GMM organises leadership workshop for Imams

By Hafsa Obeng, GNA

Accra, Aug. 16, GNA
– The Greater Accra Regional Imams Council of the Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM)
has held a day’s workshop for all imams to enhance their capacity as leaders of
the mission.

The workshop on the
theme: “Enhancing the Leadership Qualities of the Imam for National
Development,” was aimed at empowering the imams of the mission in the region to
have a vision that would enable them move the people and congregation along.

Sheikh Muctar
Abubakar, World Islamic Cal Society, said an Imam is a leader in the broader
concept and goes beyond the daily duties of leading prayers in Islam.

He said an Imam is
someone who takes the role of a leader, does what he does well and replicates
that in the society in order to be followed, adding that Imamship is a trust
and an honour.

Sheikh Abubakar
said Imamship is a role model position, an honour, trust and pushes one to
uplift his knowledge base in to be abreast of the technology or order of the
day.

“The original
purpose for creation of Adam, was to worship Allah and develop human welfare,
thus to submit oneself to Imamship is greatest thing to do as a Muslim,” he
noted.

He said an Imam
should be someone who knows and understands the Quran as well as the Hadith of
Prophet Mohammed and submits himself to the will of the Almighty Allah.

He noted that an
Imam should be someone who is spiritually and physically confident, sincere,
honest, does all things because of Allah, emotionally intelligent, continues to
learn new things and practices and has good language skills.

“An Imam should
always be good looking, consider his congregation, as well as the place and
time, keep a data base of the congregation in order to be able to monitor and
be abreast of their situation and must always be himself.”

Sheikh Tijani
Muktar, Islamic Scholar noted that an Imam is also to serve as an eagle eye to
the community and the congregation in order to safeguard and render a helping
hand to them if the need be.

He said Imam as a
leader needs to be supported financially, emotionally and spiritually to be
able to do their work properly, and be able to tackle challenges confronting
the society.

Sheikh Muktar said
engagement of the youth is key to the development of the Muslim, and called on
the Imams to concentrate on the development of the youth as well as women
spiritually in order to succeed as leaders.

GNA

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