The Quran versus Muslims of today (Part 1) – By Prof. Afis Oladosu
YES. It is unimaginable that despite your profession of Islam you could actually be working against the Quran.
The Quran refers to this category of Muslims as Fasiqun -the impious, venial sinners, depraved individuals. So the question that forever remains pertinent is this – why are there gaps between Muslims and the noble identities constructed about them in the Quran? Why do we read the Quran and yet encounter Muslims whose conduct and behavior are complete negations of the Quran? Why is it that not a few of our brethren bear Muslim names but hardly can you find Islam in their speeches, in their daily lives? Here reference is not to the cultural contamination that I am inundated with each time I interact some of our compatriots from parts of the north today.
I am not referring to Musa who is a fundamentalist Christian; I am not gesturing towards Yerima who is a shepherd feeding the ‘mules’ in the church of trinity. Rather, my concern is fir and about my brethren who not only bear Muslim names but self-identify with Islam. Why? Why these gaps between us and the fundamentals of Islam?
Yes. Why? Why these gaps between the Quranic injunctions on good governance and the failure of our Muslim politicians to deliver on their promises and what they covenanted to do for the masses before they were elected into office? Yes. Why? Why this disconnect between the Ulama who call people to Islam and yet drive them away from the Din through their actions, through their speeches? How could you attract the other to Islam by your posture to be defender of Islam even as you, in the same breadth, self-identify as the advocate of bandits and violent elements that have been killing people and kidnapping our compatriots with reckless abandon across the country? How could you be the Imam representing the Almighty in the mosque, in the overground, while you also posture as the defender of agents Beelzebub in the underground; elements who would enter a mosque, open fire on innocent worshippers and abduct women and children?
Brethren! How could this be seemly to you that you say Allahu Akbar in the mosque only for you to shout Money is Akbar while in office? I am deeply concerned that despite the fact that we know that the possibility is there for us to expire any moment, we still continue the pursuit of this world as if we have a destiny with eternity here on terrestrial earth? I am concerned about Muslims who know that the Almighty abhors murder and unwarranted violence and yet inflict terror on innocent people without let or hindrance. I call attention to Muslims who read the Quran on a daily basis and in fact with melodious voices but commit fornication and adultery?