Eulogy for Ahmad Tijani (Yabo ga Ahmad Tijani)

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Title Eulogy for Ahmad Tijani (Yabo ga Ahmad Tijani)
Author or Owner Unknown author, Umar Falke (owner)
Subject Sufism, Tijaniyya, Eulogy, Ahmad Tijani, Intercession, Day of Judgment
Content Literally, yabo means to hail or praise someone. But within this context, it is used to refer to a eulogy. The eulogy was composed in honor of Shaykh Ahmad Tijani, a Sufi spiritual leader and founder of the Tijaniyya movement who died in 1230/1815. The brief poem starts with an opening doxology. It is followed by praises and prayers to Prophet Muhammad, the Savior on the Day of Resurrection. The prayers extend to the companions of the Prophet. The eulogy then goes on to celebrate Shaykh Ahmad Tijani, denouncing anyone that deviates from his teachings. The poem ends with the poet invoking the saint’s intercession on the Day of Judgment.
Genre Poetry
Language Hausa
Script Hausa Ajami
Manuscript condition 1 leaf. 20 x 25 cm. // 1 page of text, 1 page blank.
Condition: Exercise book paper, slightly worn at edges. Partially vocalized.
Type Handwritten
Publisher Unpublished
Provenance Kano, Nigeria
Source Reference Umar Falke, “Yabo ga Ahmad Tijani” (nd). Courtesy of Northwestern University Libraries. Click here for the source link.
Access condition and copyright These materials are subject to copyright and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. For use, distribution or reproduction beyond these terms, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (
Contributors Jennifer J Yanco, Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Lori De Lucia, Babacar Dieng, Rebecca Shereikis, Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Alison Parker, Mark Lewis, Shawn Provencal, Eric Schmidt.
Required citation information Fallou Ngom (PI), Jennifer Yanco,  Mustapha Hashim Kurfi, Garba Zakari, Babacar Dieng, Daivi Rodima-Taylor, and Rebecca Shereikis. 2022. “Eulogy for Ahmad Tijani.”


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