Per Hanson, Amadu Ramanu Pedro started the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Ghana via his businesses and etc. He worked as the liason between the Fante Muslims of Ghana (barely 300-400 people) and the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s of British India. Amadu Ramanu Pedro had been in Nigeria and worked with L.B. Agusto and joined Qadianism via a letter in roughly 1916 (See the ROR of June-1916). They both left Qadianism about 10 years later (See Hanson). Nevertheless, Amadu Ramanu Pedro sent a letter and money to Qadian (or maybe London) and a missionary was sent in 1921. About 20 years earlier a Muslim man named Benjamin Samuel was working in South Ghana and had converted 300 of the famous Fante people to Islam and named them the Fante Muslims. Mahdi Appah seemed to be a follower of Benjamin Samuel. They were both born as pagans and member of the Fante people. They abruptly converted to Christianity and then Islam. However, by 1900, Mahdi Appah had totally left Benjamin Samuel and began farming cocoa. Benjamin Samuel died in 1919, and Yusuf Nyarko rose among the ranks of the Fante Muslims. Hanson tells us that memories of Nyarko’s dream are recounted in a pamphlet commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Ahmadiyya in Ghana. The pamphlet states that Nyarko dreamt that he was praying with white men. He informed one Mr. Abdul Rahman Pedro, a Nigerian who was residing at Saltpond, six miles from Mankessim (See Hanson). Fisher mentions Yusuf Nyarko as a cousin (see page 118) of Benjamin Sam, however, Hanson mentions him as a nephew.
Thus, Amadu Ramanu Pedro used the dream by Yusuf Nyarko and invited Mahdi Appah to return to the Fante Muslims and help them learn english through the Ahmadiyya Movement. Letters were sent and soon, Maulvi Nayyar sailed from London to Freetown, in Sierra Leone. While in Freetown Nayyar delivered a lecture at a mosque in Fourah Bay, in the east end of the city at the request of the city’s chief Imam. Although at least six people are said to have conveyed their adherence to the Ahmadiyya movement in Sierra Leone as early as 1916 after being influenced by the circulation of Ahmadiyya literature from neighbouring West African nations, no conversions were recorded following Nayyar’s visit.
After the brief Hiatus in Freetown, Nayyar continued towards Saltpond in the Gold Coast where he arrived in March 1921. Following a lecture, the Fante community “believed there and then”, following which an oath of allegiance was held. However, Nayyar refused to pray behind behind Mallam Yakubu at Ekrawfo’s mosque and thus discredited himself (See Hanson, page 176). The Muslims of North Ghana had been teaching the Fante Muslims since the 1890’s.
The ROR of June-1921 alleges that 5000 people from the Gold Coast colony (modern day Ghana) have accepted Ahmadiyya. However, this is a lie. In the ROR of Aug-1921, the Ahmadiyya Movement tells the world that 4000 West African’s joined Ahmadiyya. A few pages later, it is alleged that 10,000 people joined Ahmadiyya in West Africa. See Hanson (see page 168) too and Fisher.
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We estimate that there are about 5000 #ahmadis in all of Ghana by 2020. Most of these people have converted to Ahmadiyya through the Ahmadiyya schools, which also doubles as a mosque. By 1958, there seems to be only one Ahmadiyya mosque in the entire country (see Foreign Missions). However, the same book lies and claims that there were 100+ mosques controlled by the Ahmadiyya community. However, there were only 1-2 Ahmadi mullahs working the entire country, thus, its a lie. Even today, in 2020, Ahmadiyya sources purposely inflate the amount of mosques which are under ahmadiyya control. We estimate no more than 20 Ahmadiyya mosques in the entire country, and most of the worshippers aren’t even Ahmadi.
In 1997, Mirza Tahir Ahmad confesses that from 1974 to 1991, Ghana would report barely 300 converts per year. He then lies and claims that 200,000 people joined Ahmadiyya from Ghana in 1996. He also confesses to the world how the Ghanian government has been speaking to him behind the scenes for many years. He also revealed how many Ahmadi’s were used in the 1992 elections of Ghana and thus changed the election. By 1979, the Ahmadiyya Movement was claiming to have 29 mission houses 225 mosques, 4 hospitals and 80 schools in the country.
Ahmadiyya mosques in Ghana
It seems that the first ever Ahmadiyya place of worship is in Saltpond, ahmadiyya sources tell us that it was built in 1949. A picture of it was posted in Foreign Missions. By 1958, there was only one Ahmadiyya mosque. There was a mission house in Accra and in Wa some Muslim mosques may have been taken over.
