A popular islamic cleric and member of Osun State Shari’a Panel, Shaikh Muhibullah Muhammadu-Jamiu, is dead.

Shaikh Muhammadu-Jamiu was until his death, not only a member of Osun State Shari’a panel but also the proprietor of schools and the Baale of Oke-Suna in Ifon community.

Shaikh Muhibullah Muhammadu-Jamiu died in his sleep around 7.00pm on Monday in Ifon, Osun State, Southern Nigeria.

During is burial, Nigerians were urged to adopt enduring and modern approaches to solving the rising cases of widows and orphans.

The Osun State Coordinator of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Mas’ud Olaoye gave this charge.

Olaoye enjoins Muslims in particular to adopt contemporary approaches through endowments, foundations and viable Non-Governmental Organisations to care for the widows and orphans, often left behind by the dead.

“Muslims have refused to embrace the modern methods of catering for the vulnerables in the society. For instance, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation has a window for widows and orphans but rich Muslims hardly pay Zakat and few that even pay do not channel it appropriately.

“The era of contributing mere voluntary but poorly organised contributions otherwise referred to as ‘fiisabilillah’ should be discarded with. It is high time we embraced the contemporary methods to relieve our widows and orphans.”

Corroborating the Coordinator, a senior lecturer from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr Ajiboye Osunleke, said it is essential for the religious groups and communities to work with the relevant organisations to ensure that the widows and the orphans of the deceased are adequately cared for.

The spokesman of the state Sharia Panel, Imam Abdul Ganiyy Olagunju described the death of a man who sat with panel the previous Thursday as shocking.

“The compelling nature of death is that once it comes, it cannot be stopped by anyone. Despite the presence of the multitude of Muslim and non Muslin dignitaries, including the representatives of the royal father, the Olufon, we are unable to prevent his death. Today, Allhaji Muhibullah has started a new life commencing from the finalization of his burial. He was like being in deep sleep before. He is now awaken to a new life.

“Shaikh Muhibullah Muhammad-Jamiu was a great pillar of Islam in Ifon town, Osun state and Nigeria at large. He was an educationist, a proprietor of both modern and Islamic education, a philanthropist and a co-founder of Organisation of Tadomnul Muslimeen (OTM) – a foremost Islamic organisation in Nigeria,” Imam Olagunju said.

The Vice President of the Osun State Muslim Community Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi urged the sympathizers to always be prepared for dead via good deeds, saying the end of everyone shall be sudden.

The funeral drew many eminent personalities and Muslim clerics from across the South Western states and Kwara. They include Dr. Qasim Bidmus, the Imam of OTM who led the funeral; the leadership of the Osun State Muslim community, traditional rulers among others.

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