BIOGRAPHY OF NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM OF GHANA

He was born on Monday 4th Jumâdal-ûlà 1343 Hegira which fell on 23rd April of 1923. He grew up in a pious and Islamic environment. His father Sheikh Nuhu Bin Mohammed Sharabutu may his soul rest in peace; saw the great potentials in his young son Osman, so he wasted no time to instilling in him the right Islamic upbringing personally him the correct pronunciation of the Arabic Alphabets, so as to facilitate the easy reading of the Holy Quran.

Later, he trained him in essay writing and correct intonation of the Holy Quran till he was well verse in the recital and the composition of the excellent essays in Arabic. This paved the way of young Osman to master the recital of the Quran which he completed at the tender age of twelve (12).

Since his childhood days, he rarely had time to play because he was completely devoted to his books, which helped him tremendously to commit to memory various Al-hadiths of the Holy Prophet, Islamic texts, Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic literature.
His mother, Hajja Ayishatu Abbass popularly known as Mma Tasidi, may her soul rest in peace, in perfect bliss, also contributed immensely to the moral and psychological developpement of her son by ensuring that he had the proper Islamic upbringing to go side with Islamic Education, so that he grew up to be a truly Islamic Model and a Unique Islamic heavyweight in knowledge and wisdom worthy emulation.

HIS JOURNEY TO KUMASI

When his farther saw the true devotion and love for books and knowledge, he decided to send Osman to a new learning environment. It was later decided that the Garden City and the Capital of Ashanti Region become his new learning destination.

The prominent Islamic Scholar Sheikh Abdoullah Dan Tano became his next teacher. That was where he undergone a highly advanced course in Aravic Grammar, Arabic Literature and Texts, the Origin of Islamic Jurisprudence and Al-Hadiths of the Holy Prophet. He remainded there until he graduated with distinction from Kumasi.

THE AFTERMATH OF HIS JOURNEY TO KUMASI

After from Kumasi, Mallam Ousman became a completely changed and reformed personality, due to deep knowledge he acquired outside his original environment, so after a careful contemplation, he made decision of devoting his time to teaching the Moslem youth who are keen in learning to become Islamic Scholars, thinkers and Sheikhs in future.

He continued in the teaching profession, and due to his keen love for knowledge, anytime he heard of an Islamic Sheikh, he rushed to him as a student in order to learn and benefit from that scholar.

Among the illustrious scholars and Sheikhs who taught Mallam Ousman are Sheikh Alhadi popularly known as Baraw, may he rest in peace. Sheikh Baraw taught the interpretation of the Holy Quran, Classic Arabic Language, Literature and Texts. Another famous Sheikh who served as a tutor and instructor to Mallam Osman was Sheikh Abubakar Fulaaty Al Kanawy who hailed from Nigeria. It was this Sheikh who taught him Arabic Culture, Al-Hadith of the Holy Prophet, Arabic Texts as Fundamentals of Sufism.

MEETING ALHAJI SHEIKH IBRAHIMA NIASS QUTBU ZAMAN Mallam Osman continued in research on Sufism, and often devoted his leisure time in mosque to listen the preachers of the Tijjaniyya movement and Sufism, and when his maternal uncle Sheikh Imam Alhadji Mohammed Abbas Mazawaje, who was the National Chief Imam of Ghana saw the devotion, interest and handwork in Osman, he introduced the Tijjaniyya Movement Special Meditation to him, which he readily embraced. He pursued the Tijjaniyya Meditation till the arrival of the grand pioneer of the movement, the touch and supreme commander of the Tijjaniyya of the 20th century, Grand Sheikh Alhadji Ibrahim Nyass from Kaolack in Sénégal.

HIS APPOINTMENT AS NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM
Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass taught Mallam Osmam the deeper spiritual aspect of Sufism and rudiments of mysticism and eserotics which smoothly paved the way for Mallam Osmam to become a truly leader in the Tijjaniyya Movement in Ghana.

Interestingly in 1974, after a lengthy debate among the traditional and tribal chiefs, academic scholars, and religious personalities came to consensus that Sheikh Osman should be appointed as the Deputy National Chief Imam of Ghana, considering the unique qualities and exemplary lifestyle in him, but he turned down their request which they persisted by asking him to give it a serious thought, for it could be a divine call to serve God.

It was there that Sheikh Osman realized that it was a divine call for him to serve Islam and Moslem communities, so he finally accepted the position as the National Chief Imam until 1993, when he was ceremoniously appointed as the National Chief Imam of Ghana to head the Ghana Moslem Communities.

HIS APPOINTMENT AS NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass taught Mallam Osmam the deeper spiritual aspect of Sufism and rudiments of mysticism and eserotics which smoothly paved the way for Mallam Osmam to become a truly leader in the Tijjaniyya Movement in Ghana.

It was there that Sheikh Osman realized that it was a divine call for him to serve Islam and Moslem communities, so he finally accepted the position as the National Chief Imam until 1993, when he was ceremoniously appointed as the National Chief Imam of Ghana to head the Ghana Moslem Communities.

HIS ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES
Sheikh Osman was well known for his exemplary lifestyle and generosity to people who face him with their personal problems. He also built many Arabic Schools, Islamic Centers and Mosques, and normally he spends huge sums money in Organizing conferences, seminars and symposia on thorny Islamic issues prevailing in the Islamic societies and the country as a whole.

Sheikh Ousman deserved to be honoured with a Doctorate Degree from any Islamic University or Higher Institution of learning; also he really deserved to be a great Moslem leader due to his immense contribution and maintaining peace and development in Ghana. He is also contributing to the revival and reform in the Moslem youth, Islamic faith and the Moslem communities.

Nevertheless, Sheikh Osman also taught Islamic scholars and Sheikhs. Among his student are Sheikh Yahya El-Ameen, Mallam Adam Attah, Mallam Saeed, Alhadji Jibril Madaha, Mallam Ibrahima Nyass, Mohammed Muniru “Dan Alfah”, and last but not the least Mallam Zurkanain, to mention just few.

To sum up, Sheikh Osman ranks high among the erudite and prominent Islamic Scholars Ghana has ever produced, among his contemporaries are Kamâludeen who is currently serving as the Deputy National Chief Imam of Ghana and the late Sheikh Alhadji Haroun Rasheed.

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