By 1963, there were 3 areas wherein Ahmadiyya had created communities. First, among the Fante Muslims who were mostly in Saltpond and Accra. In the Kumasi area, Ahmadi’s have gotten converts from Christianity and Islam. Ahmadiyya barely converted any pagans in all of Africa. The 3rd area was in the North-west in Wa. In Wa, there was lots of Muslims who opposed the injection of the Ahmadi’s, however, the British government allowed it and lots of Muslims got converted to Ahmadiyya.
Fisher tells us that by 1963, there were 17 Ahmadiyya circuits, wherein 1 African-imam was places in each circuit as imam. These were imam’s without proper training, Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997) would approve people as he deemed fit. The Pakistani-Ahmadi missionaries were like account managers and managed from the headquarters and also made trips to the different jamaats.
—1963–The Ahmadiyya mosque at Saltpond exists. It seems to be the first ever ahmadiyya mosque.
—1970—Mirza Nasir Ahmad inaugurated the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Mangoase. However, the mosque doesn’t get fully built until 1988.
—1980—Mirza Nasir Ahmad inaugurated the Ahmadiyya mosque in Accra (see Ahmadiyya Mosques Around the World).
—1980—Mirza Nasir Ahmad inaugurated the Ahmadiyya mosque in Essiam (see Ahmadiyya Mosques Around the World).
—1988, Mirza Tahir Ahmad inaugurated the Ahmadiyya mosque in Mangoase, which had been under construction for 17 years.
- Ahmadiyya Secondary Schools in Kumasi, Asokore, Fomena, Salaga, Essarkyir, Potsin and Wa.
- Nasia Mosque in northern Ghana.
- Ahmadiyya Mosque in Salaga
- Ahmadiyya Mosque in Kokobila
- Ahmadiyya Mosque in Pramso
- Nusrat Jehan Mosque in Wa
- Ahmadiyya Mosque in Techiman
- Kumasi Central Mosque in Kumasi
- Ahmadiyya Mosque in Mangoase
- Baitul Aleem Mosque in Abura
- Ahmadiyya Mosque in Daboase
- Asokore Hospital in Ashanti Region
- Baitul Habib Mosque in Kumasi
- Taleem-ul-Islam School in Kumasi, first school established in Africa by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
- Daboase Hospital in Daboase
- Taleem-ul-Islam School in Gomoa Poston
- Ahmadiyya Hospital in Agona Swedru
- Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Ekumfi Essarkyir
- Jamia Ahmadiyya (Missionary Training College) established in Ghana in March 1966.
- IT Institute established by Humanity First, which is affiliated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana in the year 2007.
- Bustan-e-Ahmad (Gardens of Ahmad) plot of land owned by the Community for Annual Conventions, bought in 2004.
- Bagh-e-Ahmad (Gardens of Ahmad) plot of land owned by the Community for Annual Conventions, bought in 2008.
Ahmadiyya missionaries in Ghana
In 1936, Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997) was sent to Ghana by the second Khalifa. He went back and forth from Qadiani to Ghana and eventually Rabwah to Ghana. By 1961, he was still the Ahmadiyya Amir and missionary in charge. Fisher tells us that there were barely 3 Pakistani-Ahmadi missionaries working in Ghana in 1963, they were all managed by Maulvi Naseem Saifi.
By 2020, it seems that there are barely 3-4 Ahmadiyya missionaries working in the entire country. There could be more, however, those would only be employed as teachers, not imam’s. Fisher tells us that by 1963, there were 17 Ahmadiyya circuits, wherein 1 African-imam was places in each circuit as imam. These were imam’s without proper training, Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997) would approve people as he deemed fit. The Pakistani-Ahmadi missionaries were like account managers and managed from the headquarters and also made trips to the different jamaats.
The Amir and Missionary In-charge is Maulana Alhaj Noor Mohammed Bin Salih (since like 2010). It is unclear how many Ahmadiyya missionaries are working underneath him. For a long time Abdul Wahab was the Missionary-in-Charge, from 1975. He died on 22 June 2014.
Nayyar sailed from London to Freetown, in Sierra Leone. While in Freetown Nayyar delivered a lecture at a mosque in Fourah Bay, in the east end of the city at the request of the city’s chief Imam. Although at least six people are said to have conveyed their adherence to the Ahmadiyya movement in Sierra Leone as early as 1916 after being influenced by the circulation of Ahmadiyya literature from neighbouring West African nations, no conversions were recorded following Nayyar’s visit.
