Islam in Ghana

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Larabanga Mosque, built in the 15th century. Taken in March 2006.

The introduction of Islam into Ghana was mainly the result of the commercial activities of Mande and Hausa Speaking traders. Islam made its entry into the Northern Territories of Ghana at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Majority of Muslims in Ghana are followers of Sunni Islam with approximately 10% belonging to the Ahmadiyya movement and approximately 6% belonging to Shia Islam.[1][citation needed] The Maliki school of jurisprudence was the most common until Afa Ajura's reformist activities in the 1960's saw an overwhelming shift toward Hanbali doctrine.[2] Sufism is not widespread in Ghana; the Tijaniyah and the Qadiriyah brotherhoods, however, are represented still among Ghana's traditionalist Muslims.

Despite tensions in the Middle East and North Africa since the mid-1970s, Muslims and Christians in Ghana have had excellent relations. Guided by the authority of the Muslim Representative Council, religious, social, and economic matters affecting Muslims have often been redressed through negotiations and the Muslim Council has also been responsible for arranging pilgrimages to Mecca for believers who can afford the journey.[1]

In Ghana some metropolitan areas and cities, especially in areas with a significant Muslim population, have Islamic or Arabic schools offering Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary education.

Population of Muslims in Ghana[edit]

The population of Muslims in Ghana The official Ghana census reports 18% as being Muslims.[3]

See also[edit]

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Portal icon Ghana portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity". Pew Forum on Religious & Public life. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ MOHAMMAD SAANI, IBRAHIM (2011). THE DECLINE OF S{UFISM IN WEST AFRICA : SOME FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ASCENDANCY OF WAHHABIST ISLAM IN NORTHERN GHANA. Montreal: Institute of Islamic Studies - McGill University. 
  3. ^ Field Listing :: Religions.cia.gov. Retrieved 29 December 2012.

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