Arewa religion primarily refers to the dominant religious practices and beliefs found in Northern Nigeria, particularly among the Arewa ethnic groups, such as the Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, and others. The region is predominantly Muslim, with Islam being the major religion followed by the majority of the population.
Islam plays a central role in the religious and cultural fabric of Arewa society. The practice of Islam in Arewa is characterized by a strong adherence to its core tenets, including the belief in the oneness of Allah (God) and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as revealed in the Quran. Islamic principles and values influence various aspects of daily life, including personal conduct, social interactions, and legal frameworks.
Mosques hold a significant place in Arewa communities, serving as centers for religious worship, education, and social gatherings. Muslims in Arewa strive to fulfill their religious obligations, such as performing the five daily prayers, observing fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, giving charity, and making the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) if financially and physically able.
Islamic celebrations and festivals are widely observed in Arewa, including Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. These occasions are marked by special prayers, feasting, sharing of gifts, and acts of charity.