before the Battle of Uhud, the Makkan pagans had brought a well-equipped army of 1,000 in the with the plan of annihilating the Prophet and his followers. But the Prophet intercepted them 60 miles south of Madinah in the company of 313 companions; this was a very poorly equipped band of Muslims. The Prophet and his companions were victorious and all major leaders of the pagan Quraysh were killed and they lost 70 soldiers. The Makkans returned defeated but swore to come back to destroy the Prophet, his mission and his city-state of Madinah. In the following year, in 3 AH Makkans came back with a better equipped army of 3,000 and the Prophet was able to gather a band of only 700 and the battle took place near Madinah at the foot of Mt. Uhud. Both sides suffered heavy losses and there was no clear victory for either side. Makkans returned to Makkah without achieving their goal of annihilation of the Prophet and his mission, yet this emboldened the Makkans. This followed two years of hard persecution and torture of Muslims living outside of Madinah, whether in Makkah or in other villages where pagans ruled. Prophet Muhammad had to send intelligence and guard missions all around to find who was conspiring and who was planning another aggression against Madinah and the Muslims. 

    The verse 4:71-76 were revealed in the above given background and they should be understood within this context. The verse 4:71 instructs the Muslims to stay ready for defense because they may not know who and when will attack small city-state of Madinah. The verse 4:72-73 talks about the condition of hypocrites who do not want to fight because they love this worldly life more than the life of hereafter, however, they do want the war booty when victory comes. The verse 4:74 assures sincere Muslims that if they die in the battle they will surely enter paradise but if they come back victorious, that would be good for them, too. Either way whether they survive the war or die in the war, they are assured of great reward from Allah. The verse 4:75 motivates the Muslims to stand up to defeat the oppressors and tyrants who have no conscience but the greed of this world and power. The oppressed people cry for Allah’s help and it comes in the form of sincere Muslims who stand up in support of these people.  

    The verse 4:76 declares that sincere Muslims fight to make Allah’s rule supreme and to establish peace, justice and equity, whereas, those who fight for land, country, nationalism, patriotism, loot, murder, revenge, wealth and other worldly motives, fight for the Taghut, anyone other than Allah, that is, for the sake of the Satan. Those who fight for the sake of Satan, sometimes may appear to be winning in achieving their worldly goals but they are losers in the long term and certainly, in the life hereafter they will end up in the hell-fire.  

    It is obvious that Allah condemns aggression totally and condemns any war in pursuit of worldly reasons. Whereas Allah approves and motivates a war of defense and to protect the weak who are persecuted and oppressed. In this early 21st century there are hundreds of millions of Muslims who are oppressed and persecuted by the West and its agents as rulers of the Third World countries.  

    Qur’an 22:39-40. During the Prophet’s life in Makkah for over thirteen years he was forbidden to respond to violent offenses against him or his followers. The command of Allah was to tie down their hands; it was total pacifism. The only thing his followers were allowed to do was to leave the town and take refuge in Habashah (Ethiopia). This restriction was lifted in Madinah when an Islamic city-state was established with its own free government under the Prophet, its own economy and volunteer defense forces. Order came in the following words in translation:  

    “(39) Permission [to fight] is given to those against whom war is being wrongfully waged – and, verily Allah indeed has the power to help them; (40) those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: Our Rabb (Sustainer, Cherisher) is Allah. For had it not been for Allah repelling some men by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft mentioned, would assuredly been destroyed. Surely, Allah helps him who helps Allah. Lo! Allah is Strong, Almighty.” The Qur’an 22:39-40  

    The meanings of these two verses are simple enough not requiring any explanation. It is worthy to note that Islam is the only Deen (life system) that protected non-Muslims’ right to freedom of religion. Only during the last century we find that American and European Secularism is less intolerant than the ancient European Catholicism in allowing limited freedom of religion, however, some countries are not allowing Muslim women’s right to wear head scarf in public. Islam allowed Christian, Jewish, Hindu and other religions to live according to their own legal system and establish their own courts and Muslim governments recognized legal decisions of such courts. Modern Secularism is oppressive in this area and Muslims are not allowed to live by the Islamic Shari’ah within their communities in the West. Secular oppression has gone beyond their own boundaries and demanding puppet rulers of the Muslim majority countries to abolish Shari’ah and puppet dictators are complying, which is leading to violent protests by the Muslim activists. 