After the brief Hiatus in Freetown, Nayyar continued towards Saltpond in the Gold Coast where he arrived in March 1921. Following a lecture, the Fante community “believed there and then”, following which an oath of allegiance was held. In the history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mahdi Appah, the leader of this group, is regarded as the first Ghanaian to become an Ahmadi Muslim. Despite resistance from northern clerics, the Fante Muslims converted en masse, giving immediate rise to the Ahmadiyya movement in the region. Nayyar also toured Accra and Kumase. Having established the movement in the Gold Coast, Nayyar left within a month for Lagos, in Nigeria, before returning again in fall of 1921.
The ROR of June-1921 alleges that 5000 people from the Gold Coast colony (modern day Ghana)have accepted Ahmadiyya. In the ROR of Aug-1921, the Ahmadiyya Movement tells the world that 4000 West African’s joined Ahmadiyya. A few pages later, it is alleged that 10,000 people joined Ahmadiyya in West Africa. See Hanson (see page 168) too and Fisher. In reality, Amadu Ramanu Pedro started the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Ghana via his businesses and etc.
The Al Fazl of 2 October 1922 reports that Ahmadiyya has spread to West Africa and 16,000 people have joined in only 12 months. It also reports that Professor AR Nayyar Phil B, as a missionary; in Lagos, at 62, Bangabose Street, Saltpond; and in Sierra Leone. [As mentioned before, Ahmadiyyat reached West Africa from London and not the other way around.] This was quoted by a newspaper called “West Africa” by its special correspondent. The aforementioned newspaper, under the title “The Ahmadia Movement in India, West Africa, and London”.
Abdur Rahim Nayyar was the first Ahmadi mullah sent to British West Africa. Soon after he was sent, the Khalifa at Qadian ordered Al Hajj Fadl-ul-Rahman Hakim to also go to British West Africa and help, thus, Hakim first went to Nigeria (1922). By 1923, Al Hajj Fadl-ul-Rahman Hakim (aka Maulvi F. R. Hakeem) was mostly working out of Ghana as the first permanent missionary to Ghana. He stayed until 1929, at which point he was called back to Qadian. He returned to Ghana in 1933. He seems to have been relieved by another Ahmadi Mullah, Maulana Nazir Ahmad Ali, technically, he spent only the year of 1936 in Ghana and moved over to Sierra Leone, wherein he was the first ever permanent Ahmadi mullah on the scene. Fadl-ul-Rahman worked as the missionary in-charge of Ghana from 1935 to 1947 (See Fisher). Fadl-ul-Rahman died in Pakistan in 1955.
Two of his letters show up in the November edition of the ROR, from Saltpond, Ghana.
By 1927, the Community numbered 3,000 across forty localities in the southern regions and the Ashanti Empire. In 1927, an increased missionary outlook was adopted, which facilitated its spread among the Fante people in the south, the Wala people in the north, and the Ashanti people in-between.
In 1929, Hakim left the colony, only to return again in 1933, for another two years. According to Samwini, the rapid expansion posed a threat to the very existence of Christianity and the Sunni order in the country. Al Hajj Fadl-ul-Rahman Hakim was on this way back to Qadian, he stopped in Nigeria.
Check out this British Government letter about Qadiani-Ahmadi mullahs working in West Africa. Ahmadiyya Movement in West Africa.
With small number of Muslims being admitted to public schools, the Community petitioned the government, in 1931, to select Muslim members for the government’s board of education.
The first ever Jalsa Salana is held.
Maulvi F. R. Hakeem has an essay in the ROR of May-1933 entitled, “Islam in West Africa”. In this essay, he talks about the educational system of Ghana (Gold Coast), Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The ROR of July-1933 reports that another Ahmadi missionary who was already working West Africa named F. R. Hakeem has relieved Maulvi Nazir Ahmad Ali and he has went back to British-India.
He is also mentioned in the ROR of Aug-1933 as being welcomed back to Qadian. Maulvi F. R. Hakeem relieved him. They alleged to have 369 students, 5 Ahmadi teachers and 8 Christian teachers. They alleged to have 5000-6000 Ahmadi’s in West Africa. 60 centers have been setup, there are 8 paid preachers who are Ahmadi. During Maulvi Nazir Ahmad Ali’s stay in the Gold Coast, he alleges that 243 persons became Ahmadi in 1929-1930, 384 in 1930-1931, 1119 in 1931-1932 and 847 in 1933 until he left.
Maulvi F. R. Hakeem claims to have landed in Ghana (Gold Coast) on April 4th, 1933 (See ROR of Nov-1933), Maulvi Nazir Ahmad and Mr. Bin Yamin were at the port to receive him. They claim to have one school in Salt Pond and 4 additional schools in the Gold Coast. They report total income for the schools from May to July-1933 as 250-19-2 (Pounds) and expenditures was 278-17-3 (pounds).
