Date: Thursday 1st October 2020

PMB mourns Khalifah of Tijjaniyya Sheik Niass

President Buhari mourns the death

of Grand Khalifa, Tijjaniyya Tariqah

Nigeria's President, General Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Sheikh Ahmed Tidjane Niass, Grand Khalifa (Leader) of Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa. The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja last week Monday, said Buhari’s condolence message on the death of Sheikh Ahmed was addressed to President Macky Sall, the government and people of Senegal as well as millions of members of the Tijjaniyya Muslim Movement in Nigeria.

President Buhari said: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Niass, has passed away in Senegal". 

Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who continued the tradition esttablished by his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, who died in 1974, after decades of massive mobilisation of Muslims, growing the Tijjaniyya Muslim Tariqah particularly in Nigeria, Africa and globally did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.

According to the Nigerian President, ”he will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria. The Nigerian leader recalled that June, 2018, Sheikh Ahmed Niass visited the State House, Abuja, accompanied by some eminent Nigerians including President of BUA Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabi’u". the BUA President is one of the sons of late Kano billionaire merchant and Qur'anic scholar, Sheikh Isyaka Rabi'u, Khadimul Qur'an who is the last Khalifah of Tijjaniyya Muslims in Nigeria.

President Buhari, on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, prayed “for the eternal repose of his departed soul.”

Sheikh Ahmad Tidjane Niass, the Khalifa to the Tijjaniyya Tariqah/order Muslim Movement of the Senegalese city of Kaolakh, moved to the mercy of Allah on Dhul-Hijjah 12th, 1441 AH, (August 2nd, 2020). Sheikh Ahmad Niass was born in 1932 in the city of Kosi, some kilometers from the city of Kaolakh. He was the fourth successor to the Tijjaniyya order of the City of Bay (Kaolakh) since the departure of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass.

The father of the recently departed Khalifah, Sheik Ibrahim Niasse was the first West African to have led the Muslim prayer at al-Azhar Mosque in Egypt, after which he was styled “Sheikh al-Islam”.

With added reports from Muslim News Nigeria., August 5, 2020

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