BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF SHEIKH IBRAHIM AHMAD MAQARY, IMAM OF NATIONAL MOSQUE ABUJA
Born on 15th September, 1976, Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari had his primary Education in Katsina state of Nigeria in 1987 and later proceeded to Jama`atu College of Arabic Studies in Zaria, Kaduna state for his secondary education. His first degree was from the famous Al-Azhar University, Cairo in 1999.
As a student in Al-Azhar, he was at the forefront of coordinating religious activities geared towards fostering unity among Muslims.
He obtained his Masters Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2005.
In an unusual manner, he completed his Doctorate Degree within the span of two years from Bayero University Kano in 2009.
Professor Ibrahim Maqari began what was to be acknowledged as wonderful working career of lecturing in the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1999. He then moved to nurture the young Jama`atu Institute for Advanced Studies, Zaria in 2001 and thereafter picked up a job with Federal College of Education Zaria where he also obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 2004.
In 2006, because of his commitment and dedication to the advancement of Arabic and Islamic Education in Nigeria, he accepted the offer to lecture at the Nigeria Arabic Language Village, Ngala, which is located in a remote border village in Borno State.
In 2010 he returned home and was appointed a senior lecturer at Kaduna State University. After a year, Professor Ibrahim Maqari moved to his Alma Mata, Bayero Univeristy Kano where he is now serving as a professor in Arabic and linguistics.
Despite his academic commitments, he was appointed the Deputy Chief Imam of the National Mosque Abuja in 2012. As the Deputy Chief Imam, he straddles between Abuja, Zaria and Kano on a weekly basis.
His unrivalled and distinct commitment towards ensuring the unity of the Muslim Ummah, uplifting Islamic values and impacting knowledge in the society is considered unique in these contemporary days. His active community service has yielded tremendous changes in our society and is widely acknowledged as a paradigm shift from the traditional community activism.
Professor Ibrahim Maqari is a Member of the Assembly of Muslims in Nigeria, Member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Founder of Tazkiyyah Educational Resource Center, Abuja and Tazkiyah Schools, which has under its domain about 30 Quranic and Islamiyya schools nationwide.
He has to his credit over 20 publications in reputable Journals and has published numerous books. He has also attended several national and international Conferences, Seminars and Workshops either as participant or resource person.
He is a member of several editorial boards including the Journal of Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Literature where he holds membership since 2003. Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari is married with children.