ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ariat Smith. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Gloria Abiodun Ayoola on July 17, 2021
My beautiful Aunty, so gentle and full of love for everyone. I can’t believe that one year has gone by. We miss you so much. You memories are forever in our hearts. Sleep on Aunty.
Love you
Biodun
Posted by Monsurat Adeleke on June 4, 2021
My dear darling Mememe,

To live in our hearts is not to die....One year already? ! Forever missed truly captures the feelings associated with the loss of one of the dearest kindest souls that ever liveth! Masha Allah!!

Our sweetest childhood memories will be incomplete without the warm showers of love and attention shown to me( being your daughter) as you always fondly referred to me❤️❤️with‘Momsie (Mrs Salami )being referred to as my Stepmom( as my sister(Sherifats Mom..

I pray that Almighty Allah forgives your shortcomings and reward the kindness of your heart with Aljannah Firdaus for eternity... continue to rest peacefully my dear darling Mememe(my mummy) ...miss your rocking hugs and ever so warm smiles love from your daughter ❤️
Posted by KUDIRAT KEKERE-EKUN on June 4, 2021
Sisi Ari, as we fondly called her, grew up with my uncle and was a big sister to us. She was a beautiful soul, inside and out. She was very warm, caring, generous and accommodating. She had a smile for everyone. As the saying goes, it is not how long, but how well. She lived well and touched many lives.
May Almighty Allah forgive her shortcomings and grant her the best of Aljana and may He shower His abundant blessings on all her loved ones. Amin.
Hon. Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, JSC
Posted by Toyosi Okurounmu on June 3, 2021
Mrs. Smith,

There’s no doubt that you have left an indelible mark. Thank you for living a full and memorable life! May your soul rest in perfect peace.

Toyosi
Posted by Kafilat Ogunleye on June 3, 2021
Wao mummy mememe! It's already been a year since you left us. My eyes still well up with tears thinking about you. The words I know to describe you are kind, warm, loyal and sincere. You were like my mom's blood sister. You showed so much love towards us. You treated everyone like your own family. I miss you so much aunty but Allah knows best. May Allah bless all that you left behind. May your good works precede you and may Allah grant you the highest station in Jannah amin
Posted by Abiodun Awojoodu on June 3, 2021

Tribute to Mrs Aderoju Smith:
A true friend who is never truly gone in the mind of those who got in contact with her, Our friendship transcended death,Her spirit lives on in the memories of those that loved her, in the 70s when someone was trying to get closer to me at our place of work, she approached her boldly that Mrs Awojoodu was her friend, I felt so loved, True friendship is scarred and I found one in her person but she left so soon. Always miss her.Rest on my darling friend, Olori Abiodun Awojoodu.
Posted by Olufunmilayo Jegede on June 2, 2021
Aunty, mememe, aunty Deroju, we all called you.
It's a year already! You were Kareemta's aunty, mama Seun's besto and automatically a very warm aunty to me. You were always there for them, always so welcoming and warm towards my family and I.
I am grateful to have known you and thankful for all the lives you touched.

Rest in peace aunty!

Funmi Jegede
Posted by Rukayat Salami on June 2, 2021
Dearest Mememe yoyoyo!

Your void runs really deep
I miss hearing you say “Hello Daaaarling!”
I miss your calling me “ Rukayatu bembe”
I miss hearing you say “Love you”
I miss you so much it hurts...but i remain in faith and trust.
I know Allah will take good care of you because He is the most merciful.
I was told the other day, “why are you acting like mememe??”... and i smiled..
It dawned on me that your spirit lives on because i inherited many of your strengths and even weaknesses.
From you i’ve inherited deep love and unwavering concern for family and relationships.
I’m also a worry wart and a germophobe like you.
I feel you everyday. Every. Single. Day.
You were a huge blessing from Allah.

