The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has dispelled
concerns by a section of the public, especially Muslims, who have spoken
against his fellowship with Christians during the Easter Sunday on
In a historic move, the Chief Imam surprised many when he visited the
Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra, during church service and
stayed throughout the service.
Many were those who lauded the gesture and applauded the Chief Imam for
promoting inter-faith relations in a country seen as a beacon of peace.
However, his critics argued that as the head of a religious body with a
belief which in part is averse to that of Christendom, it was a no, no
for him to have made that move. And the idea that he worshipped with
Christians on an occasion Islamic faith does not subscribe to, was the
straw that broke the back of the camel.
But in a rare interview with TV3’s Johnnie Hughes on Thursday, April 25,
in his New Fadama residence in Accra, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh
Nuhu Sharubutu clarified his action.
“No, I didn’t go there to worship, it was a visit of friendship.
Stretching a hand of friendship across the religious divide, and to show
in a very radical way, that living at peace with practitioners of other
faith is a possibility and this has sent a strong signal to the world,”
he pointed out through an interpreter Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu.
The Chief Imam made reference to Qur’an Chapter 60 versus 8 and 9, which
entreats Muslims to live justly and peacefully with persons of other
faith who do not persecute them because of their Islamic belief.
He said he was also influenced by other text in the scripture that
refers to all mankind as created by God through Adam and Eve into
diverse cultures and tribes not to fight but to live in peace.
“This is the foundation of my relationship with practitioners of other
faith. I am encouraged by this text to stretch a hand of fellowship…in
the larger interest of society and humanity,” Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu
The National Chief Imam who turned 100 on April 23 has over the years
been a symbol of peace and in the words of Ghana’s former president,
Jerry John Rawlings, “You hardly speak but when you speak, it evokes