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  Updated: September 03, 2007

Parade, festivals mark Nisfu Shaaban in Nigeria

By: Muhammad Mansur

ZARIA, Nigeria: Thousands of Muslim brothers and sisters attended a program marking the anniversary of the birth of Imam al Hujjah (a.t.f.) organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. The program took place in the Fudiyya Islamic Centre Zaria City on Tuesday 15th Shaaban 1428.

Ittihadus-shuara ul harkatul Islamiyya opened the ceremony with singing the songs for Imam al Hujjah (a.t.f.) and the Prophet (s.a.w.a.)as holy progeny from evening till dawn when Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky arrived at the occasion to lead magrib and Ishaa prayers and deliver speech. Immediately after concluding the prayers, food and fruits were distributed for break fast of the fasting observed by most of brothers and sisters present therein.

After finishing the iftar, Sheikh Zakzaky called on to deliver a speech to the audience. He started by mentioning the reason of the program which was to enable brothers and sisters do their break fast and benefit from the blessings of the day. He also stated some of the Aamals of Nisfu Shaabanas night, especially the supplication of Khidr known as duaaau Khumail. He said the supplication of Khumail was given by Imam Ali (A.S) to his companion Khumail to read on Nisfu Shaabanas night or each Fridayas night.

Sheikh Zakzaky also explained some of the important of Nisfu Shaabanas night, the night was like the night of power to the Progeny of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.). The birth of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.) on Nisfu Shaaban is additional blessing to the Nisfu Shaaban night.

Most of the Ummah in the world are awaiting the appearance of a saviour who will save them from the oppression of oppressors; bring justice and peace to the world. He gave an example with the blacks in Caribbean who suffered a lot of oppression in the hand of white men during their transportation from Africa to South America, this lead to the lost of lives for at least 400 people among 1000 on the process. They faced discrimination from white men in social and economical aspect. They believed that a saviour will come and save them from the said injustice; unfortunately, they later declared Haile Sellasie of Ethiopia as the said saviour, even though he was an unjust to his people in Ethiopia. Another example he mentioned was Jews and Christians who are all waiting for saviour. The Christians are waiting for messiah, but to them was none than Prophet Isa (a.s).

Sheikh Zakzaky called on the Muslims to wake up and work hard for the appearance of Sahibuz Zaman (a.t.f.), we were not taught to just sit and wait without doing something but waiting, we have to work, to prepare for his appearance so that we will be among his faithful followers. He added that, we are praying for his appearance during our time, to deal with the Bushes (Bush & Co.), goat thief (Alu Wamakko: Sokoto State Governor, Nigeria) and the Zionists.

In regard to the birth of Imam al Hujjah (a.t.f.), Sheikh said, he was already born and still alive. He will appear end of the time to fill the earth with justice and destroy all oppressors.

The anniversary was concluded with reciting Ziarat of Imam al Hujjah (a.t.f.) by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.

The guards of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky known as ‘Hurras’ organised the annual Nisfu Sha’ban parade to honour the auspicious birthday of Imam Mahdi (AF).

The parade was conducted on Thursday by the 13 zones of Hurras including one special guards called ‘Jaish al Mahdi’, all the zones bears the names of the fourteen infallibles from Rasulil Akram (S.A.W.A.) to Imam Mahdi (AF). During the ceremony, they dressed in colourful uniform carrying pictures and different flag decorated with the fourteen infallible names.

The Hurras central commander Malam Abubakar Maina gave a brief speech. He introduced Sheikh Zakzaky who received the parade to deliver a speech to the Hurras and audience.

During his speech, Sheikh Zakzaky addressed many issues regarding the promised saviour; Imam of our time, coalition attack on Muslims in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine and the current attack on the Islamic Movement in Sokoto by the state government.

He also expressed extreme concern over the attack on Imam Hussein Shrine Karbala leading to the killing of more than 50 people.

He speaks on the current attack to the Islamic Movement in Sokoto by the state governor who has a record of stolen goat. Sheikh declared that the attack will never wipe out Islamic Movement and Shias in Sokoto. Even though the Sokoto Hurras uniform have been stolen by Wamakko’s thugs during the attack on Islamic centre Sokoto, the Hurras from Sokoto region (Khatibat-ul-Imam Hassan al Mujtaba) have done well during the parade.

Sheikh praised Almighty Allah for His kind mercy and favour upon us, he prayed for Allah to hasten the sad end of Alu Wamakko and his supporters.

Prizes were distributed to various zones that perform well in educational quiz organized by the central command. The 1st prize was given to Rasulil Akram (S.A.W.A.) Zone, 2nd Imam Jafar (AS) Zone, while Imam Bakir (AS) Zone became 3rd.

Other prizes were given for the agricultural contribution of some Hurras Zones. Imam Bakir (AS) Zone came first, under units’ category Bauchi Unit and Darazo Sub-unit collected the first prizes.

After the closing prayer by Sheikh Zakzaky, the Hurras marched to the main roads of Zaria City to rejoice with the Muslim Ummah on the auspicious birthday of Imam al Hujjah (AF). 

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