Identity and Faith; The Status of Islamic Schools in South-West Yorubaland of Nigeria

Islamic schools in South-West Yorubaland of Nigeria enjoined patronage of integration and amalgamation of Quranic instructions into western system of Education. Such Schools are believed to incorporate Islamic doctrine of Tawhid into their curriculum to groom persons for righteous manners, good attitudes of life, and all best qualities that brings about spiritual morals, ethical values needed in the society, and satisfaction of the intellectual curiosity for the welfare of Mankind.

Going by Government owned Schools (Public Schools) based on secular system of Western education which are devolved of Islamic values and Tawhid principles, Islamic schools have responded to parents’ dissatisfaction with educational quality in those schools and have formed their desire to ensure that Muslim children are strongly attached to education of their faith which evolved the raising numbers of Islamic Schools in Yorubaland. 

This paper adopted an in-depth qualitative investigation utilizing both primary and secondary method of research methods. A combination of theoretical literature review from various academic research works are extracted from participants’ observations, books, scholarly articles, conference proceedings, magazines, and relevant websites. 

The findings reveal the beginning and origin of Islamic education in Yorubaland, roles of Islamic missionary societies like the Ansar-un-deen, Naiwarudeen, Ahmadiyyah movement and the perceives challenges in the process are enumerated, likewise the possible solution to them are also itemized for continuous sustainability of the system.

Keywords: Islamic Schools, Quranic Education, Yorubaland, South-West, Muslim