A Brief History of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria / Zeenah Ibraheem

A Brief History of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria
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Author: Zeenah Ibraheem

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Imprint: Islamic Human Rights Commission

Publication date: 15 November 2022

90 pages

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All profits go to IHRC Trust’s Nigeria Fund that assists victims of the violence who need medical assistance, and the families of those killed by the security services.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a decades-long non-violent struggle that focuses on establishing an Islamic State and alternative government, having taken inspiration from the Iranian Revolution. Founded by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the movement, its leaders and activists still face hostility.

This book provides a thorough understanding of the movement’s development from the perspective of Zeenah Ibraheem covering many topics such as the Funtua Declaration, the Zaria Massacres of 2014 and 2015 and many experiences with the movement’s opposition. The book also discusses the works of Sheikh El-Zakzaky in the expansion and progression of the movement since its birth as well as overviewing his many imprisonments without charge and attacks against him, his family and members of the movement. 

The author provides a first-hand account of her and her family’s struggles in fighting for truth and justice in a country rife with corruption and a government still under the influence of Western imperialism.

This retelling provides a historical narrative of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria from the perspective of one of its leaders and the challenges which have arisen when resisting an oppressive government.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky visiting the graves of the Shuhadah killed protesting his and the members of the movement’s imprisonment between September 1996 – December 1998.  Sheikh visited the graveyard first on release from prison, before returning home.

December 1998: Members of the movement follow the car taking Sheikh El-Zakzaky from prison upon his release.

London, UK, 1980s: Sheikh El-Zakzaky meets members from global Islamic movements including Ayatollah Amini from Iran.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky pictured outside the court house after his and Mallimah Zeenah’s release on 28 July 2021.  They flew from Kaduna to Abuja the same day.

6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL QUDS CONFERENCE 2021/1442: Islamic movement in Nigeria commemorates the International Quds Day #ZariaMassacre of 2014. The theme of this year’s program is ‘From Palestine to Africa, The same Invaders’. Traditionally marked on 25th July.

Close relatives of Sheikh el-Zakzkay visit him an Mallimah Zeenah after their release, 11 September 2021.  James prayers are led by Sheikh’s elder brother Sheikh Abdulqadir Ya’qoub.

Photos from Muallim El-Zakzaky’s youth

Sheikh Zakzaky acting as a facilitator at the UJN Europe meeting in London, UK, 2010.