As-Sujood Mosque is the newly built ultra-modern mosque of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU). On September 2, 2022, the mosque’s sponsor and recently-retired provost, OOU Hajia Tamramat Mosun Bello- Olusoga, gave it a formal opening.
After Muslim Voice initial report on the new Islamic worship centre was published, photographs of the mosque’s architectural masterpiece are already trending on social media. Read a summary of Alhaja Tamramat Mosun Bello Olusoga’s address on Friday, July 30, 2021, when she turned the sod for the construction of As-Sujood Mosque, OOU new mosque at the Main Campus, Ago-Iwoye.
Mrs. Bello-Olusoga revealed that she donated the mosque as a appreciation of gratitude for God’s favour and mercy shown to her at the groundbreaking ceremony indicating the official start of the mosque’s construction.
Even though she had always desired to build a mosque, the idea, according to her, became more concrete once she recovered from a serious illness a few years ago. The former Pro-Chancellor maintained that Almighty Allah preserved her life for a reason and provided an opportunity for her to recommit herself to the cause of humanity.
She said: “I am an embodiment of God’s mercy. It is not by how hard I have worked or how brilliant I am, but Allah has been so merciful. I’ve truly been a trail blazer and it’s not because of anything extra that I did. So, this is just an avenue for me to thank Allah for what He has done for me.” Mrs. Belo-Olusoga expressed her gratitude to God for sparing her life while recalling her unpleasant experience lying on the sick bed and how she miraculously recovered. She also pledged to continue giving her fair share to charitable causes. “A couple of years ago, I went to England for a short vacation. Five days later, I became seriously ill for almost a year,” she continued.
“The doctors say I’m a wonder because, truly, from what I have gone through to where I am now, they are still in shock. It is only God’s mercy. It is only Allah that has kept me. Allah must have preserved me for a reason. So, when I left the hospital I said to myself that Allah has given me a chance to rededicate myself to Him.” Mrs Belo-Olusoga pledged to do her best in propagating Islam and also urged the Muslim faithful to strive to be good ambassadors of their religion.
Islam, according to her, has been tagged with very negative connotations, it is time for us to start changing the narratives. We are a peaceful set of people, we are loving. Islam says we should do charity. But, unfortunately, many are not doing charity as they should. So, let us be ambassadors of Islam. “Let people see the beauty of Islam in each and every one of us and Allah will make it easy for us,” she added.
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