MADINA WINS THE 2017 RAMADAN CUP IN STYLE.

July 1st, 2017-WEMBLEY SPORT STADIUM KOTOBABI ACCRA.

16 communities participated in this year`s Ramadan Gala Matches organised by the outfit of his Eminence Sheikh Doctor Alhaji Nuhu Sharubutu , the National Chief Imam of the republic of Ghana.

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The Hon. Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development Boniface Abubakar Siddique, Alhaji Nuhu Sharubutu National Chief Imam and some sponsors of the Ramadan Cup 2017 in a pose

This is the 3rd Edition since its inception with the grand motive of promoting and fostering peace and unity among Muslims and the Zongo communities in Ghana.

The grand finale kicked off at the newly constructed astro turf football park named the Wembley Stadium in Kotobabi-Accra with 16 strong teams making it to this stage.

The teams represented their various Zongo communities, they include, Ashaiman, Madina, Ashale-Botwe, Kasoa, Shukura, Fadama, Mamobi, Nungua, Alajo, Koforidua, Accra New Town, Nsawam, Sabun Zongo, Darkuman, Nima and Tudu.

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THE STRONG GUYS FROM ASHALE-BOTWE ZONGO.

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THE ALAJO TEAM

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THE STRONG MEN WHO REPRESENTED THE NUNGUA ZONGO COMMUNITY.

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THE MAMOBI TEAM

8 matches were played in the First game.

  1. ASHAIMAN vs MADINA

Ashaiman being the defending champion and the title holder for two consecutive times were matched boot for boot by the Madina boys who were obviously more prepared. Though Ashaiman took the lead in scoring the first goal, Madina equalised and won by a penalty shoot-out.

  1. ASHALE-BOTWE vs  KASOA  ( 0: 3 )

Kasoa disciplined the boys from Ashale-Botwe with a 3:0 defeat after Anan Mensah topped the last and 3rd score at the last minute of the game.

  1. SUKURA vs FADAMA ( 0:4 )

Shukura also lost miserably in the hands of the Fadamans, despite their formidable play, they missed so many chances to convert them into goals, but the Fadama boys who were more experienced showed that they were not here to only have fun, but had the ultimate price as their target. They were thrashed by Fadama 4:0 Shukura.

  1. MAMOBI vs NUNGUA ZONGO

Nungua participating in this game for the first time have been impressive with their performance. Both teams recorded 2:2 to their credit. But luck eluded the Mamobi team; they lost to Nungua in a penalty shootout.

  1. ALAJO vs KOFORIDUA-ZONGO ( 2:3 )

Alajo whose backyard is the field of play did not make enough use of their experience garnered from training on this field. They painfully lost to Koforidua Zongo who had travelled all the way from the Eastern region. They won by 3:2.

  1. ACCRA-NEWTOWN vs NSAWAM ( 2:1 )

This was one impressive and entertaining play. Accra Newtown sealed their lead in a last minute goal to win the match. 2 : 1 in favour of Accra New Town.

  1. SABUN ZONGO vs DARKUMAN ( 1:0 )

Darkuman lost to Sabun Zongo in a 1:Nil defeat, they were quicky out of the match to pave way for Sabun Zongo to make in to the next stage of the game.

  1. TUDU vs NIMA ( 0:1 )

The boys from Nima taught the Tudu boys a lesson that ‘Monkeys play by their sizes’ indeed in a painful 1:0 defeat to qualify to the next stage.

THE QUARTER FINALS.

Madina 2:0 Kasoa

Fadama 2:1 Nungua Zongo

Koforidua Zongo 3:1 Accra Newtown

Sabun Zongo 0:2 Tudu

SEMI-FINALS
Fadama 0:2 Madina

Koforidua Zongo 0:1 Tudu

We can only say better luck to the team from the Eastern region. They did their best but were down to 1 Nil in the hands of the Tudu strong team.

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THE GRAND BEAUTIFUL TROPHY CUP ON DISPLAY.

GRANDE FINALE.

