Assalaam Foundation – Ghana
- Established to provide the Muslim and non-Muslim youth in Ghana with education, Da'wah (inviting to Islam), counseling and support, so that they acquire organisational and leadership skills based on the Qur'an and Sunnah and can become the future leaders of Ghana as conscientious Muslims.
- A non-governmental organizations (NGO) registered on 12th July 2012 as a private company limited by guarantee with registration number G-39,867.
- Address: Plot 2, Block H, Adoato – Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.
Appeal for Fund towards the Purchase of a Vehicle for Assalaam Foundation’s Da’wah activity in Ghana
All references to the future are with the will of Allah.
Donations can be made to bank account BE42 0016 8339 1954. Please use 'Ghana' as reference.
Committee Members of Assalaam Foundation
- Imam Hussein Ali - Founder and Chairman.
- Issah Abdallah - Graduate Islamic University of Madinah, SA.
- Sharafuddeen Saleh Ahmed - Graduate Islamic University of Madinah, SA.
- Mahmud Mustapha - Diploma in Administration, Department of Administration - University of Ghana, Legon, Greater Accra Region, Ghana.
Founder Imam Hussein Ali
Born 25.06.1977 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana and currently residing there.
- 2005-2007 Diploma in Study of Religions / Comparative Religion, Department for the Study of Religions - University of Ghana, Legon, Greater Accra Region, Ghana.
- 1996-2000 Azaariyyah, School of memorisation of Qur'an, Islamic Studies and Arabic Language, Kumasi Tafo, Ghana.
18th February 2007: Entered the UK on a working visa.
February – April 2012:
- Imam of the Ghanaian Mosque in London.
- Freelance Imam in the following mosques in the UK:
- Vauxhal Negashi Centre, 283-291 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2ND.
- Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre,, 365 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5JH.
- North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre, 182A Brixton Road, London SW9 6AT. In addition established an Islamic supplementary school, for Quranic Memorisation and Islamic studies which is still on going.
- Seven Sisters Mosque, The Priory, 277 St Ann's Road, London N15 5RG.
- Teacher of Islamic studies, Quran and Arabic: Iqra VA Primary School, 127 Park Hill, Clapham, London SW4 9PA
- Teacher of the Quran and lecturer in many Islamic Centres in London UK including:
- Al-Muntada Al-Islami Trust, 7 Bridges Place, Parsons Green, London, SW6 4HW.
- South London Islamic Centre, 8 Mitcham Lane, Streatham, London SW16 6NN.
May – October 2012:
- Imam for the Friday sermon, lectures, counselling and leading taraweeh prayers in the month of Ramadan: Annoor Cultural and Community Centre, 58-70 Church Road, Acton, London, W3 8PP, UK.
- Return to Ghana to resume Daw’ah activities for Assalaam Foundation.
Founder of the following Islamic Organisations:
- Khidmah Education & Development Trust Ltd, 1 Cameron Place, London SW16 2HQ, UK.
- Assalaam Foundation, Plot 2, Block H, Adoato – Kumasi, Ashanti, GHANA.
- Officially called the Republic of Ghana, the country is a sovereign multinational state and unitary presidential constitutional democracy.
- Located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the sub region of West Africa. Ghana is the 82nd largest country in the world and 33rd largest country on continental Africa with a land mass of 238,535 km2 (8 x bigger than Belgium) and 2,093 km of international land borders.
- Ghana is the world's 56th most inhabited nation with a population of approximately 25 million (2010 Census).
- The country is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south.
- The religious composition of Ghana according to official figures is 63% Christian, 16% Muslim (though Muslim leaders dispute this and claim the number is closer to 45%) and 21% indigenous and other beliefs.
- Ten administrative regions: The Assalaam Foundation is based in the Ashanti Region where it aims to provide its services to the Muslim and non-Muslim youth.
Brief History of Islam in Ghana
- Following the Arab conquest of North Africa, the Berbers gradually accepted Islam and carried it across the Sahara to hand it over to the Soninke in the Sahil, the “shore” of the desert. The Soninke brought Islam to the Malinke, their neighbours to the south, and Malinke-speaking traders - the Dyula - spread Islam as far as the fringes of the forest.
- By A.D. 750, the Soninke was ruling the ancient kingdom of Ghana, and the Mande kingdom (the Mande (or Mandingo- Mande speaking peoples) kingdom was situated between the Senegal and on the upper Niger usually known as Mali or Mallel) was under their control. The people of the ancient kingdom of Ghana are thought to be of Mande origin and have little association with modern Ghana, except that the related Mande tribe of the ‘Dyula,’ or ‘Wangara,’ as they are known in modern Ghana, introduced Islam to the area of present day Ghana in the 15th century.
- Muslims began arriving in Kumasi, capital of Ashanti in modern Ghana, in the 18th century. These Muslims came from further north, from Gonja, Mamprussi, Dagomba and from centres in the upper and middle Niger region and even from North Africa. Some of these states became tributaries of Asante as a result of Asante expansion northwards during the reign of Opoku Ware (1717-1750), and the Muslims who traveled south from these states and settled in Kumasi came to represent their own commercial and political interests and those of their States.
