LET’S RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS OF ISLAMIC LIVING LEGENDS IN ALHAJI MAJOR MOHAMMED EASAH GHANA(1+2).
Of late Muslims in Ghana have lost great men who were noted for contributing towards development of Ghana and the advancement of Islam. The latest of these men to depart this earth to eternity was Late Alhaji Major Mohammed Easah (rtd). He died at Tema near Accra and was buried on September 12 in accordance with Islamic tradition. This gentleman who died at the age of 74 played many useful roles as a soldier, a public servant and genuine promoter of Islamic affairs in Ghana and the world at large. According historical accounts he was a brilliant student for scoring high marks in his chosen subjects such as English and literature and also as a good school prefect at his “alma Mata” TI Ahmadiya Secondary School in Kumasi .No wonder that when he later found himself as a military man he displayed a high level of brilliance leading his becoming a leading soldier who was recognized as a potential leader when the late col Kutu Acheampong came to power in 19
72. He found himself in many positions including occupying a desk at the bank of Ghana after being promoted to the rank of Major in 1975, where he represented the government of the day. He later helped in setting up the Coalition of Muslim organizations in Ghana (COMOG) in 2002 after his return from exile in Nigeria. Before then he had helped in setting up the Ghana Muslims representative council (GMRC) while he was in active service when he helped in the constructing the Abossey Okai Mosque as head of the Mosque Committee. All those who have come in contact with major Easah would have a lot to say about him as good public speaker, counselor and a man of discipline and self-control who is good at keeping to his times of prayers and public meetings. He is said to have led many delegations to Hajj pilgrimage and to nations like Libya and Iran where he met leaders like late col Muammar Gaddafi and of Libya President Ahmadinejad of the Republic of Iran among many. The question to ask is why do we wait without recognizing and recording the good deeds of leaders like late Major Easah only after they are dead and gone? ALHAJI ADAMU IDDRISU AND THE ASANTEHENE OTUMFUOR OSEI TUTU II
Apart from major Easah the late Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu was one person who would not be forgotten by his family, the Muslim Ummah in Ghana and the nation as a whole. He died on July 27th but he left behind a legacy that is likely to be built on by his successors that include his children and workers. From nothing or very little assets this man who died at the age of 72 has left behind a flourishing business empire including global haulage company made up of a large number of haulage vehicles that convey large percentage of our cocoa through the ports of Tema and Takoradi. His vehicles also ply the West Africa sub region nations conveying goods to merchants and governments of those nations. Alhaji Iddrisu Adamu has set up a foundation through which he has built mosques, and donated bore holes and other social amenities in all parts of the country. He also supports the airing of many Islamic programs on many radio and television stations in Ghana. Apart from other establishments, he has left behind a bank known as Royal Bank and created direct and indirect job openings for more than 12,000 people in and outside the country. As a result of the recognition given him Alhaji Iddrisu has won many national awards and another academic award an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and technology. A quick reflection on our recent past would reveal information on important personalities who once lived working for the nation and the Islamic ummah in many areas. These men included Alhaji Dauda Otoo former head of Ghana’s customs and Excise Department for many years , who also became the first chairman of Ghana Muslims Representative Council in the early 70s. Alhaji Bashiru Futa was a good material for the nation and the Muslim Ummah. The legal practitioner was a top official of the Volta River Authority for many years , who later served as head of the Muslim Community who together with others like alhaji Dauda Otoo helped in forming the Federation of Muslim Councils of Ghana (FMC) ending a raging controversy between the GMRC and UGMRC. Alhaji Futa also represented Muslims as a member of the Consultative Assembly who took part in the processes of preparing the current fourth republican constitution. Apart from these stalwarts others like Justice Yakubu Armah, a High Court Judge also paid his dues in Islamic development through the platform of the Ghana Muslim Mission to preach and convert many people especially in Accra to Islam. His role has been recognized shortly after his death by the Ghana Muslim Mission and his children led by Hajia Dr Rabiatu Armarh lecturer and Member of the Council Of State who have set up a library in his favor in Accra. Alhaji Bashiru Kwaw Swanzy a lawyer , once served as Attorney General in the First Republic under Dr Kwame Nkrumah and later converted through the Ghana Muslim Mission to Islam from Christianity and became an Islamic preacher after studying widely the Quran and other Islamic literature. Late Nicholas Alando former Editor of Daily Graphic and the Mirror who later became Abdul Rauf Alando became Ghana’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia for a while in the Acheampong regime in the 70s. During his tenure of office as Editor and Ambassador he helped on advancing the course of Islam. Alhaji Sule Raji who was one a editor of the Graphic Communications Limited also served as Secretary General of the Ghana Muslim Representative Council in the 70s. His services to Islam were acknowledged by the Muslims in the country after he is dead. Apart from these men we have lost Islamic leaders like alhaji Collison Coffie, Alhaji Ibrahim Darpoh, Alhaji Ibrahim Anyang, Alhaji Nettey and Alhaji Bright Davies who once served in the secretariat of the Ghana Muslim Representative Council and by extension the Federation Of Muslim Councils of Ghana . The personalities mentioned above who are no more are but a few of those we need to remember , study and follow their pious steps taken to provide leadership for Muslims in Ghana . It is our candid opinion that Muslims leaders must consider combining their efforts to take the following steps as done in some nations:
