The demise of the Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement, Shaikh Khalifa Ahmad Tijjani Nyass has been described by the governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as “A great loss to Islamic scholarship and Muslim world.”
Commiserating with the Muslim world, particularly followers of Tijjaniyya across the globe, he lamented that, “We were shocked when we heard about the demise of this great and all-important Islamic scholar, whose Khalifaship cuts across many global communities.”
While reminding that, the long standing relationship between Kano state and Koalack, the root of the late Nyass, in Senegal, in Islamic jurisprudence, Mysticism, Qur’anic and Hadith studies has been vibrant, what Kano benefits from Kaolack is immeasurable by whatever standard.
A press statement signed by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor quoted Ganduje, as saying- “We have all reasons to be shocked over this unbearable loss that creates a vacuum in the Islamic world. Ours is to continue praying for the repose soul of this Aarif-Billah who spent his life imparting knowledge to humanity,” he said.
“As a pragmatic Islamic scholar, who spent his entire life in the service for the Deen and propagation of Islam, across continents, according to the governor, he charged his family members and followers he inherited from his late father, Shaykh Ibrahim Nyass, to follow his footsteps and continue from where he stopped.
“It is therefore on behalf of the government and people of Kano state, that I am sending our condolences to his family and all other Muslims across the globe over this irreparable loss. May Allah bless his gentle soul. May He shower Mercy on him,” he prayed.