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The Life and Legacies of the Unilorin Don, Prof. Hashir Abdulsalam

Nur'deen Olaitan




By: Professor Lanre Yusuf Badmas

I may not have qualified to give an account of life and legacies of Mallam Hashir, if not because am one of the few close associates for about half a century.

I met Mallam Hashir in 1976 while running a diploma program together at the Abdullah Bayero College Kano under the Ahmadu Bello University. His humility, piety and sense of fellow feeling made us to be immediately bounded with him. Our closeness and togetherness was so visible to the life of Imam Imale of Ilorin, the Olojoku of Ojoku and Dr. Yusuf Kolawole Jimoh who used to refer to us as Committee of Gentlemen.

We left Kano after having passed our diploma program in Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hausa English and History with flying colours to enroll in the University of Ilorin for our first and second degree as well as Doctor of Philosophy.

It started from Owo in Ondo State where he in the famous Adabiyya College under the Proprietorship of the late Mufti of Ilorin, Shaykh Khadir Salaudeen Apaokagi. He was seconded to Akure to lead Jummat prayer in the Akure Central Mosque for many years pending the resolution of the crises within the Stakeholders.

He was a forthright and upright jurist in the Kwara State judiciary between 1983 and 1993 before he moved to Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (1993 – 1995) where he was a lecturer and Dean of the School of Shari’ah and Common Law. In 1995, he was employed by the University of Ilorin as Assistant Lecturer; from there he rose through thick and thin to become Professor of Islamic Studies in 2017.

While in Service of the University, Mallam Hashir was appointed as acting head his department, two times. He was Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Member of the prestigious Business Committee of Senate. Until his death, he was the Ag. Director of the Centre for Affiliated Institutions.

Professor Abdulsalam was a devoted Muslim, a solid Scholar who practiced what he knew, a family man in the Islamic Sense of the word, a proud father, humane grandfather and guardian who sponsored countless number of members of the extended family to obtain University or Polytechnic education. He left conspicuous legacies in his many products whose projects he dutifully supervised at first degree, second degree and Ph.D levels. His impact in Muslim students Society (as Chairman of Kwara Area Unit in 1982 – 1983) where he was the NACOMYO Treasurer and Secretary General later. His role in the birth and nurturing of YOUMBAS will remain indelible in the minds of the stakeholders.

Mallam Hashir was too humble, pious and devoted, he was too righteous, generous and too caring to succumb to mere sickness and bow finally to death but the divine verdict has always been. His demise underscores the transient nature of our existence. However, death has succeeded only in immortalising him because of the preciousness of mark he left on the sand of time as a humble Servant of Allah and a friend to all people – rich and poor, old and young as well as high and low.

Born in the city of Otan Ayegbaju in Osun State, Mallam Hashir through learning, da’wah work and uncommon character died as a global personality. From the totality of what has been said, so far, it can be concluded that even though he left us to go and rest in al janah, Professor Mallam Hashir lives on in our minds.

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Nur'deen Olaitan, a Linguist from University of Ilorin. Passionate about sport, travelling, writing, & politics. He puts humanity above anyone or anything. He hold honesty and integrity in high esteem.Reach him via


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