Renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf Ali, known as Sarkin Malaman Gaya, was laid to rest in Kano on Monday afternoon. His son, Muslihu Yusuf Ali, confirmed his passing at the age of 73 on Sunday night,Daily Trust report.
The funeral rites (Jana’iza) were held at ‘Masallacin’ Murtala immediately after the zuhr prayer at 1:40 pm, led by the Chief Imam of the mosque, Malam Kabiru Badamasi Dan Taura, also known as Malam Dan Taura. The event was attended by numerous prominent figures, including the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, government representatives, and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Sheikh Yusuf Ali was interred at the Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu mosque in Goron Dutse.
Born in 1950 in Gaya town, Kano State, the late scholar embarked on his legal career in 1974 as a Sharia Court Scribe. He progressed through the ranks, holding positions such as Chief Clerk, Assistant Registrar, Registrar, Upper Sharia Court Judge, and Director at the Upper Sharia Court.
After retiring in 2009, Sheikh Ali continued to dedicate himself to Islamic teachings and spiritual healing. He leaves behind three wives and 36 children.
Malam Nur Muhammad Nur Arzai, the Imam of Sunusi Dantata mosque, described the deceased as a reliable and dedicated cleric who devoted his life to the teachings of the holy book. He emphasized Sheikh Ali’s significant contributions to the global Islamic community, stating that his loss is deeply felt.
Mubashir Yusuf Ali, the 13th son of the deceased, expressed his grief and emphasized that his father had left instructions to be buried at the Isyaku Rabiu mosque, where the holy book is consistently recited.
Muhammadu Mustapha, the Deputy and Chief Azhan, praised the deceased’s integrity and his exemplary and fulfilling life.
Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and the incumbent National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, extended their condolences to the family of the deceased in separate statements. They acknowledged Sheikh Yusuf Ali’s significant contributions to the socio-cultural development of Kano and described his passing as a great loss.