The Lekki Central Mosque is one of the most inspiring and outstanding Islamic centres in Nigeria. It is located in Lagos State, South-Western Nigeria, which has a preponderance of Muslim population. Situated particularly at No. 81A Hakeem Dickson Street, Lekki Scheme 1, the Lekki Central Mosque is not only a centre for spiritual rejuvenation, but also a citadel of learning where various scholastic and scholarly activities take place daily.Sitting on 1.3 Hectares of land, the Lekki Central Mosque Complex consists of a 2000-capacity main bowl, a 15-classroom Madrasah, a functional library with over 2000 books and e-book facilities, 5000-capacity Eid prayer ground, a 150-capacity ablution centre, a 1000-capacity multipurpose hall, 3 semi-detached flats which serve as Imams quarters and guest house, 2 service boys quarters, and an administrative office equipped with modern technology.Owned and managed by the Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU), the mosque is run strictly based on the Qur’an and Sunnah of our noble Prophet (peace be upon him).
The Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU) is an umbrella organisation for all Muslims in the Lekki Peninsula area of Lagos State, Nigeria. Founded in July 1999, the primary objective of the organisation is to propagate Islam strictly based on the Qur’an and Sunnah of our noble Prophet (peace be upon him). The organisation is also out to foster unity among Muslims generally, and engender mutual understanding and socio-economic co-operation among the Muslims in its community. Membership of the organisation is open to all Muslims who subject themselves to Quranic injunctions, the Hadith and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The Almighty Allah who is the Originator and Fashioner of all things founded the Lekki Muslim Ummah through a visionary and Da'wah-oriented young man, named AbdulFattah Adeyinka Olajide.Upon his relocation to the Lekki Scheme 1 Estate in 1999, Alhaji Olajide found it appalling that Muslims in the estate neither had a place of worship nor any forum for socio-religious interactions. He immediately set out on a mission to accomplish the two goals. Being aware that certain portions of land are usually designated places of worship in government estates such as Lekki Scheme 1, he made enquiries in that regard at the New Towns Development Authority (NTDA) on Victoria Island, Lagos. He gathered from the NTDA that one large parcel of land each was earmarked as place of worship for Muslims, the Anglican and the Catholic Christians in the Lekki Scheme 1 Master Plan, and that the two Christian groups had already claimed theirs.Further enquiries he made at the Lagos state Lands Bureau, Alausa-Ikeja, revealed that the government would not allocate any land earmarked as a place of worship to individuals but only to religious organizations. Armed with this information, Alhaji Olajide returned home and formed an umbrella organization for all Muslim residents of the estate and named it Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU).
Having formed the organisation, he was now faced with the task of identifying and inviting other Muslims in the estate to join LEMU. To achieve this task, he decided to visit all houses in the estate and ask the security guard in each house for the religious belief of their masters.This strategy proved very efficacious. Alhaji Olajide had not gone too far in the search when the Almighty Allah directed him to No. 10, Mayaki Usman Street where he met the late Alhaji Mayaki Usman and his wife, the late Alhaja Rabi Usman (may Allah forgive them and grant them Aljana Fridaus) who accepted his mission wholeheartedly. They immediately became the pivot on which the wheel of LEMU rotated till their deaths. The Mayaki Usmans did not hesitate for a moment to sincerely strive in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their persons. They gladly accepted Malam Olajide's suggestion that their house be made LEMU's secretariat, and provided the substantial financial support which kept the organization afloat for years.
The Usmans hosted LEMU’s weekly lecture/ study circle until the death of their patriach in early 2002. To strengthen LEMU, Alhaja Rabi Usman had earlier instructed her nephews - Muhammed Zubair, Lawal Dauda (may Allah grant him Aljanah Fridaus), Abdullahi Dauda and Muhammed Suberu (our current Administrative Secretary) to join Malam Olajide in the search for other Muslims in the estate and other D’awah activities. These devout young Muslims (may Allah bless them all) played a significant role in the expansion and development of LEMU.Apart from the Mayakis, many Muslim brothers and sisters also partook in midwifing LEMU from the initial humble efforts made by AbdulFattah Olajide. These individuals made monumental contributions to the progress and sustenance of the organization.
A chance meeting between the then marketing officer of the Lekki Mini Water Works, Alhaja Hamdallah and Alhaji Olajide yielded big catches for LEMU during the first quarter of the year 2000.Having hinted Alhaja Hamdallah about LEMU and its activities, she promptly supplied from her register, the names of Muslims in the estate who had applied for water connection to their houses. It was from the register that the names and addresses of Group Captain L.A.B Lawal (rtd), Alhaji M. O. Ninalowo, Alhaji S. Alabi, and other pioneer members were copied. From the list of the big names supplied by Alhaja Hamdallah, Alhaji Olajide, in conjunction with Alhaja Rabi Usman, selected the protem executive committee members for LEMU.
