Facing The Ka'aba

December 20, 2013

Why I founded Seifudeen Foundation — Chief Imam, Olowo-oribi

Why I founded Seifudeen Foundation  — Chief Imam, Olowo-oribi

“If Allah made me a leader, I will use my position to establish a modern Islamic library for the use of the ummah.” That was the vow Sheikh Seifudeen Olowo-Oribi, the Chief Imam of Ikorodu made several years ago and today, he is one the verge of fulfilling that troth.

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From left: Chief Imam of Ikorodu Div. S. Olowo-oribi, Dr Saheed Timehin; Alh R Mayeigun, representating Chief Imam of Epe; Alh Sambo, Mufasir, Ikorodu and Alh Wahab Olawale during the launch of SOIF held in Ikorodu recently.

Olowo-oribi made this known recently during the official launching of the Seifudeen Olowo-Oribi Islamic Foundation which has as its main thrust, Islamic e-library and medical care.

The occasion which was held at the Ikorodu Central Mosque, Obaale, also featured the final of Quran and Quiz competitions organised by the foundation.

Olowo-Oribi said: “When I was receiving Arabic and Islamic education, I had the privilege to study under a leader that had a massive home library, the biggest I have ever seen in this country. But people were not given full access to it and because I knew how much it will help in the quest for knowledge, I vowed that if Allah made me a leader, I will use my position to establish a library for the use of the ummah.”

The guest lecturer, Dr Saheed Timehin harped on need to seek knowledge, adding that knowledge is the only indices for measuring greatness in life and not wealth.

Among the twelve finalists in the Quran recitation competition, (Juz Amma) Abdullahi Olowo-Oribi of SOIF Arabic School clinched the coveted first position carting away a Desk-top computer; while five-year-old AbdulMalik Mafe of Fidelity Montessori School, Igbogbo and AbdulSamad Muhammad Awwal of Dharul-Hikmah Private School, Maya, came second and third respectively.