The Wazeer of Yorubaland, Sheikh Muhammad Yahqub, said there are only two recognized festivals in Islam, anything aside that is not permissible in the religion.
The Wazeer of Yorubaland, Sheikh Yahqub Muhammad Baaqi, has said the intention of Oluwo is to appreciate God for his mercy upon his life, however, such type of festival is an innovation in Islam.
Sheikh Yahqub Muhammad said there is nothing like Odun Olohun celebrated by Oluwo. The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Adewale Akanbi, hosted many personalities in an event tagged “Odun Olohun” on November 9, 2021.
Before the event, the Wazeer of Yorubaland came out publicly to urge Oluwo to reconsider his stance on the celebration of planned Odun Olohun. The Islam cleric said as a Muslim, such a festival is an innovation that is not permissible in Islam. However, Oluwo proceeded with the event as different religious leaders and personalities graced the event.
The Wazeer of Yorubaland further stated that calling it Odun Olohun will not be permissible in Islam. He said many invented festivals or bidiah started same way like this Odun Olohun festival.
In his words, Sheikh Yahqub Muhammad narrated that his closeness with Oluwo won’t stop him to say the truth. He further said, no matter the person or personality involved when it comes to the commandment of Allah, he will never hide the truth that the celebration of God’s festival is not permissible in Islam.
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The Wazeer of Yorubaland urged Oba Adewale Akanbi to ensure the festival celebrated should be the first and last of such. He said Oluwo has done exemplary things as a Muslim king in Yorubaland, however, the truth is that Odun Olohun is not part of the religion.
He reiterated that this Odun Olohun as an innovation in Islam (Bidi’ah) might boomerang in the future as people may turn Oluwo himself into a god they would be worshipping like Obataala, Oduduwa, etc.
The Wazeer of Yorubaland appealed to Oluwo to make sure such a festival doesn’t repeat itself again. He said the truth would always be spoken no matter what because it is the commandment of Allah that should be followed strictly.