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Praise be to Allah, the most merciful, the Holy sovereign as well as guardian of faith, and the exalt in might. He is the master of the day of judgement. He sent Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) with His message (Islamic religion) as a teacher, convener of his message and His mercy upon all human beings.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY:
Allah (S.W.T) sent Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) with the religion of Islam as a complete way of life of humanity. It is the process conveying this great message. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) spent His life preaching, teaching and also fighting wars against the unbelievers who are disdainful and arrogant.
Successfully, the prophet (S.A.W) established an Islamic state. Immediately after the death of the Prophet (S.A,W), his Sahaba, under the leadership of the four rightly guided caliphs, continued with this mighty job. It is through efforts Islam entered Africa including Hausa land. But due to the absence revivalists and preachers, Islam was adulterated with innovations and some other religions practices which include Christianity, as a religion being practiced in every northern states of Nigeria is one amongst the most largest religion in the whole Nigeria after our religion (Islam).
Moreover, there’re quiet a number of Christians in Kebbi state that are practicing the religion of Christianity and always thinking and trying to propagate their religion in a systematic ways, which includes their meetings the do holds every now and then and thought their various worshipping destinations and even through the media. These, had brought backwardness in the religion of Islam which is already made for the purpose of propagation.
Being the religion of Islam always at its peals, that’s why Allah (S.W.T) laid it a foundation on the basis of knowledge and propagating and calling or preaching to the religion. And the religion of Islam is the religion that is calling people upon guidance and the straight path of the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). That’s why Allah
(S.W.T) has mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an telling and commanding the prophet (S.A.W) to call people upon the religion of Islam.
“Invite (all) to the way of your lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and urge them in ways that are the best”1
And to those who are against the Prophet and always disbelieving him and his calling towards the religion of Allah, Allah says:-
“And fight them on until there is no more persecution and the religion becomes Allah in it’s entity”2
1.2 SCOPE AND LIMITATION:
The research is about the activity of Christian association of
Nigeria (C.A.N), their activities religion and political activities.
Therefore, it is strictly going to function on it, with regards of these a brief history of Christian association of Nigeria (C.A.N) will be given together with their aims and objectives.3
1.3 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY:
This work will serve as a source of awareness or knowledge on how the Christian activities or association of Nigeria are in existence. Therefore, according to my verification and understanding, there has never been a copy of these sort of little research or written work done by anyone. So, if this is the case, this research will serve as a source of information for anyone that will conduct a research concerning the activities of C.A.N, likewise, it will also serve as an guide for those who want to know about C.A.N.4
1.4 STATEMENT OF THE RESEARCH PROBLEMS:
Like any other research, the researcher is likely to encounter some problems. Such problems may include time factor as this not the only problem to be faced by the researcher. For instance, the researcher may be engage in other academic works such as class lectures, writing assessments, examinations, and so on. This coupled with the limited time given which are all considered as problems.
The research would face some financial problems as the scholarship can not take care of the whole expenses which would include photocopy of materials, typing and binding.
Lastly, most of the date to be gathered is through the internet and some other material and also through interviewing those who are well versed on the research topic.
1.5 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
The aims and objectives is to improve to people on how the activities of Christian association of Nigeria (C.A.N) is undergoing in so many of the Muslim state and Islam, such that we should which of the two religions to the true way to salvation and adhere, to it strictly and also to know the myth and falsehood contained there in, if any.
Apart from these, there are some specific aims and objectives to the research work which include:
1. To enable one to know more about his religion and abide by the decorum, or otherwise.
2. To help one in the evaluation of truth.
3. It is these a very effective tool of Hikkmah (wisdom) in Da’awah (call to the way of Allah).
4. To help one understand other people’s ways of life, and the different opinions they uphold.
5. Understand the disparities within other religion and thereby leads to nature respect and peaceful co-existence.
This research would be carried out through the usage of primary sources, like internet and books, the research would also be carried out by using the two scriptures i.e. Qur’an and bible. Other written materials, like articles, magazines, journals and other related works, found in the libraries would be considered In this research. Therefore, will only be carried out using internet and other written materials.5
The research work is divided into four chapters; chapter one all the preliminaries such as background, scope and limitation, significance of study, statement of research problems, aims and objectives, methodology, structure as well as literature reviews.
Chapter two discusses the history of C.A.N, their formation and aims and objectives and also their secret agenda.
Chapter three consist of C.A.N agenda in Kebbi State discovered, Christian religion political activities in Kebbi, CAN religion political chauvism and also a brief review of religions politicking of C.A.N and C.A.N versus Shari’ah.
Chapter four highlights the C.A.N dozens of protest, Qur’an and three Christian casualties, summary and them conclusion.
1.8 LITRERITURE REVIEW.
Indeed there are some works carried out by various authors that discussed the activities of Christian association of Nigeria which really shows the relevance to the same topic or research, this would no doubt assist to view relevant information contained in these works among them are:
The book titled “Nigerian crisis” this work highlighted some issues that talked about the Nigerian religious situation.
A book titled. “Christian Associations of Nigeria”.
A book titled. “Anatomy of Bible” the main aim of writing this book, according to another is to enable him identify, and discover the authenticity of the Qur’an and the Bible. He said and I quote: “in the course of my studies, I discovered that Bible is full of contractions, interpolations, obscurities and myths legends and written by some unknown authors who are neither men of God nor Holy Prophet.
A book titled. “Comparative religion; the texture of the glorious Qur’an and the Bible” a lot of things about comparative religion were discussed in this book, like the divinity, son ship and crucifixion of Jesus (P.B.U.H) in addition to author.
A book title “the teachings of Jesus on five illars of Islam, the book was written, as a reply and rejoinder to a book “Who is Allah” by G. Moshey. Although the book/materials stated above are not in any way pointing directly to the stipulated topic of this research, but are relevant and still very useful in carrying out or making this research.
1. Qur’an 3:
2. Qur’an 5:
3. Ibid p.40
4. A.M Gumi, op. cit. p91.