Yes, these things need to be understood as they rhyme with natural laws. Days follow nights or the other way round and all round constantly. Social laws are scientific as the end truly ends in the prayers of a mystic (sufi) which is unity and harmony among all the sectors of our realities. Abrahamic faith has three major components. It is a faith, it is religion and it is a culture. When it is a faith it demands you believe in certain things behind your physical reality and there’s no question. When it is a religion, it asks you to perform certain rituals on constant and timely basis.
When it is a culture it guides perceptions, tastes choices and interpretations of social realities, what pleases or hurts. In all these, we human subjects have our limits with God and among ourselves. In faith we are not allowed to judge one another. Judgements are exclusive to God, only articles of faith are a subject of human knowledge passed from one to another. Here theological arguments are advanced and counter advanced. In rituals there are also definite instructions on hows, that are shared among humans. Even then it is generally agreed in all orthodoxy that intentions (good or bad) is the major facilitator of their correctness or not, thereby closing the room for much debate. Then there’s the cultural aspect of Abrahamic faith which deals with social relationship at all levels. This has two layers. The first is universal and made explicit in all Abrahamic literature. It can be called the base. In it motives are not questioned by mere mortals. It is secular and has material utility in the sense that it calls for the practice of what leads to the end and establishes all essence in the following instruction not for a believer to a believer only but for believers to all human beings around them:
to spend of your wealth ( anything of value you acquire), for your relatives, for orphans, for the needy, for the traveller, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves;
Yet human diversity with different environmental influences usually prevent all from defining what constitutes the whole above from a single perception, hence the allowance to culture or many cultures that agree on the fundamentals but differ on fringe items regarding delivery of the outlined core values. This led to the concepts of relativity of the truth, right or wrong based on condition or environment. There is the popular quote by Rumi: “The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth”. This also finds substantiation in nature, in modern science and with Albert Einstein’s breakthrough in theory of relativity. You all may be different but are all right.
In Islam in particular, the rule according to all classical jurists is, beyond what is explicitly said to be forbidden by God under all conditions, all can be legitimate or forbidden and according to exegeses of time or demand of environment informed by the wisdom of the wise ones established over time (culture). There are no absolutes. Imam Al-Shafi’i to whom is credited the formulation of the basic principles of Islamic jurisprudence was known to have been passing different judgements on same social issues (please this is not theology) depending on scenarios, environments and conditions. So the real blessing of Abrahamic faith is largely in the basic values it gave to humanity and allowed a space for tolerance and accommodation among different cultural groups who come under different environmental influences. Above those basics lies the second layer that agrees that what is right among the Arabs is not necessarily right among the Hausa in Africa or Europeans ( Sincerely, I always wonder what complex drives a Sheik in Nigeria to dress in an Arabian or Iranian robe before he believes himself to be truly projecting Muslim image).
Therefore when we condemn Nasiru El-Rufa’i’s re-tweet we are not pushing him out of Islam like some theologians would want to do. We are also not saying he had crossed a boundary of religion in its rituals. All we are saying is there is some cultural offense to those who share our culture and heritage and our neighbours whom we have lived long enough with for them to have understood how we used to react to references like these about our revered persons. Any public ‘joke’ that places a revered person on bed with another woman and in public is not expected from a cultured person of our kind. I once told somebody who sought for explanation on the Muslims anger about ThisDay early this century that over here a decent Muslim young person can't look into their older brother's eyes and suggest he marries a bikini-ed lady walking half naked on a stage and so much a highly revered prophet of Islam.
Yet, Nasiru is our brother and one of our best representatives (cultural) in this century among others like Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Dr. Aliyu Tilde ( a topic for another day, though). In fairness to him and still by the genuine prescriptions of Abrahamic values and the sound instructions of our culture, we must see that re-tweet in the light of sincere mistake we all often make about all things around us, until he makes the same mistake again, then we say he deliberately provokes or insults as I pray that same understanding will be extended to all those here or elsewhere who may speak about prophet of Islam in an unkind tone by the standard of our culture.
Re: On Society, Philosophy and that El-Rufais Re-tweet!
Bode Eluyera posted on 02-09-2013, 19:21:29 PM
NASIR EL-RUFAI THE GREAT ACTOR!!!
THOSE THAT LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES(LIKE MASIR EL-RUFAI) MUST NOT THROW STONES!!!
Friday, February 8, 2013
El-Rufai's book is full of lies -Atiku
by Olusola Fabiyi
The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has come under fire from former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who accused him of writing alleged fiction for self-glorification at the expense of truth.
Reacting to el-Rufai?s book, entitled, The Accidental Public Servant, the Media Office of Atiku, dismissed the book as a collection of "fiction, half-truths, exaggeration and reflection of selective memory".
Atiku was particularly piqued by el-Rufai's claim that he had almost resigned as the former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises because of alleged persistent pressure and interference by him(the former VP), who was then the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation.
