The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has again explained the non-violent nature of the struggle by the Movement he leads.
He made this explanation during a preaching session sometimes back before his arrest after a brutal attack by the Nigerian Army in December 2015.
According to the Sheikh, “we only preach using proofs and evidence. If you get convinced, you accept. If you are not convinced, you do it your way and we do our way. That is the way we are.”
Explaining further the major difference between our struggle and of others, and why in spite of our non-violent methods we are constantly being attacked, he said, “the moment they realize that we have the superior proofs and cannot be defeated as long as evidence is concerned, they resort to the use of guns and machetes, swords and clubs or petrol and marches (to burn people and houses).” He, however, observed that “these are not the tools for preaching but the weapons of the insane.”
“It should be as simple as each of us producing his evidence. If you convince me, fine. If you don’t, fine. And vice versa. In the case we are not convinced with each other’s evidence, you practice yours while I practice mine. Simple!”
Watch the video clip of the Sheikh elaborating non-violence here: