In the shadow of late Sheikh Ja’afar
Ayoung, eloquent speaker and erudite scholar has surfaced to fill the vacuum created by the dastardly murder of the great Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam.
Sheikh Ja’afar (may his revered soul find permanent repose in the Garden of Bliss) built a towering personality in the vast region of West Africa in the propagation of Islam and the teaching of pristine-pure Islamic practices in accordance with the Holy Qur’an and the Tradition of the Prophet (SAW) in communities so endemically corrupted with syncretism.
He sowed seeds of good, which would continue to offer bountiful harvest of spiritual rejuvenation and nourishment to Muslims in strict accordance with Islamic injunctions to the pleasure of Allah Most High.
From the famous personality he built, and the nourishing seeds he sowed, have emerged multiplying crops of admirably righteous, committed and intelligent students, preachers and propagators of the Islamic religion who are a dependable guidance to the Muslim brethren across the vast region of the Bilad as-Sudan.
Notable among these is Malam Lawal Abubakar Shu’aib, who runs a large Islamiyya school in Kano, teaching and preaching the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).
Malam Lawal made his most promising appearance as Dalibin Ja’afar, Wakilin Ja’afar and Magajin Ja’afar, during his last visit to Abuja where he delivered lectures in three mosques on three consecutive days courtesy of Team Ten (T10), a group of concerned Muslim brothers.
The first day, February 5, 2016, witnessed a soul searching session in the rehabilitated Uthman Bin Affan Mosque, popularly known as Banex Mosque at Wuse 11. The topic was apt, ‘The Major Signs of End Time’. The sheikh quoted the Qur’an and authentic Hadiths, isnad (sources) and reference books, sections and pages for every major point raised.
Ten end-time signs slated for discussion were reduced to five due to time constraint which was between Maghrib and ‘Isha’i prayers. The emergence of Ya’juju and Ma’juju, the coming of Dajjal, the sun rising from the West to setting in the East, usurping of parents’ role by wives and children were elaborately explained.
The lecture dwelt extensively on the effects, tormenting and traumatic trial with which all believers will be afflicted during the period. However, succour was graciously offered by providing detailed references of the authentic repellents to the challenges as taught by the noble Prophet (SAW).
The train moved to Annur mosque on Ibrahim Babangida Boulevard by Ahmadu Bello way, also at Wuse II, the next day. The strikingly built mosque, its corridors and entire courtyard were filled to capacity by the Muslim faithful. The topic was the need to hold the four Caliphs (companions) - Abu bakr, Umar, Usman and Aliyu - in high esteem.
The lecture started with quotations of the word SAHAB as used by Allah (SWT) in the Glorious Qur’an. The role, significance and support rendered to the prophet (SAW) and the deen were fairly appraised. Distortions and wrong perceptions by deviant groups were justly exposed.
Relevant verses where Allah (SWT) explicitly hails and commends the caliphs and other sahaba on one hand and mentioned forgiveness and promised them the greatest reward of the priceless portion in Jannah on the other hand were reeled out by the malam. Suffice to say that the blunders being committed by the deviant groups were brought to fore and advice offered to them to retrace their steps, to the noble path laid by the Prophet (SAW ) to avoid Allah’s curse and wrath.
Time was short for the topic. Malam Lawal Abubakar Shu’aib admitted using unusual speed as the mosque management sought for him to return again soon.
The last leg of the session was on a contemporary topic, the persistent human weakness of impatience. This session held at the Area 11 mosque opposite the FCDA, Abuja. The turnout was overwhelming. Historical analogy of the beginning of this inbuilt human attitude right from the creation of Adam (AS) using as usual, acceptable sources and references was eloquently conveyed.
The narration of the trial of Ayub (AS) was adjudged to be the cornerstone of the lecture. The fortune change of the prophet, his suffering, sickness, desertion by family, friends and associates except one wife and his absolute and unwavering faith in Allah held the audience breathless, literally speaking.
The patience of mankind’s most-enviable example, Prophet Ayub (AS) was rewarded with recuperation but also with the recovery of his economic status leaping to higher levels. He was rewarded with the excess of whatever he lost in terms of assets, wealth and children. This is one of the greatest lessons of patience and perseverance in the history of mankind.
The topic as well as the example cited drew attention to the prevailing situation in the country.
Malam Lawal Abubakar Shu’aib concluded with an appeal to the audience to be patient with the current administration and also support it in its efforts to right the wrongs of the past and, once again, put the country on the path of sustainable growth and development. Nadudu-Wurno, wrote from Wurno, Birnin-Kudu LGA, Jigawa State