The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) branch has reacted to an alleged disruption of a Ramadan Tefsir session, levelled against it by the Standard Bearers Islamic Organisation (SBIO) Ondo State Unit.
SBIO had alleged that the Amir (President) of the MSSN-FUTA, AbdulWasii Tirmidhi, disrupt one of its Tafseer during the just concluded Ramadan fasting period.
It would be recalled that The Renaissance reported an impending crisis brewing between the two religious bodies in a story titled “Crisis looms as FUTA MSSN Amir allegedly disrupts Ramadan programme outside campus’’ on June 29.
Efforts to get the other side of the story from the MSSN-FUTA then proved abortive as the Amir, Tirmidh declined comment, saying “Do you know I don’t rush in doing anything? I take my things step by step’’.
However, in a rejoinder, a copy of which was obtained by The Renaissance from a third party on Monday, July 3, the MSSN-FUTA Publicity Committee described the SBIO allegation as “mere propaganda’’
The rejoinder is hereby presented unedited:
_A REJOINDER TO THE PRESS STATEMENT RELEASED BY STANDARD BEARERS ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION (SBIO) PUBLISHED ON 29TH OF JUNE, 2017_
☪ Alhamudulilah, all praises, thanks, glorifications are only due to Allah, the most High.
We send peace, blessings, salutations and benedictions upon the noble soul of Prophet Muhammad, his purified household, his courageous companions and every Muslim who had strove and those who are still striving to follow and hold firm to his path until the day in which all souls will be reawakened to give account to Allah (Ameen).
We had received a lot of calls, text messages and online messages from different respected individuals, reporters from online media, students of this great citadel of learning, _The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)_, Islamic stakeholders and generality of Muslim populace within the country and their request is the same, and that is, asking us of our stance on the news circulating on the media that *the Ameer, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Federal University of Technology Akure Branch, Ameer Abd’Waasi Tirmidhi Assoutudeen (Abu Mubaashir) disrupted a program that took place at Mercy of God Lodge, FUTA West gate on Friday 23rd of June, 2017 which coincides with the 28th of Ramadan 1436 AH.*stantiated news that an online newspaper named _”The Renaissance”_ is trying to sell to the general public?
We are glad to inform you that the rooster and bull story you have been reading all over the internet is nothing but a mere propaganda and a means of pulling traffic towards their own websites because they know that any news concerning this great society, MSSN would surely be a hot cake for their website.
To begin with, it is saddening that the online newspaper “ _THE RENAISSANCE_” was unable to have patience with our Ameer as at the time when the news was being published and they went on to write nothing more than a warped propaganda.
The acclaimed crisis looming in FUTA as the online newspaper claimed is just a propaganda embedded with a lot of deceits and sugarcoating.
How could an online publication acclaiming Islam to herself be found wanting in the aspect of justice and transparency when dealing with two parties?
That is unislamical, unethical, unprofessional, and chicanery on their own part.
They went on to create unnecessary panic in the hearts of people who aren’t within the vicinity of the school.
_“Chase away the fox and come back to deal with the rooster”_ is what a local adage says. What happened on _Friday the 28th of Ramadan 1436 AH at Mercy of God Lodge, FUTA West gate_ is nothing more than a transgression of boundaries, a breach of both Islamic law and school laws set forward by FUTA by some unscrupulous individuals who are hiding under the shade of doing Da’wah.
It is so pathetic nowadays that Islamic affairs have turned greatly to political affairs where protocols are set to be breached every time.
Islamic affairs have turned to political affairs where campaign is done for an individual in order to become a leader at all cost even though those sets of potential leaders people do clamor for are abruptly devoid of Islamic knowledge including Akhlaq(etiquettes) and Adab(manners).
The environment has become so polluted that everyone wants to rule Islam at all cost without any knowledge whatsoever.
Moreover, Standard Bearers made a spurious claim that since they aren’t operating inside the school, the Ameer of FUTA has absolutely nothing to do with them.
This is not only ignorance on their part and laughable to others, but it is also akin to claim that _our Dear Professor, the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof. B. K. Alese_ has nothing to do with students living off campus.
Does that makes any tangible sense to you? Surely, the claim is ridiculous!
The domain of the Ameer of MSSN FUTA Branch isn’t cof MSSN FUTA Branch isn’t confined to Obakekere secretariat only but it is extended to everyone who claims to be a student of FUTA irrespective of where you are residing.
In addition, we can authoritatively say that the school authority recognizes *MSSN FUTA* as the only registered Islamic society in the school and if anything should happened anywhere on or off campus, the Ameer would be held responsible for it and not Ishaq AbdulBaasit who is just a student of Physics Electronics Department who is not even recognized by many among his colleagues, despite that he is a final year student.
Now we ask, are we going to leave a group of fifteen (15) FUTA students with this “Jaahilun Moroqab” (a confirmed ignoramus) who doesn’t even know what the school rules and regulations say?
