On a second thought, I got to realize that religion, the poor teaching of it based on selfish and warped premise, has done an incalculable damage to our psyche, wellbeing and worldview generally. This is the foundation of our misery and hardship. When your capacity to assess situations pragmatically is taken away and you are left with emotions in all your dealings without reason, you are reduced to a mere robot only!
Me think as human beings and adherents of God’s religion, we can at least rationalize God’s reasons behind certain injunctions. The permission to marry Four wives is not just express but premised upon a condition – Justice!
When you lack the capacity to fend for yourself, can you recklessly proceed to take a wife simply because you have faith in God and you believe ‘bakin da Allah ya tsaga ba zai rasa abinci ba?’ How on earth can a responsible man of conscience sire children and push them to the streets believing that God has chosen their destinies for them? I believe this is where we missed the link.
I am of the opinion that we need a new concept of evangelism under both Islam and Christianity. Most of our teachers must be relieved of their responsibilities of religious teaching. The world has changed and so must be our view of it. Our teachers need to be versatile so as to assimilate the changing tide and prepare their flocks for the realities ahead. All these challenges of Boko Haram, Kala Kato, Almajiranci, Daniel King saga, ignorance sustained poverty and strife, insubordination without cause, slavish followership without reason, manipulation of a people for selfish gains, etc are common place because our religious leaders are moved by their desire to control men and resources in the name of followers and not to prepare people for service to God. Some few religious leaders are however innocent in their bid to prepare men for worship of God but they are incapacitated by inadequate knowledge of what God desires from his followers. We all know that one cannot give what one doesn’t have hence the confused zealots we have around due to wrongful teaching based on limited knowledge! Apart from the injunctions in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet, we have the Ijma and Qiyas. Due to the changing times, there are certain issues that needed to be taken care of which Quran and the Sunnah has not adequately covered hence the Ijma and Qiyas. Now, imagine a class of Ulamahs whose knowledge is limited on Islamic Jurisprudence and contemporary views. Ask for their informed opinion on a challenge and their solution thereto. You will only end up with more problems and a mobilization of their followers for a showdown instead of reasoning together for a way out! That is exactly our lot today. In the Quran, it is incumbent on all to seek knowledge – IQRA! But someone is saying Boko Haram! What a contradiction!! We have it on record that Prophet Mohammed enjoined his followers to seek knowledge even in China and even the knowledge of diabolism yet somebody is urging his followers to reject anything unislamic! I wonder if China and diabolism is Islam? The purport is to emphasize the importance of knowledge even that which is a departure from the ways of God because a time will come when you might be confused by others who would want to take advantage of your ignorance of the knowledge of diabolism and take you away from the ways of God but with your knowledge, you wouldn’t veer off!
As a people, I think it’s time for us all to joined hands together and acquire knowledge in all ramifications. Western sciences, Eastern ethics, Northern customs, Southern crafts and religion in the middle! This is the only way out for us as a nation particularly Northerners. Before now, we used to be versatile in all we do but because we refused to move with the tide and change with the time, today, we can only boast of a wasteful population, a hateful generation, a war ravaged neighborhood brought about by a confused and blood thirsty religious zealots, a valueless family system bedeviled by poverty and strife, an educational system premised on the provision of laborers some of whom later qualify as thieves and bandits official and unofficial, a band of leaders who believe the society owes them instead of the other way round and left with followers who are victims of everything including their desires and refusal to reason!
This challenge goes to all of us and we must work out a solution together. Even though I am not a Muslim, I stand with the Emir of Kano on the issue of regulation on marriage. You cannot boast of being a man, given the leeway to marry as many as four wives by God and fail to shoulder the responsibilities of a father in feeding and training simply because the destiny of everyone is in the the hands of God! There is a better way of taming your urge – VASECTOMY! You are assured of having your fun without consequences