Tension is gradually mounting in the Muslim community at Subinsu Number 2 in the Wenchi District of the Brong Ahafo Region over who should be the Imam of the local mosque.
Two factions are each claiming right of succession after the death of the late Imam, creating tension in the community. The intervention of the district and regional Chief Imams and the arrest of some people have not doused the tension.
The case filed at the Wenchi District Court by one of the factions is to be heard on 29th January this year. A visit to the community shows that tempers are high as the court hearing draws closer.
Explaining the criteria and qualification for an Imam, Alhaji Gyasi Ahmed Dauda, board chairman of Muslims in Brong Ahafo, said the two persons laying claim to the Imam position—Alhaji Omar Kadri and Jihad Suahala Adam –are both qualified.
As a result, when the issue came before the regional Chief Imam for settlement, their ages were used as a yardstick to determine the more suitable of the two. More so, he added, since the positions are two—Imam and his deputy (Nayibii)—the board decided to allow the elder, Omar Kadri, to assume the position of Imam whilst Suahala becomes Nayibii.
The latter accepted his position but Omar Kadri protested, saying his deputy did not hail from or stay in the town permanently, though his wife is domiciled in the community. Suahala was subsequently impressed upon to relocate to the town and he did.
However, when it was time for his installation, Omar raised another objection that his deputy hailed from the tribe of the late Imam so if allowed to become his deputy, that tribe would have been given undue advantage over the rest. The regional Chief Imam and his board saw this as absurd and went ahead to perform the rites for Suahala to assume the position of Nayibii, though Omar boycotted it.
DAILY GUIDE’s investigations revealed that though the two factions still go to the same mosque, the Nayibii is not allowed to perform religious rites in the mosque.
FROM Daniel Yao Dayee, Sunyani