Tribute: Another tragic loss to the Ummah-The death of Dr. Mustapha Isa Qasim – By Prof. Salisu Shehu

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It’s just barely a month back when I wrote on the death of Dr. Ashiru Sani Daura which I captioned : “A Tragic Loss to the Ummah”. And now, in the late hours of the 30th night of Ramadan we are confronted with yet another tragic loss : DR. MUSTAPHA ISA QASIM JAMA’ARE is no more with us here in this transient world. He died in this blessed last night of Ramadan. Allahummaghfir lahu warhamhu warhamna ba’adahu.

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.

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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.

For 4 years, between 2015 and 2019 (or thereabout) , he was the Provost of the A. D. Rufa’i College of Legal and Islamic Studies (CLIS), Misau, Bauchi State.

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