THE MOST DECISIVE MATCH BETWEEN TEAMS FROM MADINA AND TUDU.

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THE DECISIVE MATCH BETWEEN MADINA (In Blue Jerseys) AND TUDU (In White Jerseys)

Madina 1:1 Tudu

Innially it was one draw at the end of the match but penalties had to be played to determine a winner. Madina home of the Minister of Inner city and Zongo Development Hon. Boniface Abubakar Siddique who represented fully to support his home team managed to thwart the success of Fadama who were coming from the home the National Chief Imam in the semi-Finals to make way to this stage.

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THE JUBILATING WINNERS OF THIS YEARS SHEIKH SHARUBUTU RAMADAN CUP.

The decisive match between Madina and Tudu was very impressive as well as entertaining. In the long run the Madina team proved that they were better prepared to lift this year`s cup with a whooping amount of GH¢ 2,000 to their credit and they went for it.

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THE CAPTAIN OF THE MADINA TEAM RECEIVING THE TROPHY CUP FROM HIS EMINENCE THE NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM

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THE CAPTAIN OF THE MADINA TEAM RECEIVING THE TROPHY CUP FROM HIS EMINENCE THE NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM

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THE CAPTAIN OF THE MADINA TEAM RECEIVING THE TROPHY CUP FROM HIS EMINENCE THE NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM

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THE CAPTAIN OF THE MADINA TEAM RECEIVING THE TROPHY CUP FROM HIS EMINENCE THE NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM

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THE CAPTAIN OF THE MADINA TEAM RECEIVING THE TROPHY CUP FROM HIS EMINENCE THE NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM

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MADINA ZONGO NOW THE OFFICIAL TITLE HOLDERS OF THE 2017 SHEIKH SHARUBUTU RAMADAN CUP

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CONGRATS GUYS!

Congratulations to all the teams who participated, better luck next year.

 

 

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Eid-ul Fitr (2017) Message From the National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.

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National Chief Imam’s message for the Eid-ul Fitr 2017 through his honoured Secretary, Alhaji Khuzaima.

“His Eminence the National Chief Imam of Ghana, Shaikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has asked me to call on the youth to celebrate the upcoming Eidul Fitr in moderation as commanded by the teachings of Islam and admonishment of Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him).

In the interest of Allah and the nation, His Eminence chooses to address the menace of corruption during this year’s  festivity of Eidul Fitr.
His Eminence wonders why we build a system of governance that largely makes us ignorant of Allah’s commands and reluctant to adher to honesty and patriotism, which are fundamental values of all religions.
Our inability of total respect for religuous beliefs makes us forgetful of our destiny and the day of reckoning. 
This is one of the major reasons people easily practice and promote corruption with impunity in our society.

Muslims and Christians believe that every soul is accountable to God for every act that it has done in this world.
His Eminence has asked me to remind you of the following words of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him): 
“The son of Adam will not pass away from Allah until he is asked about five things: how he lived his life, and how he utilized his youthful age. How he earned his wealth, how  he spent his wealth, and what he did with his knowledge.” {Tirmidhi}
Nowadays bribery and corruption have become a norm in our lives in many part of the world, and we take part in it without even thinking! This is WRONG, and it is a big sin in Islam.
What is corruption?
Corruption is the misuse of entrusted power for personal or private gain. 

Brothers and sisters, the menace of corruption has become gigantic now that it is being practiced openly. Those in power start demanding what they want, and those who give are very open about it as well. Both parties regard it as a norm; they don’t feel bad about it because – in their reasoning – everybody else is doing it. Those who choose not do it are considered “unintelligent.”
WAY FORWARD
1. We must bring back and intensify the teaching of religious values and morals at the senior high school level.
2. We must ensure that the teachings are being complemented by action and practical application of the contents.
3. Government must put stringent measures to ensure that the state prosecutes culprits and find ways of diverting the energies of the youth into productive ventures that will compell them to abhor corruption.
4. We must collectively do everything possible right from our homes that will make corruption unacceptable and unattractive.

