National Dawah Council meeting disrupted at ASWAJ headquarters
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Accra: A meeting of members of the National Dawah Council (NADAC) of Ahlussunnah Wal Jamaah (ASWAJ) of Ghana was abruptly disrupted by armed police officers at the organisation’s headquarters in Accra.

Information reaching the GhanaianMuslim indicates that the incident that occurred on Saturday was based on a complaint filed with the police in a letter signed by the National Imam, Hajj Umar Ibrahim, to forestall any violence that may occur at the premises.

Members of NADAC, made up of scholars and regional Imams of ASWAJ across the country, were taken aback by the incident, especially when the Imam was supposed to grace the event as the leader of the organisation.

Upon the advice of the Ghana Police Service, the venue for the two-day meeting was changed from the national headquarters to the conference hall of the Ghana Police Mosque in Cantonment.

It must be noted that the relationship between NADAC and the National Imam of ASWAJ has been frosty over the past five months due to attempts to appoint a deputy national imam, contrary to the dictates of the organisation’s constitution.

On December 16, 2023, the Imam of ASWAJ held a press conference to announce the decision to amend certain portions of the organisation’s constitution and to abolish the ranking system for deputies.

He declared Sheikh Mohammed Kamil Mohammed as the Deputy National Imam in charge of Da’wa and Education, while Sheikh Munir Abdallah Taufiq would be the Deputy National Imam in charge of Administration.

The NADAC held a counter-press conference on December 24, 2023, saying that the directive would not be binding on members of the sectarian Muslim organisation since some of the directives were in contravention of the organisation’s constitution and would require the constitution to be amended first before they became enforceable.

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At the centre of the controversy lie issues of financial mismanagement, distrust, and internal politics, which inadvertently led to the cancellation of the 22 National Dawah event.

Some Sunni scholars from Nigeria, Togo, and other Arab countries also visited the country to mediate the leadership crisis.

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