Shaykh Uthman Ibn Fuduye’

About the Shehu

“He was the Shaykh o24tanbeeh5f Islam, the most learned among the scholars, the regal erudite, perpetual deliverer, the scholar of humanity, the one who realized the highest stations, Abu Muhammad Sa`d Uthman ibn Muhammad ibn Uthman ibn Salih ibn Harun ibn Muhammad Ghurtu ibn Muhammad Jubbu ibn Muhammad Sanbu ibn Maasiran ibn Ayyub ibn Buba Baba ibn Abu Bakr ibn Musa Jokoli ibn Imam Danbu. He was famous as Dan Fuduye’.

He was my father. The protected friends of Allah (al-awliya) foretold of his coming before his appearance… From that is what was related from sound narrators on the authority of Umm Hani al-Fulani, the righteous saintly women when she said:

“There will appear in this region of the land of the Blacks, a waliy from among the protected friends of Allah. He will renew the deen, revive the Sunna and establish the religion. The fortunate people will follow him and his remembrance will be spread throughout the horizons. The common people and the elite will obey his commands. Those connected to him will be known as the Jama`aat. Among their signs is that they will not heard cattle, as is the custom of the Fulani. Whoever encounters that time should follow him.” 

In short, many of the protected friends of Allah recognized him and informed us of his affair even before his appearance and at the time of his appearance as well. Realize that this shaykh was reared from the time he was young to invite people to Allah. The Shehu said: “As for as the matter of protected friendship with Allah is concerned, for the most that I know about myself is that Allah ta`ala had established me in a spiritual presence which manifested from a divine state, from the time I was a young boy up until the time I reached the age of thirty-one years.

I was seized by an instantaneous spiritual magnetic gravitational orbit that emerged from the lights of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, due to the baraka of sending blessings upon him. I was extracted up until I was in the very presence of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, which caused me to continuously weep. In that presence I had an intense desire to recite the poem by Abu Sufyan ibn al-Haarith, may Allah be pleased with him, where he eulogized the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace after his death.

Then the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace ordered me to recite it in his presence, so I began to recite it… When I had recited the poem and reached the point in the poem where I said: ‘And he guided us and now we do not fear misguidance among us, while the Messenger is our guide on the Path’; the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace then said: “Stop there.” So I stopped. He then gave me the good news by his words to me: “I am your guide on the Path of the religion, for you will not go astray.” This good news was better to me than the entire world and what it contained.”

Sultan Muhammad Bello


13 thoughts on “Shaykh Uthman Ibn Fuduye’

  1. Assalamu Alaikum Shaikh. Please may i know the source of this qoutation from Sultan Muhammad Bello?

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  3. Assalamu Alaykum, Thanks Sheikh With This Great Contribution To Knowledge Of Islam.
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  4. Please, what is your policy on use of your materials, as cited quotations? Are the translated works here, for example Uthman Dan Fuduye, considered public domain sources for quoting these works in other academic publications? Do you have a business or office contact for such purposes?

  5. As’salaamu Alaykum Cheikh, I’ve gained a new found love and appreciation for the Shehu and the Jamm’at as a whole. I’ve been going over the illustrious and literary works of the Ihya’s-Sunna with brothers of the Jamm’at here in Los Angeles (3 times a week). We are set to study other text in the very near future In Shaa Allah. Each class becomes more insightful and pack filled with superb knowledge. May Allah Azza Wajjal grant those seeking hidayah and from amongst the attributes of Ahklaq.

    Jazak’Allah Khair

    Sīdi Nasir
    Los Angeles, CA

  6. “why is it that we seem to follow Tariqs that are not indigenous to the Continent, BUt of so-called Middle Eastern origin”?

    • that would be like saying why do we a follow a religion and a prophet that is not indigenous to the continent. Truth and baraka are not exclusive properties of a time and place. They happened to originate in Arabia (in this particular instance) and found their way to Africa. If you reject them on the basis of their continental orgin, and disregard the truth therein, then you are doing the truth and yourself a disservice.

  7. As-salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatuulahi Ta’ala Wa Barakatu…. I have a question Shaykh insha Allah you see this and be able to respond.. First of all, I pray that Allah Ta’ala increase you in rank nd keep you protected Ameen. I will like to know, if those that follow African Islamic culture as we should as Africans of the continent and/or the diaspora, why is it that we seem to follow Tariqs that are not indigenous to the Continent of so-called Middle Eastern origin? Or is this even correct? Insha Allah I pray that you will be able to give me an answer and I look forward to learning and following the traditions of our African Islamic Cultures… Shukran and Salaams.

    • In adhering to the manhaj of our African Muslim ancestors, you will discover that they adhered to the mantle of the Sunna with the strongest chains of authority going back to the early community of Islam. So it is inevitable that all people, be they African Chinese or Turkish as they adhere to the best of the Islamic traditions passed down inter-generationally must trace their sanads back to the early Muslim community which surrounded Prophet Muhammad. Thats not ARAB that is ISLAM!

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