When the signs of Allah become His curse

In the ancient city of Suleja, behold are sights of rocks and hills. Standing out is the magnificent one featured on the one hundred Naira note, a gigantic rock that could be seen virtually from any angle of the city. It sure calls for sightseeing.

In the dawn of my stay in Suleja, I had went visiting the Zuma rock site along with two other colleagues, an exploration we found worthy as first timers in the city. We walked around the rock, surveyed the environs, feasting our eyes on its flora and stream. Indeed we could not fathom why the government neglected such tourist attraction that’s a kingdom by itself, and close to the federal capital territory.

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Our inquisition was answered as we read and heard about the dreadful story of the rock, a deity to some. That is not unexpected given the strange features of the rock. However the only thing that wowed me was how I had personally violated its taboo. Indeed, the naive creature of Allah had been idolized, it reportedly receives libation of cattle blood as its horrors are threatening to its community.

The question of the faith of the community came up in my mind but who I dey ask self? The ignorance of some of my people only became glaring when another rock took the show. My Christian madam was the first to ask me if I had also gone to see “Muhammad”, referring to the person of the Prophet of Allah as she pointed to the Rafinseyin/Chaaza rock on which was great number of tiny looking people.

This was not in my birth town, the alleged third home of revelation, what brought “Muhammad” here egbami (help me out)! What suggested his visit and who witnessed it? These questions rolled out to receive many answers albeit changing versions such as “it is Inyass”, “it is a wali” and “it is a sign of Allah”.

I got the opportunity to go to the site as one of the delegates from the mosque where I pray, a tour we made with the intention of knowing what to warn the congregation against. Climbing the rock which stretches up to tens of meters was not easy but the sight of women and children doing same gingered me, an ex-commando for that matter!

Behold a large crowd on the rock, hmm! We indeed saw “signs”; some natural reliefs looking like human footsteps with irregular sizes and position, this is what my people called “the Prophet’s footstep” and were ready to fight anyone who says otherwise. We also saw a water path that looks like a camel and that’s “the shadow of his camel”. You disbelieve in that, you are thrown out of the fold of Prophet-lovers.

There was also a large relief that looks like the name of the Prophet written in a poor Arabic calligraphy. All these are signs that brought my people from far and wide to make prayers and fetch water. So unfortunate, I saw people prostrating for these “signs”, men helping women up the mountain and some others observing solah being mindless of qiblah even at a prohibited time for solah.

Amazing but not strange, stories of “signs” are not uncommon. Some are featured on media screens and prints as the internet is flooded with a lot of them. As a Muslim, I believe Allah can manifest His Powers anywhere at any time. He says to us that in His creations are signs for those who think, ponder, reflect, know, belief, remember (perform zikr) etc. As a student however, I know no such direction from Allah to idolize any of His signs, nor seek His bounties through them. These are acts of shirk which can only earn us Allah’s wrath and curse and not His mercies and bounties.

I have lived two complete decades and have not found anyone descends a kiss on His own body because of Allah’s saying: “and in your own self, don’t you see?” {Dhariyat: 20}. That is crazy? how much more a tree, water or stone (save when commanded). It is also puzzling that many “believers of signs” do not read nor ponder on the greatest sign (The Quran), let alone saving it upstairs.

Those are the signs of Allah, won’t you reflect?

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