    47:4-6. These verses were revealed shortly after the verses 22:39-40 given above lifting the ban on armed resistance against the invaders and aggressors. 

    (4) “Therefore, when you meet those who disbelieved (kafaroo) (in the battle) smite their necks and, when you have thoroughly subdued them, then take prisoners of war and bind them firmly. After the war lays down her burdens, then you have the choice whether you show them favor or accept ransom. Thus are you commanded. If Allah wanted, He Himself could have punished them; but He adopted this way so that He may test some of you by means of others. As for those who are slain in the cause of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost. (5) Soon He will guide them, improve their condition (6) and admit them to the paradise which He has made known to them.” The Qur’an 47: 4-6. 

    Aggression against the Muslim society of Madinah was already in progress, therefore, further instructions were given regarding defensive strategy. Allah instructed the Muslims to stand firm and fight hard taking prisoners only when necessary. These prisoners may be forgiven and released or accept ransom and release them. Allah promised Paradise for those who defend their faith. 

    Friendship or protection?   

    Another Qur’an verse that is used for attack on Islam is 5:51, which may be translated as: 

    “O you who (claim to) believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for your allies (or as your protectors, awlia’). They are the allies (protectors, awlia’) of each other. And among you he who takes them for allies (protectors), shall be regarded as one of them. Allah does not guide the transgressors.” 

    Frequently, the term wali is translated as “friend” and the meaning of the verse changes completely. When wali is translated to mean “friend” the verse appears to convey the message that Islam prohibits making friends from the Christians and the Jews. This belies the history of over fourteen centuries of Islam. From 638 to 1917 Muslims and Jews have been each others friends and sometimes protectors. During the period of the Inquisition in Spain, Muslims and Jews suffered together and protected each other. Whenever there were pogroms of the Jews in Europe, they fled to North African Muslim ruled countries or to the East where the Turks ruled and they found sympathy, friendship, welcome and rehabilitation. Similarly, Christians and Muslims have been living together in peace all over the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and other countries. One example of the Christian-Muslim harmony is that the Orthodox Church had its headquarter in Constantinople before 1453 when Muhammad II conquered it for the Ottoman Empire. Constantinople was the seat of the Orthodox Church and it remained throughout the Turkish rule and it continues to be the seat of the Orthodox Church. However, I consider the verse 5:51 a prophecy and a warning to the Muslims of the 20th century onward. European powers when they left the colonies they always gave upper hand to the non-Muslim minorities leaving Muslims weak; this was the situation in India, North Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa and other parts of the world. Arabs trusted the British that after defeat of the Turks, they will become independent but they were betrayed. Instead of independence of the Arabs, puppet monarchies and Israel were established on their lands. Betrayal and more betrayal, all around. Pakistan signed the Baghdad Pact (which was renamed as CENTO after the exit of Iraq from the treaty) and joined SEATO in the 1950s in support of the U.S. efforts against communism, allowed American bases on its land and became a nuclear target of the Soviet Union. On the contrary, the U.S. conspired with India against Pakistan. When India attacked Pakistan in 1965 and again in 1971, the U.S. betrayed and helped India for the breaking up of Pakistan. Secularism is paganism, when one trusts the secularists they experience betrayal just the way the Prophet faced betrayal of the pagans of Arabia fourteen centuries ago.  

