Spiritual Night: The three Musketeers

Adeyemi Kamardeen A.


With a stir of emotional arousal, the lecturer, Ustadh Amubikan, took everyone on a journey relating to the intellectual and high endowments of the mind through the topic -The Three Musketeers- during the last Weekly Spiritual Night programme organised by the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, University of Ibadan branch, immediately after Solatul Magrib on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

The lecturer started by stating that there are three things Allah would not, whether by way of remuneration and return or as a matter of necessity, ask us. And they are: whatever we forget, whatever we are ignorant of, and whatever we do under coercion.

In furtherance of his speech, he stated that thirty-nine things can not be appealed by the Shariah of Allah; although insinuation is said to be one of them, he mentioned another three things out of the thirty-nine that cannot be appealed by Allah. One of which is a lady who refused to speak out until she was betrothed. He illuminated that by giving more clarity that it is not allowed in Islam to keep silent on what is not appealing to you on betrothal. The second is a doctor who kills a patient out of ignorance; the third is a mufty (preacher) who gives injunctions of the religion base on ignorance.

Digging the ground into the main topic of the day, he mentioned At-Taqwa (Piety), Al-Muhasabah (Accountability or Accessibility), and Al-Muroqobah (Vigilance) as the three musketeers we should be armed with as Muslims.

At-Taqwa was described by Imam 'Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) who was described by the holy prophet as 'the gateway of knowledge'. Not only that, but the prophet also said that 'whoever wants to admit him (the prophet) as his leader should admit 'Ali also as his leader'. At-Taqwa was defined by Imam 'Ali as the undue reverence of Allah, The Jaleel (Who has no source of greatness and Who nothing contributes to His Greatness); contentment with little; and acting upon that which has been sent down; and preparing for the Day of Journey (Death).

He explained Al-Muhasabah (Accountability or Accessibility) as what Jibreel (may Allah be pleased with him) said to the Holy Prophet as ' the way of being devoted to Allah as if you can see Him; then if you can't see Him, He sees you.

He proceeded to his word of liberation, giving a sermon about the last 'musket', Al-Muroqabah (Vigilance). We need to be alert and watchful, and give relentless attention to things that will harm our devotion to Allah. Although being strictly conscious of our devotion to Allah is a firearm to successful worship, piety, and also accessibility, are armour to achieving consciousness.

He concluded that the prophet said no one will leave the front of Allah without answering four questions: how he spent his life (age), how he used his body, how he used his knowledge; the source of his wealth, and how it is spent.

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