The ROR of Dec-1933 reports the work of Maulvi F. R. Hakeem in the Gold Coast (Ghana). He alleges that he had opened a school in 1922 (in a village named Aboora, a few miles from Cape Coast) which had failed, he tried again, and not it is running and allegedly, 80 people are reading. He alleges that 30 people have converted to Ahmadiyya. Mr. Bin Yamin is also mentioned.
He (Maulvi F. R. Hakeem) is mentioned in the Jan-Feb edition of the ROR as working out of Saltpond (which is modern day Ghana). He explains how the people of Ghana are suffering through an economic downturn. The local population relies on cocoa farming. Maulvi F. R. Hakeem alleges that 151 people became Ahmadi.
The ROR of Nov-1934 has a letter from F. R. Hakeem, dated August 17, 1934, F. R. Hakeem gives his report on his activities in Ghana (Gold Coast) and Lagos (Nigeria). F. R. Hakeem alleges that the Chief of Saltpond asked him for his blessing before becoming Chief. F. R. Hakeem also alleges that a Chief of Chiefs asked him to pray for his success. F. R. Hakeem claims to have met the Sutlan of a Muslim Empire in Northern Nigeria called “Sokoto”. F. R. Hakeem presented MGA as a Mahdi only as he met him. F. R. Hakeem claims that 136 people have joined Ahmadiyya since his last communication from Nigeria. F. R. Hakeem mentions Imam Qasim R. Ajose and how he has split from the Qadiani-Ahmadi’s. The ROR of Nov-1934 reports that Maulvi F. R. Hakeem arrived in Lagos, Nigeria on July 26th, 1934. There is a famous case of the Ahmadi’s fighting for control of a local Sunni mosque, which Ahmadi’s had won (Adepopo Mosque).
The Ahmadiyya community sends its first Mullah to the British colony of Ghana. His name was Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997).
The ROR of Aug-1941 reports that from March to May, the message of Ahmadiyya was delivered to 279 villages, 100 lectures were given, 39 people converted to Ahmadiyya. On April-22, a meeting was held by the Ahmadiyya community in Dabi Komma. On May-18, the local governor inspected the Ahmadiyya school in Salt Pond, he was given a copy of the 2nd Khalifa’s book, “A Present to His Royal Highness – The Prince of Wales”. There also seems to be a missionary class.
The ROR of May-1942 alleges that the message of Ahmadiyya was carried to the Gold Coast and it was received by 31 villages and etc. 31 new Ahmadi’s were recorded, a general meeting was hold in Ashanti. 6 new teachers were added to the staff for the local Ahmadiyya school, they also allege that Majlis Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya had a meeting.
The ROR of June-1942 alleged that 31 people joined Ahmadiyya and gives a report of tabligh activities. An Ahmadiyya school in Acrafal, Ghana is also mentioned.
The ROR of Nov-1943 announces Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997) as the Amir and missionary-in-charge, Gold Coast. His name is spelled as N.A. Mobashir.
Jalal-ud-Din Shams writes an essay on “Christianity and Islam”, this speech was delivered in the UK at Southwell. He alleges that there are regular missions of the Ahmadiyya Movement in the USA, Argentina, Gold Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Java, Sumatra and Palestine, he alleges that before the war, there were missions in Hungary, Poland and Rome.
The ROR of March-1945 announces that Ahmadiyya in the Gold Coast (aka Ghana) has 88 mosques.
The ROR of Nov-1945 alleges that there is an active Qadiani-Ahmadi mission in Gold Coast (aka Ghana).
Maulvi N.A. Mobashir (H.A.)(missionary-in-charge in Ghana) wrote an essay in the ROR of June-1945 entitled, “Did Jesus Die On The Cross To Bear The Sins Of Mankind”.
By 1946, there were up to three Indian missionaries and five West African missionaries, and four teachers in the country.
The first ever Ahmadiyya mosque is built in Saltpond (see video comments at the 22:42 mark).
A letter was written in 1946 to the Chief Commission of Ashanti, arguing that most rights and privileges are being afforded to Christians. It was not until 1950 that the colonial government first gave permission to establish an Ahmadiyya school in the Ashanti Empire. The T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School in Kumasi was founded on January 50, 1950.
Al Hajj Fadl-ul-Rahman Hakim died in Pakistan.
Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997) is the Amir and Missionary in-charge.
Who is Maulvi Ata Ullah Kaleem? – ahmadiyyafactcheckblog
Maulvi Ata Ullah Kaleem was the Ameer and Missionary-In-Charge, Ghana. He was made the principal of Jamiatul Mubashireen, Or Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College (AMMTC) Ghana started on 21 March 1966.