Group Captain L.A.B. Lawal was chosen as President/Amir, Alhaji AbdulMajeed Ninalowo as Secretary-General, Alhaji Sulaimon A. Alabi as Treasurer, Alhaji Owolabi Fusigboye as Financial secretary, and Alhaja Rabi Usman as Amirah/Women leader. Alhaji Olajide also gave up the post of Protem Coordinator and assumed the post of Publicity Secretary. Notice of inaugural meeting/appointment letters were then sent to the chosen executive members, and other potential members as appropriate. As an indication that the selection of the executive members was divinely guided, only the chosen executive committee members turned up for the inaugural meeting at the Usmans. There and then, a decision was taken to apply for the mosque land in the name of LEMU. And that was promptly done. From its infancy, Captain Lawal and Alhaji Ninalowo nurtured LEMU to adulthood with dedicated and quality leadership. Of particular note is their relentless effort to acquire the Lekki Central Mosque land. The two of them and Malam Olajide were literally sleeping in the office of the Executive Secretary, Lands, in Alausa to ensure the realization of this goal.It was Alhaji Ninalowo's suggestion that we take physical possession of the mosque land, even before it was officially released to us, that prompted us to build a temporary wooden mosque at the mosque site in August 2001. While Alhaja Rabi Usman provided much of the money for the construction of the temporary mosque, the clearing of weeds on the site was done by Captain Lawal, Alhaji Ninalowo, Malam Olajide and members of the Mayaki –Usman household.
The first ever Jumat prayer in Lekki Scheme 1 was said in the mosque by the middle of August 2001. Malam Saeed Ibrahim was appointed the Muazin and mosque keeper while Ustaz Hassan Ibrahim and Muri Magaji led prayers in the mosque until May 2006.The weekly lecture/study circle earlier being hosted by the Usmans faded out following the death of Alhaji Mayaki Usman in early 2002. In fact, his death and Lagos State government’s earlier foot-dragging on the issue of allocating the mosque land to us dampened the spirit of some members and marked a temporary decline in LEMU’s activities.By early 2002 when another couple imbued with great love for Islam relocated to Lekki, the fortune of LEMU took a turn for the better. The couple in question is DIG Waheed Kassim and his late wife Alhaja Rahmat Kassim (may Allah grant her Aljanah Firdaus). No sooner had they arrived Lekki than they sought out Alhaja Rabi Usman and Malam Olajide with a view to revitalising LEMU. Alhaja Kassim later championed the task of recruiting more members and she succeeded in bringing many more Muslim residents of the estate into our fold. On his part, DIG Kassim concentrated on using his connection in government circles to get the central mosque land handed over to us. The Kassims have since continued their relentless mobilization efforts to ensure that LEMU remains afloat.The immense contributions of Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla to the growth of LEMU is also worthy of mention. Since he joined LEMU, Admiral Ayinla has been a major financier of the organization. He was also in the forefront of the struggle to secure the mosque land and get the mosque building plans approved. He picked up the bill for the architectural drawing of the mosque and provided the substantial part of the fund for its construction. Long before the mosque construction began, Alhajas Muinat Shopeyin-Akande and Toyibah Olanrewaju had erected a perimeter fence on the mosque land to forestall further encroachment on it.
The fence project which was solely executed by them gulped over N3million. It is hardly surprising that the duo immediately began to make significant contributions to LEMU upon their relocation to Lekki in 2005, they have been great Jihadists, striving in the cause of Allah with their wealth and persons, long before the relocation.The monumental financial and moral contributions of Engineer Yunus Adeniji Raji, and Chief & Mrs Akin Odunsi to LEMU must not go unmentioned. Over the years, they have been financing many LEMU projects singlehandedly. Of particular note is Engr. Raji’s administrative acumen which has engendered rapid growth and development in LEMU. Every member of LEMU has made significant contributions to the growth and development of the organization. Alhaja Jibike Oyeleke, Alhaji and Alhaja Y.O. Saliu, Dr. and Mrs. Waliu Braimo, Dr. and Mrs. Sola Labinjo, Alhaji and Alhaja Yomi Sani, the Serikis, Alhaji Yemi Adeola, Engineer Adamu Yahaya, Engineer AbdLateef Dada-Bashua, Alhaji and Alhaja Ismail Shuaib, Alhaji Ayo Salmi, Alhaji and Alhaja Niyi Akinlusi, Alhaja Sherifah Laide Oki, Alhaja Shakirat Isegen, Alhaja Sherifah Baoku, Alhaja Sherifah Andu, Alhaji Umar Aneru, Alhaji Ibrahim Dikko, Ustaz Nojeem Jimoh, Alhaji and Alhaja Suleman Usma, Alhaja Nimatallahi Bambe and Alhaji and Alhaja AbdulGaniyu Bolaji, to mention but a few, have been very wonderful.
Right from the onset, one of the major objectives of the Lekki Muslim Ummah is to ensure the transformation of every Muslim in its environs into a better Muslim, through informative and educative D’awah programmes. It is instructive to note that our programmes have always been based on pristine Islam, as prescribed in the Holy Qur’an and the authentic Ahadith and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).