Inna Lillahi Wa inna ilaihi rajiun


Sun re o my Mememe yoyoyo....Love you!
Posted by Abibat Adejumo on June 2, 2021
Ore mi 365days gone just like yesterday. Missing u is an understatement. U were such a loving n reliable friend. Who are we to question Almighty Allah. I pray d Almighty will forgive ur sins, expand ur grave n grant u a beautiful place in Aljannah. Ameen.
Posted by Delphine A Jegede on June 1, 2021
Ore mi, words cannot explain the way I feel abt yr passing, to me it's like yesterday, u were a true and wonderful friend, loving and caring,my prayers for u is tht Allah grant u Aljana Fidaus and He shld keep IG and Yr children in the palms of His hands sun re o, ore mi until the resurrection morning, u a sorely missed.
Posted by Misbahudeen Ahmed Rufai on May 31, 2021
There are fewer people we meet and who give of themselves genuinely and selflessly as Alhaja Ariat Smith. A true Muslimah who sincerely loved humanity. A true Muslimah who loved her immediate and extended family. A true Muslimah who loved God and strove to serve Him through her love for her husband, children, grandchildren, and all who came her way. Always ready to help the needy. You may be physically gone. But as long as we remember all your good deeds, advices, and beautiful smile, you remain with us. Irreplaceable indeed!!!
May Allah place her in the compsny of the angels of Mercy and make Jannatul Firdaws her final home.
Posted by Kafilat Araoye on May 23, 2021
Mememe was our second mummy right from when I was old enough to remember,she was there for us in the area of feeding counselling and even discipline.She taught us so many things ,including character formation ,comportment and even how to bake.She joined hands with me in baking my tenth birthday cake.There are just too many fond memories to recount right from childhood.She used to rotate taking us out with her whenever she had a function and it was always fun going out with her as she will buy you a lot of goodies. She was always there for us through thick and thin.She was always playing a major role in family events as a planner and strong supporter.When you are ill she will actively ensure you get the best care and feeding even after we girls were comfortably married.She can ensure you are fed for over a month when you are just recovering from an ailment.She was a very reliable confidant and problem solver.Always very generous and kind.A very straight forward and Frank person.Ever proud of her family and loving towards every member of her immediate and extended family.I can never forget the way she went out of her way to show love to my children and even my husband's family.She went with me everywhere; my inlaw's burial in Igosun kwara state,my daughter's graduation in Loughborough U.K etc. Haa,God is indeed awesome to have gifted us with such a gem.Truly unforgettable and sorely missed.She will forever remain loved in my heart.Sun re o .Aunty mi,Ariat Aderoju Olasiku .I pray Allah will grant her Aljanah Firdaous

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Posted by Gloria Abiodun Ayoola on July 17, 2021
My beautiful Aunty, so gentle and full of love for everyone. I can’t believe that one year has gone by. We miss you so much. You memories are forever in our hearts. Sleep on Aunty.
Love you
Biodun
Posted by Monsurat Adeleke on June 4, 2021
My dear darling Mememe,

To live in our hearts is not to die....One year already? ! Forever missed truly captures the feelings associated with the loss of one of the dearest kindest souls that ever liveth! Masha Allah!!

Our sweetest childhood memories will be incomplete without the warm showers of love and attention shown to me( being your daughter) as you always fondly referred to me❤️❤️with‘Momsie (Mrs Salami )being referred to as my Stepmom( as my sister(Sherifats Mom..

I pray that Almighty Allah forgives your shortcomings and reward the kindness of your heart with Aljannah Firdaus for eternity... continue to rest peacefully my dear darling Mememe(my mummy) ...miss your rocking hugs and ever so warm smiles love from your daughter ❤️
Posted by KUDIRAT KEKERE-EKUN on June 4, 2021
Sisi Ari, as we fondly called her, grew up with my uncle and was a big sister to us. She was a beautiful soul, inside and out. She was very warm, caring, generous and accommodating. She had a smile for everyone. As the saying goes, it is not how long, but how well. She lived well and touched many lives.
May Almighty Allah forgive her shortcomings and grant her the best of Aljana and may He shower His abundant blessings on all her loved ones. Amin.
Hon. Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, JSC
her Life

Ariat Aderoju Olasiku Smith AKA “Mememe Yoyoyo!”

Ariat Aderoju Smith ( Nee Jinadu ) was born to the family of Late Mr Yunusa Jinadu (Oga) and Late Alhaja Moradehun Khadijah Jinadu of the Ogboni Iduntafa Ogunmade chieftancy family of Lagos State on the 14th of November 1950.


She attended St Patrick’s Primary school Idumagbo Lagos Island and thereafter proceeded to the Muslim College Ijebu Ode to obtain her West African School Certificate in 1969.


Ariat Aderoju then studied at the Federal School of Dental Technology Lagos and is licensed by the British Institute of Surgical and Dental Technology (BIDST) which she obtained from Manchester Polytechnic ( now Manchester Metropolitan University), United Kingdom. She obtained a Bsc in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from the National Open University, Nigeria in 2015.


 She started her career at the Lagos State Dental Center as a Dental Technologist in 1978, then General Hospital Mubi Old Gongola state (now Adamawa state) from 1979-1980. Upon her return to Lagos, she rose to the position of Principal Dental Technologist 1. In 1992, she served as an Assistant Chief Dental Technologist in the Kwara State Government.

For forty two years,  she was married to her heartthrob Alhaji Musiliu Adeola Kunbi Smith- Former Inspector General of Police and Chairman Police Service Commission.

They are blessed with 2 lovely children, Mujeeb Adekunle Smith and Mrs Atiat Olubunmi Sheidu and 2 grandchildren.