Islam in Ghana Today
- The largest group are Sunni following the traditional Maliki school of jurisprudence.
- The Ahmadiyya, a sect originating in nineteenth-century India arrived in 1921 in the town of Saltpond in Central Region on the South Coast introducing and spreading their ideology with the establishment of schools. Ghana has the largest percentage of Ahmadis (16%) by single country in the world.
- The Sufi Tijaniyah and Qadiriyah brotherhoods are also represented.
- A small number of Shia are present in urban areas in the south.
Why less Muslims in Ghana
- The population census of 1984, showed the religious composition of Ghana to be Muslims 48%, Christians 27%, Ahmadiyyas 4% and others 21%.
- According to the next population census of 2000, the religious composition had changed dramatically to Christians 63% Muslims 16% and others 21%.
- As the Muslim communities are the most deprived many Muslim parents find themselves in extreme poverty and are forced to give up some of their children to Christian missionary schools to ensure their survival and to get the education so needed to get good employment.
- As a result these children are Christianised, their names are changed to hide the fact that they descend from Muslim lineage and are tragically taken from the path of righteousness Islam
- The current president of Ghana (Since 24th July 2012), John Dramani Mahama is such a person coming from Muslim lineage. His name derives from Abderrahman Mohammed but unfortunately he is now a Christian.
Conclusion: Need for Da'wah in Ghana
- Of the 26 ministers in the current Mahama cabinet there are only 3 Muslim ministers: Haruna Iddrisu - Minister for Trade and Industry, Inusah Fuseini - Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Amin Amidu Sulemani - Minister for Roads and Highways.
- As Muslims they represent only 10% of the cabinet, disproportionately low with the Muslim population. In addition these 3 brothers are weak in their religion therefore have no or little islamic influence on the governing of the country.
- The fact that in the government administrative structure of Ghana then and today the decision makers are a non-Muslim majority, means that there remains a huge gap between Muslims and Christians.
- This great lost suffered by Muslims was an avoidable human error. If at that time the conscientious Muslims had concentrated on the Muslim students giving them the Message and the need to equip themselves with both knowledge of this world and the hereafter, this problem would not have happened if Allah so wished.
- When Imam Hussein Ali realised this it was a wake-up call for him to begin his dedicated Da'wah activities. Targeting the students in the academic environment to take leadership positions in the years ahead to remove this gap so that Muslims can reclaim what is rightfully theirs Bi'zni Allah.
The Ashanti Region:
- The Ashanti Region has an area of 24,389 km² (80% of Belgium) and according to the 2010 census a population of 4,780,380 (density: 196 inhabitants / km²), making it the region with the most inhabitants.
- Religious Composition: According to the 2010 census; 83% Christians, 4% Muslims, 23% others. Again Muslim leaders severely dispute these figures.
- Culture: The Majority of the people in the district are Ashanti’s and hold strong beliefs in Ashanti tradition, customs and certain taboos.
- All Senior High Schools, Colleges, Polytechnics, and some Universities in Ghana.
- µMore than 500 Senior High Schools of which 97 are in Ashanti Region. To begin with only the Ashanti Region will becovered as to reach all Senior High Schools in the whole country is a huge challenge.
- 10 Polytechnics.
- The 10 public Universities as these are the best known and most populated.
- List of senior secondary schools:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_senior_secondary_schools_in_Ghana
- List of Polytechnics:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_polytechnics_in_Ghana
- List of Universities in Ghana:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_in_Ghana
Importance of Da'wah in the Quran
- Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah, does righteous deeds and says indeed I am among the Muslims. - Quran, Sura 41 (Fussilat), ayah 33.
- You are the best nation raised up for humankind. You enjoin righteousness, forbid corruption and you believe in Allah. - Quran, Sura 3 (Al-Imran), ayah 110.
- Let there arise among you a group inviting to all that is good, enjoining righteousness and forbidding evil. Those are the successful ones. - Quran, Sura 3 (Al-Imran), ayah 104.
- Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good preaching. - Quran, Sura 16 (An-Nahl), ayah 125.
Importance and Virtues of Da'wah According to the Hadith of prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
- "Whoever directs someone to do good will gain the same reward as the one who does good." (Sahih Muslim, vol. 3, p. 1050, #4665).
- "Whoever calls to guidance will receive the same reward as the one who follows him without any decrease in the reward of his follower.” (Sahih Muslim, vol. 4, p. 1406, #6470).
- "For Allah to guide someone by your hand is better for you than having red camels.” (Sahih Al Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 156–7, #253 – In ancient Arabia, camels, especially of a reddish hue, were considered particularly valuable property).
- "Convey from me, even if it be only a single verse." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 4, p. 442, #667).
