WARNING!!! SLEEPER CELLS MAY EXIST WITHIN GAMBIA BUT MOST LIKELY ARE LEFT TO ATTRACT FUNGI ON THE SIDES, WHERE CRITICAL THINKING, INTUITION AND THOUGHT WITHOUT DESIRES MUST BE USED TO TACKLE MEN LIKE DR ZAKIR AND HIS SELF MADE GAMBIAN MULLAHS OR FANATICS AMIDST SECURITY THREATS, EMANATING
FROM SERMONS THEY QUICKLY DEFEND BY SAYING THOSE WHO KEEP CHALLENGING THEM KNOW “LITTLE” ABOUT ISLAM.
SPREADING AWARENESS AGAINST ALL ODDS SHOULD PRECEDE SECURITY MEASURES.
WHY NOT WE ENGAGE UNITED NATIONS , USA OR OTHERS TO HELP CURB AND CONTAIN SUCH?
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From a distance so called scholars like Dr Zakir are seen as “stars” with outstanding performance but when one gets closer or pays close attention to the way he or they operate certainly it leaves so much to be desired. While in The Gambia in particular we did observe the activities of certain people likewise had conversations with people who made us feel rather concerned per contents of those conversations and or the activities we observed to that effect. Especially during one Friday when we saw a long line of youngsters walking for miles with appearances and looks that are certainly alien to the way we found our parents and grand parents practicing Islam. Of course none in the world can tell us that we are at the rear when it comes to practicing Islam or when it comes to the “pure” meaning of the word itself -PEACE AND SUBMISSION TO ALLAH. Now what our society should closely monitor is these endless sermons men like Zakir and others keep spreading around without any other scholar within filtering through and avoiding Interpretations that would only breed fanatics! Fanatics whose souls keep drinking from the desire to expand territory, power and control a market all in the name of Islam! Alongside there are those GAMBIANS who do suffer from serious inferiority complex especially when they find themselves within a dome where sound bites from Zakir and his likes keep mesmerising them . Usually people like these would not hesitate to accuse anyone who stands on their way with words like “something you know Little about..” certainly reconfirming their own IGNORANCE but they call it KNOWLEDGE. No it is instead ARROGANCE mixed with IGNORANCE where they are covered by pretension and sheer hypocrisy within an unsuspecting society.
Most of these agents of extremism especially some of those GAMBIANS who would not hesitate disowning their own parents in defense of men like Zakir are constantly on social media. Such characters are “social predators” turn faith into a venom which of course is the beginning and the end of IMPURE THOUGHT! Usually they use titles like Imam, SHEIKH, and the like on their face book profiles. Of course they know themselves! Men and women like these are the ones one will see around roads like Brusubi Highway just an example based on what was observed and collected. DETECTING them is a task at hand none should politicize, instead it justice and security being challenged on broad day light. Most of them are social misfits who go on.acting weird like any other taliban.. Sometimes their women are dressed in black black! You know what? Let me tell you this today. The worst hypocrites in any faith are the extremists! Simply put we in fact wonder how violence, intolerance and arrogance could find their way in a theology whose meaning derives itself from Peace and submission to a creator? How and why…?
When these bearded hypocrites realize any challenge from intuition, critical thinking and awareness being ushered by knowledge they do do either become violent or at best accuse the other party of needing “prayer” or be taught the religion!
Hear the slimy and serpent like characters using scripture to spread their home made TOXIC dishes! Hear them! Country men and women stand firm and help save our youth from these “predators”. Governments or authority alone is not enough where parents, kin, neighbors,citizens and society remain so passive and dependent on law enforcement agents. It is a collective responsibilty.
Do you know who the preys of these ” social predators” usually are? They attack our Tariqas first by saying Tidjaniya, Muridiya and Qadiriya are Bida’a! Or something unwelcome sort of. That is the beginning of their toxic culture not faith! They know that our learned grand parents and great grand parents like Sheikh Oumaru Futiyu Taal, Sheikh Ahmad Bamba, Sheilkh Alhaji Malick Sy, Sheikh Al Islam Baye Nyass and others fortified us against their wave of toxic sermons years before they arrived cause these men knew it was on the way. The hypocrisy of these fanatics can be easily detected when they attend conferences like the ones the late SHEIKH Tidjan Sy Al Makhtoum, Uztaaz Barham Diop and the late Sheikh Hassan Cisse used to organize. They would bow and kiss the wrists of these three just to name a few. Knowing very well that those are scholars who could swallow them when it comes to knowledge. Interestingly though these scholars are products of our own schools! They fear our STARS because they traveled to their countries, attended their schools and beat them in all fields and areas. Now how can they tell us our own way of worship is not good enough ? Answer is simple. We do not nourish extremism we accommodate and interrelate with people from all faiths! This is what they HATE to see because for them DIIN or religion means “HEGEMONY” meant to safeguard the interest of a few arrogant so scholars who do not want to obey any law, respect any culture while acting like they have the keys to Jannah paradise. Contrary to the latter they are not even assured of spending the night in.a comfortable room here on earth let alone serve as guarantors on the day of judgment!
Such bearded men are the very ones who grew up serving sects and listening to divisive sermons within their counties of origin. In our part of the world we do not know or we do not experience Wahabiya intolerance, Shia-fever, Sunni snubnism. These differences are alien to us! WE DO NOT NEED IT! Yet still they come and tell us Tidjaniya and other paths we follow should be shunned? Are they serious ? We were woken up to learn while being guided by faith, patience, discipline and intelligence. If these are not good enough then nothing else can convince us! Never ever will our intelligence leave itself in the mindset of people who insult it every day with their own rusty desires. Gambia has already seen its own into terrorist groups right? Beware! these home made preachers who listen to men like Zaki r use technology therefore we must equally use the same avenue to safe ourselves and protect our own from being devoured by such “religious dinosaurs”..
WE were born and found Islam. We were taught how to worship Allah beginning with believing in Him then how to pray, fast, give Zakaat, believe in all the prophets, their books, the day of judgement and perform the Hajj. When we observe the way it is done by those who claim to be a “special breed” like Zakir we wonder why they are so noisy! We pray the same way as they do or even better and do the rest of it better than any of them! So where is this difference and arrogance coming from? And those Gambians who are their messengers must be advised that knowledge and faith are intertwined which means before accusing others of knowing little about the religion study it yourself because your test results are not the least convincing.
Next we will come and diagnose the daaras and schools who are more political than religious. A good school like the late Uztaaz Sajar Fatty’s in Talinding has produced a lot of intelligent and highly educated scholars but never did they see extremists spring of Talinding! So the case study should begin with so called Dahwahs, and schools that are manned by extremists or hiding their curriculum with hidden agendas. School districts must be vigilant and adamant. We must in mind that the most vulnerable are the youngsters then comes the poor. Remember poverty is no longer a good yard stick all by itself.. The child who has access to constant internet at home is of course not from a.poor background..The poor is susceptible to being enticed by gain but the rich kid at is of course a prey where there is not parent to monitor them!