Nigerian scholar among Islamic University of Madinah’s top 10 most outstanding alumni of all time
A Nigerian scholar, Professor Abdulrazzaq Abdulmajeed Alaro, has been named among the top 10 most outstanding alumni of the Islamic University, Madinah.
The professor of Islamic Law at the University of Ilorin, was honoured alongside nine others on Wednesday, June 15 at the Islamic University of Madinah’s 58th graduation ceremony.
The award was presented by the governor of Madinah, His Highness Faisal Bin Salman Abdulazeez Sale Su’ud in the presence of the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mamduh Bn Thanyan Aal Su’ud, as part of the activities to mark the 58th convocation ceremony of the institution.
No fewer than 1,742 students from different countries, including Nigeria were among the fresh graduates celebrated during the end of the 1443AH academic year ceremony, where Prof. Alaro received the Award of Excellence as one of the top 10 Most Outstanding Alumni of the institution since its establishment in 1961.
Other nine alumni that were also selected from different countries for the honour included Dr. Ibrahim Jalo, current Ambassador of Sierra Leone to Saudi Arabia; Dr. Dhul-kifl Ibn Muhammad Bakr, current Malaysian Minister of Religious Affairs; Ustadh Muhammad Bousitsh, the current Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Saudi Arabia; and Ustadh Muhammad Shahim Ali Sa’eed, former Minister from the Maldives.
Others are Ustadh Abdus Satar Ahmad. (Pakistan); Dr. Ali Samoo. (Thailand): Dr. Ali Misry Simajaan (Indonesia), Dr. Muhammad Habeebullah Siy and Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Loh, both from Senegal.
Alaro told Daily Independent that “I feel grateful to Almighty Allah to be selected among the best 10 of the University Alumni from inception. The recognition is a way of appreciating the mercy, kindness of Allah on us. We must always be grateful to him at all times.”
He said it was not easy to be among the top 10 of the university that has been in existence since 1961 and has produced graduates from about 200 countries across the world.
“Alhamdulillah, I am one of the top 10 and the only Nigerian to be selected. I am grateful to Allah,” he noted.
He, therefore, called on the youths to prioritise knowledge saying, “Seeking knowledge is highly recommended in Islam, especially the knowledge of Almighty Allah. I studied Shari’ah at the University.
Who is Professor Abdurrazzaq Abdulmajid Alaro
Professor Alaro was born in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital and studied Shari’ah at the Islamic University where he graduated with First-Class Honours in 1993.
Alaro also bagged his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the same University in 1997 and 2002 where he studied Islamic Theology. Interestingly, he also graduated with first-class Honours.
Alaro had co-reviewed the Yoruba translation of the Glorious Qur’an, with Dr. Ibrahim Abdulbaqi Muhammad (May Allah have mercy on him), when he was a Master’s degree student at the Islamic University. The project was completed in 1997.
After his PhD in 2002, he stayed behind in Madinah until 2008 when he joined the services of the University of Ilorin as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law.
Earlier, he had his basic Islamic and conventional (Western) education at Muhyideen College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ilorin, under the visionary leadership of Shaykh Abullahi Jibril Sha’ban.
Realising the need to obtain a further post-graduate and professional certificate in law in good time, and following the extant law on legal education in Nigeria, Prof. Alaro attended Bar I and Bar II vocational training programmes at the University of Abuja and the Nigerian Law School, which saw him admitted into the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2016.
He also earned his LL.M and Ph.D, specializing in Islamic Law of Banking and Finance from Omdurman University, Sudan, in 2006 and 2013 respectively. Both his dissertation and thesis were recommended for publication by the panel of examiners.
In the area of legal research, Prof. Alaro has written widely in reputable local and international journals, and has attended learned conferences in Europe, Asia and Africa.
He is a Shari‘ah advisor, consultant and accredited arbitrator on Islamic Banking and Finance; head, committee on research, studies and translation of the Union of African Muslim Scholars, Bamako, Mali; member, advisory council of experts, Non-Interest (Islamic) Banking, Central Bank of Nigeria; and member, Takaful Advisory Council, National Insurance Commission.
He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, a fellow of the Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals and a scholar-participant at the International Shari’ah Scholars Forum of the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), Malaysia.
SOURCE: Nigerian Sketch
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