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How Kaduna Chief Imam’s wife prepared for death


If the number and caliber of people that gather to pray at one’s funeral is enough to guarantee one’s entry into paradise, then late Princess Hauwawu Jola’de Jamiu, wife of the Chief Imam of Kaduna branch of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society (ADS), Imam Jamiu Salaudeen, is already a candidate. On Saturday, April 13, 2013, over 40 clerics from various Islamic organizations were present for the prayer session. Also, ADS members and non-members from Zaria, Kaduna and even Abuja, gathered at the Ekemode Hall, Kaduna, to pay last respect to a woman, many described as a “mother, who is desirous of the wellbeing and welfare of every one, irrespective of age and status.”

The gathering knew no religious boundary, as Christian well wishers also joined in the prayer session. To the late princess, everybody is “Ajoke (meaning people’s favourite). And she could go any length to please you, whether you’re young, old, rich or poor. In fact, all my kids, she was the one that bathed them at birth, because my mum and my mother in-law live several miles away from Kaduna. But this woman was there for me. Honestly, I will really miss her,” Hajia Hadrat Omolola noted.

Although, she has been in and out of the hospital in recent times, she had fully recovered three weeks before she finally bowed to the power death. But everything she did 48 hours to her death was indicative of the fact that she probably knew she had completed her race on earth, and was prepared to meet her creator. It was gathered that the Wednesday preceding Friday April 5, 2013, when the princess died, she requested for the recitation of the whole Qur’an, in her honour. By Thursday, after completing the recitation, as they were slaughtering the ram bought for the purpose of the recitation, she slumped, and was rushed to the hospital.

On Friday, she told her only daughter, Kafilat, that from all indications, she (mother) would not see Kafilat’s children before she left. And her daughter was said to have inquired from her, where she was going and why she was making that kind of statement. Again, when another group of ADS members went to visit her in the hospital, she was said to have told them to help her take care of the husband and her children she was leaving behind. Those on the visit were bemused by her utterance and prayed with her, assuring her that nothing would happen to her. But by 7pm of the said Friday, she gave up the ghost, thus ending her 59 years sojourn on earth.

Salaudeen was said to have wept profusely on hearing the news of the departure of his partner of 39 years. But he was also quick to console himself, being a spiritual leader. He described the late wife as a woman that every true believer should pray to have. He said, though they had squabble, on a very few occasions, no third party had ever interfered in their affairs. He said he would surely miss her, because the wife was a big shield to him in particular, and the immediate family in general. ADS Assistant Missioner, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Kijan, who delivered a 15-minute talk, told the gathering that the late princess was a woman who was supportive of the role of the husband.

He said if there was no support from her, there was no way her husband would have had the time to lead prayers, let alone have time for other religious activities, within and outside Kaduna. He cautioned women, who are in the habit of cursing and gossiping negatively about their husbands to desist from it, and learn from the life and times of the late princess: “Evidences are abound from Islamic literatures and the ‘Sayings of the Prophet, S. A. W,’ that what the people say after one’s death, in the open or in secret, is very fundamental in the sight of the Creator.”

He also cautioned men to desist from making their wives vulnerable. One of her sons, AbdulRaheed Jamiu, said their late mother was a caring and loving mother, not only to her family members, but everyone she comes across: “She was very humble and very submissive to our father. She worked tirelessly to unite the family and ensured there was peace and unity within the family. As a devout Muslim, she did not discriminate among our wives, she carried everyone along.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.” In the end, all the offering money realized was handed over to one of the sons, in line with ADS Kaduna tradition, as mark of showing love and affection for the family.

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