Intro
Lawal Basil Agusto was an Islamic cleric and scholar. He founded Jamat-at-ul Islamiyya, one of the major Islamic associations of the southwest region of Nigeria. Agusto was born in 1885 in Lagos Muslim family. After mastering the reading of the Holy Quran through an Arabic pizza school, he commenced at the age of ten, his primary school education. Agusto had his secondary education at the C.M.S. Grammar School and joined the school of pharmacy where he took lectures in sciences at the King’s College in Lagos. After qualifying as a pharmacist his interest waned and he opted to study law when he left Nigeria for the United Kingdom in 1920. Four years later, he became the first Muslim lawyer in West Africa to be called to bar.

Agusto was a pioneer member of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Nigeria but he renounced membership when he realized that members in Southfield, London believed founder, Ghulam Ahmad was a prophet, against his belief that prophet Muhammed was the seal of all prophets. On his return to Nigeria he founded the Islamic Society of Nigeria after failing to convince friends at the Ahmadiyya Movement. He was however followed by a couple, including H.A. Subar, B.A. Disu, and Booyamin Gbajabiamila. Agusto’s organization changed name in 1964 to Jamat-al-ul Islamiyya of Nigeria. When Alhaji Agusto was Chief Imam of Lagos and a leader of many Muslim organisations, he was also a lawyer to the Catholic Diocese of Lagos under late Archbishop Leo Taylor.

In 1934, he helped the Quranic people get their mosque back from Ahmadiyya control, the Ahmadiyya lawyer was Jibril Martin. Martin and Ahmadi’s and initially won the case, however, they lost on appeal.

Agusto was made a Queen’s Counsel (now called Senior Advocate of Nigeria) in 1959. Around this time, he involved himself in social activism that bordered on girl education, and the extension of educational facilities to Muslim children. Agusto authored the book, Jesus on the advent of Muhammad before he became late on 26 July, 1971.

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Out of nowhere, Lawal Basil Agusto sends 21 membership forms, fully signed (See Fisher, page 97). Jibril Martin seems to have joined around this time. This is the beginning of the Ahmadiyya jamaat in Nigeria. Agusto opens up a small Muslim school at No. 62, Bamgbose Street, Lagos island. He seems to have ran and operated this school himself for about a year. Ahmadiyya ideas were secondary, a secular education was primary (see Fisher).

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1920

He goes to England to study law (see Fisher). It seems that he met with and spoke to the Ahmadiyya imams in London in this era.
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1921

The Qadiani-Ahmadi jamaat sends their mullah, Abdur Rahim Nayyar to British West Africa frmo London. Agusto seems to have been in contact with him at London and learned for the first time that MGA claimed to be a prophet, per the Qadiani dogma.

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1924
He returned from London. He would return as the first ever Nigerian-born lawyer per the British law (a qualified barrister). He renounced membership when he realized that members in Southfield, London believed founder, Ghulam Ahmad was a prophet, against his belief that prophet Muhammed was the seal of all prophets. Per Fisher, he seems to have become a Lahori-Ahmadi for a short while in London.

On his return to Nigeria he founded the Islamic Society of Nigeria after failing to convince friends at the Ahmadiyya Movement. He was however followed by a couple, including H.A. Subar, B.A. Disu, and Booyamin Gbajabiamila. This was the 4th split ever in the Ahmadiyya Movement.
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1934

He faced of against an Ahmadi, Jibril Martin in court about a mosque. Martin won (See Fisher, page 107).
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1959

Agusto was made a Queen’s Counsel (now called Senior Advocate of Nigeria) in 1959. Around this time, he involved himself in social activism that bordered on girl education, and the extension of educational facilities to Muslim children.
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1964

Agusto’s organization changed name in 1964 to Jamat-al-ul Islamiyya of Nigeria.

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1971

He died. Agusto authored the book, Jesus on the advent of Muhammad before he became late on 26 July, 1971.

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Links and Related Essay’s
https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2020/10/22/who-is-jibril-martin-1888-1959-the-ahmadi-in-nigeria-who-rejected-the-qadiani-khilafat-and-created-the-3rd-sect-of-ahmadis/

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Stefan Reichmuth. “Education and the Growth of Religious Associations among Yoruba Muslims: The Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria”, Journal of Religion in Africa, Vol. 26, Fasc. 4 (Nov., 1996). p 8.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jibril_Martin

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2018/09/24/ahmadiyya-a-study-in-contemporary-islam-on-the-west-african-coast-by-humphrey-j-fisher-1963/

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2018/09/20/professor-humphrey-j-fisher-and-j-spencer-trimingham-called-ahmadiyya-a-maritime-implantation-in-west-africa/

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https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2018/09/20/islam-vs-ahmadiyya-in-nigeria-1975-by-dr-ismail-a-b-balogan-b-a-ph-d-london-university-of-ibadan/

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https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2017/09/01/who-is-farimang-mamadi-singhateh-the-governor-general-of-the-gambia-and-an-ahmadi/

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  1. “THE AHMADIYYA MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA”. HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL. RETRIEVED SEPTEMBER 19, 2015.
  2. Jump up to:a b c d e Animashaun, Bashir (2012) Jibril Felix Martin (1888 – 1959) and the spread of Western education among Muslims in 20th century Lagos. Ilorin Journal of History and International Studies Vol 3 No 1 2012

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