Maulvi Muhammad Saddique Gurdaspuri was appointed as the first Principal with Alhaj Hafiz Jibreel Saeed as the Housemaster.
The first time ever, the Khalifa, Mirza Nasir Ahmad visited. He visited Accra and Kumasi. He inaugurated the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Mangoase. However, the mosque doesn’t get fully built until 1988.
While opening the fourth Ahmadiyya hospital in the country in 1971, at Agona Swedru, Central Region, Basharat Ahmad Basir, a leading Ahmadiyya missionary stated that, “opening hospitals and educational facilities in the country was part of the programme of the Movement to regain the lost heritage and glory of Islam.”
Dr Abdul Wahab Adam, head of AMC Ghana, dies at age 75 (rabwah.net)
On August 10, 1974, Abdul Wahab Adam was appointed as the Amir (Head) and missionary-in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of Ghana by the then caliph of the Ahmadiyya movement, Mirza Nasir Ahmad. Adam was the first indigenous Ghanaian to hold this office. In the early part of his ministry, Adam shifted the headquarters of the Ghanaian Ahmadiyya Muslim Community from Saltpond to the capital of the country, Accra. The move came in response to Accra’s growing economic and political influence in the country, which strongly contrasts with Saltpond, a small unknown town in coastal Ghana.
Mirza Tahir Ahmad claims that Abdul Wahab Adam was not good at getting converts. For 20 years he reported only 100-300 converts to Ahmadiyya per year.
At the NA of Pakistan, Mirza Nasir Ahmad claimed 168,000 adult Ahmadi’s in Ghana.
By 1979, the Ahmadiyya Movement was claiming to have 29 mission houses 225 mosques, 4 hospitals and 80 schools in the country.
Mirza Masroor Ahmad gets sent to Ghana to manage Ahmadiyya finances. He is stationed at Salaga. He was then made as the principal of the Ahmadiyya Secondary School in Essarkyir, located in the centreal region of Ghana. There he served as principal for four years.
Mirza Nasir Ahmad visits Ghana and inaugurates 2 mosques, the Ahmadiyya mosque in Accra (see Ahmadiyya Mosques Around the World) and the Ahmadiyya mosque in Essiam (see Ahmadiyya Mosques Around the World). _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Mirza Masroor Ahmad leaves Ghana for good and never returns, until he becomes Khalifa.
—Mirza Tahir Ahmad inaugurated the Ahmadiyya mosque in Mangoase, which had been under construction for 17 years.
Mirza Tahir Ahmad tells us that barely 300 people per year were joining Ahmadiyya from Ghana.
Mirza Tahir Ahmad tells us that Ahmadi’s were heavily involved in the election. Ahmadi’s were heavily involved in politics in this era also. Ahmadi’s literally monitored the election.
Mirza Tahir Ahmad lies and claims 200,000 people converted to Ahmadiyya.
Mirza Tahir Ahmad lies and claims to have had more than 200,000 converts from Ghana. Mirza Tahir Ahmad claims that many Ghanian’s working in government were Ahmadi. He mentions:
1. The speaker of the assembly
2. opposition party leader
3. Deputy Speaker
4. Defense minister
5. Chairman of the ruling party
6. important commission
Mirza Tahir Ahmad announced 130,000 converts from Ghana to Ahmadiyya (See at the 1:20:00 mark).
Mirza Masroor Ahmad visits Ghana for the first time in 20 years.
Dr Abdul Wahab Adam, head of AMC Ghana, dies at age 75 (rabwah.net)
Abdul Wahab dies and is replaced with Maulana Alhaj Noor Mohammed Bin Sali as the new Amir and Missionary-in-Charge.
Barely 1000 converts are announced by Ahmadiyya sources. Even this a lie.
Last Updated on 26th March 2021
On 20 March 2021, the newly formed MTA Wahab Adam (Ghana) Studio’s team had the opportunity to seek guidance from Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa through a virtual mulaqat.
After the live stream started and Huzooraa conveyed his salaam, Huzooraa noted that the team was dressed in a uniform. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then led everyone in dua.
As always, everyone introduced themselves in the mulaqat and Huzooraa enquired about their roles and responsibilities.
A short video introduction to the various MTA Africa studios was shown to Huzooraa by the team. Some of the facts and figures of the introductory video included:
The establishment of 10 MTA studios and offices across Africa, including Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius
A total of 52 full-time staff members and 300 volunteers across 10 studios and offices
200 studio programmes produced so far
300 promos and fillers produced
58 documentaries produced
The current languages of MTA Africa studios include English, Swahili, French, Creole, Yoruba, Hausa, Lugandan and Twi
Coordinator MTA Ghana, Hafiz Maulvi Ismaeel Ahmed Adusei Sahib presented an introduction to MTA Ghana’s Wahab Adam Studio to Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa. He said Huzooraa instructed in 2014 that a purpose-built MTA Ghana studio be constructed. For this, land was donated by two Ahmadis – Al-Haj Abu Muhammad Sahib and Al-Haj Hakim Andani Sahib.
