This is an excerpt from a speech that Jaalle Siyaad delivered in 1975; entitled ‘Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise’. He directly attacks those whom he referred to as ‘bad clerics’ (wadaad xume). Perhaps a gentle reminder of the many current psuedo religious factions masquerading under the banner of Islam — food for thought. He said:
Education and enlightenment is a shield which can protect the society. Our Society would not remain a pawn which a clique can manipulate. We might ask ourselves, why has God given religion to his people? He had given them religion for their guidance to do what he requires of them. He had given them the Islamic faith so that they would know right from the wrong, and to know the right way to behave and act all the time. God’s laws are immutable and unchangeable.
Nobody can twist them into something they are not in order to serve his own selfish purposes. If someone’s advocates, something that is against the interests of the society, is he not an infidel, Hasn’t he contravened God’s laws? Isn’t he a lackey thief? it does not matter whether such a person was hired by imperialists or others. As long as we live by tenets of Islam and understand them no one can really harm our society. Our faith does not allow us to be used as vessels by other people.
We are not vessels in which anyone can put anything one likes; we are human beings.”