Chief Imam celebrates 100th birthday in church

The National Chief Imam in an unprecedented fashion joined hundreds of congregants at Christ the King Parish Church to observe Easter.

Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu led a high powered delegation made up of his spokesman, Alhaji Aremeyaw Shaibu, Sheikh Abdul Kadiri English, Dagomba Chief to the church as part of his centenary celebration.

 They were welcomed by Rev. Father Campbell and ushered into the church where they listened to the sermon delivered by Rev. Father Campbell.

Sheikh Shaibu told the Ghanaians Times in an interview that the visit was to send a strong message to the world that “it is possible for Muslims and Christians to be in good friendship and live in harmony.  

The historic visit comes barely two days before the revered Muslim leader turns 100 years old.

 Ghanaians and people from all walks of life have commended the symbolic gesture and said it would cement the bond of friendship between the two religious leaders and promote religious tolerance.

The reciprocity between Sheikh Dr Sharubutu and persons of other faiths continue to enhance positive synergy, ensure unity in diversity, and peaceful-co-existence.

Rev. Andrew Campbell, a spiritual leader, a teacher and benevolent man described his friend Sheikh Dr Sharubutu as a man of peace.

Rev. Father Campbell used the occasion to speak about corruption and admonished Ghanaians to speak against the canker of corruption, eschew anger, hatred and acrimony.

He prayed to God for the life of the National Chief Imam, his followers and the prosperity of the people and the country.

 Sheikh Dr Sharubutu also prayed for Rev. Father Campbell and the Christian fraternity.

The visit to Christ the King Church by the National Chief Imam is significant in many respects.

The relationship between the two religions dates back to 616 A.D when Muslims fleeing persecution from idolaters in Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sought refuge from the Kingdom of a noble Christian King in Abyssinia.   

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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