- Mercy Aigbe recently became a Muslim, and months after, she bagged a title coveted by many
- The actress shared a flier which announced the intention of an Islamic foundation to crown her the Arowoshadinni
- Arowoshadinni is given to Muslims in communities who are wealthy enough to spend money on the organisation
- In an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, Imam Idris Oni shed more light on motives behind popular celebrities bagging Islamic titles
Nollywood's Mercy Aigbe has enjoyed one of the benefits of being a Muslim and a wealthy celebrity.
Just months after fully embracing Islam, courtesy of her marriage to her husband., Kazeem Adeoti, aka Adekaz, the actress, announced a new title.
According to the flier on her page, an Islamic foundation decided to bestow her with the title of 'Arowoshadinni'.
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Arowoshadinni loosely translates to 'one who has money to carry out religion', and the mum of two, in her caption, urged netizens to add the title to her name.
"Let me Re-Introduce myself Hajia Minnah Anulouwapo Mercy Adeoti ( Arowoshadinni ) ❤️So henceforth kindly add Arowoshadinni to my name ❤️Big Thank you to ABD AZEEZ ISLAMIC FOUNDATION for this honour!"
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Netizens react to Mercy Aigbe's title
While fans of the actress celebrated with her, a few Muslims pointed out that Mercy bagged the title because she had money.
Read comments below:
"This life just have money!!!!"
"Hmmm, this is really not the Islam the prophet left for us anymore. It’s all about money."
"Alhaja Minnah AROWOSHADINI with the H."
"And someone is telling me to convert I'm in love with Islam❤️❤️❤️ MashaAllah."
"Congratulations Alhaja Arowoshadini."
"Mamma , big sis , AkA hajia minnah."
"Maami with the real sauce. You are doing well and we are sincerely proud of you."
"Congratulations Hajia Minnah."
What is the motive behind Mercy Aigbe's title?
In an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, an Islamic scholar and lecturer at Crescent university, Abeokuta, Dr Imam Idris Oni, shared his opinion on the motive around popular celebrity reverts being honoured by Islamic organisations.
"Giving titles to new reverts is common only among our people in Yoruba land. The motive behind such actions are known only by those who do it. However, such titles are often given only to people who have sizable followership or stars and influential personalities who are rich. Hence, one tends to ask "Why not give titles to the poor who reverted too?" That opens room for speculations as to what could be the motive of those who dish out the titles."
On if the titles are given for benefits, Imam Oni said:
"To encourage new reverts, cajole them into giving their money or giving them titles to woo them further and endear their hearts is not against the tenets of the faith. However, to do so for other motives such as to make them give their money needlessly or unjustly is fraud, not only against the people but also against Islam."
Mercy Aigbe and hubby struggle against fans
Legit.ng earlier reported that a large crowd of excited fans greeted Mercy Aigbe and her husband as they arrived at filmmaker Itele's Kesari movie premiere.
The enthusiastic fans whipped out their phones to capture the moment, and they all chanted Mercy Aigbe's 'The owner' slang.
Despite the uncomfortable situation, the actress and her husband smiled and indulged the moment.