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Hadith Scholar, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Bamba, Dies in Kano

Hadith Scholar, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Bamba, Dies in Kano

Prominent Islamic scholar of prophetic tradition, Sheikh Ahmad Ibrahim Bamba, is dead.

Dr. Bamba, the founder of Darul Hadith Mosque in Kano, died on Friday at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after a protracted illness.

His son Ahmad Muhammad Ahmad announced the passage of his father on his verified Facebook page on Friday.

He said funeral prayers for the deceased would hold at Darul Hadith Mosque, Tudun Yola in Kano metropolis by 1.30pm.

Very little has been written about the lifetime of the scholar who dedicated his adult life to the teaching of prophetic tradition.

But reports said he was born in 1940.

Bamba was said to have been to Madinah where he acquired the requisite basics of Hadith. He got his doctorate degree in the same field of knowledge and was given a lecturing job at Bayero University where he also began to preach the fundamentals of Hadith.

He commanded a huge followership and had the respect of a large number of other scholars in the state and beyond.

He later established the Darul Hadith Mosque at Tudun Yola, Kano and moved his congregation there.

He was credited for his meticulous teaching of most of the most authoritative Hadith collections in history, some of which included Muwatta Imam Malik, Sahih Buhari, Sahih Muslim and a host of others.

The late Bamba had some disagreements with the authorities in Kano at various times, where he criticised actions he believed where either socially or religiously inappropriate.

He equally had disagreements with the Islamic mystical order followers like the Tijjaniyyah and the Qadiriyyah. He believed the two mystical orders were too innovative to be regarded as Islamically acceptable.

Of course, Madina-oriented scholars of his ilk do not have tolerance for mysticism and its methods of inculcation.


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