She was President of the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA ) and Vice President Defense and Police Wives Association from from 1999-2002. She was also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM)


Alhaja Smith was a devout muslim and a member of the Alasalatu Muslim group. She enjoyed listening to Dhikr ( Islamic remembrance and Praise of Allah ), gospel songs and she was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She was fondly known as “Mememe” ( My mother). She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered forever in our hearts. May Allah grant her Al jannah Firdaus.



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Shared by Misbahudeen Ahmed Rufai on May 31, 2021

Your Lord is Forgiving

In honor of Alhaja Ariat Aderoju Smith (nee Jinadu)

By

Imam Misbahu Ahmed-Rufai

All praises are due to Allah (God). Who stretches out His forgiveness at night, such that sinners of the day can repent, and Who stretches out His forgiveness in the day, such that wrongdoers of the night can do the same. And I bear witness, with every facet of my being, that there is nothing worthy of absolute love and adoration, except Allah (God), the Uniquely One, having no competing second in that One-ness. And I bear witness that our Leader, our Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon his name), is the perfected example of servanthood unto Allah, and is His sent Messenger unto the entirety of the created universe.

In the third surah (chapter) of the Qur’an, ayah (verse) 133, God says:

And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous [Qur’an: 3:133]

Allah (God) calls upon his dutiful servants by saying:

Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah (God). Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. [Qur’an: 39:53]

Similarly, Allah says in a Hadith Qudsi (a ‘Sacred Narration’ that is directly attributed to Allah) that:

O My servants, you commit sins by day and by night, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness from Me and I shall forgive you. [Muslim]

So there is none greater that we can call upon, and none more generous in their bestowal. He, the Most High, says:

Indeed, your Lord is vast in forgiveness. [Qur’an: 53:32]

So what are the means in availing forgiveness?

Belief and faith in Allah (God) and testifying to the Truth of His Messengers are from the primary means of availing His forgiveness. Allah, the Exalted, says:

Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden whose width is like the width of the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believed in Allah (God) and His messengers. That is the bounty of Allah which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty. [Qur’an: 57:21]

So the believers are those who are forgiven by their Lord. Pardoning them and drawing them closer to Him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said:

A believer will be brought to his Lord, the Exalted and Glorious, on the Day of Resurrection and He would place upon him His veil (of Light) and make him confess his faults and say: Do you recognize (your faults)? He would say: My Lord, I do recognize (them). He (the Lord) would say: I concealed them for you in the world. And today I forgive them. And he would then be given the Book containing (the account of his) good deeds. [Bukhari and Muslim]


One of the means of availing oneself with God’s forgiveness is the doing of good, and righteous actions, as Allah says:

And those who believe and do righteous deeds - We will surely remove from them their misdeeds and will surely reward them according to the best of what they used to do. [Qur’an: 29:7]

So may Allah, exalted be His name, reward our mother, aunt, sister, friend, Alhaja Ariat Aderoju (nee Jinadu) Smith, for her belief in God, and the good deeds she performed, with the best of rewards, and may He forgive and remove all her wrong deeds. Allah, the Most glorious says:

Allah has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds [that] for them there is forgiveness and great reward. [Qur’an: 5:9]


Likewise is the role for those who perfect their Wudu (ablution) and guard their prayers, for these devotional acts are from the greatest means of drawing near to Allah. Through them Allah wipes away sins, and raises their ranks. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

Not a person is there who performed ablution, and did it well, then offered prayer, but his sins (which he committed) were not pardoned between the prayer that he offered and the next one. [Muslim]

Similarly when a person sits in the Mosque or the place of prayer, then the Angels supplicate forgiveness for him. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

The angels invoke blessings on everyone among you so long as he is in a place of worship with these words: O Allah! pardon him, O Allah, have mercy upon him [Bukhari and Muslim]

Likewise someone who is avid in attending the Friday prayer and adheres to its various Sunnah, Allah will forgive such a person, for the Prophet said:

Whoever performs ablution and performs ablution well, then comes to Friday (prayer) and sits near (the Imam), and keeps quiet and listens, he will be forgiven for what was between that Friday, and the previous Friday (of sins), and three days more. [Muslim]

Indeed spending of one’s wealth with the intent of goodness and virtue, is among the actions that Allah testifies as allowing for sins to be forgiven, and increases one’s reward with Allah. For He, most Glorified, says:

If you loan Allah a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And Allah is Most Appreciative and Forbearing. [Qur’an: 64:17]

For Charity erases one’s wrongdoings and lightens one’s account.

