By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja
UNESCO Laureate, and World Acclaimed Distinguished Professor Emeritus ratified by UNESCO Top up by UNN, Nigeria, CSER Malaysia, MPRPH Institute Iran, WCU, USA ,ICERE Argentina and others worldwide , Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu has said that Iwo Land in Osun State Nigeria remains the only place tracing the history of Islamic Religion in the entire Yoruba, South West Nigeria that Mosque was first cited as far back as 1665, which he said Fortress University of ACADIP has fulfilled is a great historical antecedents on the Advent of Islam upon its establishment.
Professor Aremu in a media chat today with our reporter in a telephone conversation stated this while applauding the achievements of the present Monarch of Iwo Land in Osun State for taking after his fore fathers (grand and great grand fathers) on his love for Education and development of Ancient Iwo Kingdom.
He Stated that the Iwo Monarch’s great great grand fathers who reigned between 1600 Circa and 1744 AD, that is 338 years ago starting from Oba Adeoye Adekanbi Ibirinade (Oba Alawusa), meaning the King that accepted and supported Hausa in his Kingdom with his permission accommodated Agbowu, son of Aara the Founder of Ogbaagba village that later became Ogbaagba Town under Iwo Land was a place cattle traders from Northern parts of the country, first group of Muslims settled thence penetrated other parts of the country.
The UNESCO Laureate, Speaking further on the imperatives, roles played by Iwo Land, said the most importantly, the then Monarch, Oba Ogunmakinde, Monarch’s brother, Oluji and the voice of Oracle, other powerful Oracles that predicted the Advent of Islamic Scholars that led to Oba Muhammad Anyila, the longest reigning Monarch in Iwo Land with a longevity of 140 years ascended the throne of his fore-fathers as an Islamic Scholar in 1816 with the support of some powerful idol worshippers then who were members of his cabinet before gaining full control of his Islamic Religion after their demise.
“The only one that we can call first Mosque in Yoruba land now is the one that was built in 1655 at Iwo City.
The Advent of Islam in Iwoland, 1655 to this present time (2021)
“The advent of Islam in Iwoland could be traced to the era of Oba Adeoye Adekanbi Ibirinade popularly known as Oba Alawusa (that is the king who accepted and supported Hausa in his domain, because idols worshiping was rampant in the town during his tenure that time) who reigned between 1600 circa and 1744 AD, a period of about over 338 years now with the assistance of Agbowu son of Aara, the founder of Ogbaagba village which became small town under the authority of Oluwo of Iwo, who accommodated the cattle traders from the Northerm part of Nigeria where the first group of Muslims penetrated into this part of the country with His Imperial Majesty Oba Oluwo Adeoye Ibirinade Adekanmbi’s permission by then
“When the only what we can called the first Mosque in Yoruba land now was built in 1655 in Mogaji compound, Iwo City , Osun State, Nigeria according to Encyclopedia
“In 1744, Oba Ogunmakinde Ande Nidi Ibon (a man brass coated gun based) son of Oba Adeoye Adekanmbi Ibirinade (Alawusa) succeeded his father on the seat of Oluwo and reigned for hundred and twenty-five years in Iwoland.
“However, during his reign there was an outbreak of epidemic diseases (Ajakale Arun) which claimed lives of many of Oba Ogunmakinde princes. Oba Ogunmakinde felt very much concerned about who was going to be his crown prince after his demise and he consulted oracle according to their beliefs by then and oracle said according to popular oracle verse in Yoruba otua meji”: which mean oracle that related to the Muslim or oracle verse of Muslin as stated below:
“Voice of Oracle of Peace (Islam) which means “Otua meji” in Yoruba Language of Ifa the Oracle as stated below according to astrologer then :
. Katambari ( Greatest Oracle )
. Akitanbariya ( Greatest Overcome Oracle)
. O fo-Arangali ( raise to became future leader )
. Arangali ( optimistic to become future leader )
. Lekeleke Alalufa ( Set of Greatest Islamic Scholars with white garment )
. O we owo gini-gini ( whose is totally clean his handles with ablution )
. O we ese gini-gini ( whose is totally clean his legs with ablution )
. O wo le kabirawo…… (Whose is totally prostrate to God Almighty)
The Laureate, further elucidated that the Oracle predicted that Oba would have a child but the child was going to practice Islam religion that very common among Hausa tribe apart from the usual. He would be prosper through that new Religion ( Islam) Oluwo had a half-brother whose name was Oluaji who was a trader of Dilali, a great hunter and big farmer.
