Bismillah. God bless Nigeria.
A reminder to myself and then to you.

REFERENCE OF NOTES: Islam questions and answers.

What is the meaning of the words of Allaah, may He be blessed and exalted, in Soorat al-Ra’d (interpretation of the meaning): “Verily, Allaah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allaah)” [al-Ra’d 13:11]?.

Praise be to Allaah.
This is an important verse which indicates that Allaah, may He be blessed and exalted, in His perfect justice and wisdom does not change the condition of the people from good to bad or from bad to good, from ease to hardship or from hardship to ease, unless they change their condition themselves.

So if they are in a state of righteousness and goodness and they change, Allaah will change things for them with punishment, calamities, hardship, drought, famine, disunity and other kinds of punishments as appropriate requital. Allaah says:

“And your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves” [Fussilat 41:46].

Or He may give them respite and give them time so that they might truen to the right path, but if they do not then they will be seized unexpectedly, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened for them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them (in punishment), and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows” [al-An’aam 6:44].

Or they may be in a state of evil and sin, then they repent to Allaah and turn back to Him, and they regret their sins and adhere to obedience, so Allaah changes their state of wretchedness, hardship and poverty to ease, unity and righteousness because of their good deeds and their repentance to Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted. It says in another verse:

“That is so because Allaah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their ownselves” [al-Anfaal 8:53].

Are we possessed as the title tags?
But are we free as democracy renders?
A government for the people
But shackles and chains are on our necks

The psychologies of possessed beings taunt us
It’s not in irrational talk when we dream
It’s in greed and hate as we live
It’s unearned comfort while others bleed

Demons don’t only come in our sleep
They are among us while we breathe
When we talk, they speak for us
They are in our leaders and in us while we watch

Politics was a dirty game last I understood
Dirtier would be a laid back citizen
In these times of unravelling anguish
Common men like you and I would take a chance

If words are all we have then let’s educate them
“Them” our so called leaders
That “we” the minors have empowered
In a pact with cold hearts our pens would be swords

We watched when things changed quite slowly
The voices were still low , not many hearts were pierced
Now lives are lost
Our hearts start to beat

Brainwashed by the brainless
Some act like imported Nigerians
Sitting in high places, while we sit on stones
Acting to augment our status, yet diminishing us

They are also green, white and green like us
Sons and daughters of this soil, like us
Dine and loot, not like us
They are some of us, yet not for us

I say “us” because we are one
Let’s ignore the communal marks on our faces
And wipe out imaginary borders between our towns
Or has there been a better thing for us than unity

If we live with a conscience
And a loyal voice is all we have
Then it will be enough for the rest of our lives
But before we echo let us whisper to our hearts

What if we sit our behinds down at work?
Earn every bit of that wage
Delivering services with loyalty and all candor
After all if we can cry for each other, we can as well empower one another

What about the rights of you upon me
And me upon you
Where is the heart and might when we serve ?
Or have we forgotten the powerful pledge for Nigeria?

What if it is the accumulated effect of karma upon us ?
Paying the price for the selfish lot of looters
Still we forgive them for we want to be free
Free from them and to welcome serenity

Or have we downplayed our roles as compatriots
Maybe our anthem should be inscribed on our skin
For then stabbing you will be stabbing my nation
And stabbing my nation will be killing my dreams

God does not demand from us perfection but our efforts
What good will our tantrums be
If behind closed doors our hearts are weak
And in the crowd we chorus like beasts

I learnt a prayer
“Dear God guide the seekers and disarm the destroyers”
And while we wait to be healed of this possession
Collectively we remain the exorcists of our demons. Within and without.


  1. Nafisa Atta says:

    MashaaAllah you hit the nail on the head sister!


