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Steve Van Nattan

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ISLAM'S RESPONSE
TO AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION
IN NIGERIA


The history of Islam in Nigeria has examples of a wide range of interaction with African traditional belief systems and practices. At certain times, particularly when Muslims constituted a minority, a pluralist response to other cultures and religions occurred.

Muslims took the view that different forms of primal religion could exist side by side with them in the same society. Coupled with this was the recognition that the social and political structure of the wider society could be accommodated. Individual Muslims, and whole communities, throughout Nigeria have incorporated into Islam to varying degrees different aspects of traditional life....

In as much as the primal religions of Nigeria are, by definition, not world religions with mission and expansion as goals, they are not competitors with Islam or Christianity. On the other hand, their tenacity and the resilience of their traditional ritual and spiritual life pose a challenge to a religion like Islam with holistic demands on its adherents.... The elimination of "pagan practices" has therefore been a theme of Muslim renewal as much as they theme of early mission diaries. It has been the remarkable ideological achievement of Islam in Nigeria to present itself convincingly as more essentially "African", despite a history of repudiation, sometimes militant, of many aspects of African cultures.

As a universalist religion, Islam has confronted indigenous religious systems whose "solutions" to problems of explanation, social structure, and fertility have often appeared more effective to the local community. The relevance and immediacy of masked cults and the figurative art of shrines, which at least in theory Islam rejects, have clearly not diminished under the impact of Muslim practice. Indigenous religious systems, embedded in particular social formations and economic activities, have therefore rarely been eliminated in contact with Islam. The process of Islamisation has more often produced creative adaptations of traditional categories, the bori cult in northern Nigeria is an example; or wider socio-economic changes have more abruptly destroyed the cultural nexus in which forms of primal religion thrived. In the latter case Islam is often the beneficiary but rarely the sole cause.

Islam does not, of course, reject as false every aspect of belief and practice found in indigenous religion.... It accepts a spirit world, and the Qur'an sanctions the belief in mystical powers. In consequence it has been able to accommodate itself to many of the spirit forces found within the primal religions of West Africa. Moreover a number of other important traditional practices, like divination, or magic accepted as sihr, are with qualification and modification recognised by Islam as legitimate. Practioners of divination and experts on traditional spiritual categories bridge the gap between Islam and primal religions burring the edges of Muslim orthopraxis to create a form of popular religion. In this huge penumbra, malams and teachers are able to refine popular understanding of Islam in a progressive process of Islamisation.

The complexity of this process and the capacity of individuals to practice a type of personal religious pluralism is inevitably denied in Muslim discourse which tends towards normative assertions. Thus most Nigeria Muslims would want to stress that they... have a "right" and a duty to convert "pagans" from primal religions to the universal religion. Furthermore, the Qur'an gives a collective obligation, in 9v5, to the Muslim community to wage holy war, Jihad against polytheists and unbelievers in order to subject them to Muslim rule.

(Excerpted from Clark P.B., & Linden I., Islam in Modern Nigeria, (Munchen, 1984), 138-149.)

 

 

Steve Van Nattan-- As with the Whore, the Roman Catholic Church, the pagan is "converted" by accommodating his paganism. The Catholic priest goes to an African beer drink, and after all the men are drunk and passed out, the priest hangs a Mary or crucifix medal around their neck. When they sober up these men find that they have become Catholics. Who could possibly resist a religion which offers the dignity of the White race while sanctifying drunkenness?

Thus, the initial entry of Islam into pagan nations and tribes is with much accommodation also. Later, after the culture has absorbed much of Islam, there is a "revival," and the pagans are finally cleansed by force. When Imam George Bush said, "Islam is a good and peace loving religion," he was being duped by the Imams gathered around him.

The Islamic leaders behave in a most civilized manner in the USA today, but the day will come, as in Canada, when Islam increases in numbers are impact on the culture. At that time the Mullahs will demand that the US Court system recognize Sharia Islamic law as the law of the land, "but only for Muslims." As with Canada, the sucker politicians in the USA will cut such a deal, and the next action by the Mullahs will be to demand the annihilation of Christianity in all life.

After Islam has finally taken the high ground, this is George Bush's "good and peace loving religion."
No Children watching this please.

Given the final choice, American Christians must be prepared to either leave the USA to keep their faith intact or attack Islam in the spirit of Phinehas. There is no third choice. It is preposterous to suggest that Christianity cut a deal with Islam the way African tribes did, though this is just what George Bush has done as he speaks soft pleasant words about Islam.

Here is the alternative to fleeing the land if Islam takes charge.

Numbers 25:6 (KJV) And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.
15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.
16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
17 Vex the Midianites, and smite them:
18 For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.

Psalms 106:30 (KJV) Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.
31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.

If Islam takes the high ground in the USA, you will NOT have the choice to be persecuted, you will die. Fundamentalist Islam has supplanted the moderate Islam of 1000 to 1900 AD. There is no longer a moderate alternative where Islam is in power. So, consider your options, and get a permit to carry.

Meanwhile, if you would like to try to prevent this, there is NO power on earth to stop Islam except the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you know a Muslim, and if you think someone else will give them the Gospel, you will find them one day giving you the choice of submitting to Allah or die. It is war, and there is no place for the timid.

Here is the message to Muslims.

 

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Here is a scholarly paper showing many ways in which Islam practices divination in Africa, and did so from very ancient times.

Islamic instruction on the divination uses of the 99 names of allah

 

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