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Tijaaniyyah Sufi Islam – A Perspective



Tijaaniyyah Sufi Islam - A Perspective

The Tijaaniyah muslim sect which is based on the tenets of Sufism is one of the largest religious sects in Ghana and Africa as a whole. It is widely practised worldwide. However the concept of Sufism which the Tijaaniyah strongly upholds is often misunderstood or unappreciated to say the least.

It is against this background that  Brother Al-Amin Al-Hassan(Image Inset: Al-Amin Al-Hassan (left)  with Sheikh Abdul Malik Ibrahim Niass (right), son of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass of Kaolack) expounds the concept of Tijaaniyah Sufi Islam.

Sufism itself is an Islamic mysticism that emphasizes introspection and spiritual closeness to God. Sufism is a spiritual dimension which focuses on meditation and chanting sessions (to enable one’s heart to open).

The Tijaaniyah Sufi  order forms part of other Sufi orders globally, all generally premised on the values of:

1: Istigfaar(seeking forgiveness from Allah)

2: Swalaatu alaa Nabbiyi(blessing the name of the Prophet)

3: Laa ilaaha illah Llaaha(reaffirming Allah’s oneness)

These values are all grounded in ahaadith and the Quran. But why they resonate with Sufism is that they are done as litanies (awraad) in dedicated committed forms.

Sheikh Ahmad Tijaani (RTA) described Sufism as carrying out the Divine command and avoiding that which has been prohibited externally and internally with regards to what pleases Allah.

Clearly, this is achieved through azkaar (remembrances) and awraad(litanies).

For earthly benefits, well, it should be understood that Sufism is a sort of ‘overtime’ type of servitude. It is done in addition to a Sufi’s Islamic religious obligations.

Benefits include that, by understanding and achieving closeness to God one loses the earthly focus and rigidity in faith. Sufi’s are generally content and tolerant of views.

As a brotherhood, there’s a great sense of community among Sufis, as they seek to help one another and extend service to communities in which they live.

Religiously, Tijaaniya is completely in conformance with Shari’a Muhammadiyyah; anything more is not. So adherents of Tijaaniya Sufi Islam are the first to subscribe to Shari’a Muhamadiyyah, as Mawlaanaa Sheikh Tijaani himself declared: if you hear something from me measure it against Shari’a. Anything in conformity, use it; anything at variance, ignore it( paraphrased).

Commitment to daily litanies and remembrances (zikir) of Allah give benefits in being close to Allah; the continual search for self and Allah leads to upholding Islamic values and hence, better as a Muslim.

Sufis, with continuous incantation of Istigfaar(penitence) are better positioned to gain Allah’s forgiveness.

Reciting Swalaat to the prophet in Sufism is seen as Allah’s commamd (Quran, 33:56) especially in the Tijaaniya order. How else to benefit than do exactly in multi folds that which Allah has commanded, and doing it as a lifelong commitment in the view that, as human, you can’t count your sins, and so your seeking of forgiveness must be perpetual.

As for what Sufis aspire in the hereafter, they generally reserve that to Allah. If they seek closeness to Him and He grants it, He surely won’t forget them here and on the day of judgment. That’s why Sufi practices are over and above prescribed routines.

Allah knows best, and and may He grant us further appreciation of His knowledge.

Article Submitted By: Brother Al-Amin Al-Hassan – (Bradford – UK)

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Tumu residents demand good roads ahead of Nana Addo’s visit



Tumu residents demand good roads ahead of Nana Addo’s visit

For the first time since the revival of Paaregbielle festival celebrated by the Sissala people 10 years ago, a sitting President will attend the occasion which comes with excitement among citizens of the Sissala East Municipality.

The Ghana News Agency went into the Tumu Township to gauge the mood of residents about their expectations of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s maiden visit on Saturday, March 23.

Many want the President’s assurance on fixing the bad roads network of Wa-Tumu-Bolga as its deplorable state hindered economic activities, particularly with their francophone West African neighbours with huge market potential.

Many unemployed youths also appealed for jobs and want to remind the President of his promise to give them a district factory, citing as an example, the Tumu Cotton Ginnery yet to be made operational.

Others want the President to make a pronouncement on the employment of graduate teachers and community nurses, with some saying: “If our development needs are not addressed, we will hold our immediate leaders responsible”.

Mr Sani Jebuuni, a political activist of the National Democratic Congress, praised the President for the implementation of the planting for food and jobs programme and encouraged him to do more.

