Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Rashad denies supporting Al Habash

sheikh RashadFew months back, agents of the Ethiopian government circulated a video claiming that   the renown linguist and religious scholar Dr.  Sheik Mohammed Rashaa Kabir Abdulle supported the government’s decision  to impose the Al Habash politico-religious ideology on the Muslim population. The video showed leaders of the old Mejlis chatting with Sheik Mohammed Rashad. While many were shocked, very few believed  that  the  pious man who spent his entire life dedicated to advancing the freedom and intellectual growth of his people would  support such devious agenda. Now Sheik Mohammed Rashad has sent out  a press release denouncing the government’s claims and reaffirming that he remains a loyal servant of his people and would never collaborate with their enemies.

In the press release Sheik Mohammed Rashad states that  he knew Sheik Abdullahi  Harari ( leader of the Al habash)  since 1957 when they attended a university together in Damascus, Syria. However  their relationship ended few years later when Sheik Mohammed Rashad  left Damascus for Cairo [ to pursue  his graduate studies  at Al Azhar University]. Explaining how the video used by the government came to existence  he states that  the Mejlis leaders came to  Adama claiming that they wanted to pay a visit as he has been sick for the last few years. After meeting him, they told him that  they would like to take him to hospital in Fifninne.  There they took him to a hotel where he was supposed to be staying while awaiting treatment. Unknown to him, the Mejlis was having conference  at the same hotel. Thus a government official approached him and  asked him to say few words to the gathering as the Oromo would listen to and benefit from his words of wisdom. He emphatically denies having any prior knowledge about the agenda of the meeting ( promoting al Habash). Afterwards, the government released a heavily edited video ( whose audio  does not match the pictures), purportedly showing the Sheik  endorsing Al Habash. Therefore, the Sheikh pleads with the public not to believe the government propaganda.

Sheikh Mohammed Rashad is a preeminent Oromo intellectual who made immense contribution to his people’s struggle, particularly in the development of Afan Oromo. Educated under the the famous nationalist spiritual leader Sheik Bakri Saphalo who invented an Oromo script,  Sheik Rashad began searching for ways of developing a writing system for the language at early age. Following the advise of his mentor, he went abroad  to pursue formal education. He attended  universities in Damascus  and Palestine. He later joined  Al-Azhar University in Cairo where he received  his doctorate.  He graduated top of  his class and was awarded the National Medal of Achievement from the then president of Egypt,  Jamal Abdulnasr  in 1963.

Upon graduation, the Al Azhar University appointed him to be the magistrate for their branch school in Mogadishu, Somalia. Later he was hired by the Somali government in the department of education as linguistic expert. This new job gave him an opportunity to study the Oromo language further using the available Somali sources. His comparative studies on Somali and Afan Oromo resulted in him developing the Qubee Afan Oromo as it is used today. Along with other Oromo  refugees such as the linguist and poet Ayub Abubakar, he started the first Afan Oromo radio broadcast in Mogadishu. Later,  while Ayub was killed, Sheikh Rashad  was forced to leave Mogadishu for Suadi Arabia due to fear of reprisal from the Ethiopian government that was threatened by the radio and his literature. There he continued with independent scholarly work producing several publish and unpublished manuscripts on religion, language and history. His publications include.

 

  • The first Quran translation in Afaan Oromo
  • Translated over 40 Hadith books from Arabic to Afaan Oromo
  • Produced this first Somali- Afan Oromo dictionary
  • Numerous articles on Islam with particular emphcises on Eastern Africa
  • Hadji and Umra guidance book for Oromo pilgrims
  • Translation of Towhid in writing and audio form
  • Collection of poems in Afan Oromo
  • Children stories in Afan Oromo
  • History of prophet Muhammad in Afan Oromo
  • History of Islam in Afan Oromo
  • Arabic-Oromo dictionary ( the first)
  • Collection of Oromo traditional songs such miriysaa, dhiichisa, shaggooyyee, geerarsa,

Because  such this great scholarly endeavors , the Oromo Studies Association bestowed on him its ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’  in 2009. In his late 80′s,   Sheikh Mohammed Rashad currently lives in Adama town where he continue to write.

 

Below is Sheik Mohammed Rashad’s press release

Labsa: An namni na jala deema malee nama nama jala deemuu miti

Yaa Ilmaan Oromoo yookaan ilmaan Islaamaa wannin addaan isinii baasu takkaayuu isinii ibsu barbaada. An sheikh Abdallaahi Hararii dur wal beyna ammata 60 dura kharaa Suuriyaa ( Dimishqa ) wajji dheynee an xiqqoo wajji qara`ee 1957 san booda achittin dhiise kharaa Misraa deemee eegasii walin qunnamne oduu isaa nin dhagaya garuu wal quban qabnu. Yaa ilmaan Oromoo akkuma duraan na beytan sanin jira hin jijjiiramne Maallaqni nan jirjiiru, daragaan nan jirjiirtu, Qur`aana fii Hadiisa jala deemuutu dirqama malee waan biraa jala hin deemnu. Waan biyya kheessa deemu khana quban qabu an durirraa khopaa kiyya dalaguu ture nama takkalletti hin irkanne waan ummata Oromo fayyadu malee takkaa hin daleyne.

