By Dr AbdGaniy Enahoro
Being Khutba presented at AMJ Kansas Mosque, USA on Aug 5, 2016, by Dr AbdGaniy Enahoro, Naib Amir, Easter region, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria.
At exactly 3pm on August 1, 2016…. just a few days ago, Huzoor inaugurated MTA International Africa as part of a fulfillment of earlier prophesies to the promised Messiah (AS) that “I shall convey thy message to the corners of the world”. Even though we had MTA in some of our homes in Africa, but the message was distant in the several predominant languages that are foreign to us.
At the launching, Huzoor said “In this era, the Promised Messiah (AS), was sent to establish & revive the teaching of the Holy Quran and the practises of the Holy Prophet (SAW), and in Today’s world, it is MTA that is playing a very great & prominent role in spreading the truth”. This is the thrust of my chosen topic today- The place of Tarbiyya in the lives of Muslims. What do Muslims teach their children or themselves?
We all know that Islam means peace, but do we have peace in the Middle East where we have a preponderance of Muslims? It is all about lack of love, trouble, bombing and violence. Where are the role models for Islam? Why should there be ISIS? Why is Boko-Haram only in the 90% Muslim populated Northern Nigeria? What are the Talibans telling their followers and the future generation of Afghanistan and Pakistan about Islam? For us in the Jamaat, we thank Allah for the Khilafat, the Jamaat is excellent in Tarbiyyat, wherever we have the opportunity to freely worship. We have MTA for the world at large and the signals are spreading fast.
All the terrorists in the world, insurgents and violent persons who hide under religious bigotry are products of misguidance, lack of training and evil personification. Quran is a complete book to teach us freely. In Ch 6 vs 115 Allah said “He it is who has sent down the book fully explained”. In another portion of the Quran, Allah told us predictively that “He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book; in it there are verses that are firm and decisive in meaning*- they are the basis* of the Book- and there are others that are susceptible of different interpretations*. But those in whose hearts is perversity pursue such thereof as are susceptible of different interpretations, seeking to cause discord and seeking wrong interpretation of it”. Q ch 3 vs 8
There are endless and unanswered questions begging for answers. For instance: Whose interpretations would be acceptable to all Muslims? For us in the Jamaat, the Khilafat is the reference point. Who is qualified to give Sharia pronouncements? Who should enforce the instructions of Allah?
I don’t know ISIS Ideology, except that Boko Haram claims to be their offshoot. Those caught alive in their fight against the state claimed they were told of the promise of Allah that 50 Virgin girls would be given to them in paradise when they are killed in battles. They preferred this reward as they were taught by their misguided leaders who would not teach them the lessons in Q 17 vs 33 &34, where Allah warns that “come not near adultery, surely it is a foul thing and an evil way”. “And kill not the soul which Allah has forbidden”.
In a recent news report “When the Nigerian Army captured Boko Haram bases and training camps, they never found Quran or other Islamic books. What were mostly found were ammunition, local charms, condoms & all sorts of drugs including sex enhancing ones in their enclaves.
In conclusion and self-retrospection, what do we also teach in our homes? Mothers have the huge roles of filling the gaps in the hearts of our children; otherwise outsiders will infiltrate it with junks. Perhaps this is the reason for the Hadith on Paradise and mothers. There was the example when a son gave his surname as “stupid-man”, when a teacher inquired, due to the frequent abusive name calling at home by his mother. He thought that was his father’s name. So many of these neglects are traceable to parental failures. We therefore as Ahmadi Muslims must remain the best role models of the ideal teachings in the Holy Quran and the Hadiths of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Assalam Alaekum WW.