Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has established an award scheme for Anbariya Islamic Institute, and named it after its founder, Sheikh Yussif Ajura.
The Tamale South lesgilator disclosed this during the 2019 Quran Completion of Anbariya Qismul-Banaat Students on the theme – brightening the future of children, the role of parents on November 23.
“I am introducing what is called, the Sheikh Ajura Award, in memory of his contribution to the development of Islam and to the training and socialisation of our young children in the name of Anbariya Institute and all it’s establishment across Ghana”,the MP revealed.
This, he believes will not only dignify what the late Sheikh Yussif Anjura has left behind, but goes along way to immortalise his name.
“Because we want to immortalise the name of Afa Ajura and to dignify his legacy, in 10 ten days time I will support Anbariya with an amount of money to be used in every year, to award any girl child who is best in reciting Quran a sum of 1,000 GHC. 1,000 GHC for a girl child who is best in memorising hadiph. And same for the male children…”,he further stated.
According to him, this will continue for the next ten (10) year and will ensure adequate funding to sustain the award scheme to be spearheaded by the institution.
“Whether I am alive or not, I can do this every year for ten years. So I will support you with money to keep it in bank”,he assured.
He however reminded the leaders of the Anbariya Islamic Institute that the scheme should be named after the late Sheikh Yussif Ajura.
“But this award should be named after the respected sheikh and founder of the Anbariya Islamic institute and its sister institutions across Ghana, reffered to as sheikh Ajura Award”,he concluded.
Sheikh Yussuf Sualihu Ajura (Afa Ajura) was born was in 1890 in Ajura, however tamale and savelugu are his hometowns. He lived most part of his life in tamale. He was very brave and selfless.
His desire to serving Allah pushed him to establish a sunni community in the 1940s, with the main aim of ensuring that Islam was practiced according to the “sound” dictates of the holy Quran and Hadith.
And in 1951, Afa ajura established Anbariya Islamic school at the porch of his house at sakasaka in Tamale with only 24 students.
Student population of the institute is estimated at over 3000 with more than 30 branches nationwide, with many Phd and masters holders.
Sheikh Yussuf Ajura never relented on ensuring the propagation of islam in Ghana. Anbariya which started as a minority group in tamale is now the largest muslim group in northern Ghana.
The renowned Islamic Scholar died on december 22, 2004 at the age of 114.
Story By: Fuseini Safianu|TamaleOnline News