All hope is not lost on the Unity of Scholars in Yorubaland – Sheikh Habeeb Adewuyi

The Chief Imam of Maktab Central Mosque, Ikorodu, Lagos and Convener of a One day Da’wah workshop for eminent scholars and Islamic callers in Yorubaland, Sheikh Habeeb Adewuyi, has expressed optimism that all hope is not lost on the unity of Islamic scholars of Yorubaland.

The Sheikh made this known at the sidelines of the Da’wah workshop held at Pealworts Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, when he played host in collaboration with Mamlakah Limited, a private limited liability company, to some eminent scholars in Yorubaland last Saturday, 20th August, 2022, who have come from different parts of Southwestern states and Kwara to discuss the way forward to the myriad of challenges facing Muslims and Islam. The idea of the workshop itself as mentioned by the Convener stemmed from his interaction with Dr. AbdulMajeed Roshood, a medical consultant, on the imperative need for unity among scholars of Yorubaland.

The workshop has as its theme, the words of Allah Surah Al Imran: 102, “And hold firmly the rope of Allah altogether and do not become divided”. By the nature of the programme, only few of the invited scholars had the role of steering the discussions on a number of carefully selected topics ranging from the importance of unity in words and action (Shaykh Abdulwahab Ajia); the danger in disunity (Shaykh Tajudeen Al Adabiy Baba Lagbeni); Comparison between Da’wah and evangelism (Shaykh Dr. Musa Aloungbija) and Approach to Unity and Preference-making (Shaykh Imam Ridwan Jamiu). Others who made meaningful interventions include Alhaji Kunle Sanni (Chairman, Oyo State Muslim Community), Alhaji Amoo Alaga, Dr. Nasir Abdulsalam (Director, Arabic Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan), Prof. Abdulghaniy Abdulhameed Akorede Agbarigidoma, Dr. Munirudeen Salahudeen Ar-Riyadiy and Ustadh Abdullahi Jabata.

A e-questionnaire meant to elicit information on the degree of challenges was shared through the virtual space for all participants to fill. The result indicates how serious the challenges facing Muslims and Islam are, especially in the following areas: Da’wah work; inadequate Shari’ah seminar programmes for Arabic students and young scholars; inefficient management of Arabic schools and private conventional Islamic schools; poor Mosque management, insufficient social and humanitarian interventions such endowments, developmental initiatives and civic engagement; inviting non-Muslims to Islam through nice preaching among others.

At the end, all identified challenges were tagged alongside their corresponding solutions, with the hope that further actions will be taken to develop on the information gathered at the workshop. The workshop ended with a number of recommendations including the creation of a steering committee that will be charged with the responsibility of driving this unique initiative and also engaging with critical stakeholders in the society. The programme was literally a gathering of scholars in Yorubaland; the eminent seniors and the vibrant young, the Shari’ah jurists and intellectual elites, the imitative and the creative. It is hoped that this humble beginning will engender positive outcomes in the not-too-far future.

Source: Da’wah Series


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