Daily Topic for February 17, 2011
The Toroobe people could benefit from these words from wise King Solomon. Pride in one’s wealth, heritage or ethnicity flies in the face of the fact that we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and mercy. In God’s eyes, we all come to Him with nothing to offer except a willingness to turn our lives over to Him.
Pray that the proud Toroobe people will soon understand that they are no better than any other people, and that they are in desperate need of God’s forgiveness.
The father told his son, “Always remember that among the Fulbe, we Toroobes are above them all.” The boy asked, “Father, why is that so?” Father replied, “I have told you that Usumanu dan Fodio came from the Toroobes. It was he who led the jihad in this region. We Toroobes followed him in turning many to the ways of Allah.” “But Father, that happened centuries ago. Is that the only reason?” The father grinned slightly and said, “Yes, there is more. Today we remain the most loyal Fulbe group to the teachings of Mohammad, peace be upon him. Plus, we have settled in the cities and we are learning to tame this region of Africa. The other Fulbe still roam the wilderness, tending their cattle. They mix folk religion with their version of Islam. We keep ourselves pure to the truth of the Qur’an.”
The Toroobes remain especially focused on a concept called pulaaku. They see this as the essence of what it means to be Fulbe. It includes patience, self-control, and mental discipline, plus modesty and respect for others. Pulaaku is crucial to remaining part of the Toroobe group. For the Toroobe their identity is found only in the group. And pulaaku is the means of keeping group unity.
Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will reveal himself to Toroobe leaders. Pray that these leaders will show the courage to lead their people to faith in the One who is the Truth.