    The other side of the coin is with whom among non-Muslims are worthy of friendship? See the Qur’an verses 60:8-9: 

    “(8) Allah forbids you not those who warred not against you on account of religion (Al-Deen) and drove you not out from your homes that you should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! Allah loves the just dealers.” (9) Allah forbids you only those who warred against you on account of religion (Al-Deen) and have driven you out from your homes and helped to drive you out, that you make friends of them. Whosoever makes friends of them such are wrong- doers.” 

    The verses 60:8-9 were revealed in the background of the pagans of Makkah who had driven out the Prophet and his companions out and they took refuge in Madinah. Similar things were happening to many new Muslims who were being evicted by their own people on account of their new faith. 

    Should the Muslims trust pagans of the West? I think NOT! Pay heed to the Qur’an’s warning. Personally, I have no problem making friends, sympathizing with my neighbors and colleagues, having dinner with them, going on a picnic or camping with them. I have met a lot of very decent Christians and Jews and they are worthy of friendship and trust. The verse of the Qur’an 5:51 is not talking about friendship at a personal level but signing pacts at the national level. The experience of the Muslim countries during the last 90 years shows that the pagan secular nations of Jewish and Christian background are not worthy of trust. These nations will not miss any opportunity of betrayal for destroying Islam and Muslims.  

  372. Gaddafi Iyal says:

    Some of the Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings (Sunnah)

    He prohibited Muslim soldiers from killing women, children and the elderly, or cut a palm tree, and he advised them, “do not betray, do not be excessive, do not kill a newborn child.”

    “Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.”

    “The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed.” Killing is the second major sin in Islam.

    “Truly your blood, your property, and your honor are inviolable.”

    “There is a reward for kindness shown to every living animal or human.”

    Islam and Human Rights

    The Quran and Sunnah encourage Muslims to respect the life and property of all mankind.

    In an Islamic State these rights are considered sacred, whether a person is Muslim or not.

    Islam protects honor, forbids insulting others, and/or making fun of them.

    Islam rejects certain individuals or nations being favored because of their wealth, power, and/or race.

    All Muslims believe that Allah created all humans free and equal, only to be distinguished from each other on the basis of God-consciousness or piety and never on the basis of race, color or ethnicity.

    Islam is a practical religion that respects all human beings and it was revealed for all mankind. Its message is that of peace and submission to Allah. Muslims believe in all the Prophets mentioned in the Bible, and the Quran. The Quran shares many moral teachings of the Old Testament and the New Testament. These three religions (and their books) were founded upon the revelations by One True God, Allah. For more information on this topic please see the brochure Human Rights In Islam or ask for brochure #7 from the III&E, the publisher of this article.

    Jihad in the Bible

    Let us see what the Bible has to say about Jihad in the meaning of war and violence. The following verses are from the Bible, New International Version (NIV), 1984

    “Do not allow a sorceress to live. Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death. Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.” [Exodus 22:18-20]

    “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ The Levites did as Moses commanded and that day about three thousand of the people died.” [Exodus 32:27-28]

    “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. (Moses ordered) “Now kill all the boys. And kill every women who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” [Numbers 31:1-18]

    (Jesus said) “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them – bring them here and kill them in front of me.” [Luke 19:27]

    “He (Jesus) said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” [Luke 22:36]

    Differential treatment

    Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the basic tenants of Islam.

    When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City building, no American or Christian was labeled as a terrorist or was the target of hate crimes. When Irish Christians carry out acts of terrorism against each other and on the British Isles, the Christian religion is not blamed but individuals or their political agenda. Unfortunately, the same is not true for American Muslims and Arabs. The vast majority of Muslims or Arabs have no association with the violent events around the world yet Islam is invoked with terrorism. It is unfair to 1.5 billion Muslims of the world and religion of Islam.

    Criteria of guilt

    Innocent until proven guilty in an open court is an accepted universal principle of justice along with liberty and freedom for all humankind. However, the U.S. failed to practice the same principles for those who are not U.S. nationals. Even worse, the U.S. is creating military tribunal for secret trials because there may be inadequate evidence to prove Arabs and Muslims guilty in open courts.

