Religious Intervention to Resolve Crisis By Prof. Sabitu Olagoke

Prof 4When one accepts a faith, it is for one to be submitted to the will of his or her creator for the purpose of destiny realization.

This is because in every religion there is always a mechanism to regulate and control all affairs, most especially in the area of personal rule, social and spiritual control for all activities to be duly regulated in the line with the upheld scripture which must be the supreme consultation by which adherents are supposed to live their lives because all scriptures are considered to have a divine construct, religious curriculum, therefore, is expected to be more superior in value and potency, than the social construct we call the nation's constitution.

Religion and those who symbolize its existence usually play the tertiary fiddle and are classified into the poor second to the fourth estate of the realm of the government-the Media, which is but equally abused into the poor state of a watchdog for the government to play around most of the time as a pun in the hands of the powerful.

1Corithians 6: 5-10 alludes to the above observations. ''I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

7Now, therefore there is utterly a fault among you because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be Not Deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.''

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This is why in clear terms the Almighty Allah admonished the Muslims not only to be true believers but to truly resolve conflicts through the process of Mediation, Conciliation, and Arbitration and at the utmost level to use the Scripture to adjudicate on any ensuing matters. The Holy Quran refers, ''To thee, we send the Scripture in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: So judge between them by what Allah hath revealed(the Jews through the old Testament, the Christians through the New Testament and the Muslims through the Holy Quran to avoid sentiments or bias for a religion other than that of our faith, with a clear purpose to respect individual fundamental human rights), and follow not their vain desires diverging from the Truth that hath come today to each among you have we prescribed the law and an open way. If Allah has so willed, He would have made you a single person, but His plan is to test you in what He hath given you: So strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah. It is He that will show you the Truth of the matters in which He disputes.''

For the above reasons, let us all put on the armor of prayer and the virtue of patience, perseverance, and tolerance in our homes, large compounds, communities, and the society as adherents of our faiths that have learned sufficiently enough in the houses of God to the benefit of self and the society through settling conflicts without external intervention.

The best option to keep up with amity in the home and peaceful co-existence in the society is to live by the Scripture for the benefit of others. Do not allow sins to develop into crimes. They are preventable


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