This title is Yoruba language o. It simply means “1000 amen is not enough”. What are you saying? 1000 amen is not enough? Are you kidding me or something? Am not kidding anyone and I don’t say (write) what I don’t mean and I don’t mean what I don’t say (write). Some years ago while attending one of the Ahmadiyya Schools at Oniwaya road, Agege, our principal, Baba Salami told us egberun amin ko to! He was speaking at the morning assembly and stated that some students depend on so many things to pass their examinations. Some depend on juju. I don’t know how that works. I have not and don’t intend to use it. According to him again, some depend on “ogun isoye” (drug that will quicken your memory). According to the aged teacher and administrator again it is what is in one’s memory that ogun isoye will bring back to him or her. If nothing has been stored upstairs via reading and studying the same EMPTY things will be returned to the user of ogun isoye.
He went on to say that some depend on prayers alone. And that was when he said “egberun amin ko to”. On the eve of your examination, you have not read anything. Then you get to a praying cleric to pray so you will pass the examination. As he is proclaiming “you will pass”, “you will excel”, “you will not fail”, “you will succeed”, “you will pass”, “you will excel”, “you will not fail”, “you will succeed”. You, the prayee kept saying Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, Amin, (1000 times). According to him such a student may yet fail the examination because he did not prepare for it.
Prayer works. I believe in prayer. Ben Carson (you know him?) said he was a dullard previously and was rear in his class in terms of performance. His mother (good to have encouraging mothers) encouraged him to read, study and succeed. She told him he can make it and that he was not dumb. Carson believed that and moved from F to E to D to C to B to A in his class. Nothing changed but Carson’s mentality. He went on to get a scholarship to study medicine at YALE (one of the prestigious medical schools in the US). He said he has a though time understanding chemistry at his first year and failure meant that was all for him in the medical school. Failure meant that was all about his scholarship. According to him on the eve of the chemistry examination, he prayed and begged God to help him pass before going to bed. He said that night he had a dream where he saw the chemistry teacher write some questions on the board and solved them. When he woke up. he recollected the questions he saw in his dream and practiced them. Lo and behold! That was the exact question that was set in the chemistry examination. This is to show that prayer works.
Ben Carson however, did not depend on prayer alone. Work and pray! Pray and work! Let’s take some examples here. I know all reading this have one or more mobile devices. Let’s assume one of your mobile devices is faulty and then you are told there is someone that did not learn or know about mobile devices but he can pray very well. Another person in another place knows a lot about how to repair mobile devices and can also pray. Which of them will you take your mobile device to? Egberun amin ko to abi? At another time your wife or sister is about to put to bed. There is a specialist prayerful gynaecologist with some well trained and prayerful mid wives with him. At another place is a group of people who know less to nothing about midwifery but they are prayerful. Where will you advice your pregnant wife or sister to go? Egberun amin ko to abi? Now, lets assume you are a parent and have children or some young ones around you who trust your judgement to help them succeed because they see you as a successful person. Will you advise them to go to a school with first class teachers who know what it takes for a child to come out successful and they are praying people or will you advise them to go to a person who cannot read and write and is prayerful?
These illustrations have shown that in life prayer is vital but is not the only thing needed to succeed. Someone asks me often some years ago, what are you doing now? I will answer him, “I am praying”. I kept giving the same answer to the same question until later I discovered that in this world nothing moves for you until you move it. So, I started planning. So, the next time he asked me I told him “I am planning”. My plans worked out and we got to meet at higher levels with him. No matter who you are and what you are doing and want to do, Egberun amin ko to. See you at the success side.