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“Wallahi” The Danger Of Swearing

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“Wallahi” – The Dangers of Swearing

By Haruna Yusuf      7/10/2018

Unfortunately, there is a new norm going around across the Muslim World. A norm which has been taken lightly, yet carries serious implications: Swearing by Allah.
Nowadays, trust has been lost. The credibility of people is now low, doubtful. Muslims seem more in need to swear by Allah, in order to give credence to their words. Wallahi, Wallahi, Wallahi…. It has become a shortcut to prove their integrity and good intentions. But sadly, most Muslims have failed to understand and grasp the seriousness of this issue. Not only is constant swearing a bad habit, but it may come with some major consequences.

When Muslims become accustomed to swearing at any time and for whatever reason, they may fall into the habit of swearing to an oath which they may not be able to fulfill. (i.e. I swear to God I won’t talk to her anymore, I swear to God I won’t eat from his food, Wallahi I won’t go to so and so place….etc.) This matter should not pass by lightly. Using Allah’s name is no joke. It’s not as easy as asking for forgiveness and moving on, as a broken oath will require an expiation.

As Allah says in the Quran:
“Allah will not call you to account for your thoughtless oaths, but He will hold you accountable for deliberate oaths. The penalty for a broken oath is to feed ten poor people from what you normally feed your own family, or to clothe them, or to free a slave. But if none of this is affordable, then you must fast three days. This is the penalty for breaking your oaths. So be mindful of your oaths (i.e. do not swear much). This is how Allah makes things clear to you, so perhaps you will be grateful.” [Al-Maa’idah 5:89]

Sadly, many Muslims have misunderstood the ruling of this verse and are taking the easy way out and expiating their sins by fasting three days (last option), whereas, fasting is only an expiation for those who are unable to apply any of the former three options. And Allah knows the true capacity of each one of us, so we should never opt for the last option if we are capable of doing any of the other three.

Swearing should not be used except when it is absolutely necessary. Today, Muslims are making it a custom to swear in their everyday conversation. Swearing by Allah was once held in high regard and only used for serious matters. People are now abusing swearing so much that Allah’s name is not being given its due respect.

Although swearing is to prove the truthfulness of the speaker, when constantly being used for every little matter, it starts to create suspicion and mistrust among the people, which then defeats its real purpose. The swearers’ words become less trustworthy and dependable, which is unfortunate.

Regrettably, many Muslims are also swearing by other than Allah. Swearing by the Prophet, by the Quran, by the life of another, by the Kaabah and by the blessings of Allah has also become a dangerous habit because swearing by other than Allah is a form of Shirk. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “If anybody has to take an oath, he should swear only by Allah.” Sahih al-Bukhari 3836

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of people are those of my generation, then those who follow them, then those who follow them, after which there will come a people whose testimonies will precede their oaths and whose oaths will precede their testimonies.“ (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)

“Concise Commentary on Book of Tawheed” mentioned regarding this hadith that ”In this hadith, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) declares that the most rigthous generations in the Musim nation are the first three ones. He further indicates that after these generations, there would be people who would show lack of seriousness in giving testimonies and taking oaths, due to their weak faith and little fear of Allah. In a comment on this hadith, Ibrahim An-Nakh’I (one of the Faqihs of the Successors of the Companions )related that the Tabi’un used to teach their children the seriousness of giving testimony and making oaths, so that they would grow up understanding the gravity of these actions and thus avoiding them.”

What are we teaching our future generations?

How is it that our children will be growing up accustomed to swearing because their parents have made it a careless part of their conversation?

When will we learn and teach others to magnify Allah’s name?

Unfortunately, even some of those we look up to and seek knowledge from, such as our scholars, have felt the need to constantly swear by Allah in their religious talks, whereas, there is no need to do so.

May Allah make us of those who will realize the greatness of Allah’s name and be among those who only speak the truth.

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush

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Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG

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Fuel, Electricity hike, don’t take Nigerians for granted, NANS tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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