Ja’afar Mahmud Adam (February 12, 1961 – April 13, 2007) was an Islamic scholar, who studied at the Islamic University of Madina. He lived a moderate life, learn from several scholars both Western and Islamic. He was killed on April 13, 2007, but a group of unknown gunmen during the Morning prayer in Kano state.
Jafar memorized the Holy Qur’an at a very young age as he attended the Almajiri system of Education in Daura and Kano (which was considered as Primary Education in the 1970s). Following his Primary school, he attended an Arabic certificate course at the Egyptian Cultural Centre in Kano where he was awarded the certificate of the Arabic language. Simultaneously with his Arabic certification, Jafar registered at the Adult evening course for Adults who weren’t opportune to study English and Western Education at a younger age, he graduated in 1983. Jafar’s enthusiasm for learning made him an exceptional student as he joined the Arabic Teacher’s College Gwale in Kano and came out as one of the top students.
Jafar’s Journey to Islamic scholarship was influenced by another prominent scholar from Borno state, Sheikh Muhammed Abba Aji. To be an Islamic scholar a person has to go through rigorous learning, Jafar had already memorize the entire six thousand seven hundred verses of the Holy Quran, however, he does not have the sufficient training to be an Islamic scholar as of yet, hence he continued his pursuit for Islamic knowledge. He travelled to the Holy City of Medina to further his Education at the Islamic University of Medina. The University of Medina is one of the prominent Universities of Islamic scholarship, if not the best university in the world. He studied Qur’an and Islamic studies at the university where a student learns about tafsir and Quranic sciences. Following his Degree Studies in Medina, Jafar continued his studies at the International University of Africa in Sudan.
Jafar has faced several tribulations on his journey as an Islamic scholar. He has been a target point of several Tariqa scholars in Nigeria. Nonetheless, he stood firm on his tafsir and provided pieces of evidence and reference to his stands on Islam. He was a member of the Izala Islamic group, however, following a misunderstanding among the members of the Izala Group, Jafar and his colleagues withdrew from the group and made it clear with a written letter to the group. It is contrary to the common belief that Jafar is a member of the Izala group.
He taught at the Indimi mosque in Maiduguri, where he made a tafsir of the entire Quran. Jafar is known to be a peaceful scholar; he preached freedom of religion, using scientific proofs and called upon the Nigerian government to cater to the poor. One of the high points of Jafar’s teachings was when he called the attention of the Nigerian government on the threats and dangers posed by Muhammed Yusuf, the then leader of Boko Haram. Jafar was very critical of terrorism and the rise of terrorism in Nigeria.
On April 13 2007, Jafar was assassinated in the early hours of Friday, by some unknown gunmen during the Fajr prayers in Kano. The Nigerian government has opened an investigation into his assassination, but it is highly unlikely to find his killers. Thousands attended his funeral, and indeed Arewa has lost a great scholar.
Ja’afar Mahmud Adam (12 ga Fabrairu, 1961 – Afrilu 13, 2007) malami ne na Islama, wanda ya yi karatu a Jami’ar Musulunci ta Madina. Ya yi rayuwa mai matsakaici, koya daga malamai da yawa na Yamma da na Musulunci. An kashe shi ne a ranar 13 ga Afrilu, 2007, amma wasu gungun mutane da ba a san ko su waye ba yayin sallar Asuba a cikin jihar Kano.
Jafar ya haddace Alqur’ani mai girma tun yana dan karami yayin da ya halarci tsarin ilimin Almajiri a Daura da Kano (wanda aka dauke shi a matsayin Primary Education a shekarun 1970). Bayan kammala makarantar sa, ya halarci makarantar koyar da karatun larabci a Cibiyar Al’adar Masarawa ta Kano, inda aka ba shi takardar shaidar harshen larabci. A lokaci guda tare da satifiket dinsa na Larabci, Jafar ya yi rajista a Makarantar Maraice ta Adult wanda bai sami damar yin karatun Ingilishi da Ilimin Yammacin Turai ba, amma ya sauke karatu a shekarar 1983. Kwalejin Malami Gwale a cikin Kano kuma ya fito a matsayin ɗaya daga cikin manyan ɗalibai.
Tafiyar Jafar ga malamin addinin Islama ya rinjayi wani babban malami daga jihar Borno, Sheikh Muhammed Abba Aji. Don zama babban malamin Islama dole ne mutum ya yi taƙama cikin koyo, Jafar ya haddace duka ayoyin Alƙur’ani dubu shida da ɗari bakwai, duk da haka, bai sami isasshen horo don zama masanin Islama ba tukuna, saboda haka ya ya ci gaba da bibiyar ilimin addinin Musulunci. Ya yi tafiya zuwa Tsarkakken birnin Madina don ci gaba da Iliminsa a Jami’ar Musulunci ta Madina. Jami’ar Madina tana daga cikin manyan Jami’o’in malanta na Islama, in ba ingantaccen jami’a a duniya ba. Ya yi karatun Alqur’ani da karatun Musulunci a jami’ar inda dalibi ya karanci tafsir da ilimin Alqur’ani. Bayan kammala karatun Digiri a Madina, Jafar ya ci gaba da karatunsa a Jami’ar Kasa da Kasa ta Afirka a Sudan.
Jafar ya fuskanci wahaloli da yawa a kan tafiyarsa ta malamin Islama. Ya kasance makasudin malamin Tariqa da yawa a Najeriya. Ko da yake, ya tsaya kyam a kan tafsirin kuma ya ba da wasu hujjoji da alaƙa a kan matsayinsa a kan Islama. Ya kasance memba a kungiyar Izala ta Musulunci, duk da haka, biyo bayan rashin fahimta tsakanin membobin kungiyar Izala, Jafar da abokan aikinsa sun fice daga kungiyar tare da bayyana hakan tare da rubuto wasika zuwa kungiyar. Hakan ya sabawa imani daya da cewa Jafar dan kungiyar Izala ne.
Ya koyar a masallacin Indimi da ke Maiduguri, inda ya yi tafsirin Alqur’ani gaba daya. Jafar an san shi masanin lumana ne; yayi wa’azin ‘yancin addini, ta hanyar amfani da hujjojin kimiyya kuma ya yi kira ga gwamnatin Najeriya da ta taimaka wa talakawa. Daya daga cikin mahimman abubuwan koyarwar Jafar shi ne lokacin da ya kira hankalin gwamnatin Najeriya kan barazanar da hadarin da Muhammed Yusuf, shugaban kungiyar Boko Haram a lokacin. Jafar ya kasance mai matukar mahimmanci game da ta’addanci da karuwar ta’addanci a Najeriya.
A ranar 13 ga Afrilun 2007, wasu ‘yan bindiga da ba a san ko su wane ne ba suka kashe Jafar yayin sallar Fajr a Kano. Gwamnatin Najeriya ta bude bincike game da kisan nasa, amma da alama ba a samu wanda ya kashe shi ba. Dubun-dubatar sun halarci jana’izarsa, kuma hakika Arewa ta rasa wani babban malami.