Ibrahim Zakzaky

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Ibrahim Zakzaky

Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky (alternately Ibraheem Zakzaky; Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky) (May 5, 1953 in Zaria, Kaduna State) is a syncretic Shi'a Muslim cleric in Nigeria, and head of Nigeria's Islamic Movement.[1]


Zakzaky attended traditional Quranic and Islamic schools in the town of Zaria under the tutelage of scholars such as Malam Isa Madaka and Malam Ibrahim Kakaki. He attended the Provincial Arabic School, Zaria (1969-1970), Law School (now the School for Arabic Studies), Kano (1971-1975) and the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria (1976-1979).[2] He became the secretary-general of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) in the Main Campus of ABU (1977/78) and later Vice President (International Affairs) of the National Body of the MSSN in 1979.[3] His activity in the society saw the conception of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria which came as an independent body since early 1980s. The movement has established many schools known as Fudiyyah or Fodia schools named after Shiekh Usman dan Fodio a famous 18th-century scholar and jihadist. The movement also publish newspapers and magazines in both English and Hausa languages.[4][5] Dr Iqbal Siddiqui described El-Zakzaky as "the de facto leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria".[6] Zakzaky was jailed several times on charges of sedition by successive Nigerian regimes in the 1980s and 1990s.[3] He is married with children.

Political alignment[edit]

Zakzaky's supporters say he has never advocated violence [7] In September 2009, Zakzaky's supporters clashed with police in Zaria, leading to injuries and deaths on both sides.[8] The IMN accuses the government of intimidation and attempting to wipe it out.[8]

The Resource Forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) held a symposium on "The Creation of the Illegal State of Israel" at Arewa House Kaduna on May 21, 2008. Zakzaky said, "when Israel is celebrating sixty years of occupying Palestine's land, we are mourning because the truth is Israeli State is created on the basis of terrorism and what is not yours is not yours, no matter years of oppression and hostage it would slip someday along with those supporting them. Israel will fall with her allies certainly."[9]

Zazaky is fluent in the English, Hausa, Spanish, Arabic and Persian languages. He has lectured in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Niger, Algeria, Britain, France, Spain, the United States, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and Iran.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Nigeria's firebrand Muslim leaders BBC News, 1 October 2001.
  2. ^ "Biography of Mu'allim Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky". Bregava.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Official Website Of The Islamic Movement In Nigeria". Islamicmovement.org. 1953-05-05. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  4. ^ http://www.pointerexpress.com/
  5. ^ "Almizan". Almizan. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "How to Campaign". Bregava.tripod.com. 1996-09-12. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  8. ^ a b "» 3 die as Moslem, police clash in Zaria - Vanguard (Nigeria)". Vanguardngr.com. 2009-09-19. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  9. ^ allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Israeli State Would Crumble, Says Zakzaky (Page 1 of 1)