Fityanul Is­lam plans or­phan­age on 50th an­niver­sary

Daily Trust - - TRUST ISLAMIC FORUM - By Umar Rayyan

The Fityanul Is­lam of Nigeria held its 50th an­niver­sary and awards pre­sen­ta­tion last Sun­day at the Arewa House in Kaduna. A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion the sect prop­a­gates the Is­lamic re­li­gion through the Sufi doc­trine of pu­rifi­ca­tion by Zikr.

The golden ju­bilee of the so­ci­ety was graced by per­son­al­i­ties in­clud­ing one of its spir­i­tual lead­ers, Sheikh Dahiru Us­man Bauchi, who de­liv­ered a ser­mon and traced the gen­e­sis of the Ti­j­janiyya de­nom­i­na­tion.

He said: “The ori­gin of Ti­j­janiyya de­nom­i­na­tion is Shehu Ti­j­jani (RTA) who was a Moroc­can. Al­lah has hi­er­ar­chised mankind into four strata: the prophets, the com­pan­ions, those who love and ad­here to the teach­ings of the first three.

“All the prophets are sent to make the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions for the ar­rival of the last prophet of Al­lah, Muham­mad (SAW). All prophets are known to be with­out sin and they can be iden­ti­fied by mankind. This lat­ter char­ac­ter­is­tic is also ap­pli­ca­ble to the prophets’ com­pan­ions but not to the saints who made the fourth cat­e­gory of Al­lah’s clas­si­fi­ca­tion of mankind. In­deed many of these saints live incog­nito. This there­fore makes it a bit dif­fi­cult for us to recog­nise them but Al­lah Almighty knows them. We can’t ig­nore the fact that saints are found only among de­vout Mus­lims, in other words, ev­ery Mus­lim can be tagged a saint but it is only Al­lah that eval­u­ates our faith.

“On the Day of Judg­ment, Al­lah will call upon ev­ery one of us to give ac­count and that will be made pos­si­ble through the spir­i­tual lead­ers of your gen­er­a­tion. For in­stance those who lived dur­ing the gen­er­a­tion of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) will con­verge be­fore him and then be­fore Al­lah. The same ap­plies to all prophets of Al­lah, and the gen­er­a­tions that came af­ter them i.e their com­pan­ions. And for those of us that live dur­ing the gen­er­a­tion of Shehu Ti­j­jani, it is him that will lead us to Al­lah.

“Ac­cord­ing to Ti­j­janiyya de­nom­i­na­tion, the late Shehu Ti­j­jani has his de­scent from the house­hold of the Prophet Muham­mad (SAW) and from his name you need just to men­tion 26 names be­fore ar­riv­ing at the name of the prophet. This is the rea­son why he who loves the prophet, loves Shehu Ti­j­jani and vice versa.

“The mean­ing of Ti­j­janiyya de­nom­i­na­tion is seek­ing for for­give­ness from Al­lah (i.e chant­ing Istig­far) which pu­ri­fies the soul and serves as bul­wark from the evil of Satan. Chant­ing ‘Salatin Nabiy’ is also part of the doc­trine. It is through prac­tic­ing these tenets that one will be qual­i­fied to meet Al­lah.

“Be­fore the death of Shehu Ti­j­jani, he made it known that Shehu Ibrahim Inyass (RTA), a Sene­galese would be his com­pan­ion and he would take charge in prop­a­gat­ing the Ti­j­janiyya de­nom­i­na­tion to ev­ery nook and cranny of the Is­lamic world. Both Shehu Ti­j­jani and Shehu Ibrahim Inyass mem­o­rised the Holy Qur’an at the age of 7. An­other sim­i­lar­ity that the duo shared was they both be­came learned in Is­lamic the­ol­ogy at the age of 21.

“Me­mori­sa­tion of the Holy Qur’an was made eas­ier af­ter Shehu Ibrahim Inyass im­plored Al­lah to make it pos­si­ble for all that es­poused to Ti­j­janiyya doc­trine. And no won­der it is now com­mon to see kids mem­o­ris­ing the Holy Qur’an. As of now I know of a girl in Kaduna, aged 5 that does so. And Shehu Ibrahim left be­hind more than 40 memorisers of the Holy Qur’an. This is to men­tion only those in his house­hold.

“One other place that built good rep­u­ta­tion in nur­tur­ing mem­o­riz­ers of the Holy Qur’an is the north-east­ern part of the coun­try, pre­cisely Borno and Yobe states. But over the years it has be­come dif­fi­cult for the re­gion to pro­duce memorisers, sim­ply be­cause of the vi­o­lence go­ing on there, spear­headed by Is­lam­o­pho­bia aimed at par­ti­tion­ing us from the Holy Qur’an. We can still re­call that even when the colo­nial masters ar­rived the re­gion, they ex­pressed some sense of ap­pre­hen­sive to­wards the people they met there due to the fact that the people were very versed with Qur’anic knowl­edge. There­fore they de­cide to put them un­der close watch and full mon­i­tor­ing.

“I be­lieve Is­lam will sur­vive this chal­lenge as I urge us to con­tinue pray­ing for the restora­tion of peace in the af­fected states and the coun­try in gen­eral,” Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi said.

The cer­e­mony was brought to a close af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of awards to the founder of Fityanul Is­lam, Sheikh Ibrahim Inyass, the first Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Sheikh Abubakar Atiku Sanka, the first Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Sheikh Ti­j­jani Us­man, Sheikh Dahiru Us­man Bauchi, Khal­i­fah Isyaka Rabi’u, Sheikh Mah­mud Salga, Sheikh Zubairu Kasim and oth­ers lead­ers of the move­ment.

Awards were also pre­sented to gov­er­nors of Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Niger, La­gos, Gombe, Borno, Yobe and Kwara states.

As part of the an­niver­sary, an or­phan­age home to be built by the move­ment at Dan Kande vil­lage got do­na­tion from the Vice Pres­i­dent, Arch. Na­madi Sambo and Se­na­tor Ah­mad Sani Yarima. Kaduna, Borno, Niger, Katsina and Kwara state gov­ern­ments also do­nated var­i­ous sums of money. Se­na­tor Abu Ibrahim who also graced the oc­ca­sion pledged to build an IT cen­tre for the move­ment in Katsina State.

Kaduna State Gover­nor Yero re­ceiv­ing a plaque from Sheikh Dahiru Us­man Bauchi at the oc­ca­sion.

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