Written By Saeed Hamid Jallo
One of the biggest challenges of the Ghanaian Muslim community is the lack of a comprehensive policy for the selection and installation of imams in the country. This is seen as a recipe for community turmoil in the event of the passing away of the current National Chief Imam, Dr Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.
Many Muslims in the country have shown much concern about the problem, which they believe could be solved if the Muslim community decides to come together and produce a comprehensive plan that will produce the systems and structures needed for the administration of Islamic affairs in Ghana.
Quite recently the National Chief Imam was shocked to hear that some elements within the greater Accra region were advocating for the installation of a Regional Imam whilst knowing very well that he, the National Chief Imam doubles as the Greater Accra Imam.
Recently your authoritative national Islamic news site www.mytawheedonline.com published a story titled ‘controversy over the selection of volta regional chief imam’, these and other numerous succession impasse are issues that crop up owing to lack of a professionally cut-out plan for the selection of imams.
The Coalition of Muslim Organizations Ghana (COMOG) in its quest to ensure a smooth and peaceful succession plan for Muslims has come up with a committee made up of selfless Muslims from diverse backgrounds whose mandate is to come out with the workable framework that will serve as the basis for choosing imams and other personalities required for the smooth administration of the spiritual needs of Ghanaian Muslims.
This came to light at the just-ended Ramadan Iftar Forum organized by the Coalition in Accra over the weekend. The forum; under the theme, “Muslim Leadership and Contemporary Development-Time for Action” was attended by Muslims from all walks of life.
In his welcome address the president of COMOG, Dr Hussein Zakariah revealed that the appointment of the Islamic Leadership Framework Committee is a strategic step of bringing all Muslims together in their quest for the establishment of their developmental agenda. He went further to give the good news of other projects being initiated by COMOG towards poverty alleviation, health support and other wonderful programmes.
The spokesperson for the leadership framework committee, Dr Fusheini Hudu told the gathering that the National Chief Imam, as well as his Ahlussunna and Shia counterparts, Sheikhs Umar Ibrahim Imam and Abubakar A. Kamaludeen have all welcomed the concept and given their moral backing for its success. He said the committee will visit the whole ten regions of Ghana to confer with individuals and organizations in order to tap their ideas for the smooth introduction of the concept.
The General Secretary of COMOG on his part called for the participation of all Muslims on this noble cause and assured all that with unity of purpose this wonderful idea will be the first step in the developmental agenda of the Ghanaian Ummah.
The new COMOG Magazine was launched by Sheikh Mustapha Ibrahim of ICODEHS, who bought the first copy at GHc 3000. 00.