FOMWAN holds Fidau for founder and Islamic scholar, Aisha Lemu
The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, Kwara chapter, on Sunday organised a Fidau (prayer for the dead) for its founder and an Islamic scholar, Hajia Aisha Lemu.
Lemu died on January 5 in Minna, Nigeria at the age of 79.
Speaking at the prayer session, a member of FOMWAN National Trustee and a founding member, Muslimah Kamaldeen, described the late Hajia Lemu as a “dedicated Muslim woman, author and scholar of high repute.”
According to her, the death of Lemu is a huge loss to the Islamic ummah.
She prayed that the vacuum left by the founder of FOMWAN would be filled with another versatile, selfless leader.
FOMWAN National Chairperson Publications and former National Daawah Officer, Hajia Bilqees Oladimeji, also prayed Allah to forgive the shortcomings of Hajia Lemu.
She also prayed for the family of the deceased, while urging FOMWAN members to emulate the virtues of Hajia Lemu and continue to remember her in prayers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lemu was a British-born author and religious educator who converted to Islam in 1961.
Lemu was born in Poole, Dorset, in 1940, as Bridget Honey.
She was married to the late renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, who was Grand Qadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the State of Niger when it was founded in 1976.
Lemu was a member of the Islamic Studies Panel, set up by the Nigerian Educational Research Council, which was to revise the national Islamic curriculum for different school levels.
In 1985, Lemu founded FOMWAN with other Muslim women and was elected as its first national Amirah for four years