5. Religious leaders, Chiefs, magajiyas, queen mothers and all stakeholders must speak against it publicly and privately and must ensure that it is not encouraged by any lackadaisical acts or attitudes of leaders or their followers. 
God bless our homeland and make it greater and stronger.”
Alhaji Khuzaima Osman

Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam

Executive Secretary of IPASEC and Tijjaniya Muslims of Ghana

A Third Chance? Let’s see!

It is somehow true, that in most cases there is often a “second chance”, that chance which presents itself for that necessary corrections in life to be carried out.

But do you also know that hardly does a “third chance” present its self. which is why it is very important for us to put into good use the opportunities which are available to us. We must grab that opportunity by its horn, never to let go, until we make something great out of it.

This is my Monday motivation for​ you. Kindly share it, you never know, someone needs it most. I wish you a significantly fruitful day, and a lovely night. PEACE and LOVE.

Thank you for being here.

“A better life” Draft.

A better life is the life that is full of kindness and appreciation for the little things in life.

Not that which is full of ungrateful attitudes and an unendless complaints of dissatisfaction.

A better life is devoid of Mum and Dad’s bitter complaints of your ungratefulness.

You should know that you are doomed when Dad and Mum ever reminds you of this.

“We never for once thought​ you could do this to us after all that we have done for you. We sacrificed it all just to give you a better life, a better life that we never had the opportunity to embrace.

A better life that we always desired for but never had a smell of it.

Why are you so ungrateful towards our best for you to gain what we missed, a better life.”

Never deprive yourself of their blessings. Your parents are waiting for that call, they’re missing you sick while you have turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to their longing for you.

It’s never too late, remember their sacrifices and love for you and get back at them and show them that love of appreciation and gratitude.

They uplifted you, from nothing  to somebody, they gave you life, they gave you a better life.

A better life…Draft

THE PAINFUL INCIDENCE OF INSTANT ‘JUSTICE’ AND THE RESEMBLANCE OF A FAILED STATE.

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It is truth that incidences of instant ‘justice’ has been with us as Ghanaians since time immemorial, and its end in sight is far from us, it is not ending today, it is not ending tomorrow, in fact regardless of the Rambo style counter revenge that the military might engage in in the already petrified community which rounded up the innocent fine soldier, and collectively lynched him, it is not going to change a thing, until we are a changed and refined people in attitudes who cherish truth, fellow feelings and desist from endorsing foolishness, no matter who is engaged in it.

Even if it’s your mother or your beloved siblings, Evil is Evil, Wrong is Wrong, and we should note this to avoid blindly supporting bigotry.

We are in an era where Churches and Mosques are scattered in every corner of our communities, we attend them on daily basis, with one motive in mind, ‘so that we become pure in spirit and in deeds‘. At least every one returning from a religious service will be able to eloquently quote you this reason. We learn from our various scriptures and it is what is supposed to be the principles of our daily life`s activities.

The over a billion dollar question is, “how far has these religious faiths refined and shaped you and I, us and our neighbours and the entire citizens that make up this country? Are we anything better now?

Before you attempt lecturing me with an un-ending verses from our holy scriptures, let me draw your attention to one of our almost daily habits of collective thieveries, suppression of the poor and vulnerable among others, lynching. This subject of mob ‘justice’ alone in this country would take one millions of pages to detail.

Today too, just like many others, we woke up to the bitter news of an insane lynching on Monday 29th May, 2017 of a fine Military gentleman Mr. Maxwell Mahama, a serving Captain with the Ghana Armed Forces who was serving his official duty at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region. Captain Maxwell was out there jogging to stay fit, but was unfortunately suspected to be an armed robber.

Lynched Soldier Captain Maxwell Mahama - (picture credit duly recognized)

The savagery and the absolutely no reasonable reason for his lynching is what is so painful and heart-aching. To admit that we have gotten to this stage of cruelty even in these days of a so called ‘enlightened’ generation is hard to bear with.