Continuing, During his sojourn to Ikoyi, a nearby town to Ogbomoso, he came in contact with three wonderful Islamic scholars who were observing one of the daily prayers. He quickly remembered the voice of Oracle and told them the problem of his brother, Oba Ogunmakinde. Oluaji reported his encounter with the Islamic scholars to his brother and Oba Ogunmakinde gave ordered to send a prayers request for a child to these scholars. On the instructions of His Imperial Majesty The Oluwo Ande, Oluaji invited these scholars to Iwo city.
Oluwo Ande ordered that these scholars be accommodated at Iya Oba Compound (Today known as Mogaji’s compound). And the prayers were organized for Oba. When Olori delivered a baby boy, the Shaik Usman who led some scholars told Oluwo that the name of the child would be ‘Muhammad’ which popular called Momodu and ceremony also would be on seventh day not sixth day as was common among all Yoruba people that time (Efa lomo).
In nutshell, Lamuye was added to his name when he grew up and did not die, called ‘Allah-Muye’ in Yoruba language which we are call Lamuye today, in Hausa ‘Allah Nae Rayani’.in English language, Allah made him survive’ . Muhammad (Momodu) Ayinla Lamuye learned the Qur’an and Hadith before he ascended the throne under tutelage of the Islamic scholars in the town.
“Another Interesting thing is the First Quran that was written after Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) brought to Iwo City by Muslim Scholars at that particular ancient time which is very rare in the whole world which was transferred to National Museum in Abuja now.
“1816, Oba Muhammad Ayinla Lamuye became a well Islamic scholars before ascended the throne. Therefore, in the position to influence his family, Albeit privately, because the kingmakers were idols worshippers and must not see him processing his religion or else he would be dethroned.
“Since it was forbidden for an Oba to observe solat in public in Yorubaland then, he observed his prayers secretly whenever the chiefs were not in the palace. He was doing this possibly with some of his wives (Olori) . Whenever, he was time for prayers, he would put his mouth inside a gourd to make the call for the prayers.
“He did this constantly until all the powerful men (Chiefs) died. Later, he was able to pray openly when all those powerful enough to challenge him had died and many of the chiefs left had joined him in worshipping God Almighty Allah. Oba Muhammad Lamuye reigned for one hundred and forty years (140yrs). Due to this longevity of his existence on earth and his long period of reign, he was nicknamed in Yoruba language as ‘Oba Awaye makun ‘. Which mean in English that King that came to this world and he did not die
“The royal support was given to Islam
“Oluwo Muhammad Lamuye did a lot of unforgettable things for the development of Islam in Iwoland. Iwo is one of the major towns in Nigeria where Islam is predominantly practised. It is usually referred to as ‘Garri-Mallam’ (the city of Islamic scholars). Mentioned few out of his contribution to uplift the religion of Islam.
“He encouraged many people in the town to join the fold of Islam by honouring those who accepted Islam with his own daughters as wives and such a person became members of the royal families.
“He destroyed a great idol in Iwoland (Iya Popo) along with over three hundred and sixty idols at the present site of Iwo central mosque and ordered that a mosque be built there.
“Many chiefs took Muslim name and partook in Islamic ceremonies and festivals in order to getting benefits and privileged of chieftaincy titles.
“During his reign, Hausa, Tappa and Fulani had a great privilege to propagate Islam openly and we’re able to invite Others.
“The impact of Islam as seen clearly in all aspects of the cultural, social and spiritual life of the people today in Iwo since 1816 up to date.
“In 1909, The 1st registered Islamic Judge,.
“Muhammad Awal at Mojiro compound, Isale Oba was appointed as the first registered Islamic Judge in Iwoland around 1916 during the reign of Oba Muhammad Sanni Alabi Abimbola Lamuye who requested from the one of English officer called ‘Mr. Green’ who arrived in Iwo to appoint an Islamic Judge.
“For the competence of Muhammad Awal in his judgement his compound’s name was changed to ‘Alikali’ till today.
“Another Interest things are the most popular among the poets are: Shaykh Ahmad Amin, Shaykh Muhalliy Aroworeki, Shaykh Muhally Badrudeen, Shaykh Abdul Baqi Muhammad etc. Their poetry works were rendered eloquently so much so that its rendition is made possible for their students to understand their message because it serves as a way of imparting knowledge.
“The people are predominantly Yorubas with few Fulani nomads. Iwo indigenes engage in various occupations like cattle rearing, butchery, farming, trading, craft, teaching to mention just a few.
Iwo is truly a Muslim town due largely to its adoption of Islam as a religion. It therefore has many Quranic schools as well as Madāris and Marākiz.3
Islam in Iwo is as old as the ancient town itself. The town is always referred to as the town of Islamic scholars. It has many Muslim Scholars and students in its domain.