- Muhammad (pbuh) sent Muadh ibn Jabal to Yemen and told him “You will be going to Christians and Jews, so the first thing you should invite them to is the assertion of the oneness of Allah, Most High. If they realise that, then inform them that Allah has made five daily prayers obligatory on them. If they pray them, then inform them that Allah has made the payment of charity from their wealth obligatory on their rich to be given to their poor. If they accept that, then take it from them but let the people keep their most valuable possessions. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 9, pp. 348–9, #469 and Sahih Muslim, vol. 1, p. 15, #28).
Need for Vehicle
- To reach the target audience of the Da'wah, the Muslim and non-Muslim youth in the academic environments of the Senior High Schools, Polytechnics, Universities and Colleges across the country.
- At the moment Imam Hussein is using public transport to travel to the schools in the Ashanti Region of Ghana but this takes a huge chunk out of his personal budget as for now there is no person, group of persons or organisation that sponsors his Da'wah activities.
- Some of these schools are situated in the remotest areas of the country which without a vehicle makes it extremely difficult to reach them with the message of Islam.
- With a vehicle Imam Hussein will be able to travel to schools in other regions of Ghana outside of the Ashanti Region.
Type of vehicle needed
- Because of the rough terrain, bad state of the roads in the outer regions and the planned long journeys, a large four-wheel drive SUV vehicle is essential.
- Research showed that the Nissan Patrol is the most suitable. Renowned for its durability it is the reason that the United Nations peacekeeping vehicles are this model.
Where to Purchase Vehicle
- In Ghana the cost of vehicles as generally in Africa is very high. This is due to the extortionate import duties and in addition on vehicles older than 10 years (known as over-age vehicles) a penalty is charged. •The option of purchasing a vehicle in UK and Belgium was considered. However it was concluded that it was not worth the extra work and administration involved in buying, exporting and importing and to purchase in Ghana instead, as the extra cost was relatively small.
Proposed Vehicle to be Purchased
- Alhamdulillah Imam Hussein has found a Nissan Patrol GL SUV 7-seater 2003 model for sale for the price of 30,000 Ghanaian Cedi about 7,600 EUR.
- For Ghanaian standards this is a bargain and is comparable with prices in Europe. This is because originally the vehicle was bought new by the Royal Danish Embassy duty free i.e. without the aforementioned extortionate import duties.
- The Royal Danish Embassy sold it to the Ministry of Private Development.
- Present owner Mr. Fuseini Musah bought it from the Ministry via a public auction on 10th December 2013. •This masha’Allah brother is prepared to reserve the sale of the vehicle for the Assalaam Foundation depending on a deposit paid.
- The vehicle has been inspected and test driven by a qualified mechanic (a good friend of Imam Hussein) who has judged it to be in excellent order and has advised to purchase.
- Imam Hussein Ali humbly appeals to his beloved Muslim brothers and sisters in Belgium through Imam Mohad El Sghiar of the De-Koepel Mosque, to donate generously toward the purchase of this vehicle.
- We find ourselves in difficult times, both individually and as a Nation. The poor are simply becoming poorer and more desperate, with war and famine raging in our Lands like an insatiable fire. Personally we in the richer countries are being hit with less work but higher living costs, increased mouths to feed, and a never-ending amount of requests for donations for all types of Islamic charity needs, establishments, mosques, madrasahs and on and on. One senses that people are getting tired of giving, something termed 'Charity Fatigue'...
- My fellow Muslims, Islam doesn't recognise such a concept. We cannot become fatigued from giving from that which we have been given as a trust i.e. our wealth. Islam doesn't allow Muslims to force themselves into poverty but that does not apply to 99% of us here in the Western countries. One of the greatest responsibilities of life is to ensure that we do the right thing with the money we earn – giving it away as charity is clearly the greatest continual action one can do with it until we enter a grave where that money will be of no avail.
- We should conclude that to give Sadaqah will be a proof of one’s faith and commitment to Allah. It is the expiator of our mistakes, and a very small amount can bring unimaginable spiritual and material rewards, both in this life and in the Hereafter. It protects one from the Fire of Hell and extinguishes our sins. It leads to blessings in the wealth one has in this world as well as the best possible investment in the Hereafter, personally managed by the best of advisors, Allah the Almighty, the Most Merciful.
- Don't you think then that giving Charity should start right here and now?
- "Say, 'Indeed, my Lord extends provision for whom He wills of His servants and restricts (it) for him. But whatever thing you spend (in His cause) – He will compensate it (many times over); and He is the best of Providers." [Saba', 34:39]
Imam Hussein thanks all of you very much for the effort put in helping him toward the realisation of this noble dream and has these dua’s
- May Allah reward your effort in promoting His deen and reward all of us with Jannatu Firdaus.
- May Allah unite our hearts on the truth and bless our effort with Jannah.
- May Allah bless you all and provide for you at all times so you can worship him in the best way that pleases Him.
- May Allah bless all of you in many fold, in this world and the hereafter.