Atiku expressed disbelief that the former FCT Minister forgot soon what he said at the Senate Public Hearing on BPE, held between August 8 and 13, 2011. That Adhoc committee was headed by Senator Ahmed Lawan.
He recalled that el-Rufai said he had special relationship with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which gave him direct access and the discretion to bypass the Council on Privatisation, headed by Atiku in order to get the approval of the President.
He wondered how el-Rufai could reconcile his threat of resignation with the accounts he told the Senate about the latitude of freedom he enjoyed at BPE because of his closeness to former President Obasanjo.
On the claim by el-Rufai that former President Obasanjo went on bended knees before him to seek his cooperation for second term bid in 2003, Atiku dismissed the claim as a figment of el-Rufai's wild imagination.
He said such a claim lacked any credibility because Atiku and Obasanjo were together behind closed doors, and that only the duo knew what actually transpired between them.
The statement also added that for a man like el-Rufai, who has a "notorious reputation for disparaging religions and their icons, the attack on Atiku was the least surprising".
He noted that if he could go to such an irreverent extent to disparage religious icons, who is an ordinary mortal, like Atiku Abubakar, not to be disparaged by el-Rufai?
But in his reaction, El-Rufai advised Atiku and his team to read the book before passing judgment.
The former minister said, in an email signed by his spokesperson, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, that, "The Atiku team should read the book properly and respond to the detailed facts.
"For instance, their man should tell what happened with the NITEL GSM contract that Motorola lost to Ericsson, despite the American company submitting the lowest bid.
Re: On Society, Philosophy and that El-Rufais Re-tweet!
Emj posted on 02-09-2013, 20:27:48 PM
If someone should dare mention same about prophet of islam in Angwa Tofa, they wont live to apologize.....
Re: On Society, Philosophy and that El-Rufais Re-tweet!
Bode Eluyera posted on 02-09-2013, 20:53:52 PM
APC WILL QUICKEN THE DEATH OF NIGERIA!!!
BOLA TINUBU AND THE LEADERSHIP OF ACN HAVE JUST SHOT THEMSELVES AT THE FEET!!!
AND NASIR EL-RUFAI'S "CROCODILE TEARS" AT HIS BOOK LAUNCH WILL NOT HELP HIM TO CLINCH THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET OF APC!!!
Bola Tinubu and the leadership of the ACN have just made the biggest political mistake by merging the ACN with BUhari-El-Rufai's CPC and Sharau's ANPP(the parties of the descendants of Usman Dan Fodio). This can only be attributed to greed, impatience, insensitivity(to the agitation of the Ndigbo) and naiveness. Adams Oshiomhole, who was conspicuously absent(like Peter Obi) in Lagos DIPLOMATICALLY made the same observation almost immediately the announcement of the merger was announced. The coalition, as I predicted in part 2 (points 13 and 14) of my series: "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDAavailable at nigeriansinamerica.com is already facing its first and serious crises: Peter Obi's APGA has disassociated itself from the coalition. I am 100% in support of his position. He took the most rational position which is in the interests of the Ndigbos. Asari Dokubo too has just declared that he is no more interested in 'RESOURCE CONTROL' but 'SOVEREIGNTY' for the Ijaw nation. The Ijaws will NEVER allow any Northerner to rule over them again and steal their resources all in the name of building a FAKE ONE NIGERIA that NEVER existed, does not exist and will never exist. I am also 100% in support of his position.
MY PREDICTION FOR 2015:
1. Jonathan Badluck's PDP will defeat the APC. APC will not be able to win all the votes of the South West. Not the whole of the North will vote for APC.
2. If the candidate of APC is declared the winner by Jega's INEC, jonathna badluck will challenge the decision in court and use the power of incubency to get a ruling in his favour.
3. This will lead to crises, cripple the government and country, and eventually fasten the break-up of Nigeria. The crises, if not well managed and curtailed on time, could lead to arms /military intervention civil war
4. There will be serious crises in ACN controlled South West as a result of the alliance. Tinubu and the leadership will regret ever merging with CPC and ANPP.
5. Nigeria will break up between 2015-2037.
THE BEST OPTION FOR ACN UNEXPLOITED!!!
The best option for the ACN would have been to feature Adams Oshiomhole and SEnator Chris Ngige as its presidential and vice-presidential candidates respectively in the 2015 elections. If a free and fair elections were conducted, I am 100% sure that the duo of Oshiomhole and Ngige can defeat jonathan badluck or any other candidate from CPC and/or ANPP. DEtailed analysis will be provided in my series "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA
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Re: On Society, Philosophy and that El-Rufa'i's Re-tweet!
Superego posted on 02-22-2013, 16:48:18 PM
Achieve ur dream for sovereignty. SNP believes all Nigerians should come to a conference and decide their reasonable choices of sovereignty.
It is time to quit all this writing and shinning and translate it into action. It is a democracy after all, and even a dictatorship depends on the people.