“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.
Army recruitment: zulum approves N12,8M support for 641 Borno candidates
Army recruitment: Zulum approves N12.8m support for 641 Borno candidates
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state has approved N12.8m as support for 641 candidates currently at their final stage of exercises to qualify for recruitment into the Nigerian Army’s 81 regular intake for 2021.
Governor Zulum , while addressing the candidates at Maimalari barracks in Maiduguri .yesterday announced the support to the candidates.
The Governor who was received at the barracks by the theatre commander of operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa. urged all the candidates, many of whom hailed from the 27 local government areas of Borno state to be good ambassadors of the state.
“I commend your patriotism for choosing to enlist into the Army. However, as citizens of Borno, I advise that you should be good ambassadors of our State. Under no circumstances should you behave wrongly anywhere outside. Insha’ Allah, we shall provide the needed support to all of you” Zulum said.
The Governor, in addition to his release of N12.8m also approved N15,000 monthly to support each of the 641 candidates during the last stage of the recruitment exercises.
The 641 candidates, each of whom is to get N20, 000, were those who passed different stages of medical and fitness tests and soon to leave for final military fitness exercises at Falgore Game Reserve in Kano from where successful candidates will be recruited into the army.
Successful candidates from across the country are expected to proceed to the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria for other stages of their recruitment training.
IGP Alkali’s wife Empowers 500 Widows of Slain Policemen, others in Borno
IGP Alkali’s wife empowers 500 widows of slain policemen , others in Borno
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), has empowered 500 widows of policemen that were killed as a result of Boko Haram insurgency and other vulnerable wives of less privileged policemen in Borno state.
Speaking In an intereiew with journalists shortly after the empowerment exercise, which held at the Barwee Hotel, Maiduguri on Friday, the President of POWA who is also wife of the Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali said ” we are targeting 500 widows of policemen that were killed by insurgents in Borno state and other vulnerable women of policemen, you can see i personally distributed these items to over 200 women before you called me for the interview. We are going to give out to 500 women mostly widows”.
- We have been to Lagos, Porthacourt, and today we are here in Maiduguri. Each state we go, we empowered the widows with grinding machines, Fridges, mattresses and food items. We are going also monitor the beneficiaries, after six month, we are going send a delegation from our national secretariat in Abuja and anybody that saved money from what we are giving them today will be given more empowerment, we have a microfinance bank, we will empower them”, she further stressed.
While addressing the widows and members of the POWA earlier, Hajiya Hajara Alkali said * I am here to see you and encouraged you to support our husbands, so that they will support the IGP to succeed in discharging their duties. The new POWA is anchored on three pillars of education, health and welfare. I want you to be disciplined , because without discipline we cannot succeed.”.
She called on the wives of the policemen to wake up from slumber and support their husbands by engaging in businesses to support their families, adding that they should use their times properly by engaging in small businesses that will help their families rather than engaged in gossiping.
Earlier in her welcome address, Barrister Zara Yakubu said ” Borno state which is the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency, the insurgency has claimed the lives of 265 policemen since 2009 which made many women and children to became widows and orphans”.
While commending the wife of the 21st indigenous IGP, she said ” you are the fist wife of the IGP ever to visit Borno to show love and concern to the police family. Indeed you have demonstrated that you are truly a caring mother”.
The president of the POWA has also presented an awards of excellence to the CSP Hadiza Musa and SP Mary Stephen for distinguishing themselves.
Speaking in an interview, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Bola Mshelia said ” I lack words to express my gratitude to her, God has sent her to torch my life and my children. Since i lost my husband to Boko Haram in 2015 I have not benefited from any assistance. So I lack words to thank her
” This gesture will in no small measure help me to take care of my 4 children. I even lost my 27 year old daughter. Since than i have not had any happy moment as today. May Allah reward her abundantly”, she burst in tears.
Gov. Zulum calls for unity and prayers for restoration of complete peace, as Muslim faithful celebrate peacefully in Borno
Governor Zulum calls for unity and prayers for restoration of complete peace, as Muslim faithfuls celebrate peacefully in Borno
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum, Senator Kashim Shettima, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Sen. Abubakar Kyari,the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi, Inspector General of Police, IGP, Baba Alkali were among thousands of Muslim faithfuls that observed 2 Rakaat, Eid-El-Kabir Prayer at the Ramat Square, Maiduguri the Borno state capital
Delivering his sermon shortly after the two Rakaat Prayers, the Imam Idaini of Borno, Iman Saleh prayed for the full restoration of peace back to the state and country at large.
” I call upon you all to emulate the virtues of our father Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for their sacrifices and service to humanity. I also enjoin you to assist the needy members of the society”, the Imam added.
The governor in his Sallah message at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday called on the Borno people to unite irrespective of their tribe, religion or party affiliations to move the state forward.
Governor Zulum who spoke through, the Senator representing Borno south at the National Assembly, Senator Mohammed Ndume said ” we call on all Borno citizens to use this festivity to pray for the restoration of complete peace back to the state. So that our people will go back to their farms.”
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