Shi’ite group rejects El-Zakzaky, describes IMN as dangerous. A factional Shi’ite group condemned the activities of the IMN – The group said the IMN does not represent Shi’ism – Its secretary-general.
Sheikh Hamza Muhammad Lawal, however called on Governor El-Rufai to withdraw its case against the group Al-Thaqalayn Cultural Foundation which is a factional Shi’ites group has described the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) led by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky as a fake movement. The Nation reports that Sheikh Hamza Muhammad Lawal who is the secretary-general of the group stated this on Tuesday, July 30 in Kaduna.
He explained that Shi’ism is not synonymous with IMN and that the two should not be used interchangeably.Lawal described the El-Zakzaky-led faction as dangerous and unstable saying it was a fake movement.
The group called on Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to desist from using the IMN crises to “make Nigeria another testing ground for their struggle for regional supremacy.” Lawal said he was once a member of IMN between 1981 and 2000, one year after he returned from Qum, Islamic Republic of Iran, where he had studied Theology.
He said: “IMN started in the late 1970s as a socio-cultural and politico-religious revivalist movement, drawing its inspiration and taking its cue from essentially Sunni activists from countries like Egypt ánd Pakistan.
It was an offshoot of the Muslim Students Society, and its birth coincided with the inception of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, which gave it a living and contemporary example of what it was yearning for, and therefore it got attracted and gravitated to its political message.
When the leader of IMN, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, became a Shiite afterwards, he fell into the dilemma of either abandoning his Sunni revivalist movement and risking the possibility of losing his followers, or continuing with the movement with all its Sunni content but a Shi’ite face.
He chose the latter, and that has been his undoing. “Sheikh Zakzaky has not been able to complete his process of migration from Sunni activism to Shiite evangelism. His movement is a curious hybrid and a concoction, a dangerously unstable cocktail of incoherent and disorganised hallucinations and fantasies that only exist in their wildest dreams. In fact, when push comes to shove and a critical study of IMN is done, it may turn out that it is much, much closer to Sunni Islam.
The religious cleric said He said although many of its recruits are Shi’ites, some of them were also Sunnis and Christians. He said: “Yes, some of its leaders appear to the public in the regalia of Shiite clerics; but that is where it stops IMN is not genuine.
It is fake. It is a bad product, an unmarketable one for that matter. IMN is the wrong advertisement copy. “IMN has crashed the gate of Shi’ism. We at Al-Thaqalayn Cultural Foundation feel undermined by IMN .We also believe that it is an embarrassment to our Shiite identity and credentials, a threat to our religious survival, and a misrepresentation of what we are as Nigerian citizens who accept the rule of law.
The religious cleric however called on Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna to withdraw its case against El-Zakzaly and also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “extend the olive branch to members of IMN.
The inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, announced this at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday. The IMN had been declared a terrorist group by a Federal High Court in Abuja after an ex parte application filed by the federal government. Big thanks to www.legit.ng