The Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) has mourned the passage of Baba Adini of Lagos, Sheikh AbdulAfeez Abou.
Sheikh Abou died at the age of 101.
Disu Kamor, Executive Chairman, MPAC in a statement quoted verses from the glorious which enjoined Muslims to take death as the will of Allaah.
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return”. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” Surah Al Baqarah 155-157
The MPAC statement also described Sheikh Abou demise as a great loss for the Ummah and especially for the Muslims of Lagos State to whom he spent decades teaching, guiding and leading.
“It is with great sadness and grief that we received the news of the passing of His Eminence Shaykh Abdul-Afeez Abou, the Baba Adini of Lagos, whose death has just been announced.
“MPAC offers deep condolences on the painful loss of the eminent scholar to his honourable family and the entire Lagos State Muslim community. We mourn the departure of the great scholar and pray that Allah (SWT) have mercy on him.
“We raise our hands in prayers to the Merciful Lord that He accepts him among the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, the righteous, and those are good companions. We also pray to the One and Only God to have mercy on the bereaved family of Shaykh Abou, his community, students, and admirers.”