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11.06.2017 Feature Article

Sheikh [Dr] Osman Nuhu Sharubutu National Chief Imam And Generosity

Opinion Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu

Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu is the National Chief Imam of Ghana. The Imam whose office belongs to the National Peace Council, is a religious leader who is working harmoniously with all factions of Muslims, Christians, arms of government and other religious adherents in the country. He is known the world over and now at close to 100, he is hardworking as usual in areas of spiritual and physical development. Currently we in Ghana find ourselves in the Month of Ramadan, together with Muslims throughout the world, which begun on Saturday may 27, 2017.

The National Chief Imam admonishes all Muslims of age and in good health to follow the tenets of the Ramadan month by staying away from food from dawn to dusk as that would be beneficial to them physically and spiritually. His leadership has led to all Imams and their followers throughout the country, observing strictly all the five tenets of Islam, especially fasting daily in Ramadan, praying regularly as prescribed and giving alms to the poor in society. As a true leader, the National Chief Imam leads Muslims in prayers at a mosque at his home in Fadama and at the Central Mosque at Abossey Okai every Friday.

His humanitarian and spiritual services that follow Islamic injunctions are accepted by all especially during this month of Ramadan. Apart from leading Muslims in prayers during the Ramadan he has occasions to enlighten Muslims in [Tafsir] in the Central Mosque in Accra. The interpretation on rudiments of Ramadan and its benefits to all those who observe it has helped many youths to understand the religion of Islam. Being a leader filled with generosity, his household provides food prepared day and night at his home to the needy especially his guests from neighboring countries during and after this month of Ramadan.

As a result of his leadership qualities and spiritual influence, he has attracted support from succeeding philanthropists, governments, Christian organizations with food items meant for Muslims during and after the month of Ramadan and the Eid festivals. The latest donation given to Muslims through the National Chief Imam is a huge consignment of food including bags of rice, vegetable oil and cash from the National Democratic Congress. Throughout the country especially in the Ashanti Region the Regional Administration of the New Patriotic Party [NPP] has also given donation of food items to Muslims through their Imams. The Office of the National Chief Imam and the Federation of Muslim Councils of Ghana are yet to receive a donation from the seat of government in Accra for the Ramadan.

The National Chief Imam who is often seen in the company of Bishops, leaders of Sunnis and Shias has been advocating for peace and unity in Ghana and the world over. He prays regularly during his sermons and media interviews against wars and calamities in the world. He has also condemned the destruction of the tomb of the late leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini by some extremists.

As part of his national duty he also prayed for the soul of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama who was recently killed while on duty at Denkyira Obuase in Central Region. DR Sharubutu, a notable Islamic scholar is noted for supporting the building of more schools, providing support for many young ones to enjoy sound education up to tertiary level through Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu Education Fund [SUNSETFUND]. Through the SUNSETFUND 2000 shoes school bags and other educational materials worth thousands of cedis have been donated to preparatory school pupils throughout the country in this Ramadan. The National Chief Imam has also supported the building of many schools and mosques throughout the country. One of the mosques he helped in building is the magnificent New National Mosque being built by Turkish individuals and organizations at Kanda, Accra. The Chief Imam has begun leading Muslims in symbolic prayers in the mosque which is to be opened in three months during the Eid al Adha festival.

As a result of his contributions towards spiritual, educational development and peace in Ghana and the world the Chief Imam has won a number of national awards, and honorary doctorate degree from the University of Ghana. The latest award given to him is the International Award by the Cultural Consulate of the Republic of Iran in Ghana under the Imam Khomeini Legacy Award offered at a symposium at the Accra International Conference Center.

Source: Executive Director eanfoworld for sustainable development [email protected]/[email protected] 0244370345/0208844792/0274853710

Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai
Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai , © 2017

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