Sheikh Qudus: Another End of An Era

Abdulwahab Oba

 

Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then he’s heard no more. It’s but like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

What an ephemeral world. Today you’re strong and agile; tomorrow you’re feeble and week. Yesterday you were on top of the world; today no one knows you exist. That’s the complexity of life. But, life is simple if man realises its ephemeralism. Nothing is permanent, nothing is constant except change. The day must become night and the night must become day. The young must become old, and the old must pass on.

 

If only man realises it: the day you’re born, you’re brought home, but your umbilical cord is buried. That’s a pointer that one day, you will return to be buried. But man is so forgetful that he forgets that one day he would buried. He remembers his birthday, his children’s birthday, his wife’s birthday and the day he married. But not a single thought for his burial day or the day of judgement. While man must learn to forget those who wronged him so that he would not seek for a revenge; revenge belongs to Allah who reward appreciately; seeking revenge perpetuates evil, he must learn to remember every day that there’s God who sees and judges every action. If man take congnisance of His omnipresence, he will be less devious, diabolical, treacherous and rebellious.

 

Man should also endeavour to forget those he helped so that he does not expect a reward from them. Human beings remember only the present but easily forget the past. You are most likely to be disappointed if you naturally and ideally expect reciprocity from man. Remember the day of death and the day of ressurection. Every man shall be judged and rewarded fearly. God is the greatest, the mightiest. Before Him, there was none, nor shall there be any after Him. He brings forth day from night and night from day. God creates the living from the dead and dead from the living. He has power over all things. He gives and withdraws power from whom He wills.

 

The world has been blessed with great men of great minds with immeasurable impact on humanity. Every man is being remembered for the influence and impact on the world. Today, King Pharaoh is remembered for what he took the people of Egypt through while Jesus, though a little above thirty years of age, has become a world reference point in evangelism. Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah remains the greatest influential despite been an unlettered Arab born of a noble family. Sir Abubakar Sadauna, Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Mallam Aminu Kano, Joseph Tarka, Waziri Ibrahim and a host of others have also in one way or another been indispensable parts of our history.

Since the era of Sheikh Alimi, Ilorin has had a number of great Islamic scholars who have dominated its Islamic, Arabic and mythical space. The recent of such scholars are Sheikh Kamaldeen Al-Adaby, Sheikh Adam Abdullah Al-Ilory, Khalifah Akeyede, Agbondo, Sheikh Apaokaji, Sheikh Abdullah Qudus Koro and others. Sheikh Mohammed Kamaldeen was a preacher and teacher who rarely exhibited his mysticism prowess. Sheikh Adam was a teacher, preacher,  writer, poet, historian with seldom practised mysticism.

 

Sheikh Abdullah Qudus,  the seal of his generation, though more known for his mysticism, was an educationist, pious and firm whose legendary generosity I’m yet to notice among his peers. I once asked him where he derived his generosity from noticing how people flocked to him requesting financial assistance. Baba Sheikh Qudus’ response that we came with nothing to this world and shall return empty handed. And truly, he’s left empty handed except with the prayers of those he helped spiritually and financially. The Arabic school he established has continued to produce limitless number of Islamic scholars for the future.

 

 

 

Abdulwahab Oba is the Chief Press Secretary to Governor of Kwara State.

 

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