Let me start by apologizing for writing a single letter to two persons so unrelated. What is conventional is an open letter to a person or a group of persons related but with the fast pace at which ridiculous things happen in our country I believe you both will forgive me.
I am a Muslim and I believe Islam is unique in a number of areas one of them being the concept of sin. Some say sins are equal, Islam says the one who steals meat from his mother’s pot and the one who murders innocent people have sinned but they have not sinned equally; the murderer is a greater sinner. Some say sins are only what affects another person, Islam says even when you wrong your soul you have sinned because your soul, your body and everything about you belongs to God. Others say one who sins in public is better than one who sins in private, but Islam says shame is part of faith, if you have a defect you do not advertise it so that others do not copy, you conceal it and fight it till you get it right. This is why as Muslims we take public disobedience of Allah and His Prophet double seriously hence you could imagine my surprise and that of the Muslim ummah when we saw you our beloved and respected sister and mother Hajia Aisha Wakil shaking hands with President Goodluck Jonathan during the inauguration of the committee for peace in the north whereas Islam considers driving a nail down one’s head a lesser error than shaking hands with a man who is not related to you.
Islam clearly forbids any physical contact between a man and a woman who are not related and this is from another uniqueness of the religion which focuses on preventing sin rather than an arrogant disposition of “I am too holy to sin”. This is why when we say men and women should not free mix and we are called holier than thou it is actually the case of pot calling the kettle black because those who say fornication is sinful yet mix with women are by that saying they are too holy to fall into sin no matter how close the opposite sex is.
Now we understand that you are a respected and responsibly married woman our dear Hajia Aisha but our concern is with the message your mistake must have sent more so when you are honoured to be wearing the highest form of Islamic dressing the Niqab. The message is one which gladdens the heart of the hypocrites as the sharia is ridiculed. The message is the one which misguides those who dress as honourably as you do and it is one message which gives Goodluck Jonathan the effrontery to stretch his hand for another handshake with a Muslimah so honoured whereas in Islam we believe women are too valuable to be touched at will in the name of shaking and hugging like the perverts do under the pretense that they “have nothing in mind” whereas we have always ask: how can a man who drives a vehicle and still manage to look lustfully at women say he feels nothing when a woman’s hand and his rubs each other?
It is upon this lie that men have lured women into their prison wherein the woman is simply a tool for sexual gratification so that they are the object of live pornography in the name of fashion, music videos and lewd stage performances. I know that the realisation of all these is part of the reason you have chosen the highest form of Islamic clothing; the Niqab. That Muslim clothing which the Sahara Reporters, in what can be described as a gigantic show of ignorance, thought was a Mask.
This ignorance that made a reporter of a respected Media house not know what a Niqab is is the same ignorance that made a supposedly educated Nigerian refer to my Mosque as “Hausa Church”. The same ignorance is the reason whenever I recite my Qur’an which is revealed in Arabic I am told by the non Muslims around me that I am speaking hausa. And it is the same ignorance that made someone tweet in anger that Muslims are terrible because we say “Eid Mubarak” during our festival whereas “Mubarak is an Egyptian tyrant”. Nobody told her that “Mubarak” means “blessed” and Muslims have been saying Eid Mubarak before the great grandfather of Hosni Mubarak was born. It is not so much of a crime to be ignorant if you will agree to shut up
Obviously we cannot be comprehensive when we list what these ignorance have caused world over but we can say for sure that it was again on display when you, the reporter at Sahara Reporters, on the 24th of April 2013 referred to what Hajia Aisha Wakilu was wearing as a Mask via your facebook page. But if you had stop there we would have assumed the individual who made the post on your behalf forgot to take his drugs hence his dementia was resurfacing but you didn’t; you went ahead to say she was wearing a “mask” for the fear of Boko Haram. For a news media which have earned our respect over the years this was just insanely ridiculous and we deserve your apology
One hopes to hear from you soon so that the mystery of why you, Hajia Aisha, had to disobey the Prophet, and why you, our esteemed editors at Sahara reporters, had to allow this ridicule of the Islamic dress code, will be unravelled. But in the meantime if I was to let you into my mind I’ll be finding a point where both of you meet afterall and that will be excessive attempted to please people. One did it so that a President will not be offended forgetting that it is better to please the Creator and displease the created; the other did it so that those who read their page are entertained forgetting that they are what they are for the truth and not the lies they told. Both did not consider the implication of their actions, both where selfish and both need to repent to their Creator and apologize to the people they have hurt.
Eseoghene Al-Faruq Ohwojeheri
Other Articles by this Author
- Lest We Immortalise Nuisance: The Goldie Situation
- The Dangers of Hip-Hop/Rap Music
- The Reasons Why Valentine is so Popular
- The Foolishness Called Democracy
- BOKO HARAM: Let’s Agree on the FACTS (THE GOVERNMENT BEGAN THE VIOLENCE)