Scholar harps on significance of ‘Waka’ in Islamic propagation

The lead Imam of The Wings Schools in Iwo, Osun State, Ustaz Haroun Bilal Olurode, has recently made a public presentation on his findings on Yoruba Waka.

He grouped the findings into different themes: Dawah (inviting to the way of Allah”, death and living, trials, peaceful coexistence, knowledge, gender differences, marriage, socialisation and care of vulnerable groups in society.

He emphasized on the civil nature of Islam and the wisdom of early Muslims and clerics in Yoruba land using scientific methodology in inviting people to the cause of Allah.

He bemoaned the use of force in Islamic evangelism, maintaining that this was foreign to Islam.

The royal guest at the occasion, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdurrasheed Adewale Akanbi, emphasised the role of scholars in Islamic propagation and particularly the special place of Waka songs as a great innovation in inviting people to the path of Allah. He recalled that Waka songs soften the hearth and make preaching comprehensible and memorable in the mind of worshipers.

An expert in Islamic science and jurisprudence, Dr. Bilal Sirojudeen Al-Asrau commended the author for researching into a most difficult but insightful topic in Islam.

He admitted that the Qur’an never erased the significant place of music in religious propagation and its justification as a rational mode of using wisdom to invite people to the path of Allah.

He sees the author’s contribution as novelty and urges him to quickly complete the research work.

A former SSG and former governorship aspirant under the African Democratic Party, ADP, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti comended the author and he said that music is equally helpful in political mobilization as a peaceful weapon.

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