Work on Shabaniyya Institute project commences

Work has begun on the construction of a mosque and Islamic Institute for the Madinatu-Shabaniyya community at Amomole, in the Ga North Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The project sought to provide both Islamic education and skills training for the youth to be employable and contribute to national development, as a legacy of Sheikh Salis Shaban, a prominent Muslim scholar.

It is being funded with contribution from the family of the late Sheikh Shaban and the leadership of Faidhatu-Tijaniyya Ibrahimiyya Council, in Ghana, Togo and Benin, an Islamic organisation within the Tijaniyya sect.

The ground-breaking ceremony which took place on Saturday was attended by the Governor of Faidhatu-Tijaniyya Ibrahimyya Council, Alhaji Abdul-Qadir Tanko; National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Usman Nuhu Sharubutu; Nasser Mahama Toure, MP for Ayawaso East; International Ambassador for Faidhatu-Tijaniyya Ibrahimiyya, Sheikh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar; Eastern Regional Kotokoli Chief, Oti Regional Imam and a host of dignitaries.

The Coordinating Director for Ga North Municipal Assembly, Dr Ahmed Rufai Ibrahim, expressed full support for the project planned for the community, adding “we are very glad that this is happening in our community implying that our children, brothers and sisters would be the foremost to benefit and we are ever ready to support such initiative.”

“We were hoping that the late Sheikh’s residence would be completed soon enough for him to join us here and also get his blessings but God did not will so.

 But we know he is still close to us and we are guided by his teachings,” he added.

The assembly further pledged to donate one tonne of iron rods to support the project.

The interim Khalifa of the late Sheikh and Imam of Faidhatu-Tijaniyya Europe, Imam Aminu Daaru in his speech said it was the wish of late Sheikh Salis Shaban to see to the socio-economic development of the youth, especially in the Zongo communities through education and therefore proposed the building of a mosque and Islamic Institute for the purposes of teaching and learning, training, research, socialisation and development.

“Sheikh has always had his way of controlling his affairs. He made it clear to us that he has always awaited such a moment. And he has guided us through his will to build a mosque and Islamic school to nurture the young and growing.

There is nothing we do out of our own will. This and every other thing we do is the will of the Sheikh himself. Try as we may, we can never change how Sheikh wants things,” he said.

He stated: He added that, “Also part of the plans of the Council is to see to the creation of a college of formal and technical studies in the name of the late Sheikh.”

The programme was also used to unveil the newly appointed national leadership of the Faidhatu-Tijaniyya Ibrahimiyya Council of Ghana as Alhaji Habibu Alhassan, chairman, Sheikh Ibrahim Abul-Barakat Shaban, first deputy chairman and Sheikh Muhammad Mustafa Iddriss Wade, second deputy chairman.


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