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Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English LanlWa~e ofori~nal: Source oftext: Introduction: Fulfulde Forgery II Bi'ol Nr:ol Nana n.d. Mallam Balarabe of Gusau 371 Work 63 This work seems to be about the appearance of a Reviver of Islam in the year 1950 A.D.. It is a forgery, and the evidence that it is seems clear. The writer says that the Shehu (Usumanu) foretold the coming ofthe MUjaddid (Reviver ofIslam), who would be followed by the Mahdf (vv. 17-18). This is a statement throbbing with political and religious controversy. In his poem Munasaba, the Shehu said, "I am the precursor, like the wind before the storm / This is how I am to the Mahdf" (v.62). In another poem, he said, "In the century in which we live I There is no otherperson shown to me: From Bello up to the time ofthe Mahdf / There is no one else mentioned to me" (vv. 8-9) (Sa'idu 1985). From these extracts it seems clear that the Shehu did not predict the emergence of another Reviver of Islam. Muhammad Bello's view about the Mahdf is well documented. In a letter to Moddibo Adama, ruler of the far eastern federated state, Muhammad Bello reminded the Emir ofthe need to secure the road towards Mecca for the coming ofthe Mahdf and asked him to send men to Wadai and Dafur to check the situation. Maryam, Muhammad Bello's sister, writing in reply to a query made by the Emir ofKan0922 about the then current wave ofemigrants said: The Shehu, my father, did mention that we shall emigrate from Hausaland, but he did not specify the time ... one of the signs... is the lack of rain ... another sign is the eruption ofupheavals among communities ofthe west who will leave their homes and move towards the east ... These two signs are the principal sign, in our opinion, which have come down to us from the two Shaikbs, my father and his son, Muhammad Bello (Maryam bint Shehu, quoted in al-Hajj 1973). "'The Emir ofKano, Muhammad Bello 1883-92. Boyd & Mack/The Collected Work. ofNana Asma 'u in English Forgery II Bi'ol NfJol Nana n.d. 371 Work 63 Fulfulde Mallam Balarabe of Gusau LaniWal,le ofori~inal: Source oftext: Introduction: This work seems to be about the appearance of a Reviver of Islam in the year 1950 AD.. It is a forgery, and the evidence that it is seems clear. The writer says that the Shehu (Usumanu) foretold the corning ofthe Mujaddid (Reviver ofIslam), who would be followed by the Mahdi (w. 17-18). This is a statement throbbing with political and religious controversy. In his poem Munasaba, the Shehu said, "I am the precursor, like the wind before the stOlm I This is how I am to the Mahdi" (v.62). In another poem, he said, "In the centUIy in which we live I There is no other person shown to me: From Bello up to the time ofthe Mahdr / There is no one else mentioned to me" (w. 8-9) (Sa'idu 1985). From these extracts it seems clear that the Shehu did not predict the emergence of another Reviver of Islam. Muhammad Bello's view about the Mahdi is well documented. In a letter to Moddibo Adama, ruler of the far eastern federated state, Muhammad Bello reminded the Emir of the need to secure the road towards Mecca for the coming ofthe Mahdr and asked him to send men to Wadai and Dafur to check the situation. Maryam, Muhammad Bello's sister, writing in reply to a query made by the Emir of Kan0922 about the then current wave ofemigrants said: The Shehu, my father, did mention that we shall emigrate from Hausaland, but he did not specify the time. one of the signs... is the lack ofrain. another sign is the eruption ofupheavals among communities ofthe west who will leave their homes and move towards the east. These two signs are the principal sign, in our opinion, which have come down to us from the two Shaikhs, my father and his son, Muhanllnad Bello (Maryam bint Shehu, quoted in aI-Hajj 1973) "'The Emir ofKano, Muhammad Bello 1883-92. Boyd & Mack/The Collected Work. ofNana Asma 'u in English Forgery II Bi'ol NfJol Nana n.d. 371 Work 63 Fulfulde Mallam Balarabe of Gusau LaniWal,le ofori~inal: Source oftext: Introduction: This work seems to be about the appearance of...

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9781609170653
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9780870134753
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605316199
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2012-12-20
Language
English
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