    May Allah bless us all and purify our hearts from all misunderstanding, malice, hate and anger.

  373. Gaddafi Iyal says:

    THE TRUE MEANING OF “JIHAD”

    Jihad is usually associated with Islam and Muslims, but in fact, the concept of Jihad is found in all religions including Christianity, Judaism and political/economic ideologies, such as, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, etc. Islam defines Jihad as striving and struggling for improvement as well as fighting back to defend one’s self, honor, assets and homeland. Also, Jihad is interpreted as the struggle against evil, internal or external of a person or a society. Jihad, in Islam, means doing any or all but not limited to the following:

    Learn, teach, and practice Islam in all aspects of one’s life at all times to reach the highest and best education in order to benefit oneself, family and society.

    Be a messenger of Islam everywhere, in every behavior and action.

    Fight evil, wrongdoing, and injustice with all one’s power by one’s hand (action), with one’s tongue (speech), or at least with one’s heart (prayer).

    Respond to the call for Jihad with money, effort, wisdom and life; yet, never fight a Muslim brother, a Muslim country, or a non-Muslim society that respects its treaties and harbors no aggressive designs against Islam or Muslims.

    Suicide under any pretext is not condoned as Jihad in Islam.

    Converting people to Islam by force or coercion is never Jihad but a crime, punishable by law.

    The concept of Muslim men rushing out to kill themselves to get “70 dancing virgins” in Paradise, is really quite silly.

    The fact of the matter is, the “companions of Paradise” are mentioned as being pure and so much above anything we might imagine on earth, so as to indicate to us they are perpetually “virgin” and are not “touched” by men or devils.

    The words “perpetual virgin” even in English, should give anyone the understanding these are not such as we have known on earth.

    There can be no mistaking the meaning in the Arabic language as to the purity and innocence of these companions.

    THE LEVELS OF JIHAD

    A personal struggle within one’s self to submit to Allah, fight evil within one’s self, achieve higher moral and educational standards – Inner Jihad.

    Jihad against evil, injustice and oppression within one’s self, family and society – Social Jihad.

    Jihad against all that prevents Muslims from servitude to God (Allah), people from knowing Islam, defense of a Muslim society (country), retribution against tyranny, and/or when a Muslim is removed from their homeland by force – Physical Jihad or an armed struggle.

    The Quran defines physical Jihad as being the highest level of Jihad that one can undertake. Its reward is eternal Paradise. Muslims also know that all humans are accountable for what they have done during their life on this earth. Muslims will be asked about what they did with their lives and their level of submission to Allah on the Day of Judgment.

    DOES JIHAD MEAN HOLY WAR?

    In Islam, there is no such thing as holy war. This terminology was generated in Europe during the Crusades and their war against Muslims. Islam recognizes Jews and Christians as the “People of the Book” because they all follow the Prophet Abraham, believing in Moses’ and Jesus’ teachings. For many centuries, Muslims have peacefully coexisted with Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths, maintaining social, business, political and economic treaties. Islam respects all humans and faiths as long as there is no religious oppression, forbidding Muslims from serving Allah, preventing others from learning about Islam, and not respecting treaties.

    Who is authorized to call for Jihad as a war?

    Jihad must be performed according to Islamic rules and regulations and only for the sake or in the service of Allah. The physical or military Jihad must be called by a Muslim authority, such as, a president or head of a Muslim country after due consultations with the learned leadership.

    What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?

