Saturday, October 26th, the LTV Multi-purpose Combo Hall, Ikeja, in the ever busy capital of Lagos gloriously dazzled as AbdulHamid Babatunde Adewuyi officially took Safiyyah Omowunmi to be his wife.
The bride, Safiyyah is the daughter of respected Islamic Scholar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation, Dr Abdullah Shuaib.
The venue was transformed into a wondrous haven with colours of purple, gold and blue by Just4U; an event management company owned by Hajia Zulfah Muftau.
With the presence of top politicos to captains of industries, Islamic Scholars and other socialites such as the immediate former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule; Baba Adinni of Lagos, Sheikh Abdul Hafeez Abou; former Chief Imam of UNILAG, Prof. Murtado Bidmos, Sheikh Tijani Gbajabiamila, Alfa Agba of Lagos who represented the Grand Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh AbdulHakeem Ishola Uwais, Badagry Divisional Chief Imam.
The aqdu and Waleematu nikaah was exciting and colourful.
The guests as well, were dressed in the dress code combination of purple, gold and blue colours, and in different elegant ceremonial attires. The hashtag #Sholawunmi19 was dedicated to the special event.
The men behind the mic, popular TV personality Mutahir Adams and journalist, Abdulwasi Adeyemi declared the nikaah open with the recitation of the Noble Qur’an.
Haafiz Miqdaad, the bride’s brother and Ustadh AbdulRauf AbdulAzeez took charge of the delivery of a beautiful rendition of Surah Nisai, Qur’an 4, starting from verse 1, one of the popular verses usually read at nikaah ceremonies and held guests, particularly the erudite scholars, spellbound as they listened and reflected on the divine message of love from the Creator.
The central message of another popular nikaah verses in surah Rum, Qur’an 30: 21 formed the thrust of the lecture beautifully presented by the immediate past Commissioner for Home Affairs and Chief Imam of Lagos State House of Assembly Central Mosque, Hon. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef.
“Marriage in Islam personifies a sincere and committed act of worship,” said the popular Islamic Scholar, who emphasized the need for Muslim youth and parents to scale up their knowledge of Islam before venturing into marriage in order to prevent avoidable marital crises.
AbdulHamid, who paid a mahr (dowry) in cash (amount withheld) and two notable Islamic texts to the bride was later joined together with Safiyyah in accordance with the Shariah by Dr AbdulHakeem, who officiated the nikaah.
Muslim News lifestyle observed that the food vendor, Seedeeqah Catering Service, ensured that guests were treated to delightful delicacies mostly African delicacies such as jollof rice, fried rice, moimoi, asaro, semo, amala with ewudu & gbegiri, vegetable, etc. There were enough non-alcoholic drinks for everybody, irrespective of their status. They also served appetizers.
Notable guests present such as Dr Idiat Adebule, Sheikh AbdulHafeez Abou, Prof Murtado Bidmos, Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i, Sheikh Abdul Fatai Thanni, Abdulfattah Amoo, Executive Director, Jaiz Bank Plc and Alhaja Khairat Sodique, former national Ameerah of FOMWAN, among others were called to give ‘words of advice’ to the couple and to bless their nikaah.
The former Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule rejoiced with the family of the couple, stressing that, love will not allow you to see your inadequacies. “Love yourselves with your shortcomings. Respect each other to the fullest. Learn and consult the knowledgeable Muslim authorities to build your family,” she urged.
Grand Mufti of Conference of Islamic Scholar (CIO), Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i urged the couple to prioritize their union above other obligations and make a renewed commitment to the work of Islam.
The bride’s father, Dr Abdullah Shuaib expressed gratitude to God and the Muslim community in Lagos, Abuja and Nigeria at large for their support in his professional and Islamic works as well as the wedding ceremony.
Dr Shuaib, who appreciated Sheikhs Shafi’i and Abdul Fatai Thanni, the duo whom he said played pivotal role in his life and family, noted that marriage is a divine gift and unrivalled blessing from Allah.
“Noting that marriage is an obligation to sustain human race”, he said. “Marriage is an embodiment of social and spiritual ideals that seek to establish a modest Muslim home that bears the responsibility of the development of Islam,” he added.
Other dignitaries, who graced the occasion included but not limited to the National Missioner Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad and his beautiful wife; Chief Justice of the Appeal Court, Justice Wale Abiru; Deputy Director, Voice of Nigeria, Alhaji AbdurRazaq AbdusSalaam; Imam of Lighthouse Estate Mosque, Imam Nojeem Jimoh; Chief Imam, Adangba Central Mosque, Sheikh Sulaiman Adangba and Alhaji YKO Abdulkareem.
Other notable guests of honour at #Sholawunmi include, Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. AbdusSabur Olawale Omititi; Chairman, Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State, Hon. Jelili Sulaimon and the former Chairman, Agege Local Government, Lagos State, Hon. Jubril AbdulKareem; Chairman Hajj Mabrur Ventures, Alhaji Modupe Kadri; Managing Director, Hajj Mabrur Ventures, Alhaji AbdulHamid Solate; former Ameerah FOMWAN Lagos State, Alhaja Sariyu Sanusi; Chief Executive Officer, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju.
The former Company Secretary, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Alhaji Tijjani Muhammad Borodo; Managing Director, El-Jaiz Investments and Services Ltd, Engr Garba Muhammad Abubakar; Executive Director, Jaiz Takaful Plc, Mallam Sabiu Abubakar; Barrister Umar Faruk, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Lukman Abdullahi; Head of Finance and Accounts of Jaiz Foundation, Khalifah Umaru Mutallab, son of Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, who represented his father and the entire Jaiz family graced the occasion.
Safiyyah, a graduate of Mass Communication from the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) is a seasoned chef, while Ahmad, a graduate of Accounting from the revered Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) works as Accountant with an Auditing/Tax firm in Lagos.
In a jointly signed appreciation message exclusively sent to Muslim News lifestyle, the couple said, “Being a witness to the first day of our lives together, you have all filled our hearts with joy and gratitude. We are honored that many of you travelled a great distance to be a part of our special day, thank you so much for celebrating our joy. With sincere appreciation, love and regards we both send thanks for your lovely gifts and your thoughtful wishes.”
Story by: Rasheed Abubakar and Miftaudeen Raji
Picture by: Wayne Creative for Muslim News
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