Garuu filima interneetirraa dabarsanii jaalawan kiyya waan dabarsan irraa hin aarinaa wanni sababaan an achitti argameef wal’aansa sif goona naan je`an Finfinnee na fidanii Hoteelatti wal qunnamne malee teessoo ajandaa isaanii quban qabu. Namni tokko naan ibsine yaada isaanii mootummaan natti dhuftee khoottuu bakka tana waa xiqqo dubbadhu naan je`an ati Oromoon si dhageessi, si jaalatti waa xiqqo yaada nuu dabarsi je`an malee namni aqiidaa amma magaalaa kheessa deemtu tana fudhadhu naan je`e hin jiru odoo naan je`anii jiraatanillee ani na beytan an namni na jala deema malee nama nama jala deemu miti . Yaa ilmaan Oromoo kan biyya alaatifii biyya kheesa jirtan hundi wanni isin beysisuu barbaadu an biyyaa Adaama amata 5 kheessa jira namni tokko Majlisarraa dhufee kan na ziyaaree yaada wal dabarfanne yookaa yaada amma biyya kheessa deemaa jiru khana dhufanii nan gaafanne, yaada narraa fudhanne ( an akkuma quba qabdan na dhukkuba deemuu hin dandayu harkaa fii miilaatu narratti du`ee jira waan biyya kheessa deemu khana quban qabuu ammoo odoon quban qabaadhallee deebisa isii nin qaba odoon fayyaa qabaadhe ammoo waan biyya kheesa deemu khana ittin dhiisu.

Yaa jaalawwan kiyya wanni isinii dhaamu akka maqaa waliin xureesine isiniin je`a. ammo yaada tokko tokko bakkan chiisutti nan dhagaya akka walitti hin mufanne kan ala jirtan, kan biyya keessa jirtan hundi yaada khiyya hiikkaa qur`aana kiyya itti deebi`aa laala weyb saayti khana laala

( www.rashaad.org

http://rashaad.org/ki_xahgaawiya`aa_1.htm

Galatooma isiniin je`a
Magaalaa Adaamarraa.

 

 

20 Responses to Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Rashad denies supporting Al Habash

  1. Abba Garoo January 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Duris isin jaallannaa ammas akkasuma Sheekha keenya. Kiyyoo wayyaaneen kiyyaatu ni beeknaa. Wayyaaneen dhara miti otuu isheen dhugaa dubbattellee namni harkaa fudhatu hin jiruu. Kanaafuu hin yaadda’ina. Rabbiin afiyaa kessan isiniif haa deebisu. Umrii dheera isiniif haa kennu.

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  2. Yayu haga yoomii oromiyaan mohammed January 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

    As wr wabarakaatuhu.duraan dursee baay’ee akkaa isin jaaladhu isiniif ibsuun barbaada.ani akka yaada kootiitti wanti hojjatame kun kan sirraa ka’e osoo hin tahin wanta namoonni ummata oromootiifi ummata islaamaa jibban hojjataniidha .kun maqaballeessaadha.umrii dheeradhu,nagatti.

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  3. Adam January 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    What the sheikh is saying is that he never supported the said al Habash. That his stand is explained in his Qur’anic translation. But the comment above/from Fato/ implies that the Sheikh supported and retreated afterwards. For anyone who knows the character of this regime in Ethiopia, it is likely that they tried to cheat and take out some phrases from the old man’s mouth and then stitched the pieces together to fit and feed their propaganda machine. Anyways soon or later their attempt became naked in front of the public. If they are ashamed of what they did, though I believe they are not that type.

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  4. Marsimoonaa January 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Sheekha keenya Dr. Mohammad Rashaad, ammallee umrii dheeradhu! Rabbi si dhinsee fayyaa walitti siif haa dhaabu! ISIN JAALANNA!

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  5. johar_m January 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    ASALAMUALEYKUM WARAHMATULAHI WABARAKATUYA SHEKA M.RASHAD ABDULE SHEKA KENYA DURAN DURSE WANIN AN JA’U RABBIIN FAYYA TE BAKKATI SIF HA DEBBISU NAGAYA SITTI HA TAHU UMRI DHERTU SIF HA KANU….NUTTI UMMANI OROMMO FI ISLAMNI HUNDI DURIS AMMAS SI JALANA ILMI NAMA WAN FEDHE NAMAN JA’A ATTI NAMA SII ZALAMES RABBIIF JACHA IRRA KUTTIF IZNI GODHIF…ILMI NAMA TAHE KA FATANAMNE HIN JIRU… OROMMON GUTTUN SI JALATI DURIS AMMAS

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  6. samiir January 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    As wr wb yaa sheekha kheenya khabajamaa nuti duraanu si beeyna aqiidaan tee Ahlu sunna wal jamaa’aadha Rabbii walin ragaa siif baana Rabbiin dalaga ree bareedu miizaana hasanaatarra siif haa khaayu dalagaan hojjatamte tun warra maqaa nama balleysu barbaadu dalagee warra maqaa nama balleysu khana rabbin jazaa isaanin male haa deebi’uf jzk