    The term “terrorism” does not exist in the Quran or the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. If the terms “terrorist or terrorism” are derived from a verb used in the Quran, such as 5:33 describing a “Muslim’s” terrorist acts, it is in condemnation and prescribes most severe punishment. Islam is a religion and a way of life that does not separate politics from religion. Islam is a religion of mercy, unity and most importantly peace with one’s self and others, to defend not to fight. Allah said in His Book the Quran:

    “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes, that you should show them kindness and deal justly with them. God loves just dealers.” [Noble Quran 60:8]

    “Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not begin aggression, for God loves not aggressors.” [Noble Quran 2:190]

    “If they seek peace, then seek you peace and trust in God for He is the Hearer, the Knower.” [Noble Quran 8:61]

    ” and let not the hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is next to piety; and fear Allah, for Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” [Noble Quran 5:8]

    “But (remember that an attempt at) requiting evil may, too, become an evil: hence whoever pardons (his foe) and makes peace, his reward rests with Allah- for, verily He does not love transgressors.” [Noble Quran 42:40]

    “The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! He between whom and thee there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. [Noble Quran 41:34]

    Some of the Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings (Sunnah)

    He prohibited Muslim soldiers from killing women, children and the elderly, or cut a palm tree, and he advised them, “do not betray, do not be excessive, do not kill a newborn child.”

    “Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.”

    “The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed.” Killing is the second major sin in Islam.

    “Truly your blood, your property, and your honor are inviolable.”

    “There is a reward for kindness shown to every living animal or human.”

    Islam and Human Rights

    The Quran and Sunnah encourage Muslims to respect the life and property of all mankind.

    In an Islamic State these rights are considered sacred, whether a person is Muslim or not.

    Islam protects honor, forbids insulting others, and/or making fun of them.

    Islam rejects certain individuals or nations being favored because of their wealth, power, and/or race.

    All Muslims believe that Allah created all humans free and equal, only to be distinguished from each other on the basis of God-consciousness or piety and never on the basis of race, color or ethnicity.

    Islam is a practical religion that respects all human beings and it was revealed for all mankind. Its message is that of peace and submission to Allah. Muslims believe in all the Prophets mentioned in the Bible, and the Quran. The Quran shares many moral teachings of the Old Testament and the New Testament. These three religions (and their books) were founded upon the revelations by One True God, Allah.

    Jihad in the Bible

    Let us see what the Bible has to say about Jihad in the meaning of war and violence. The following verses are from the Bible, New International Version (NIV), 1984

    “Do not allow a sorceress to live. Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death. Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.” [Exodus 22:18-20]

    “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ The Levites did as Moses commanded and that day about three thousand of the people died.” [Exodus 32:27-28]

    “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. (Moses ordered) “Now kill all the boys. And kill every women who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” [Numbers 31:1-18]

    (Jesus said) “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them – bring them here and kill them in front of me.” [Luke 19:27]

    “He (Jesus) said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” [Luke 22:36]

    Differential treatment

    Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the basic tenants of Islam.

    When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City building, no American or Christian was labeled as a terrorist or was the target of hate crimes. When Irish Christians carry out acts of terrorism against each other and on the British Isles, the Christian religion is not blamed but individuals or their political agenda. Unfortunately, the same is not true for American Muslims and Arabs. The vast majority of Muslims or Arabs have no association with the violent events around the world yet Islam is invoked with terrorism. It is unfair to 1.5 billion Muslims of the world and religion of Islam.

    Criteria of guilt

    Innocent until proven guilty in an open court is an accepted universal principle of justice along with liberty and freedom for all humankind. However, the U.S. failed to practice the same principles for those who are not U.S. nationals. Even worse, the U.S. is creating military tribunal for secret trials because there may be inadequate evidence to prove Arabs and Muslims guilty in open courts.

    May Allah bless us all and purify our hearts from all misunderstanding, malice, hate and anger.