“History will repeat itself” on March 31st, 2018, Oba (Dr) Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Alashe lori Orisha,Arole Eledumare (The Commander in chief over deities and Representative of God on the surface of Earth) , The incarnation of Telu Adekola The Founder of Iwo Empire popularly knowns as Telu the 1st who always shed more light on status of Islam in Iwoland and especially in Yorubaland and makes elucidate that undoubtedly belief in God Almighty Allah is what we’re requested to do by Him and unwelcomed peganism beliefs.
“He also appointed a well-educated and accommodating scholar, Fadheelat Shaik Yaqoob Abdul-Baq Muhammad to be in office of Al-Wazir of Yoruba land with a view to catering for all Muslims.
“Iwo is a city that has suffered before. Iwo City has lacked many social amenities. Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi Telu1 is a king that is trying to make Iwo great.
“Oluwo of Iwo Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi The First Incarnation of Telu Adekola the Founder of Iwo Empire popular known as Telu1 is a King that his people like to be addressed as Emir of Yoruba Land Oba ( King) Dr Sheikh (Igwe ) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi Telu1 is loved by many people..
“Oluwo Of Iwo Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi Telu1 played a significant role before federal government of Nigeria approved Federal College of Education to be cited in Iwo.
Higher Institutions in Iwo land before Fortress University are : BOWEN University. Wolex Polytechni c, Baptist Teachers’ Training College which was located at Oke Odo in Iwo, but this facility is now used as the campus of Bowen University, Westland University, Iwo city polytechnic,
Royal College of Public health and technology, Empire College of Health Technology, Al Ummah College of Education, Federal College of Educatio, Offer, center institute of Agriculture.
Another institution in Iwo is Shariah College of Nigeria, which used to be in Ibadan before it was relocated to its permanent site at Oke-Afo, Iwo
“ACADIP Chief Lecturer, Alhaji Yusuf Adepoju visited Iwo as the lecturer has agreed that their Fortress University will be sited in Iwo land .
“It was very sweet Friday for Iwo people that day when they were celebrated triple things at same time celebrations of Christmas, Jummat Mubarak for happy Fridays and the sealing of deal of the new Fortress University by ACADIP with Professor Lai Olurode, Sheikh Yusuf Adepoju and the Paramount Ruler of Iwoland Alase Lori Orisa 1 His Imperial Majesty Oba Dr Sheikh ( Igwe) abdulrasheed adewale Akanbi The First Incarnation of Telu Adekola The Founder of Iwo Empire popular known as Telu1
“I, Congratulate!!! My Imperial Majesty, Uncommon and Dynamic King with Trade Mark.
First and Only One Commander in Chief over deties in Yoruba Land and Representative of God Almighty on surface of the Earth (Alaase Lori orisa ni ile Yoruba ati Arole Olodumaare lorile Aye), (The Supreme and Permanent Chairman of Iwo Land Traditional Council of over thirty Obas and chiefs ),
His Imperial Majesty Oba, Dr, Shiekh, King, ( Igwe) Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, The First Incarnation of Telu Adekola the Initiator of Iwo Land, Gbaase 2nd, Natural Emir of Yoruba Land,
The Oluwo of Iwo Empire on the new development of proposed Fortress University that was established by ACADIP under leadership of Mallam Yusuf Adepoju , I also congratulate the following people
“Sheikh Yaqob Baaki Muhammad, Wazeer of Yoruba Land, Alaaga Isokan Musulimi of Iwo and entire people of Iwo Land both home and abroad”, he educatively disclosed.
Yours sincerely, UNESCO Laureate, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu
Vice Chancellor, Crown University International and World Acclaimed
Distinguished Professor Emeritus ratified by UNESCO Top up by UNN, Nigeria, CSER Malaysia, MPRPH Institute Iran, WCU, USA , ICERE Argentina and others worldwide,
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chartered Intl Da Vinci University, Chairman Board of Trustees, Peacebuilding and Human Development, Registrar, Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners, London, United Kingdom, The World Grand President (World Grand Board of Directors), International Chartered World Learned Society.
And Vice President for International Affairs (Vice Chairman International Affairs of Board of Trustees) at West Coast University USA and associates worldwide ; Vice President International Affairs (Vice Chairman International Affairs of Board of Trustees) Sastra Angkor University Kingdom of Cambodia; World Acclaimed Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Member Board of Trustees Bharat University in India, Deputy Director General for Africa and Research Professor at International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK.
World Grand Chancellor at the Chartered World Order of the Knights of Justice of Peace ; Visiting Founding Head of Information and Communication Technology, Abia State University Uturu, Nigeria, Visiting Professor at Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Nigeria.
Also World Grand President at Africa International Institute for Professional Training and Research, Vice President, International Centre for Eye Research and Education, Argentina, South America ,World Acclaimed Distinguished Research Professor and Fellow Editorial International Advisory Board at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom, Founder of Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu Intl. Foundation Inc. and several others higher institutions and organizations world-wide.
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