by Jonathan Azaziah
It is fitting that holy and somber Muharram comes just as we hit month 33–it is beyond an abomination of humanity that it has gone on this long–of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky’s unjust and entirely punitive imprisonment by the Nigerian ZOG. Along with thirsty and besieged Yemen and Gaza, there isn’t a place in the world that so similarly resembles Karbala on Ashoura more than the Nigerian Shi’a heartland of Zaria and there is no man whose sacrifices are so closely akin to those of Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) than the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s saintly leader. When we flashback to the Nigerian military’s savage and psychopathic attack against the innocents of the Husseiniyyah Baqiyatullah on December 12th-14th, 2015, in which over 1,000 Nigerian Shi’a were slaughtered, the 10th of Muharram in the year 680 becomes as vivid as if it was happening again right here… Right now… Right in front of your face.
And just as “Muslims” led by Ahlul Kufa betrayed Aba Abdallah (A.S.), sitting idly by as he, his family and his companions were ruthlessly massacred, “the Ummah” today looks on in apathy as the Khomeini of Africa and hundreds of Islamic Movement of Nigeria partisans sit behind bars for no other reason except Washington, “Tel Aviv” and Riyadh told Abuja to keep them there. Thankfully, these disgraceful and gutless hypocrites aside, there are a handful of vocal and effective righteous ones who have not merely spoken for the Sheikh but screamed and fought for him. It is with such Godwary and courageous persons in mind that the following reminders are being rendered, so they too can issue missives of their own and wake up the deaf, dumb, blind and duplicitous who have failed the Zakzaky family and Nigeria’s Shi’a.
Just as Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) sons Ali Akbar (A.S.) and Ali Asghar (A.S.) were murdered by the savage beast Yazid’s (L.A.) gangs, Zakzaky was forced to watch his sons 17-year old Hammad (R.A.), 15-year old Ali (R.A.) and 13-year old Humaid (R.A.), brutally killed by Nigeria’s US-‘Israeli’-trained armed forces before his eyes as he laid on the floor of his home beaten and bullet-ridden. And we mustn’t forget that the Sheikh’s other sons 22-year old Ahmad (R.A.), 20-year old Hameed (R.A.) and 18-year old Mahmoud (R.A.), were slaughtered by those same forces during an Al-Quds Day rally on July 26th, 2014.
Just as Imam Hussein’s (A.S.) right hand Abou Fadhl al-Abbas (A.S.), the Hero of the Euphrates, the Qamar of Banu Hashem, called out his brother’s name as he fell in battle from arrows fired and maces swung by tyrant-demon Yazid’s (L.A.) rapist army, the Sheikh’s closest friend and vicegerent Sheikh Muhammad Mahmoud Turi (R.A.), an Islamic intellectual giant and monumental Mouqawamist thinker in his own right, was gunned down in cold blood.
Just as Lady Zaynab (A.S.), the pure, pristine and powerful sister of the Imam, the Heroine of Karbala, the Defier of Despotism and the Lioness of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.), was hideously oppressed by the drunkard derelict Yazid (L.A.), Sheikh Zakzaky’s eldest sister, Hajiya Fatima Yaqoub (R.A.) was shot while she was protecting the young women at the Husseiniyyah. Before Nigerian ZOG soldiers burnt her alive–like ‘Israeli’ terrorists burnt Palestinians alive in the Nakba–she screamed out “Ya Hussein (A.S.)!”
Just as Lady Rubab bint Imru’ al-Qays (A.S.)–the most beloved wife of the Chief of the Youth of the Paradise (A.S.), who wrote impassioned poems for her and said, “I swear I love the house where Rubab and Sukayna live. I love them dearly and I sacrifice all my belongings for them. And no one can disapprove of my admiration for them”–was held captive despite her vehement protests by the commander of Ahlul Iblis (L.A.) in Karbala, Sayyed Zeenat, the strong and steadfast wife of the Sheikh, is being held captive by the monstrous dictator Muhammadu Buhari, who proves himself to be more and more like the murderers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.W.) progeny on a daily basis.
And just as the Karbala 72 were attacked and subjected to bloodshed solely because they took a stand against malevolence and chose to uphold the purity of Islam no matter what the cost, the Zakzaky family and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria were assaulted by a tool of Zion’s Empire because they are true Husseinis, true Muhammadis, true Muslims, true Shi’at al-Ali and they refused to be subordinated to the hegemonic power structures of Dajjal.
From this day forward, every Muharram, every Ashoura is incomplete without the celebration of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky’s revolutionary struggle; without the mourning of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s martyrs; without the fight to free those who still sit in the Nigerian ZOG’s prisons like the remaining vestiges of the Caravan of Imam Hussein (A.S.) led by Lady Zaynab (A.S.) who were imprisoned in Damascus by Ibn Mouawiyah (L.A.) No Muslim should be silent on the Sheikh. Especially Shi’a. No human being should be silent on the Sheikh. Especially those who consider themselves opponents of this Zio-Imperialist Monstrosity pillaging the planet. If you are, regardless of your putrid reasons, be it anti-Black racism, sectarianism, cowardice or just straight up unconcern, you’re just as complicit in his plight as Ahlul Kufa were in the barbarity wreaked upon Imam Hussein (A.S.) Since there is no rest for the wicked, there should be no rest for the just either. Not until Sheikh Zakzaky and everyone dear to him are liberated. In the name of the Shouhada of Ashoura (A.S.) and the Zaria Massacre (R.A.), not until everyone who has oppressed him pays for their crimes.