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About Dr. Sheikh Osmanu

Dr. Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu was born in Accra Old Fadama in mid April, 1924 to prominent and reputable parents. He studied under his father, the late Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu, a pious mother, late Ayishatu abbas and his uncle, the late Sheikh Mazanwaje Abbas, who was the National Imam at the time. His parents taught him Qur`anic recitation and reading with the correct intonation as well as essay writing in Arabic.

By the age of 12 (twelve), Mr. Osmanu had mastered the recitation of the whole of the Holy Qur`an and had become one of the youngest Muslim at the time to have memorized numerous verses and chapters of it. When the father, Sheikh Nuhu, realized the potentials of his son, he decided to send him to a new learning environment in Kumasi where he studied under various Islamic scholars.

On the return of young Osmanu to Accra, his uncle, Sheikh Muhammad Mazawaje Abbas, introduced him to Tijaniyyah special programmes for meditation. He continued working with the movement under the grand pioneer, Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass Kaola of Senegal. Sheikh Ibrahim was the foremost leader of the Tijaniyyah movement of the 20th century.

Sheikh Ibrahim thought Mr. Osmanu the deeper spiritual aspects of Sufism practice, the secret techniques and the rudiments of mysticism as well as other esoteric features of it. These exposures smoothly paved the way for young Osman to become a true leader in the Tijaniyyah Movement.

In 1974, after lengthy debates and consultations among the country`s traditional Muslim and tribal chiefs, scholars and other religious leaders, it was agreed by consensus that Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu should be appointed the Deputy National Imam of the Republic of Ghana. However, Sheikh Osman turned down the offer of appointment with the excuse that he was a professional Islamic teacher and educator with over 20 students under his care at the time and he was concerned about their future growth and development.

It was later and after further persuasions and persistence by the Islamic teachers that Sheikh Osmanu realized that the appointment was a divine call for him to serve Islam and the Muslim communities.

In 1993, he was appointed the National Chief Imam of the Republic of Ghana and invested at a simple but colorful ceremony. He succeeded his cousin, Sheikh Mukhtar Abbas, the then National Imam who was ill and physically weak.

Throughout his life, Sheikh Osman has had a reputation for promoting Islamic education and encouraging the establishment of educational institutions.

Currently there are 7(seven) educational institutions in the Greater Accra region which have been established and owned by Sheikh Osmanu himself and managed by various individuals. He undertakes some teaching assignments at the institutions. He has, in the past 15(fifteen) years, pioneered the establishment of 10 other educational institutions in all the 10(ten) regions of the country.

Sheikh Osmanu has been involved in the establishment of institutions and organizations for providing services that address the humanitarian needs and empowerment of the Muslim youth in and outside Ghana. He has personally sponsored hundreds of needy Muslim children mostly from the disadvantaged and vulnerable Muslim communities in Ghana.

In sum, Dr. Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu comes from a pedigree of Islamic Scholars and leaders. He has continued with this heritage and has, in the process, distinguished himself as a great Islamic leader. He has been engaged in promoting Muslim education, setting up various Islamic schools and encouraging the integration of Islamic knowledge and practice with secular education.

He is, today, the representative of the Muslim face in national affairs and continues to support development programmes that sensitize people to their social responsibilities and build bridges between Islam and other religions. The result is that he is a member of the National Peace Council.