Now in his mid-80s, Sheikh Tahir Usman Bauchi of the Tijaniyya Sufi order is celebrated for his Qur’anic schools which specialise in producing Huffaz (memorisers) of the Qur’an. His public exegesis of the Qur’an, delivered in Hausa every year during the month of Ramadan, attracts thousands and is listened to by millions on radio, as well as in recordings that are sold all over West Africa. He has critically engaged with puritanical Islamic schools of thought since the early 1980s. In July 2014, he escaped a suicide bombing attack which killed 23 people.
Source of Influence: Preachers & Spiritual Guides
Status: Featured in current year