The foundation stone was laid by the late Amir, Abdul Wahab Sahib and the IAAAE team built the studios and locals helped with volunteering. Hafiz Ismaeel Sahib reported that the Wahab Ahmad Studio is the first purpose-built studio of MTA Africa and the largest MTA studio outside the markaz. The construction started in 2014 and was completed in 2017.
Over the years, the Wahab Adam studio has had a close relation with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and has provided training to hundreds of their staff. In return, the GBC agreed to give MTA Ghana time slots on national television to air their own programmes.
The Wahab Adam Studio continues to train the wider public, including students from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
Since 2019, the Wahab Adam Studio has been translating the live sermons of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa. Currently, there are 19 full-time staff members and over 60 volunteers. The Wahab Adam Studio had provided approximately 60% of the content played on MTA Africa. Hafiz Ismaeel Sahib reported that Jamia International Ghana has played a pivotal role in helping to produce programmes and to respond to the questions received from the public.
Hafiz Ismaeel Sahib then sought permission to give a video virtual tour of the Wahab Adam Studio to Huzooraa. Seeing the reception, Huzooraa commented, “Your reception area is better than our UK studio’s reception area.”
Seeing the main studio, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa advised, “Your main studio needs to be improved further.”
Ismaeel Sahib confirmed this was in the pipeline, to which Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said, “May Allah the Almighty bless you.”
The attendees then gave their introductions. Speaking with the Head of Programming, Maulvi Yussuf Abdul Khalique Sahib, Huzooraa asked if he had qualified from Jamia Ahmadiyya Ghana and whether he had a Shahid Degree. Yussuf Sahib replied in the affirmative.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then said to the attendees that the sound quality of the meeting was poor and said:
“All the programmes which were organised in this studio by the MTA studio staff for other amila members and murabiyyan and even Jamia Ahmadiyya were all of good quality, but here, when the turn of your MTA staff comes, then the sound quality is poor.”
Huzooraa then asked how many programmes were produced every week and how many of them were interactive and live? Yussuf Sahib said, at times, up to 20 programmes were produced every week while at other times, there were less. He reported only one weekly live programme was aired at the moment.
Huzooraa said, “You should have some live programmes as well; question and answer programmes.”
Yussuf Sahib said they would, insha-Allah, act on this guidance.
Speaking with Sadik Abbas Sahib, Head of Training, Huzooraa asked about his qualifications and about the training that took place.
Bashirudeen Adam Sahib, head of post-production reported next and detailed his responsibilities. Huzooraa asked him whether the department had qualified graphic experts or if they did it on their own. Bashirudeen Sahib reported his team were good at creating graphics and did the work on their own without external assistance.
Mirza Saleh Ahmad Sahib, a post-production team member, was next to speak. Huzooraa asked about his qualifications and when he came to Ghana. Saleh Sahib reported that he did a BA in mass communication from Islamabad University, Pakistan and on the approval of Huzooraa, he came to Ghana in 2017. Huzooraa asked him how many hours he worked a day, to which Saleh Sahib reported that he tried to work 10 hours every day. In response, Huzooraa remarked, “That is good.”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked about the department and said the fillers that were made should be made in every single language and that fillers should not just be standard ones; rather, quotations of the Promised Messiahas and video snippets of Huzoor’s sermons should be shown as fillers. Huzooraa said the fillers should take up all the allocated time they have.
Abdul Rahman Baah Sahib, Transport Manager was next to report. Huzooraa asked him how many vehicles they had and whether they were equipped for all the necessary broadcasting needs, including a dish for transmission within their vehicles. To this, Abdul Rahman Sahib said they didn’t have such vehicles and the two vehicles they had were just for transporting staff.
Speaking with the receptionist and in-charge of hospitality, Osofu Appiah Sahib, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa asked how many people visited the studios every day and what the purpose of their visits was. Osofu Sahib said that on average, five people visited the studio every day and they visited because “most of them have heard about the Wahab Adam Studio having a studio – a magnificent edifice. And most of them would like to come and have a view of the studio. Some of them are Ahmadis and others, Christians and the likes.”
Yakubu Buabeng, Master Control Room (MCR) Operator (in-charge of transmissions) spoke to Huzooraa next. Regarding his responsibility, Huzooraa said:
“This is a very sensitive post. Everything is in your hand; you have to be very very careful, right? Nothing should be aired without filtering from your side.”
