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Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:51

Written by Mohammed Ibrahim

The Head of Salawatiyya Mosque in Tamale, Sheihu Salawatiyya Rashid Hussain has dismissed media reports that he was the brain behind the attack on the Ambariya Mosque on 20 August 2012 at the time of congregational prayers.

Sheihu Salawatiyya who is an Islamic spiritual scholar stated that by his training and stature, he will be the last person to attack a fellow Muslim and a mosque which he said is the house of Allah and described speculations and remours about his involvement on the unfortunate incident as false and fabrications to taint his hard won reputation.

Addressing a news conference in Tamale, Sheihu Salawatiyya stressed that the Tijania Muslims sect in Ghana for the past 40 years have been under attack and that the Tijania Muslim sect will continue to remain peaceful in Tamale and the country as a whole.

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EID UL-FITIR SERMONS, AUSUST 20, 2012

By the Spiritual Leader of the Salawatia Mission of Ghana, Sheihu Hussain Rashid Salwat

(THE QUTUB AZ-ZAMAAN)

We praise and thank Allah (SWT) for giving us this great opportunity and is that He has bestowed on us good health and felicity and made provision for us to start and end the Ramadan with His Name. We thank Him for this golden opportunity and continue to thank Him for all the blessings He has bestowed on us. I send my sincere Salaats and heartfelt salutations upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his Household. May Allah (SWT) bless them abundantly.

I start this sermon by advising myself and the entire Muslims Ummah not to quickly say goodbye to Ramadan 2012 as there are lots of lessons that we need to reflect over. Why should we immediately allow the essence of Ramadan to evaporate so quickly? I would like to remind you about some important things majority of Muslims did during the full month of fasting, a prescribed act of worship, which seeks to train the individual and the Muslim community as a whole, in Righteousness and Self-restraint.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, in order to achieve Righteousness and Self-restraint, the Muslim undergoes developmental stages in his life time and every Muslim should strive hard to develop his or herself to that highest stage, the stage of Righteousness and Self-restraint. Allah (SWT) has appointed Man as His Khalifah (vicegerent) in this world. He has invested in him with certain authority, and given him certain responsibilities and obligations. Allah (SWT) has endowed him with the best and most suitable physical frame for the fulfilment of the responsibilities and obligations. Fortunely, the Holy Quran mentions the three stages of journey the Soul should undergo.

1. The passionate and addicted Soul; “Nafs ul-Ammaara bisu’i”.  This stage is characterized by the individual giving precedence to his or her desires over the Truth. This is the elementary stage of Islam.

2. The self-accusing Soul. “Nafs ul-Lawwamah“. This is the stage where the soul has understood and accepted that it has no way to salvation except through absolute obedience to Allah and abiding by the principles of Islam. However, it is lacking in either strength of conviction, fighting constantly (spiritual jihad you may say) against the tides of desire and doubt.

3. The content Soul. “Nafs ul-Mutma’innah”.  This is the stage when the fight is over, the battle is won and the booty is secure. The soul is content with his or her Lord’s, Decrees and the Lord is pleased with him. This is the pinnacle of spirituality in Islam, the soul that is subdued, the love of its Lord overwhelming the love of anything and everything, even itself. Allah (SWT) says in Quran 13:28. “Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.“O the soul that is in complete rest and satisfaction; Come back to your Lord, Well-pleased with yourself and well-pleasing unto Him! Enter then among My servants, and be honored to enter My Paradise!”

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In the name of Allah the Merciful, the Compassinate

Press Conference by Sheihu Salawatia Rashid Hussain Salwat

(IMAM RASHID)

 

We praise and thank Allah (SWT) for this day and opportunity. I send my best and sincere Salutations to the Prophet and his household (SAW). I pray that Allah bless everyone here and hope that this Press Conference will be given serious thought.  May Allah Guide all of us and let the truth prevail.

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, I welcome you to this press conference and I pray that you will inform the entire world about the truth of the recent disturbances in the Tamale Metropolis. Before I provide you the details of this conference, I would like to thank you for accepting our invitation to attend on a shorter notice.

 

You would recall that on Monday 20th of August 2012, there were reports in some sections of the media that Sheihu Salawatia (Imam Rashid) attacked the Ambariyya Mosque at a time congregational prayer was going on. What we have all read in the press is a complete diversion of what happened and I would like to make a humble request of your precious time to enable me take you through the whole matter. I know that all of you would like to hear my side of the incident and not only that but also the truth of the matter.

 

Gentlemen of the press let me first and foremost, commend the security agencies for the swift response and the high sense of professionalism they exhibited in this unfortunate situation, without them it would have been disastrous. Since then the Police and the Army have been patrolling the Metropolis and also keeping their eyes on the flash points.

 

The alleged attack

I wish to state categorically that I did not attack the Ambariyya Mosque as reported. As a Muslim, especially of my stature I know the mosque is the house of Allah (SWT), and will never attempt or venture to attack my fellow Muslim, let alone attacking a mosque. It is never true.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to take you through the scenario of that faithful day.

 

I was invited to the conclusion of the Interpretation of the Quran (Tafsir) 2012 at Aboabo. In the last five years or so I have participated in the event each time I am invited. When the occasion ended, some of the congregants decided to accompany me home as has always been the practice. We sang joyfully praising Allah (SWT) and the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW) from Aboabo to Gumani through Sakasaka. Let me add that, this was not an organised procession.

 

Earlier on, before I left home for the occasion, I had telephone calls informing me about road closures or barricades to deny me the right to pass through Saksaka to Aboabo. I spoke to Sheikh Al Hussein who was the convener of the function about the information I had. He told me he had received similar information and had informed the Police about it. We got to Aboabo safely and the ceremony ended successfully.

 

Our journey back home was peaceful; it was full of glee, pomp and pageantry as we praised Allah (SWT) and chanted praises to the Prophet of Islam (SAW) and His Household. This again is a normal practice because it was the same day we celebrated the Eid ul-Fitr.

Our happiness and joy was interrupted as we had to stop at approximately100 metres away to the main Ambariyya Mosque due to gunshots coming from the direction of the mosque; this disruption took between half a minute or so after which we continued. When we were close to the Ambariyya Mosque, there were stone throwing from the opposite side of the Mosque across the road but the assailants bolted after doing that. By the Grace of Allah no person was hurt, and we continued our journey smoothly to my residence.

 

I was informed later that some of the people who accompanied me home were ambushed and assaulted. These were innocent people who were victimised because they belonged to the Tijaniya sect. What I am aware is that the allegation that I led a group of people to attack the Ambariyya congregation was completely false and a malicious lie orchestrated to taint my hard won reputation as a renowned peace broker. I am literate and I understand what the law is and the consequences of breaking the law. I am naturally a disciplined person but I also had the opportunity to learn how to be disciplined and to uphold the principles of dignity as a commissioned officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I have no ill feelings or bad blood against anybody to warrant any attack. The attention of Muslims who would have been otherwise contemplating on the 2012 Tafsir, now have their attention diverted from the main issues to the calculated disturbances.

 

The bone of Contention

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me make it categorically clear at this point that the bone of contention between the Ahl-Sunna and Tijaniya sects is not about the interpretation of the Quran as having been reported in a section of the media.

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