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  7. Galamsiyyii January 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    As wr wb, sheekha kheenya Dr.Mohammad Rashaad Khabiir Abdullee Khabiir Mummayyaa Carcar, arras tehee borus hawaasa oromoo bal’aa biratti kabaajaa fi jaalalti tee honga hin qabdu, keessumattuu qoodni ati ilmaan oromoo diin afaan isaanitin barsiisurratti ,Qubee afaan oromoo qophessurratti fi ummata iromoo qabsoo irratti jajjabeesuu irratti gumaachite waan seenaa keessatti yoomiyyuu galmaaye jiruu dha. Kanaafu Rabbi fayyaas isiniif haa khannu,umriis isin haa dheereessu, akhirattis jannataan isin haa qabaniisu.yaa abbaa Qubee fii seenaa oromoo

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  8. nabil January 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    walay amaale nijaalaana amaale ni jalaana issin oromon issin muslimni.rabbin wan ja’e dhageeysani nama hama tokko hama jatee itti hin murteesini jaa’ boda qaceelu malaa.

    shek mohammed rashaad ossoo namu hindamaaqin kandame keysa hi .yeroo amma umrissaatis demtee jirti.walaay rabbitin issini kakkaadha sila islmaa tattan wanuma ummaani maqa irra kaa’an kana footo issaa wajin ka’un keysan nama gadissisaa..haalaani jalaadha rabbif jaacha

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  9. hirmaataa rakkoo January 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Hunda dura hayyuun oromoo kun waanta hammana hin jedhamne oromoof buuseera, nama oafaan isaaf hinaafu dha, kutataa, nama guddaa, waan hundaaf bu’aan isaan oromoof buusan yoomuu seenaan hin irraanfatu!

    wantichi soba akka tahe kana dura baira gahame, garuu wayyaaneen namni kun nama beekamaa waan tahaniif tarii sabni oromoo isaan dhaggeeffate dhuguma se’ee yaada ahbash kana ni fudhataa laata ykn immii yeroof cunfuse goona jedhanii itti yaadanii kan hojjetaniidha, yoomuu qaamni atopphiyaadha ofiin jedhau kamuu oromoo tokkotti siqee yommuu haasofsiisuu barbaadu irra deddeebinee of gaafachuu qabna, si afuufuun si liqimsuuf akkuma jedhamu, of eeggannoon itti dhiyaachuu qabna!

    Itti aansee waantin itti dabaluu babaadu waanta kana sirnaan mataa namootaa keessaa haquuf midiyaa interneetaa qofa osoo hin taanee especially miidyoota beekamoon osoo gaaffii fi deebii godhaniifii baayyee gaarii ture, maaliif yoo jedhamee namni keenya harki 90 kan inni fayyadamu raadiyoo bilisaa kan oromoo fi kan biraa waan faayyadamuufidha!!

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  10. ziyad muhammada January 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    kunii bekamadhaa naminii tokoo kaa aqidaa isilamumaa qabuu wanii akkanaa kanaa kesaa hisenaa jdhee naminii tokolee hiuyaduu garuu bayee nugadisisee wonii umanii woyanee fakesanii sunii labisaa baredaa namotaa hunidaa akkaadhaqabuu godhaa

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  11. ahmedaliumar January 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    yaashekha kenya rabbiin fayyaasiniif kennee umriikessan nuuf hadheressu nutiirabbif jecha sinjaalannaa ribbin jazaakessan jannata haagodhuu

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  12. hamza mohammed January 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    as wr wb dr shek m reshad nuti duranis akasiti si hin beynu duranis si amanna amas suma amana garu wa hunda dura qama ke rabin si ha fayisu atuman jiradhu
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  13. murata abdii geda January 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Rabbiin rahmata isaatin umrii dhiirtuu isinii haa kennu shek mohammed

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  14. Jami February 15, 2013 at 12:38 am

    sheka kenya durille waa hin amanne waan jadhan tana wanni gariin akkum isinu jattani waan bekkomsa keysani alatti tahe tahuu isaa ni ammanna ammaas akkuma duritti sijaalanna kuni filima warri biraa sirratti hojjatani kana rabbiin jazaa isaani haa kafaluuf rabbiin umri gaari fii fayyaa isinnif haa kannu sinjaala dha sinjaaladha shekha

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  15. abbas March 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    10x

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  16. Abbamacca May 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Assa laamu aleykum wr wb baay’ee isin jaalanna isin kabajnas aafiyaa keessan rabbin isiif haadee bisu
    balaa amma biyya keenya jeeqaa jirullee rabbi nurraa haa dhabamsiisu
    nagaan naaf jiraadhaa
    ammallee isinin jaaladha
    rabbiif jecha

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  19. Yousuf jatani goba May 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Asalamu aleykum alfa alfa mara Rabbii janatul fardosi si ha badhasu jenna

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