A civil servant with the Kwara state government, Ahmad Kunle Abdusalam who died as a result of lightening 47 days ago has now been buried.
THE PRECISION gathered that a prominent Islamic cleric based in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, Abubakr Imam-Aliagan confirmed the news on his facebook profile.
The earlier denial by the Muslim Cemetery authority arose from the fact that the family members of deceased conducted traditional rites on the corpse which is not acceptable according to Islamic tenet.
“Yoruba traditional worshippers performed ritual concoctions on him believing that his death was not natural. He was taken to the Muslim Cemetery to be buried after his body was rubbed with the blood of pigs and dogs.
“This is not acceptable in Islam we explained. A member of his family then instructed that they should take him to another cemetery where he was buried according to the traditionalists. However the deceased died as a Muslim. He must be buried according to the dictate of Islam, we insisted.
“At a point we were warned to stop further actions by the ritualists through some munafiqun. We were warned that if we attempt the exhumation we shall die in the process. Oh what a good way to die, we exclaimed.
“We reported the matter to the authorities concerned in the state. We got permission to exhume his body. At the appointed date we were not shown the grave by his family members because they were told they will die instantly . So we opted for the prayer in absentia. Salatul gayb. Fortunately for this brother, some concerned brothers in Saudi Arabia who were following the event also conducted the prayer on him,” Imam-Aliagan noted.
The Islamic cleric said series of campaign for his exhumation continued and after a police permit for the exercise, they were able to locate his grave while his body was intact.
“He was exhumed and buried according to the Islamic rites at the Muslim Cemetery Ilorin. The Prayer was witnessed by thousands of Muslims due to special radio announcement. The Prayer was led by the Chief Imam of the University of Ilorin, Prof. A.G.À.S Oladosu.”