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Kaduna-based popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Tureta is dead

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Popular Islamic scholar and teacher, Sheikh Abubakar Tureta is dead.

Mr Tureta died at the age of 74 on Sunday night at Garkuwa hospital in Kaduna after battling with injuries he sustained in an accident three years ago.

He was buried at 1 pm on Monday at the Bashama road Muslim cemetery according to Islamic rites.

He is survived by 39 children and 84 grandchildren.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, while paying a tribute to late Islamic scholar, describing him as a man of remarkable, erudition character who spent his life promoting peaceful co-existence among people of different faiths.

The president said the deceased, who lived an incredibly humble life, will be long remembered for “staying above controversy throughout his impressive life of scholarship, abhorring divisive statements.”

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The president who described his death as “a major depletion of the forest of knowledge, a defoliation of a big branch on the tree of learning whose contributions to Islam are immeasurable,” urged other Islamic scholars to emulate his humility.

The president said the best tribute Mr Tureta’s followers, fans and students owe him is to live by his good examples.

President Buhari prayed Allah to forgive his gentle soul, reward his virtuous deeds with paradise and comfort his family in their moment of grief.

In his reaction, the eldest son of the deceased, 51-year-old Justice Salisu Abubakar Tureta told reporters in the state that his father had been sick for the past nine months.

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Justice Salisu who is a Sharia Court Judge in Magaji Gari, Kaduna described his father as a dedicated and truthful Muslim who strived to please Allah in all his endeavours while he was alive.

He said, “My father and I were very close, he made me who I am today and the Islamic knowledge I have acquired. He was a great teacher and mentor to anyone who came across him.

“My father was a very simple man who spent all his life promoting Islamic Knowledge and assisting the less privileged. He fancied worldly things but had many religious books he usually consults in his day to day dealings.”

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