By Ibrahim ShuaibuÂ in Kano
The remains ofÂ Khalifa of Tijjaniyya sectÂ in West Africa and Khadimul Islam, Sheik Isiaka Rabiu wasÂ on FridayÂ in Kano laid to rest in his house, amid tears from thousands of sympathisers, who thronged his palace atÂ Goron Dutse in Dala local government areaÂ of the state,Â close to the Muhammad RabiuÂ FridayÂ Mosque.
The remains of the Sheik was brought before a large congregation of Islamic faithful in an ambulance at the Sheikh Muhammad Rabiu Mosque, named after his late father, Muhammadu Rabiu.
The funeral prayer was led by Sheik Tijjani Aliyu Sisa, the Chief Imam of Kaulaha Mosque in Senegal, who stood in for Sheik Inyass before an unprecedented crowd that gathered at his residence, at exactlyÂ 2. 33 pm, before he was finally buried atÂ 2.45 pm.
Late Isyaku Rabiu died after a protracted illness at a London Hospital last Tuesday.
He died at the age of 93 years. A highly groomed Islamic Scholar, who had a memory of the Glorious Qur’an at the tender age of 14 and would be remembered for his doggedness in pursuance of the Islamic ideals and support for Qur’anic memorisation.
In an interview, the Chief Imam of Kofar Mata Sheikh Nasir Adam described the Late Khalifa as a dedicated and committed gentleman who served as an embodiment of justice and a philanthropist to the core.Â
As a close confidant to late Sheik Isiyaku Rabiu the Chief Imam said the vacuum created by his death would be very difficult to fill.
A business associate Alhaji Sabiu Bako described the late Khalifa Isiaka Rabiu as a very simple, humble and reservoir of knowledge and above all a philanthropist to the core who assisted most of the business tycoons in Kano and beyond to become what they are today in Nigeria.
The late Rabiu was prominent as a result of his excellent credential as someone who had the opportunity to memorize the Glorious Qur’an at the age of 14 a feat that made to stand out the exceptionally different among his peers.
Among those, who graced the funeral prayers, include the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, Emir of Kano Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Burutai, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, his DeputyÂ Professor Hafiz Abubakar, Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, the Chairman Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Former Speaker House of Representatives Alhaji Gali Umar Na’abba, and Former Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Sule Lamido.
The traditional rulers who attended the funerals are Emirs of Daura Umar Farouk and that of Ringim Sayyadi Mahmoud Ringim among others.
Â The late Khalifa died and left behind 42 Children and so many grand Children.
However, the funeral prayer was conducted amidst tight security.