Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
I am not answerable to them, were my remarks which I reiterated, emphasized with shaking my head.
The venue was the office of the Officer In Charge ~OC at Sokoto State Police Command.
The occasion was the complaint of intimidation I lodged against Sirajo Aliyu.
With both Sirajo and I present, in an attempt to resolve my concerns, the OCD suggested to Sirajo that when the latter and his friends observe any of my actions, instead of threats and intimidation they should ask me to explain my actions for them to understand.
I am not answerable to them.
The OCD was initially taken aback; he conceded to my objection.
Prior to that, I rejected the recommended that Sirajo should advise me when he notices my action.
He is not my advisor.
Again, with emphasis and with the OCD dropping the recommendation, I retained my freedoms.
Before the suggestions, the OCD as well as other CIDs instructed Sirajo I should be left alone to my Religion.
How I practise my Religion is my right.
The primary objective for my objections was to seal any loophole through which a people already notorious for imposing self on others will feel legally empowered to intimidate me.
For my troubles, the Deputy Commissioner’s feedback to his boss was that I am a very stubborn woman!!!!
– Just great, is it not?!!!
The state police chiefs now know me as stubborn!!!
– Just wonderful!
There I was thinking with my being covered from head to toe I was a woman who needed a man to tell me my right from my left!!!!
I really have a case with the Commissioner and his deputy.
Nevertheless, the deputy was right in the explanation that I was tenacious about fighting for my rights.
I do preserve my rights and freedoms according to Islam.
However, the right to Religion endorsed in the Sharee’ah is caught in a loop of abuse.
Abuse of an individual’s freedom of Religion occurs at various levels:
1~ Someone who indulges in all sorts of social vices – smokes cigarettes and marijuana, drinks alcohol, gambles, fornicates, rarely prays, lies – can, at convenience, quote Islam not to reverse own wrongdoing but to compel someone else to act as desired.
Should one resist, one is subject to violence for one has become a kafir.
That is the case with Sokoto, where Islam is merely a tool of oppression.
One will be astonished at the ease with which a Muslim can be called a kafir for not dancing as required.
Yes, Christians are not the only ones addressed as kafir.
2~ The second level of violations of individual freedoms in contravention of the Qur’an and the Sunnah occurs when a person is conscious of Allah and strives to remain on the straight path, yet overrules the range of permissible options available to an individual.
To this individual, Islam is only as one practises. Everyone must be brought into step.
Even when one is allowed to act differently within the Sharee’ah, such a person frowns at one’s actions, and disparages one.
In such cases, one is labelled an apostate ~murtad, a kafir, and a munafiq ~hypocrite.
In addition, one may be accused of being westernized.
In both cases, one has to be careful not to be caught in the quagmire, for one wonders why one’s Religion is used against one.
Until Muslims develop and harness the love of Islam and intend to act according to it, Nigeria is best as it is in terms of regulation and governance.
Until Muslims respect that whatever one has memorized of the Sharee’ah is evidence against self and not against others, Nigeria is best as it is in terms of diversity of united values.
The Religion of Islam is an unrivalled right, too precious to be limited by the directives of psychos.
To end, below is an illustration of the effects of personal beliefs on Sharee’ah approved freedoms.
Two incidents occurred that day, one in my premises and the other at State Command.
At the point in my interaction with the CIDs when Islam was introduced, an official of a particular ethnicity enquired cynically:
Are you a Muslim?
I ignored him. I need not appease anyone in Islam.
Earlier when we went to invite Sirajo to the Command, as soon as I identified my home, the same person established an interest.
After I explained I live alone and am unmarried, he again asked as if I had committed an abomination in Islam:
You are unmarried?
I retorted: Is it against the law to be unmarried?
To my rebuttal, he raised his hands, with: No.