Remembering Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam from Katsina, 13 years after (Biography)
Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam Born on February 12, 1960 Died April 13, 2007 Region Nigeria Islamic scholar Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam was born on February 12, 1960 in the city of Daura in Katsina State .
In 1984, he was admitted into the Government Teachers’ College, Gwale, now Government Arabic College Gwale Kano, (G.A.C Gwale Kano). He graduated in 1988 and in 1989, he secured admission into the Islamic University in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, where he studied for four years and graduated in 1993.
Upon his return from Madinah, Sheikh Ja’afar set up the Usman Bin Affan Centre which became autonomous in 1995. There, Sheikh Ja’afar taught various classes. He also conducted Tafsir annually in Maiduguri during Ramadhan. He was the head of the Usman Bin Affan Islamic Trust.
At various times, he represented Nigeria internationally in Qur’anic recitation competitions. He was a member of the “Ulama Consultative Forum” in Zamfara and Bauchi states.
He also presented various Islamic programmes on radio and television stations like Radio Kaduna , Bauchi Radio Corporation, ARTV Kano, DITV Kaduna, NTA Borno, OITV Damaturu, and NTA Yola, among others.
On Friday, 13 April 2007, at around 5:30am, Sheikh Ja’afar was shot while leading the Fajr (Morning) prayer at the Dorayi Juma’at Mosque.
The assassins shot Sheikh Ja’afar at close range tearing his chest and abdomen. Soon after the incident he was taken to Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) where he died before he could receive medical attention.
It was also reported that the gunmen had earlier stopped at his former mosque at Gadon Kaya before they finally caught up with him at the Dorayi mosque where he was murdered.