Zaria Massacre: “How I Lost My Husband, 6 Children” – Maimuna Abdullahi Abbas


In this interview with Newsmen in Zaria, Malama Maimuna Abdullahi
Abbas gives an insight on her ordeal, losing her soul mate and six
children during the clamp down on the Islamic movement in Nigeria.

Below is the interview.

Q. Introduce yourself to our readers
A. I am Maimuna Abdullahi Husaini
Q. Can you tell us the number of your family members who were confirm
martyred in the aftermath of the recent attack by the Nigerian
military at Hussainiyya Baqiyatullah and Gyellesu (Sheikh Zakzaky’s
residence) from 12th-14th December?
A. Precisely, I can’t say the number since they haven’t give us a
single corpse of our brothers. Though, some are saying 3 of my sons
are confirm and the whereabout of the 3 is still unknown. But no
matter what Allah rules, its the best for us. Its a test which he give
believers, May Allah give us the fortitude to bear it.
Q. How many are they?
A. They are 7, Abdullahi Abbas (My husband), Abdulrazak Abdullahi,
Abbas Abdullahi, Muhammad Abdullahi, Ahmad Abdullahi, Ibrahim
Abdullahi and Jawad Abdullahi.
Q. In brief, What, when and how was your last encounter with the 7 of them?
A. All of them were in school, so we haven’t spoke before their demise.

Q. How how can you describe this clampdown on the Islamic movement?
A. Its a mega test indeed from Allah (swt) and that’s how the path is. My children, in thier utterance have said that they are workers
(Islamic activists) and ready to go any moment.
Q. During the attack, the Soldiers invaded the residence of the leader
of the Islamic movement Sheikh Zakzaky, killed his 3 sons in cold
blood, shot him and his wife before whisking away with them, how can
you describe your ordeals after losing a soul mate and 6 sons?
A. I feel tensed any time I remember, that 3 of  Sheikh Zakzaky’s are
killed in cold blood and that led to the exponentiation of my blood
pressure *crying*.
Q. In terms of behavior, how can you describe your children?
A. Throughout thier life, they hate my annoyance or distress and I
hate theirs. And, I don’t have grudge with anyone among them. They are
all excelling in thier studies. They have been peaceful with thier
Dad. My prayer is if they are martyred, May Allah accept their
martyrdom and if they they are alive may Allah liberate them.
Q. The last but not the least, what’s your message to fellow brothers
and sisters as well as mothers who lost thier children during the
A. My message to fellow embattled mothers is; May Allah give them the
fortitude to bear the lost, since I our leader’s trial is more than
ours and his children are tens of ours.



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