Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Let nobody think the worldwide concern and interest generated by the controversial Angolan ban on Islam and its subsequent denial by their Foreign embassy in Washington DC was a waste of time. Actually it was not a waste. 

There's no smoke without fire. If there was no ban or something similar, then what started the "rumour"? To the point of even quoting some highly placed government officials. Ai biri ya yi kama da mutum. We are just letting anybody know that just because Angolan Muslims are a minority there, none should think of even remotely denying them of their fundamental human right to freely worship. 

Even the majority Angolan Christian population are all not followers of the same denomination. Some are Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, Baptists, Pentacostal etc. Remember, this is Africa, so I'm sure there are traditional religion practitioers. And of course there must be atheists, satanists, cultists, free thinkers etc, so it is not possible that all except the 5% Muslims in Angola are non-Christians. 

So, let each individual choose to worship whatever he or she willingly prefer. Also 16 million Angolans, less the 5% Muslims there can not obliterate the 1.8 billion Muslim Ummah (nation) worldwide! This is because the religion of those 5% Muslim Angolans is a small pinch off the growing global Islamic movement. 

And if that is allowed to happen, then all minority faiths, cults, movements or simple ideological fraternities worldwide are doomed. But, be rest assured Islam would not be among them. This is because it is the fastest growing religion in the world and currently occupying the No.1 position even above the collective Christian population as devotional faith. 

Looking closely at this, it is actually a concern not about or for Islam, but a worry about humanity and wherever the word 'Minority' would show itself. Even the majority worldwide as this very case typically demonstrates, could be a minority somewhere else. There are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Krishnan, Marxist, etc minorities else where. Whereas in other countries, regions or continents, these very same religious followings could each be a majority. Therefore, it is tolerance and accomodating our differences that would see us progress as mankind. Not barbarism. Definitely, not this. 

So, it is gross stupidity and absolute retardation of the mind, body and soul for any to remotely, even in a dream, think like that. The person or nation must be a psychopathic case. 

(c)(r) 2013 Tijjani M. M.

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