Huzooraa then asked how they did checks and controls. Yakubu Sahib said they checked all the content and the quality of the programmes. At this, in a light-hearted manner, Huzooraa said:
“And the quality of sound as well. But you did not check the quality of the sound today. This is why I cannot hear you properly.”
An elderly gentleman, Mohammed Affum Sahib, who is a volunteer for MTA Ghana Studios introduced himself. Huzooraa asked him which department he volunteered for, to which he explained that as a retired broadcaster, he helped and gave his expertise where needed. Huzooraa asked his age by saying, “How old are you? 70?” to which Affum Sahib said he was 72. To this, Huzooraa said, “You look quite young masha-Allah.”
Ibrahim Asante Sahib, a volunteer, introduced himself next. Seeing him, Huzooraa said, “You have been coming here, so your face is quite familiar to me.”
Huzooraa asked about his work in MTA, where he worked professionally and what his qualifications were. Ibrahim Sahib said he worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and had a doctorate in technology development and transfer.
Huzooraa remarked, “Masha-Allah” and then asked if he was living in the UK and what he was doing in the UK. Ibarahim Sahib said he had been in the UK for 17 years studying and also working for a company, but had now moved back to Ghana and returned to the UK every so often.
Guiding the producer of the Real Talk programme, Abdul Samad Issah Sahib, about producing the programme in the Covid-19 environment, Huzooraa said, “The Real Talk programme can be organised online. Why can’t you produce it?” To this, Issah Sahib said he would follow this advice.
Discussing the production of programmes amid Covid-19, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said the following to Raqib Abdul Majeed Sahib, who is a volunteer producer: “Covid should not be any excuse; you can do it without any problem.”
Abdul Moomen Muslim Sahib, a volunteer presenter who also presents programmes for children reported next. Advising him, Huzooraa said:
“Germany studios is making good kids’ programmes, so you should also try to make programmes on that pattern or any other pattern which you deem appropriate for your circumstances and the condition and the psyche of the people of Africa.
“You need so many programmes; some programmes which can give some knowledge to the children about their religion and contemporary issues as well [are needed] because nowadays, because of the media, children, at a very young age, are very much well aware of so many things. So, you should also feed them according to our teachings and traditions.”
Rashid Baidoo Sahib, a volunteer, was next to speak. Looking at his physique, Huzooraa smiled and said, “Do you also go to the gym?” – Rashid Baidoo Sahib enjoyed the comment and responded by saying he didn’t go to the gym. To this, Huzooraa said, “Masha-Allah […] your physique shows you are a very regular gym-going person.”
Talking to Basharat Khalid Sahib, a volunteer who produces and presents the programme Misconceptions Removed, Huzooraa remarked, “How many misconceptions have you removed till today?”. Huzooraa further said, “I think, by now, half of the Ghanaian people should be well aware of the Islamic teachings.”
Next, the Lajna Coordinator of MTA Ghana, Munirat Aidoo Sahiba, introduced herself. Commenting on efforts of the Lajna in MTA Ghana, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said:
“You have been producing quite a lot of programmes. Sometimes I do watch your programmes and they are quite informative. Lajna is doing well, and although men are also [doing well], the men should not be jealous [because] Lajna is also doing well.”
Huzooraa asked the Lajna scheduling in-charge about her work and how programmes were scheduled. Discussing programmes and what to do if there are no programmes to air from the programming department, Huzooraa said:
“When there is any space left and there is no programme [available to air], then you should have some programmes for the transmission department to be immediately televised. There should be some [contingency] plan as well at the same time.”
Speaking to another Lajna member, Huzooraa said:
“You should make some emergency plan as well, just to cover in case you don’t receive any plan from the programming department.”
Another Lajna member introduced herself and said she produced the programme Inspirational Africans. Huzooraa asked how the programme was proving inspirational for women, to which she explained that they interviewed successful African women and asked them how they achieved their success and the positive influence of God and religion in their journey. Huzooraa asked whether the programme’s focus was religion in general or took an Islamic perspective. The Lajna member said they always took the programme back to Islamic teachings and what Allah had done for the person. To this, Huzooraa said, “Yes, that’s right.”
Amtu Subur Osman Sahiba, a producer of a new programme about food, introduced herself. Huzooraa asked her what the programme entailed, to which she said it was to guide people towards healthy eating habits. In response, Huzooraa asked how less privileged people could follow the instructions they gave in the programme and said:
“Your instructions are only for the well-off people, but the less privileged cannot benefit [from your instructions]. Are you asking them not to take fufu and okra soup and jollof? Or do you guide them as to the quantity of the food they should take every day so they do not become obese?”
