Reports about Sufi scholars’ appearance on the walls of a small mosque in Lagos have lured huge crowds of Muslims from across Nigeria and neighboring West African nations, amid calls from Muslim scholars to be careful and avoid falling into idolatry practices.
“We were in the mosque doing Dhikri on that Tuesday evening when one of my children, Nasrudeen, drew our attention to the apparitions of Sheikh Ahmad Tijanni, Sheikh Alhaji Ibrahim Kaolaq, and Maolaana Sheikh Jamiu Bulaala,” Sheikh Alegbe, a Sufi scholar and founder of Shehu Musa Alegbe Mosque where the apparitions took place, told OnIslam.net.
Janet Obahaigbon, a middle-age Christian woman who lives next door to the mosque, confirmed seeing the apparition well before people started trooping in from everywhere.
“We were the first set of people to see this wonder. It is a wonder because I have only heard of such apparition of Mary in the Eastern part of the country. I never visited the place but I have seen this one myself,” she recounted to OnIslam.net.
Tasawuf (sufism) is a subject of the greatest dispute and debate among Muslims.
Muslim scholars are divided, it appears. Some say that there is nothing like this in Islam and it is idolatrous to claim they are real. Some even denounced it as bid’ah (unauthentic acts of worship). Others appear to consider it as a part of Islamic teachings.
Interesting that it is compared to Marian visions. That’s what I thought of when I read it.
Two weeks later, the apparitions are “fading”. Hmm, sounds funny doesn’t it?