The National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has said, been an Imam was the last thing he had in mind as at the time, the opportunity came.
According to him, his father even advised him not to take up the role of an Imam and all he wanted to do was to be an Islamic teacher.
“I did not want to be an Imam, simply because all I wanted to do was to teach as my father did and I felt that taking up the Imamship will somewhat hinder my work.
“My father also advised me not take up the mantle for the same reason, but once Allah has ordained, there was nothing I could have done when I was chosen to lead the Muslim community in Ghana”. he said in an interview with Joy FM.
“I grew up in a family of scholars, my father was a Mallam who taught a good number of Muslims in the country, I was sent to Kumasi to go and learn from Mallam Awudu Dantano, after two years with him, I started seeing revelations and signs of what Allah had for me.
” I realized Allah had a special plan for me, I was divinely inspired to follow the ways of Allah, I also saw signs of protection in the sense that not even bed bugs stung me, even when others are stung on the same bed,” he added.
The Chief Imam ahead of his 100th birthday celebration today(Tuesday) visited Christ the King Catholic Church last Sunday.
According to the Spokesperson for the Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaib, the visit was to foster interfaith unity, not to observe Easter
Meanwhile, as part of the activities marking the centenary birthday celebration of the Chief Imam, a public lecture was held earlier today by Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambers.
President Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, were special guests for the lecture.
His Spokesperson explains that the lecture “will hinge on the subject of how peace and tolerance can serve as the foundation for national development and we shall be looking at the Sharabutu factor, in other words, the model of leadership of the Chief Imam having to contribute to peace and tolerance and harmony in our country.”