Similarly, from the means of availing forgiveness is showing goodly behavior (Ihsan) to people. For Allah forgives the person of good character (Ihsan) in dealings with people, one who is easygoing and gentle in words and deeds. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said:

Allah forgave a man who was before you: He was tolerant when selling, tolerant when purchasing, and tolerant when repaying. [Tirmidhi]

Likewise, the remembrance of Allah (God) is from the greatest means of forgiveness, for the Messenger of Allah said:

There is not anyone upon the earth who says: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest, and there is no might nor power except by Allah, (Lā ilāha illallāh, wa Allāhu akbar, wa lā ḥawla wa lā quwwata illā billāh) except that his sins shall be pardoned, even if they were like the foam of the sea. [Tirmidhi]

And from the greatest of remembrance one can make of God that he can hope to attain forgiveness of Allah is:

None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Forbearing, the Most Kind. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the magnificent Throne; praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. [Tirmidhi]

So whoever increases in asking forgiveness from Allah, will attain forgiveness from Him. As He says:

And ask forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [Qur’an: 2:199]

Elsewhere He says:

And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful. [Qur’an: 4:110]

Our Prophet gave us the glad tidings that:

If anyone says: "I ask forgiveness of Allah than Whom there is no deity, the Living, the eternal, and I turn to Him in repentance," he will be forgiven. [Abu Dawud]

So ask much forgiveness from your Lord in the night and day, for yourself, and for your parents. For to specifically seek forgiveness for one’s parents, is from the guidance of the Prophets (peace be upon them all), as the Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) said:

Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established. [Qur’an: 14:41]

Indeed such supplication and asking for forgiveness shall eventually meet the parents with something of joy and glad tidings, as the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

A man will be raised in status in Paradise and will say: 'Where did this come from?' And it will be said: ‘From your son's praying for forgiveness for you.’ [Ibn Majah]

So seek forgiveness for your parents and your family that preceded you in meeting their Lord, from your relatives, and whosoever did any goodness to you.

We remember at this moment, Justice Muri Okunola, who was instrumental in the connection between Alhaja Ariat Aderoju Smith (nee Jinadu) and Alhaji Musliu Smith. May Allah reward him for all his endeavors in Da’wah in Nigeria and forgive him his shortcomings. We remember Mrs. Sara Yejide Masha, May she be rewarded with every letter that anyone who reads her book and gains guidance will attain, and forgive her for all her shortcomings, and place her in the company of the angels of Mercy. We remember Dr. Mustapha Adepeju Smith, and ask Allah to reward him for every patient on whose face he put a smile as he cared for them. For in that is benefit not only for them, but for us too. May Allah forgive him for all his shortcomings. May Allah make jannatul firdaws their final abode, and grant all of us a good ending.

O Allah. Forgive us all for whatever sin was before, and whatever may come after. Forgive us for what was secret and what was disclosed. And assist us all in the way of piety and obedience.

Anyone in a state of dispute with another person, should strive to ensure that they forgive that person. For their forgiveness from Allah is contingent on the degree to which they too can embody the ability to forgive another. As the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

No two Muslims meet each other and shake hands, except that Allah forgives them before they part. [Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud]

So let us use this moment, through prayer and remembrance of God, and learn to forgive others: by letting go of hatred, grudges and rancor from our hearts. It is through this that we can hope that our sins are forgiven, that our deeds may be accepted, and that our ranks may be realized with our Lord.

O God, we ask You for soundness in our faith, and trust in good character, and a true success that will be followed by eternal bliss. O Allah, we ask You for Your mercy, for true prosperity, for Your redemptive forgiveness and Your pleasure.

O God, make us from those who are obedient, respectful, those who venerate their parents, honoring their mothers and their fathers, embodying excellent character towards their families and wider societies.

O God, we ask You to forgive all of the Muslims, both the men and women, the living and dead. O Lord, we ask you to grant your abundant mercy and blessing with Your kindness and satisfaction to Mrs. Sara Yejide Masha, Dr. Mustapha Adepeju Smith, Justice Muri Okunola, and all those who have departed this earth and returned to you.

O God, we ask you to admit them into Paradise, being given bounties therein without being taken them to account. O Lord, forgive and show mercy on our parents, relatives and whosoever may have a right upon us.

O God, we ask You, from your loving kindness, for the immensity of your forgiveness, for the reward of all righteousness, for the safety and protection from all sin for all those of us who are still on your earth. And we ask you, O God, for sabrun Jameel, a rewarding patience for Alhaji Musliu Smith, and all the loved ones left behind. We ask you for the ultimate success in attaining Paradise, and the ultimate respite in being saved from the Fire.

O God, do not allow us to sin except that You forgive us, nor to have any worry except that you relieve us therein, nor for any debt to come upon us except that You see it compensated, nor for there to be any sick amongst us except that You see them healed. Let there be no dead, except that You have covered them in Your mercy, and let there be no pressing need, amongst any of us, except that You see it met and fulfilled. O most Noble of the Noble, You are capable over all things, and You are the most generous in responding to those who call upon You. Please accept and grant our prayers. Aameen.