Parliament on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to the late Maulvi Dr. Wahab Adam, the Ameer in-charge of Ahmadiya Muslim Mission in Ghana, who died last Sunday.
Central in the tribute from both sides of the House was the iconic peaceful, unifying and humble nature of the late Muslim cleric, recognised for his service to religion, the nation and the world.
The late Ghanaian Muslim leader, Maulvi Adam, passed away on June 22, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, leaving behind a wife and seven children.
June 25, has been fixed for his burial at Ahmadiyya Cemetery at Kasoa in the Central Region, after pre-burial festivities at the Forecourt of the State House in Accra.
Mr. Ameenu Salifu, National Democratic Congress (NDC-Wa East), in a statement gave a posthumous profile of the late Dr Adam, telling the House of the life of the man who was born in December, 1944, at Brofeyedur – Adansi in the Ashanti Region. He attended T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Kumasi and to Ahmadiyya Muslim Seminary and Ahmadiyya Theological University, in Pakistan.
Over there, Maulvi was seen most in white shirts and pair of white sandals, during his lifetime, signifying peace.
He received a Diploma in Arabic and Honours Degree in Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence in 1960.
After serving as the Brong-Ahafo Regional Missionary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission from 1960 – 1969, he became the Principal of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College at Saltpond. In 1971, he was appointed to the high office of the Deputy Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of the United Kingdom.
He was subsequently promoted to the position of Ameer (Head) and Missionary-in-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana.
He steered the affairs of the Mission with distinction since 1975, was instrumental in the establishment of the Halal Committee that advocated the national holidays for Muslim festivities.
Mr. Ignatius Baafour Awuah, New Patriotic Party -Sunyani West said the way the late Dr. Adam conducted himself made his religion appealed to many, adding:“He handled national issues with humility and hard work, and built consensus o the National Peace Council, where he served.” Alhaji Dr Major Mustapha Ahmed (Rtd), NDC-Nima East said:” His commitment to peace and development was unquestionable”.
Mr. Alban Kingsford Bagbin, NDC Nadowli-Kaleo said: “We eulogise and celebrate the life of one of our illustrious sons, who has transited into internal glory,” adding that the late Maulvi had an aura of being genteel, soft-spoken and was a very inspirational leader.
“He carried himself with dignity,” Mr. Bagbin said.
Minority Leader Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensa- Bonsu, said: “The entire nation has lost a great man,” describing him as an epitome of humility, simplicity and peace.”
The House observed a minute-silence in memory of the late Mauvi, after which Mr. Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker declared:” Surely, we’re from Allah, and to him we will return.”