Monrovia: Muslims in Liberia have for the first time since the 1800s elected a ‘Supreme Leader’, who will be the single most powerful person in the country’s Islamic community.
Ascending to this lofty, lifetime tenured position is Liberia’s former National Chief Imam, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah Sheriff, who was elected spiritual leader by over 150 Imams of the Governing Board of the National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL), Liberian Daily Observer reported.
The Muslim cleric is currently in Morocco on official duty. Imam Abubakar Massaquoi, the newly elected deputy secretary general of the council, said the selection was done through a unanimous resolution at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, July 15, corresponding to Shawwal 10, 1437 on the Islamic calendar.
Imam Massaquoi read the resolution on Monday at the headquarters of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL), in the Central Mosque on Benson Street.
“As of Friday, July 15, 2016 Sheriff shall serve as Chairman of the governing board and head of the council al-Fatwa and shall therefore be the Supreme Leader of the NICOL,” the resolution said.
The governing board is the supreme decision-making body of the Imam Council and the council al-Fatwa is known as Committee of Islamic Jurists, which is charged with the responsibility to give Islamic verdicts and opinions.
The resolution also named former Deputy Chief Imam Sheikh Ali Tweh Krayee as the National chief Imam and Imam Muhammad A. Fahnbulleh as Deputy Chief Imam for national affairs.