Settle all conflicts in Zango communities – Otumfuo charges Peace and reconciliation committee

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has asked the Zango Peace and Reconciliation Committee in Kumasi to ensure the amicable settlement of all conflicts and disagreements within the Zango communities.

He said the work of the committee is very important, and therefore charged the committee to present its mediation reports to him.

The Asantehene made the call when he spoke to a delegation of Imams from the Zango community last Saturday during a visit to the Manyhia Palace to introduce the members of the committee to him.
The committee is chaired by Sheikh Mohammed Ridwan, who is also the CEO of Alpha Radio, a community radio station in Kumasi.

The Zango Peace and Reconciliation Committee under the auspices of the Regional Chief Imam, is mandated to ensure that all conflicts and disagreements within the Zango communities are settled amicably.
The Zango communities in Kumasi is bedeviled with pockets of conflicts and the Peace and Reconciliation Committee is currently engaged with addressing them.

The delegation to the Manhyia Palace was made up of the Council of Ulama, Imams and all 47 Municipal and District Imams whose mission was to offer special prayers for the King and by extension Ghana. At the head of the delegation of Muslim clerics was the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Mumin Harun.

His Majesty has traced the relationship between the Zango community in Kumasi and Manhyia Palace to 200 years. Evidence of the King’s mastery of the history of his Kingdom was not in full glow.

He told his stunned guests that during the reign of Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, Imams visited and prayed for Asanteman.

Continuing, he said, they brought with them “rubutu” special prayers and names of God written on slates with special ink made from vegetable material and washed with water and drank for spiritual fortification and God’s protection.

The prayers for the King and Asanteman by the Islamic clergy constitute a convention at Manhyia which has continued to date, the King said

Otumfuo told his guests that he has observed it annually too by inviting Ohene kramo(Asantehene’s Personal Imam) and his team of imams as was done 200 years ago.

The Imams prayed for good health and long life for Otumfuo and thanked him for his fatherly love and care for the Zango communities in the Ashanti Region.

The imams recited the contents of the whole Holy Quran thrice and followed it up with Khutbah, a special accompanying prayer and sermon which was led by the Deputy Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Zakariya.

The recitation of the Holy Quran are mainly about the exaltation of the attributes of God whose therapeutic and intercessory powers are immense.

The Imams left Manhyia Palace with assortment of gifts among them prayer mats, kettles for the performance of ablution and tasbihis or rosary-like counters used by Muslims for prayers.

The gifts were in appreciation of the King to the Imams for their gesture. The history of the great Asante Kingdom was recorded in Aljami, Arabic letters, by Muslim literate clerics engaged for the purpose by the Palace.






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