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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a religious and political organization based in the northern region of Nigeria. The Islamic Movement is headed by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, a Shia Muslim cleric.[1]

Islamic Movement of Nigeria
LeaderIbrahim El-Zakzaky
HeadquartersHusainiyya Baqiyatullah
Zaria, Nigeria
IdeologyShia Islamism


The movement began with a Shia Muslim university activist, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is said to have become so impressed with the 1979 Iranian Revolution that he wanted one at home. Later, Zakzaky went to Iran, ultimately becoming a Shia cleric. At home he became the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and turned it into a vehicle for proselytizing and gaining followers in the 1990s. As a result of his activities, millions have converted to Shia Islam in a country once with hardly any Shia population.[2]


The movement is said to incorporate both Shia and Sunni Muslims and to hold processions, mainly in Zaria, to raise awareness about itself and to advocate the liberation of the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.[3]

The movement conducts most of its spiritual activities in Husainiyya Baqiyatullah, located in Zaria. According to the Islamic Human Rights Commission, thousands of Muslims from both Sunni and Shia schools of thought are affiliated with it.

The movement has been known as a non-violent Islamic movement for decades.[4] The movement has organised peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstrations on an annual basis across Nigeria for over 33 years, primarily in the state of Kaduna. The movement's gatherings have been attacked several times by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian army.

Husainiyya BaqiyatullahEdit

Husainiyya Baqiyatullah is a complex building in Zaria, Nigeria. It is the headquarters of the Nigerian Islamic Movement and centre of their activities.[5]

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  1. ^ Nigeria's firebrand Muslim leaders BBC News, 1 October 2001.
  2. ^ "As Trump Makes Threats, Iran Makes Friends". Bloomberg. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Scores feared dead in raid at Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky's home". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  4. ^ Alert: Nigerian security forces crackdown on Islamic Movement in Sokoto Islamic Human Rights Commission, 20 August 2007.
  5. ^ Islamic movement in Nigeria. "Husainiyya baqiyatullah". Retrieved 17 April 2015.

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