Tehran (Basirat) :A ceremony will be held in Qom’s Jamkaran Mosque to commemorate third anniversary of Zaria Massacre in Nigeria, in which Sheikh Zakzaki was arrested by Nigerian army.
A ceremony will be held in Qom’s Jamkaran Mosque to commemorate third
anniversary of Zaria Massacre in Nigeria, in which Sheikh Zakzaki was arrested
by Nigerian army.
The ceremony is scheduled to start Thursday night, 13th December 2018, in
Jamkaran Mosque; according to Qods News Agency (Qodsna) some 400 Nigerian
scholars will also attend the ceremony.
According to the report Ayatollah Tabatayi will address the audience.
Ibraheem Zakzaky was born on 5 May 1953 (15 Sha’ban 1372 AH), in Zaria, Kaduna
State. He attended the Provincial Arabic School, Zaria (1969-1970), the School
for Arabic Studies, Kano from 1971-1976, where he obtained the ‘Grade II’
Certificate, and the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria (1976-1979), where he
earned a first-class bachelor's degree in Economics. The degree was denied to
him by the university authorities due to his Islamic activities. During his
university days, he was active in student Islamic unionism, where he became the
secretary-general of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) at the Main
Campus of the university (1977/78), and later became Vice President
(International Affairs) of the National Body of the MSSN in 1979.
The same year, he is said to have become so impressed with the 1979 Iranian
Revolution Later, Zakzaky went to Iran, ultimately becoming a Shia cleric. At
home, he became the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and turned it into
a vehicle for proselytizing and gaining followers in the 1990s. As a result of
his activities, millions have converted to Shia Islam in a country once with
hardly any Shia population.
Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky is an outspoken and foremost Shi'a Muslim cleric in Nigeria.
He is the head of Nigeria's Islamic Movement, a movement that he founded in the
late 1970s, when he was a student at Ahmadu Bello University, and began
preaching Islam around 1979, at the time of the Iranian revolution—which saw
Iran’s monarchy overthrown and replaced with an Islamic republic under Ayatollah
Khomeini. Zakzaky believed that the establishment of a republic along similar
religious lines in Nigeria would be feasible. He has been detained several times
due to accusations of civil disobedience or recalcitrance under military regimes
in Nigeria during the 1980s and 1990s, and is still viewed with suspicion or as
a threat by Nigerian authorities. In December 2015, the Nigerian Army raided his
residence in Zaria, seriously injured him, and killed hundreds of his followers;
since then, he has remained under state detention in the nation's capital
pending his release, which was ordered in late 2016.