Look at what we have turned into, look at our behaviours and lifestyle in our communities today, everything is wrong, yet we arrogantly condemn our forefathers as ungodly, uncultured, idol worshipers among other slurs.

In fact despite their shortfalls (our forefathers), I tell you that they were people who were cleaner and purer in spirit and in deeds to an extent that our generation and the generations to come will never have their kind, their exemplary discipline et al.

I want you to testify to our ways of life today, and tell me if we do not wish to emulate the life style of our forefathers?, the way they lived with one another, their just practices, their practices of everything that is harmful to nature is made taboo.

Tell me if the statement ‘SANKOFA’ does not resonate more and in a firmer position than any other period in our life today, you tell me.

The fact is that, we wish and in fact we are craving for their exemplary practices of discipline and justice but  our ungodly, arrogant and hypocritical attitudes betrays us to learn from their purer, and disciplined ways of governance among others.
How did this happen? A so called enlightened people who proud themselves as Muslims and Christians yet deeply heartless and impatient with one another even in the least of ways.

Fact is, this is not enlightenment, but we are becoming overly religious in vain and ungodly in our behaviours.

An educated citizens who take the law into their own hands with impunity to avenge “justice” is totally evilish and as equal as that of the massive state looting public officials and politicians altogether. They cause the same destruction to the motherland.

Since this latest incidence, some high profile people, our opinion leaders, are on radio, on our various social media platforms and even in the print media, and thousands of such opinions, suggesting the Army who have already stormed the town should deal brutally with the people to teach them a lesson.

But that is absolutely wrong, very wrong, calling for an eye for and eye, and a tooth for a tooth, is never a solution to such gory incidences. Not at all.

In fact those supporting the idea that the military should also brutalize the town`s folks in revenge is tantamount to calling on the town`s folks to lynch anyone stranger to them. It is barbaric, very callous and completely horrible a suggestion to make.

These actions of instant ‘justice’ should be tackled firmly, not with counter brutalities but with enlightenment, from darkness into light, education.

Indeed there are numerous factors which have been detailed to be a significant contributory factor to these callous acts of “instant justice” carried out by the public on mere allegations. The   major possible root cause is identified as public dissatisfaction and loss of trust in the existing legal framework and constitutional institutions mandated with such responsibilities.

The judiciary is increasingly perceived as having done little and unable to meet the aspirations of ordinary Ghanaians in their quest for true justice when matters are duly handed over to them for fairness hearing and proper outcome.

Failure of the state to tackle issues with seriousness for decades, has been a strong contributory factor to these backwards attitude over this long period. No one can gainsay this fact.

The National Commission of Civic Education (NCCE) which is an independent, non-partisan government institution, whose core mandate is to ‘promote and sustain democracy, educate and inculcate in the Ghanaian citizenry, the awareness of their rights and obligations, through civic education’. Unfortunately they are as silent as if they have never existed, toothless and almost irrelevant to the cause of their mandate.

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The NCCE must immediately formulate educational programmes to tackle these vices of wanton violence. They should immediately implement and oversee these educational programmes in all of our available media platforms, broadcast on the radio and T.V. as well as in the news columns of the newspapers and magazines.

Including organizing community durbars intended to inculcate in the citizens the awareness of their rights and obligations as free people and the consequences of ‘instant justice’.

Our media houses which should have known better, are actually not helping matters, instead of educating the masses, they are rather dumbing the masses. In fact they should also be up and doing, for instance, instead of flooding our television stations with an unending Indian and Mexican made telenovela which are in most cases directionless, fruitless and completely bogus.

These useless stuffs could be replaced with educative and enlightening telecasts. After all some of the core and important functions of a journalist or journalism is to inform, to Interpret and Educate, to Guide, to Market, to entertain among others. Dumbing the masses is never one of them.

Opinions they say are like noses, everyone has one.

 Holy Quran 5:32

“…the killing of a person for reasons other than legal retaliation or for stopping corruption in the land is as great a sin as murdering all of mankind. However, to save a life would be as great a virtue as to save all of mankind.”

—Sultan Nuhu Mohammed