    Beasts of Naija, Beasts of West Africa,
    Beasts of every land and clime,
    Hearken to my joyful tidings
    Of the Golden future time.
    Soon or late the day is coming,
    Tyrant Man shall be o’erthrown,
    And the fruitful fields of Naija
    Shall be trod by beasts alone.
    Rings shall vanish from our noses,
    And the harness from our back,
    Bit and spur shall rust forever,
    Cruel whips no more shall crack.
    Riches more than mind can picture,
    Millet and Garri, Corn and Yam,
    Plantain, beans, and Sweet-Potatoes
    Shall be ours upon that day.
    Bright will shine the fields of Naija,
    Purer shall its waters be,
    Sweeter yet shall blow its breezes
    On the day that sets us free.
    For that day we all must labour,
    Though we die before it break;
    Cows and Donkeys, Ducks and Guinea Fowls,
    All must toil for freedom’s sake.
    Beasts of Naija, Beasts of West Africa ,
    Beasts of every land and clime,
    Hearken well, and spread my tidings
    Of the Golden future time. – Edited by Nafisa Atta.

  2. usman says:

    Alhamdulillah, May Allaah make our affairs easy for us, indeed we are the cause of our problems, we are at the forefront of mischief, wickedness, intolerance and all other actions that are totally inimical to the teachings of Islam.Truely what’s happening in our society today is a clear reflection of who we are, what do we do? CHANGE!!!

  3. Hajiya Rabiat usman Uk says:

    Masha Allah, sakallahu khair sis, keep it up, cos we’hv a long way go, may Allah cntn to guide, protect, n fevour us the knwlgd to inlight ourselves on were to follow. I pray may in His mercy grant u al-jannatul firdaus.

  4. garba says:

    Great piece again, Sister Aishah. May Allah SWT increase you in knowledge and wisdom, Ameen. Allah SWT will bring succour for us in this country, Ameen. The abduction of the innocent girls and world-world condemnation of the ineptitute of the governement in handling the girls’ situation may be an eye-opener for us to unite and help ourselves. Best wishes.

  5. luba Abba says:

    Masha Allah my dearest sis, it is indeed a great piece. May Allah Subhanahu wata’ala come to our aid in this country and may we continue to follow the right path so that Allah will continue to shower us with His abundant blessings

  6. Hajiya Rabiat usman Uk says:

    Shaytan is on the prowl! We also relax bcos our archenemy is on the prowl with many of his weapons airmed at us, so if one missed us, the other will not. And the only one who is saved is one whom Allah protects. One of the most potent weapons his arsenal is procrasination: fooing us into thinking that there is time or well i’m still young so i have a lot of time to live and make amends. Is that really So? Hawve we not heard of people younger than us who have died, people who are our age who have died? So where is the confidence comimg from that we have a long way to go? This is one of the tricks of Shaytaan, so let us avoid it.Beside, we do falter now and then, so the only way see can at

  7. Hajiya Rabiat usman Uk says:

    Added: the only way se can at least try to aid ourselves is to race to doing good. Another of his weapon is to make us feel that we had done a good job in way of Allah, so coupled with all the ahadeeth that give promises of good in the hereafter, then we should be coasting safely to paradise! Hmmm, is it not Allah that decides on what acts to accept from Us. The prophet(saw) when they do on act that has been enjoined upon them, Allah should accept it from them. Allah says about prophet Ibrahim(as) “And remember when Ibrahim n his son Ismail were raising the founditions of ka’abah at Makkah, saying “O Lord!Accept from Us (this service) Varilly! You are the All Hearer, the All knower(2:127) if messengers of Allah pray to Allah to accept theor deeds, are we not in better in need of that? The way out is to seek for Allah’s assistance and remain steadfast along the path. We should always remember, this life is short and it is the place of work while the hereafter is long and the place of reward. So keep up the tempo of doing good deeds all the time.salam alaikum

  8. Muhammad A. Sani says:

    Salam ya ukhti,
    Wow!!! I’ve nothing but praises n more praises 4 u, I’m overwhelmed w emotion as ur words reach my heart, my heart bleeds 4 “Us”…
    “We” (Nigerians), have defiled ourselves as such we’ve incurred Allah’s wrath, May Allah (SWT) in His infinite mercy 4give n guide ‘Us’ n “them” right, may he answer all our rightly guided prayers n may he grant us d qualities needed 2 change our ways, May Allah (SWT) 4rm His infinite knowledge grant ‘U’ more ‘ilm’, may He widen ur understanding, grant u more health n vitality, may He also widen d breadth of ur reach, enlighten more of us n grant us peace, ameen thumma ameen wa ameen.
    Rabbana taqabbal min na wa minkum, jazakallah khairan.

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