Let’s recognize contributions of Islamic living legends in Ghana (2)
As Islamic affairs became epicenter of attraction, in the country from the Gold Coast in the 40s and 50s right till Ghana became independent, we had three segments of Muslim leadership these are Islamic Teachers and Imams, Zongo Chiefs who are Muslims and the Muslim Councils that take care of administrative affairs for Muslims. Personalities like Imam Abass reigned supreme in the Gold Coast followed by his son Alhaji Muntari Abass whose death gave way for the coming into office of Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu in the 80s the current National Chief Imam. It is not denying the fact that the current National Chief Imam is doing all in his power to promote peaceful coexistence with all people of Ghana including Christians, the political leaderships and Ghanaians as a whole. The good work ethics of the National Chief Imam has ended the internal bickering of Muslim factions to the extent that the Ahlullsunna Wal Jamma under sheikh Ibrahim Umar Imam and the leaders of Ahmadiya Mission and the shiiats have all come closer to work with the National Chief Imam. We cannot narrate the issues of pioneers in Islamic preaching in Ghana without mentioning the name of Affa Ajura of Tamale who like hajj Umar in Accra, promoted (Ahlusunna) the practices of the prophet Mohammed (pbh) in the northern part of Ghana. He is no more but he has left behind a legacy that is being built on. While the Imams and Islamic preachers and Muslim businessmen were busy with their activities Islamic stalwarts Dr Francis Abdallah Botsway who just returned to the country in the early 80s came in to promote rapid development of Islam in Ghana. Through his contact with Libya’s Islamic Call Society he spurred on some Muslim activists to work for Islamic advancement. His activities led to the establishment of rival grouping UGMRC which later teamed up with GMRC to form the Federation of Muslim Councils of Ghana (FMC) in Libya. Today this organization is operating under the leadership of Alhaji Abdallah Showmie Williams with Alhaji Kpakpo Addo as the General Secretary. Late Sheikh Ibrahim Amartey cannot be forgotten in Islamic affairs in Ghana. He began as a leading member of the Ghana Muslim Mission who worked hard towards many Christian Ga young men and women converting to Islam. However he later became a stalwart of the Tijuana movement working closely with Sheikh Ibrahim Kaulak in Senegal. Another personality who cannot be forgotten is Alhaji malik who as an ex-serviceman and former employee of the Ministry of Health was one of the two coordinators of the Federation of Muslim Councils of Ghana. Alhaji Mohammed Rashid Alhassan is one person who comes to mind as a person who served as Hajj Coordinator under the Ghana Muslim Representative Council (GMRC). He carried out his duties to the satisfaction of all Muslims, succeeding governments and the general public. Alhaji Balogun is one person whose name cannot be lost on Muslims in Ghana. He began as secretary of the Muslim Community organization but he moved over to become one of the leading Hajj Agents who helped various airlines including the defunct Bestworld Airlines in the 70s to organize the Hajj Pilgrimages in Ghana in the 70s. Alhaji Labaran was one personality who comes to mind as a person who after serving as a leading Hajj Agent and official of the Muslim Community became the first secretary of the Council of Muslim Chiefs. Alhaji Abdul Mumuni Issifu was once the Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress after going through the ladder. He was used by the Muslim leaders in Ghana to promote Islamic development in country. In the Gold Coast right through the post independent period we had stalwarts like Alhaji Norgah who with business acumen and hard work promoted Islam with earnings from his business empires in commercial and other enterprises. Today he is remembered as someone who has built many mosques dotted in most parts of Accra and other parts of Ghana. A visit to Alajo, Kotobaabi and Accra central one can find his renovated mosques being used as schools, marriage and counseling centers. For contributing so much towards Islam his name would continue to reign supreme. Apart from Alhaji Norgah we had personalities like Alhaji Waahe English and members of the English family in Accra central also playing leading roles in Islamic development side by side their business activities. Today after departing from this earth the generation of the English family is engaged in various businesses. We cannot mention Muslim businessmen without mentioning the names of Alhaji Salifu Maikankan who also used his business acumen to help Muslims in their moments of need. He also departed this earth leaving behind his children and family members who are following his footsteps.
The personalities mentioned above who are no more are but a few of those we need to remember, study and follow their pious steps taken to provide leadership for Muslims in Ghana. It is our candid opinion that Muslims leaders must consider combining their efforts to take the following steps as done in some nations:
- Call for papers or biography on all Muslim leaders especially those who are no more with us.
- Those men and women should include Chiefs’ Imams’ preachers and leaders of all the recognized bodies
- With the information gathered we would be able to have biographies of Muslims and a “who is who” book for Muslims. This is being done in other advanced countries
- We can also use the information gathered on the past leaders to push through programs to follow their footsteps
- We may also institute days in the ear to remember these men
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