    • Umar Bukar says:

      Brilliant piece! Pls permit me to copy and share this article it will go a long way in passing on the msg…

  374. temmy says:

    @Rinsola,i realy commend u̶̲̥̅̊ 4 dis amazingly briliant piece,Jazakhallah khair.ɑ̷̜̌̋♏ sure almost everyone(be Į̸̸̨ƭ muslim or christian)that read dis piece has learnt one or two from Į̸̸̨ƭ, even if Į̸̸̨ƭ difficult τ̅☺ admit Į̸̸̨ƭ.Its jus Ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇o̶̲̥̅ painful ∂α̲̅t hatred ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ anger toward Islam has eaten Ƨ̣̣̣̇̇̇o̶̲̥̅ deep into some pple ∂α̲̅t ₪☺ matter wat u̶̲̥̅̊ say or do τ̅☺ cnvince or make them see the wrong in their judgement ends in jeopardy.
    In all d jihad fought during †ђξ tym of †ђξ prophet ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ afta,in none W̶̲̥̅̊A̶̲̥̅s Į̸̸̨ƭ reported ∂α̲̅t children ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ women were killed buh dis BH pple kils helpless children ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ women in each ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ evry of dia attacks not τ̅☺ talk of †ђξ fact ∂α̲̅t they kil irrespective of U̶̲̥̅̊я religion or U̶̲̥̅̊я ethnic group ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ we stil say D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ fightin 4 †ђξ muslims.
    In My own personal opinion,i thnk we A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ yeto see †ђξ face of †ђξ enemy we A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ fightin ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ i thnk thats wia A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ supposed τ̅☺ chaNnel our energies ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ stop bickering at each oda ĄЙd̶̲̥̅̊ passin judgement cos until we do we can’t fight Į̸̸̨ƭ…God help us all

  375. ahmad salihi says:

    A well researched,intelligent and thought provoking contribution. Pls i’ll appreciate if u can kindly oblige to sent me ur past,present and future articles on national issues and any other subject of interst. Xnk u. Ma’assalam,jazakallah.

  376. Alamin99 says:

    Dats vry nyc…!

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  378. layibiyi says:

    A very interesting hadith:

    Keep away from sects
    [Sahih Bukhari : Volume 6, Book 56, Number 803]
    Narrated Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman (Radi Allah Anhu): The people used to ask Allah’s Apostle (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might overtake me. Once I said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam)! We were in ignorance and in evil and Allah has bestowed upon us the present good; will there by any evil after this good?” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “Yes.” I asked, “Will there be good after that evil?” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “Yes, but it would be tained with Dakhan (i.e. Little evil).” I asked, “What will its Dakhan be?” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “There will be some people who will lead (people) according to principles other than my tradition. You will see their actions and disapprove of them.” I said, “Will there by any evil after that good?” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “Yes, there will be some people who will invite others to the doors of Hell, and whoever accepts their invitation to it will be thrown in it (by them).” I said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam)! Describe those people to us.” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “They will belong to us and speak our language” I asked, “What do you order me to do if such a thing should take place in my life?” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “Adhere to the group of Muslims and their Chief.” I asked, “If there is neither a group (of Muslims) nor a chief (what shall I do)?” He (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, “Keep away from all those different sects, even if you had to bite (i.e. eat) the root of a tree, till you meet Allah while you are still in that state.”

  379. Umar Bukar says:

    All muslims are terrorists! Yes i agree and i’m a muslim…But only on one condition, that the world also agrees that all church going devote christians are Faggots (Homosexuals) and rapists, becos all the news that comes out of the church nowadays is “Father this has been caught molesting young boys” and “Pastor that has confessed to raping a 15 yr old girl”… bla bla bla, so much so that the church had to apologise to all the young boys that were molested under its watch, and again all the nations that have legalised Gay and Lesbian Marriages are almost 95% Christian. Someone may say but thats a matter of law then i would say to that person all such laws were made by the representatives of the ppl of that nation most times as a result of popular demand. Now you know how i feel when you refer to Islam as a religion of terrorists.

  380. Uuu says:

    Rinsola Abiola abandon islam. Islam cannot save your soul from hell. Prophet muhammad is in hell with satan. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Come to Jesus christ for the salvation of your soul. Islam is evil, wicked, satanic and will collapse in Jesus name amen.

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