May 28, 2024

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Tribute to An Advocate of Zakat and Waqf: Late Emir of Tikau – Dr Aliyu

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Dr. Aliyu Dahiru Muhammad.
Association of Zakat and Waqf Operators in Nigeria.

It was on Friday around 4:00pm, at the Association of Zakat and Waqf Operators in Nigeria – Azawon we received the sad news of the demise of one of the strong pillars of Zakat and Waqf in Nigeria, His Highness, the Late Emir of Tikau, Yobe State, Alh. Muhammadu Abubakar Ibn-Grema.
The late Emir, I would say, I have never seen an Emir that is so humble like him. In over two decades ago, he realized the need to go back to Islamic Economic system of empowering people and establishing their economy.

This approach has its inherent characteristics of sustainability and blessings from Allah, unlike all other ‘human economic models’ that are inherently deficient and cyclically ineffective to say the least.

Late Emir, during our last Conference in December 2023 at Jigawa State where we honoured the late Emir of Dutse Dr. Muhammad Nuhu Sanusi with posthumous award of being the Zakat Champion in Nigeria, he was humbly present together with some of his council members.

Even our second AZAWON Conference in November 2022 at Kaduna State he sent powerful delegation to represent him. He took care of orphans, women and less privileged members of his community. He revived the Waqf institution established under the caliphate of Sheikh Usmanu bin Fodio in Hausa Land.

Sadly, we lost the pillar at the time when Nigeria and especially Muslims north we need him even more. A time when all the imposed interest-based economic models cease to function in the society. In contrast, the free market economic model, “a Nigerian version” for that matter, continues to squeeze common man at the expense of all basic welfare that makes human life easy. Thus, poverty, inequality, insecurity, inflation, hunger and starvation are evidently on the rise. The trial and error approach of both the so called economic team and the government, leave common man wandering on what is the way out if not confused.

We have just published our ever first conference proceeding translated in Hausa language, where a group picture that included late Emir, the Emir of Dutse, the Emir of Hadejia, our Chairman of the Association Mal. Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, sadaukin Sakkwato and His Excellency the Governor of Jigawa State made it at the cover page.

The good news, however is that, His Highness the Late Emir left a legacy that would be remembered for and continue to attract reward for him.

The Prophet s.a.w stated that:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:‏ ‏ “‏إذا مات ابن آدم انقطع عمله إلا من ثلاث‏:‏ صدقة جارية ،أو علم ينتفع به، أو ولد صالح يدعو له‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).”


Secondly, His Highness returned to His Creator on Friday and it was an indicator of acceptance and relief. The messenger of Allah says:

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَمُوتُ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ أَوْ لَيْلَةَ الْجُمُعَةِ إِلاَّ وَقَاهُ اللَّهُ فِتْنَةَ الْقَبْرِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏‏

The Messenger of Allah said: “No Muslim dies on the day of Friday, nor the night of Friday, except that Allah protects him from the trials of the grave.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1074

In the end, we pray to Allah grant eternal peace to our Emir and reward him with Jannatul Firdaus. Oh Allah! salvage us from the current socio-economic turmoil and bless us with ethical and good leaders as well obedient citizens that will both abide by your guidance in all aspects of life, Ameen.

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