Biography of Sheikh Ahmad Maqari – Chief Imam at the National Mosque, Abuja


Biography of Sheikh Ahmad Maqari – Chief Imam at the National Mosque, Abuja

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Biography of Sheikh Ahmad Maqari - Chief Imam at the National Mosque, Abuja
Chief Imam of National Mosque, Abuja

Born on September 15, 1976, Professor, Sheikh Ahmad Maqari hails from Zaria City in Kaduna State, Nigeria. He serves as the chief imam at the National Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria, and is recognized as a knowledgeable Quranic interpreter and religious leader.

Early Life

Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari was born into a middle-class family in Zaria, Nigeria. His father was a civil servant and a teacher, while his grandfather, originally from Borno State, came to Zaria to pursue Islamic education and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) before returning to his hometown to teach.

During that time, the Emir of Zazzau prohibited him from leaving Zaria, stating in Hausa, “Malamai basa zuwa garin shi su bar garin,” which translates to “No scholars would come to his town and leave after acquiring knowledge.” Consequently, the Emir provided him with a residence near the Zazzau Emirate.

Education of Sheikh Ahmad Maqari

In 1987, Professor Maqari commenced his primary education in the Nigerian state of Katsina. At the age of 13, he began memorizing the Holy Qur’an, completing the task by the age of 14. He then attended Jama’atu College of Arabic Studies in Zaria, Kaduna State, for his secondary education.

Sheikh Maqari obtained his first bachelor’s degree in education from the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1999. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He further pursued his Ph.D. at Bayero University in Kano, successfully completing it within two years in 2009.

Professor Ibrahim Maqari commenced lecturing at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria in 1999. In 2010, he was appointed as a senior lecturer at Kaduna State University. After spending nearly a year in lecturing, Professor Ibrahim Maqari joined Bayero University Kano, where he served as a professor in the Department of Arabic and Linguistics until his retirement in 2020.

Books by Sheikh Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari

  • New Generation 3
  • Alzzahirat Alsalafiat
  • Shi’eri Hubbul Ilaahy
  • A’alamus shi’eril muusahah
  • Alhawaa wabina’is Suratu shi’ri Yahya Annufaahki
  • Attanaasu Bai Al Limtisasi wal’Intisasi, etc.

Chief Imam

Professor Maqari currently holds the esteemed position of chief imam at the National Mosque in Abuja.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which mosque is the largest in Nigeria?

The Sultan Bello Mosque, also known as the Kaduna Central Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in Kaduna State, Nigeria. It was constructed in 1962.

Who serves as the Imam of the National Mosque in Abuja?

The National Mosque in Abuja has been led by Sheikh Ahmad Onilewura, Dr. Muhammad Kabir Adam, and Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari. On November 15, 2017, Sheikh Maqari assumed the role, combining the positions of Chief Imam and Administrative Head of the National Mosque.

Why is the Abuja National Mosque significant?

The National Mosque in Abuja was built as a symbol of Nigeria’s Islamic heritage. Muslims from all parts of the region are welcome to participate in daily and special prayers at the mosque, including the Jumat ceremony held on Fridays.

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