The National Chief Imam, His Eminence Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, visited the Manhyia Palace to offer his condolences to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, following the passing of the Ashanti Regional Zango Chief, Sultan Umar Farouk. The late Sultan, who was a close ally of the Asantehene, passed away on Thursday, February 23 at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital after a long illness.
The Chief Imam was accompanied by a delegation of Muslim leaders, including the President of Tijaniyya Movement in Ghana, Sheikh Abdul Wadud Haroun Ciessey, and Alhaji Abdullah Ali Barry, Zango Development Chief (Nkosuohene). During their visit, the National Chief Imam expressed his sympathies, acknowledging the close relationship between the Asantehene and the late Sultan.
In a message conveyed through his spokesperson, Sheikh Armeyaw Shuaib, the Chief Imam said, “Allah is the one who gives and takes so we just have to thank Allah for a life well lived by the late Sultan Umar Farouk. It is important I come here, in person, to console you. The Muslim community in general has lost a good man.”
The Chief Imam also prayed for the Asantehene and the people of Asanteman, wishing them good health and sustainable peace. The late Ashanti Regional Sarkin Zango, Sultan Umar Farouk, was buried in accordance with Islamic rites.