International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Islamic Reform in Nigeria: The Contribution of Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi
Huzaifa Aliyu Jangebe

Islamic reformism has been the prime concern of Muslim scholars and intellectuals since the 18th century C.E. and as a means to arrest the mushrooming and all around decay in their societies. In Nigeria, Muslims are plunged into backwardness because of the colonial legacy and the rising of un-Islamic practices (innovations) that have been instrumental in instigating serious problems in entire country. Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi was a great reformer who stood firm to salvage the society from further religious decline during his time. He believed that the cause for the Muslims` decline was their departure from practicing the pristine Islam as laid down in the Qur`an and the authentic Sunnah. In his quest for a solution, Sheikh Gumi articulated a reformative drive, which contravened the long-aged traditions of Nigeria. The main features of Gumi`s contributions to Islamic reformism in Nigeria, were highlighted.

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