Wadud Leads Tijaniyyas

Sheikh Abdul Wadud Haruna, a Kumasi-based Islamic cleric, has been appointed the President or Zaeem of the Tijaniyya Sufi sect in Ghana.

The conferment of the title and the presentation of a certificate of honour were performed by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, during the 47 th annual birthday of Prophet Mohammed held in Kumasi last weekend.

Until the elevation, the appointee was the regional head of the Tijaniyya sect in the Ashanti Region.

The appointment was done with the consent of clerics responsible for such decisions and based in Madina Kaolak, Senegal, according to a release.

President John Dramani Mahama, who was the guest of honour at the activity, promised to promote religious tolerance in the country after making a presentation of GH¢12,000, 50 bags of rice and 10 bags of cooking oil to the organisers.

Also present were Sheikh Tijani Aliyu Cise, the Grand Imam of the Tijaniyya sect worldwide, who is also the Imam of Madina Kaolak.

The conferment of such titles in the sect is done in Senegal in consultation with the Chief Imam who is the grand successor of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass and spiritual leader of the sect in Ghana.

During his tenure as leader of Tijaniyyas in the Ashanti Region, he donated 12 acres of land for the construction of a Tijaniyya Senior High School, authored three books and donated land in Koforidua for the construction of a Tijaniyya University College, work on which is currently ongoing.

Sheikh Wadud has represented his sect at various international conferences in Morocco, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Canada, USA, most of the European countries, Malaysia, among others.

Sheikh Abdul Wadud Haruna was born in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, Ghana, in 1952 where he had his primary and subsequent education under the tutelage of his father, the late SheikhAlhaji Haruna Mohammed Umar – one of the great leaders of Tijaniyya, an Islamic scholar and khalifa (successor) of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass at the time.

The occasion was also used to confirm Alhaji Tanko Salga, resident of Winneba, as the Traditional Tijaniyya Chief in Ghana; Alhaji Abdul Salam Abubakar as Faila Governor; Sheikh A. M. Marzuk, a lecturer of University of Allied Management at McCarty Hill, Accra, as the new Communications Director; Alhaji Ahmed Abdullahi, CEO of Al Zulpha Company Ltd., as the national coordinator of Tijaniyya and Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam of Ghana, as the new Executive Secretary of Tijaniyya.

In his remarks and acceptance speech, Sheikh Abdul Wadud thanked His Eminence the National Chief Imam for the confidence reposed in him and promised to promote the image of Sufism.

The Chief Imam presenting a certificate of honour to Sheikh Wadud as President John Mahama looks on

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