*To the leader of Standard Bearers and his cohorts, we dare you to provide an evidence of your registration with the school authority or any known, renowned and revered government organizations outside the school.*
Furthermore, if the Ameer should have left them alone without going there to explain and enlighten them on the standard creed of Al-Islam as one of our Salafs called Ibn Ab’ass did with the Khawaarij when they start misinterpreting the verses of the Qur’an to their own taste, it may finally slip out of hand.
Recall that Ibn Ab’ass was an Aalim, not even a leader of the Muslim Ummah during that time but because of the knowledge he possessed, Ali Ibn Abi Taalib who happened to be the Ameer of Muslims then gave Ibn Ab’ass the permission to enlighten the Khawaarij as regards their deviant creed and beliefs.
Ibn Ab’ass went to their Dawrah (gathering) and they gave him chance to orientate them which made over twenty thousand Muslims to leave the fold of the Khawaarij for the normal Ahl Sunnah Wa Jamaah.
If Ibn Ab’ass could do that despite the fact that he was not an Ameer of the Muslims then but a faaqih, how much more of the same step taken by our Ameer to orientate both the coordinator and the students attending such programme when all of them are nothing but students of FUTA?
The question for Ishaq Abd’Baasit who is seeking cheap popularity is that did he think the moves by our Ameer lack proper back-ups?
Those moves were ably backed by the School Authority herself.
Is it possible that a reputable personality amidst all Muslim Students in FUTA, in the person of our Ameer will visit a place without the backing of the school authority?
Then, which agencies is he (Ishaq Abd’Baasit) calling upon to intervene again? We are always a step ahead!
Lest we forget, as a sagacious leader our Ameer is, this brother (Ishaq Abd’Baasit) has been called secretly many times to stop his hypocritical Da’wah that will cause dissection among the Muslims on FUTA but rather to yield to this honorable advice, he clings obdurately to his misguiding Da’wah methodology even after a lot of “Qashful Shubuuhat” (convincing evidences) was provided to assist this brother in ascertaining the truth.
But definitely, *DIVISION* is the most cherished word in his dictionary!
Furthermore, Standard Bearers asked if we were calling to Islam or MSSN.
In all sincerity, we are calling to the unity and the oneness of the Ummah and that is what Islam teaches. The Quran says in _Surah Al-Imran 3; 103 –”Hold fast to the rope of Allah and not be divided amongst yourselves”._
Unity has always been our goal and watchword. How will it be if every tom, dick and harry living off-campus is to bring a group of 15 students together under the banner of a group and claim there are doing Da’wah?
We would have countless number of groups without proper tutelage and direction.
We say to Standard Bearers that we Muslims aren’t even a multitude on FUTA campus, why creating dissension amongst ourselves and breaking into fragments for crying out loud?
Peace is what seek on FUTA campus.
Conclusively, Ishaq Abd’baasit and his cohorts will tend to refute all these claims and has already threatened our Ameer through his imbroglio fanatical Journalist working for the same mission that he will not but expose our Ameer to physical assault and public defamation of character which has been achieved by him and his team in the propaganda that was released as news on 29th of June, 2017.
We therefore call upon the school authority and other security agencies in Akure to act accordingly as nothing bad must happen to our Ameer and his members from the hands of this deviant Brother who insists in achieving his aim at all cost.
We are rest assured that you have our backings, we are just using this medium to bolster our trust in you.
To cap it all, refutation and revoking authorities are nothing new and can be traced back to the time of the Prophet in an authentic hadith
_”Narrated Abu Sa`id Al−Khudri: When `Ali was in Yemen, he Sent some gold in its ore to the Prophet. The Prophet distributed it among Al−Aqra’ bin H`Abis Al−Hanzali who belonged to Bani Mujashi, ‘Uyaina bin Badr Al−Fazari, ‘Alqama bin ‘Ulatha Al−`Amiri, who belonged to the Bani Kilab tribe and Zaid AI−Khail at−Ta’i who belonged to Bani Nabhan._
_So the Quraish and the Ansar became angry and said, “He gives to the chiefs of Najd and leaves us!” The Prophet said, “I just wanted to attract and unite their hearts (make them firm in Islam).”_
_Then there came a man with sunken eyes, bulging forehead, thick beard, fat raised cheeks, and clean−shaven head, and said, “O Muhammad! Be afraid of Allah! ” The Prophet said, “Who would obey Allah if I disobeyed Him? (Allah). He trusts me over the people of the earth, but you do not trust me?”_
_A man from the people (present then), who, I think, was Khalid bin Al−Walid, asked for permission to kill him, but the Prophet prevented him. When the man went away, the Prophet said, “Out of the offspring of this man, there will be people who will recite the Qur’an but it will not go beyond their throats, and they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out through the game, and they will kill the Muslims. Should I live till they appear, I would kill them as the Killing of the nation of ‘Ad.(Saheeh Al Bukhari Hadith Number 378)_
So if this man can refute the best among mankind during his reign, then the case of Ishaq Abd’Baasit shouldn’t be a surprise to us.
Therefore, he needs to be called into order before going out of hand.
Finally, let’s drop our pen here and it’s liable to breathe again any moment from now!
*MSSN FUTA PUBLICITY COMMITTEE*
_…The Voice of the Ummah…_