Tijaniya-Faida is believed to have over 200 million followers across the globe and Ghana is one of the African countries with a significant number in the Sufi school of thought. It’s founder is Sheikh Ahmed Tijani and was succeeded in the 20th century by Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, a Senegalese scholar. This school of thought (Sufism), organizes annual celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.S) to eulogise the prophet and read ‘seera’ of the prophet.
Grand mufti of the Tijaniya Sufi order who doubles as the Deputy Supreme Leader of the International Supreme Council of Tijaniya Islamic Affairs; SHEIKH MOHAMMED LAMIN NIASSE is expected to arrive in Ghana to participate in the 53rd Greater Accra Regional Maulid celebrations. The Islamic cleric is accompanied by his wife, son and special Personal Assistant. Arrangements are on-going to welcome our sheik and his family into the country. This will be the first time the Islamic cleric and descendant of Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse joins the people of Ghana to commemorate the maulid of the best of Allah’s creation: Prophet Mohammed (SAW). As widely anticipated, teeming followers, as well as well-wishers, are expected to be waiting at the terminal upon his arrival at the Kotoka International Airport. Having such a behemoth as a guest is indeed a great honour and we express our sincere gratitude to Almighty Allah for making it possible
Sheikh Lamin is in Ghana upon the invitation of Qudratu-Lah Sheikh Dr. Yahaya Amin: the founder and leader of the Islamic Foundation for Peace and Development (IFPAD), Ghana and Deputy Supreme Leader of the Supreme Council for Tijaniya Islamic Affairs, Ghana.
Whiles in Ghana, Sheikh Lamin will be visiting the national chief imam of Ghana and also pay a courtesy call on the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Alhaji Mahmoud Bawumia. These and other influential people including the former president of the Republic of Ghana John Dramani Mahama are among the dignitaries expected to join the people of Shukura in this year’s Maulid.
Papa Lamin, as the sheik is famously known shall visit Kumasi the capital of Ashanti Region and Tamale to engage members of the Tijaniyas in the respective regions.
The Greater Accra Maulid event shall be climaxed on the 29th of February 2020 at the Lord’s Wembley Plus in the regional capital. A number of activities are already in place to make the month-long celebration a success.
Source: wadataonline.com/Muhammed Faisal Mustapha