by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah
The countdown to “Eternally Husseini” continues on with a vengeance! Just 43 days away now and Iron Galaxy and I cannot wait to share it with y’all!
And who really represents Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) courage, patience, steadfastness, love for Islam, compassion for humanity, truthfulness and commitment to justice in this age like Nigeria’s Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky? We now stand at 16 months since the Zionized, Westoxified, Saudi-bought Nigerian regime carried out the Zaria Massacre and unlawfully threw the Sheikh and his wife Sayyeda Zeenat into a prison cell. 16 months that “The Ummah” has been silent. 16 months that the “human rights activists” have been silent. 16 months that the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” has been silent. But not us though! Our tongues and our pens still cut through propaganda for the Sheikh and will continue to do so, ruthlessly, until he is liberated! Beautifully rendered here by none other than Intifada Street art-marksman Mohammad Hamza, Sheikh Zakzaky is mentioned on numerous “Eternally Husseini” songs and has an entire track, “Silence On The Sheikh”, dedicated to him and the struggle of the Nigerian Shi’a for their rights. “Silence On The Sheikh”, which features the remarkable lyrical gifts of Yusuf Abdul-Mateen Trombly of Blak Madeen, Rafiqi Green and Khanverse KV, not only highlights the sacrifices of the Zaria Martyrs and the saintliness of Sheikh Zakzaky, it’s also an anthem of Islamic unity–something we need so desperately in this time of Saudi-Wahhabi assertiveness and weaponized Takfirism. I said it when the joint dropped last year and I’ll say it again now: It’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done in my 17 years on the microphone.
Sheikh Zakzaky famously said that truth, reason and good conduct are the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s (IMN) only weapons against despotism and that is exactly why he’s depicted here with the Zulfiqar Mic-Sword. For whether one spits bars of truth in the face of the Jewish-dominated-and-corrupted music industry, or speaks words of truth to an unjust ruler in defense of one’s people, culture and history, they are both equivalent to Imam Ali (A.S.) swinging his legendary two-pronged blade to safeguard our Prophet (S.A.W.W.) and our Deen. We are saddened by the globe’s silence on Zakzaky’s plight and the fate of the Zaria Martyrs. We are not however saddened into submission. Rather, we are saddened into fury. And through the paintbrush, the pen, the piano, the percussion and the poem, we will rage onward ’till the Sheikh, his Queen and all the IMN political prisoners are freed. Rage is our language ’till we are like Zakzaky and bring the most elevated honor to our eternal master: Imam Hussein (A.S.) Free Zakzaky and free him IMMEDIATELY! #EternallyHusseiniComingSoon #MaddCold #HipHopHizbullah #HusseiniDayMay25th #FreeZakzaky #LongLiveZakzaky #JusticeForZariaNow