Muhammad Auwal Albani Zaria’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Nigerian Islamic scholar
Was Scholar
From Nigeria
Type Academia
Gender male
Birth 27 September 1960
Death 1 February 2014
(aged 53 years)
Star sign Libra

Muhammad Auwal Adam Albaniy Zaria (27 September 1960 – 1 February 2014) was a Nigerian Islamic scholar who specialized in the field of Hadith. Islamic Law, mass communication, telecommunications engineering and ICT. He was a Tailor at his earlier stage of life of which he usually called himself (Specialized Tailor). He was the first scholar to ascribe the word “Salafiyah” to the generation of scholars and students of Islamic denomination in Nigeria. Albani was considered by many contemporary Nigerian scholars as the greatest Salafi scholar in Nigeria.

Early life and Education

Albani had his origins from the state of Kano in the Northern Nigeria but was born and bred in Muchia Sabon Gari, Zaria. He had his primary education in the area before he moved to Barewa College. He studied Mass Communication in Bayero University, Kano. He obtained a degree in Information Technology from the Federal University of Technology Yola, in Adamawa State. Before his death, he was an M.Sc (Master’s) student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the ABU Zaria. This is in addition to his enormous study into Islamic Sciences especially Hadith, having spent decades studying hundreds of books of hadith and teaching the same. His vast knowledge and authority in Northern Nigeria led him to adopting the nickname of”Albani”, after the famous Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani. His students, many of whom are erudite scholars now, are spread all over the country, especially the Northern States and particularly from the states of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Plateau, Bauchi and other North and Southern Nigeria as well as some Western African countries.


Boko Haram gunmen have shot and killed Sheikh Muhamman Auwal Albani Zaria and one of his wives in the city of Zaria on their way back home after attending the usual evening Tafsir lecture in the city. The wife died on the spot of the shooting while the Sheikh was rushed to St. Luke Hospital in Wusasa area of Zaria where he was pronounced dead.
Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau, Claims Responsibility For Killing Sheikh Albani.

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