The Member of Parliament of Sissala East Constituency, Mr Ridwan Abbas Dauda, said the festival would offer an opportunity to the President to make a commitment and “once they are made they will be done for the people”.

“Saturday, we will all get a good package from the President from his visit and speech”.

Source. GNA

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35 passengers burnt beyond recognition in Kintampo accident given mass burial



35 passengers burnt beyond recognition in Kintampo accident given mass burial

At least 35 persons who were burnt to death on Friday when two high occupancy commercial vehicles crashed head-on near Kintampo in the Bono East Region have been given mass burial.

Fifty-six persons have been confirmed dead in the accident involving the two buses which were carrying a total of 108 passengers. Fifty-two others, including three children, suffered varied degrees of injuries.

Police and local government authorities say most of them were burnt beyond recognition, something that necessitated the mass burial at the Jema cemetery Saturday morning.

The burial supervised by the police, chiefs, sanitation and other local government officials, was attended by persons whose relatives were involved in the gory accident but could identify their bodies.

Most of the deceased who were in the bus that went up in flames when it collided, are said to be residents of Garu and its environs in the Upper East Region.

They were travelling from Garu to Kumasi in a GPRTU managed bus registered GT5694-18 when their bus collided head-on with a VVIP bus registered GT-3916-17 at Ampomakurom near Jema at about 2:00am Friday.

The intensity of the collision caused the Kumasi-bound bus to spark fire killing the occupants.

District Chief Executive for Garu, Emmanuel Asore who witnessed the mass burial Saturday told “it’s a dark day for us all,” noting he lost a family member while his presiding member lost five relatives in the accident.

He said the whole of the Upper East region is morning with the families of the deceased, noting a memorial service and a vigil will be organised for the dead.

Mr Asore said “close to 35 of the victims were burnt beyond recognition”.

However, he revealed seven persons who were among those burnt to death have as of Saturday morning been identified by their relatives and have been released the bodies to them for burial.

“We believe it is designed by God so we accept it,” Mr Asore said, adding the latest ghastly accident should be a wakeup call to government, the police and the people of Ghanaian to take steps to prevent some of these carnage on our roads.

He underscored the need for vehicles to undergo proper checks before being released to ply on the roads and also asked transport operators to always ensure they have two drivers on a bus for long distances to avoid driver fatigue.


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Ask violent politicians to recruit relatives – Mustapha Hamid to Zongo youth



Ask violent politicians to recruit relatives - Mustapha Hamid to

Ask violent politicians to recruit relatives – Mustapha Hamid to Zongo youth

The Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul Hamid, has advised politicians, who are in the habit of using Zongo youth to foment political violence, to rather use their relatives for that purpose.

He said the youth should engage in violence if those asking them to do so have their relatives at the forefront.

Speaking at the formal launch of the Zongo Sensitisation Programme on Peace, Non-Violence and Development, the minister said the time had come for leaders in the various Zongo communities to rise up and stop politicians from using their places as recruitment centres for thugs or vigilantes for political violence.

He advised that the youth should not be blinded by party loyalty and take the law into their own hands, saying “when they come to you, ask the politicians to bring their sons and their daughters too. In fact, the politician’s son should lead the attack since it’s a good thing for them.”

He also stressed the need to do away with all narcotic dens in the communities with the support of opinion leaders and security agencies.

The CHRAJ Boss, Joseph Whittal, who was at the event, said that the opinion leaders can lead the effort to stop the Zongo youth from becoming vigilantes.

He urged the youth to be more development-oriented and empower themselves towards good education, improved sanitation, among others.

Mr Whittal also advised stakeholders to shun early marriages which, according to him, are prevalent in Zongo communities. “We cannot continue the age-old practice of neglecting the education of the girl-child. We don’t have to marry her off too early,” he stressed.

Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed (Rtd), a former Ambassador to Egypt, on his part, attributed vigilantism to ‘improper parenting’ – a situation where children at an early stage are not provided with proper education and family support.

The children, he said, become vulnerable and are easily recruited to engage in deviant behaviours when they grow up.

The stakeholders’ forum, which was organised by the Greater Accra Council of Zongo Chiefs, was attended by some prominent Zongo chiefs and personalities.

Also present was the National Imam of the Ahlussuna Wal Jamaa’a (ASWAJ), Hajj Umar Ibrahim.


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