The Late Sheikh Ja'afar Mahmoud Adam – may Allah have mercy on him - was one of the greatest Islamic scholars and Imams of guidance ever witnessed by the teeming Muslim population living in Nigeria in particular and West Africa in general, in the early years of the 15th century of the Hijrah.
The great Sheikh led a life full of hard work and sacrifice for the sake of his religion, which is typified by his zeal for the realization of a good Muslim society that cherishes the true teachings of Islam as taught by our noble Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa alihi wa sallam) and understood by the early pious Muslim generations.
To this he gave his rather short life through disseminating the teachings of Islam by giving lessons, lectures, participating in seminars, issuing fatwas and other talks on various topics at different occasions. That was in addition to his great efforts in caring for students enrolled into Islamic and other disciplines. Because of his sincerity in intention and actions, Allah made him realize one of the most important goals that he strove for in his life time - for the Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam) in all its ramifications is not an alien concept anymore in all nooks and corners of the Nigerian Muslim community.
The Sheikh surely remains in the minds of all Muslims as a symbol of the followers of the true teachings of Islam in its moderate, just and clear phase.
We ask Allah Ta'ala to shower his Mercy upon him and reward him abundantly for this gigantic effort, and May he make Jannatul Firdaus his permanent abode.
The late Sheikh was mercilessly murdered by a group of unknown assasins in the early hours of Friday morning the 25th day of the month of Rabi'ul Awwal, 1428 A.H. (13 April 2007, C.E.), while leading the Fajr prayers in his Friday mosque in the city of Kano.
Therefore the need to form a foundation in his name cannot be overemphasized. The foundation will preserve and spread through all available means the Sheikhs great works, an action to which people all over the country are calling for, more especially as the Sheikh represents that part of the scholars whose main priority is the dissemination of the perfect Aqidah of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah. The foundation will also serve as a way of symbolizing the Sheikh's philanthropic mission in his major contribution towards promoting virtues in the society, through the support of educational and social programmes.
As a way of showing their tribute to the late Sheikh, some brothers and sisters have agreed to the fact that there is surely a necessity of founding this body in the name of the Sheikh.