“Iran Solved Nuclear Issue by Following Razavi Culture” Says Top Devotee of Razavi Culture in 13th International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.)
Sheikh Ibrahim Yaghoub Zakzaky, Shiite leader of Nigeria, was seriously injured in the Zaria Bloody Sunday and was taken to Kaduna in northern Nigeria afterward. His last son and wife and a group of his followers were martyred in the incident. In the first days of September 2015, he came to the Iranian City of Mashhad in order to participate in the International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.) and on the closing night of the festival, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati praised him as a top devotee of Razavi culture.
Sheikh Ibrahim Yaghoub Zakzaky was born in 1953 in Zaria, northeastern Nigeria. He was a Maliki at first. He met Imam Khomeini (R.A.) in Paris and a year after the revolution in 1980, when he was an economics student at the University of Zaria, came to Iran as the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Students of Africa and visited and talked to Imam Khomeini. In that meeting, Imam gave him a Quran and said, “Go and guide the people of your country with Quran.” After that meeting, he was much influenced by Shia school of thought and became a Shiite.
Although before the Islamic Revolution, the number of Shiites in Nigeria was few, after the revolution and with the leadership of Sheikh Zakzaky Nigeria became one of the most Shiite populous countries of the world. Shiites in Nigeria who became Shiite through Sheikh Zakzaky and greatly respect the revolution, Imam and the Supreme Leader are known as Khomeiniyoun in Africa.
Sheikh Zakzaki’s activities have frightened the American, Israeli and Wahhabi Intelligence services so much so that he has been imprisoned for 9 times, the last of which was from 1996 to 1998. His three sons Sayyed Mohammad, Sayyed Hamid , and Sayyed Ahmad were martyred during Quds Day Rally 2014. During the raid, in addition to Sheikh Zakzaky's wife and his only remained son Sayyed Ali, more than 300 Nigerians Shiites were martyred. Sheikh Mohamed Mahmoud Touri, leader of Kanostate and deputy of Sheikh Zakzaky, Malam Ibrahim Osman spokesman and Jomay Gilima, the senior leaders of Nigerians Shiites, were also martyred in the attack.
During Sheikh Zakzaky's visit to Mashhad and his presence in the 13th International Festival of Imam Reza (A.S.), we met and talked to him. In the following, a part of this unpublished speech is presented:
In his speech about Imam Reza (A.S.), Sheikh Zakzaky said, “Speaking about Imam Reza (A.S.), or what is known about him is not only limited to books, articles and conferences and people and buildings in which we live. We should, according to Imam Reza (A.S.) himself, institutionalize his behavior in ourselves. This practice should be reflected in our behavior. It is much more important. Politeness, Jihad, rationality, effort, patience, etc. are the points we must learn and act upon.”
“When we go back to our own countries, we should apply the Holy Imam Reza's (A.S.) statement that ‘God bless the one who would revive us.’ When he was asked what he would order, and Imam said, ‘Learn the gist of our words and teach to people because if people hear the beauty of our words and know them, they will definitely follow us’.” he also continued.
Nigeria Shiite leader also said, “We have two resuscitations in the life of all Imams, one at the time of Imam Hussein (A.S.) and the other one at Imam Reza (A.S.)’s time. Imam Reza (A.S.) in the course of his life revived religion and it coincided the time when deviant thoughts have entered the world of Islamic ideology. Imam Reza (A.S.) came to Khorasan and chose this land for migration, in fact, his presence in Mashhad was divine wisdom, and God wanted him to come to this land to live in exile and to be martyred there and to be buried in a foreign land. These were all divine wisdom.”
“Lord brought the Savant of Muhammad (A.S.) family to this country and I believe that Imam Reza (A.S.) set foot to Khorasan to destroy many deviant ideas that had dominated the Islamic world, such as distortion of Judaism and Christianity, etc. Wrong ideas that are still ongoing, points such as the Shiites' Quran is falsified or some believing that Quran was not revealed to the Prophet” he continued.
Allameh Sheikh Zakzaky also said, “Tension and violence have reached their peak in the world, but the logic of Imam Reza (A.S.) is the logic of dialogue and reason, and in our time, Islamic Republic of Iran, inspired by Razavi wisdom and culture, moves forward and succeeds. By enjoying Razavi rationality and culture, Islamic Republic solved the nuclear issue on the table and this is the message that we must carry with us into our countries.”