Huzooraa then said feedback of the programme should be sought, even if the programme was new, “So that you will know if people like your programme or not. If you are asking them to take less food or nutritional food that is not even available to most of the [less privileged] people, then they will ask, ‘What kind of programming are you doing?’”
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then said, “Anyway, you should continue with this programme; I am not discouraging you!”
Saeeda Yawson Sahiba, a volunteer with the Lajna production department, introduced herself. Huzooraa asked about her father and went on to say, “You were a very small child when I was there [in Ghana].”
At the end, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa said:
“Ghana studio is doing very well, but I want that this should be the best studio and channel in Ghana in particular and in Africa in general. So, you should make your programmes according to that.”
While talking about viewership and responding to a statement made by one of the members that a lot of Ghanaians were watching MTA, Huzooraa said:
“Do you have the data? Only to say a lot of Ghanaians are watching is not enough. You should do some research and find out how many Ghanaians are watching our television and which of the programmes they like, so that you can give more emphasis on that programme. And what type of programmes do they need? We have to do all this research.”
Ahmad Mensah Sahib asked Huzooraa for the solution to the youth watching other channels more than MTA due to entertainment. He asked what type of programmes should be produced to draw their attention to MTA.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa responded by saying:
“Now, people are becoming materialists. So, obviously they will go to other entertainment channels where they see music and dancing etc. which we cannot do. We should present some good programmes, so they are attracted by these programmes. And you should even do some research, make a questionnaire and distribute it to the different areas, in different pockets, in different cities and [to] different people from different backgrounds, so that you know what people want from you with regard to your religious programmes or the contemporary issues programmes. So, you can make them according to that.
“Although we cannot produce or show music or dancing programmes, we can show some other programmes which are of their interest. But for that, you will have to do some research. Make a team in different areas, different cities, different types of people; if you get information from those people, then you will know what to do.”
At this, Huzooraa said the time was over and said, “Next time, you should try to better your sound quality”.
Huzooraa then remarked that Umer Safir Sahib (Director MTA Africa) was also present and asked him if he would like to say anything. Umer Sahib said that that was all and thanked Huzooraa for the meeting and that there were some members in the control room who, if Huzooraa permitted, would like to say their salaam to Huzooraa.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa accepted and asked if the camera would turn to them or they would come out. Umer Sahib said they would be called out. Thereafter the head of production, the head of IT, the stores’ manager, a member who worked in the post-production department and a camera operator had the opportunity to meet with Huzooraa and introduce themselves. Huzooraa asked each member their names and about their roles.
At this, Huzooraa conveyed his salaam and the meeting ended.
(Report prepared by Al Hakam)
Jalsa Ghana, Muhammad Ahmad Chaudhry shows up with a delegation.
A class of Ghanians graduating from Jamia to go and teach english.
Mrs Nabeela Naeema Wahab daughter of late Ameer Jama’at Ghana Maulana Abdul Wahab Adam sahib being inducted as a Justice of Ghana High Courts. A very proud and inspiring moment for Lajna Immaillah in Africa and globally.
At the #JalsaUK, the 5th Khalifa announced 10,000 converts to Ahmadiyya.
Ahmadiyya sources allege that 25k people showed up to the National Jalsa Salana in Ghana (which is a total lie). See this photo, in the below, looks like 2k-3k, and mostly guests. There also seems to be a Hifz class that the Ahmadiyya Movement runs with government funding. Maulana Alhaj Noor Mohammed Bin Sali is the Amir and Missionary-in-Charge.
Ahead of the 90th #JalsaSalana #Ghana, leadership of @khuddamgh and Security Trainers meet over 173 members to orient them on their duties and expected deliveries.
Join the #JalsaSalana #Ghana on 20th-22nd Jan, 2023#JalsaConnect Visit us @ https://t.co/UoKax7Baly pic.twitter.com/bX09wFpS52
— Jalsa Salana Ghana (@GhanaJalsa) January 18, 2023
Links and Related Essay’s
Stefan Reichmuth. “Education and the Growth of Religious Associations among Yoruba Muslims: The Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria”, Journal of Religion in Africa, Vol. 26, Fasc. 4 (Nov., 1996). p 8.
- “THE AHMADIYYA MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA”. HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL. RETRIEVED SEPTEMBER 19, 2015.
- Animashaun, Bashir (2012) Jibril Felix Martin (1888 – 1959) and the spread of Western education among Muslims in 20th century Lagos. Ilorin Journal of History and International Studies Vol 3 No 1 2012
Who is the Ahmadi Mullah, Nazir Ahmad Mubasher (1910-1997)? – ahmadiyyafactcheckblog
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