Quite strikingly and indeed appealingly Dr. Mustapha shares certain characters and traits with Dr. Ashiru. They are both gentle, humble, reserved and shy. And very instructively they both love the Qur’an (Qir’atan wasima’an). Well every Muslim, expectedly loves the Qur’an, but some love it, cherish it and are much closer to it than others. No wonder, wherever they were, both would always be appointed as Imams.
I first met Dr. Mustapha Isa Qasim 37 years ago when I first set my foot on the soil (campus of Bayero University, KANO-BUK TOWN) and he was then the Amir of the BUK Chapter of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria. In 1986, I joined the tens of BUK students that travelled all the way from Kano to Billiri (now in Gombe State) where we witnessed, for the first time at least for us as young MSS chaps, the Wedding Fathah of our Ameer – Malam Mustapha Isa Qasim as he was then called.
Few among us are as lucky as Dr. Mustapha. Since students days and after graduation in 1986 with B. A. Islamic Studies , he had been primarily involved IN MAINSTREAM DA’AWAH WORK. He did his mandatory national youth service (NYSC) with the Islamic Trust of Nigeria (ITN), and was retained as full time staff, where he headed the Da’awah Unit/Department for over a decade. He later joined the services of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Until his death he was already an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies.