Story by Fadl Rahman Essel, Muhtamim Isha’at, MKA-GH & Muhammad O. F. Adusei, Add. Nazim Isha’at, Greater Accra Region
Over 150 volunteers of the Greater Accra Regional Chapter of the Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya, Ghana embarked on a massive clean-up exercise of the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital mortuary, the largest in Ghana on Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Accra.
The volunteers worked both inside and the immediate environs of the largest mortuary in Ghana. Starting from weeding the surroundings of the mortuary to scrubbing and cleaning of the mortuary building and distilling of gutters.
The volunteers were drawn from five out of the six circuits in the region namely Nima, Kasoa, Tema, Darkuman and Abossey Okai Circuits. The sixth circuit, Achimota, worked at Bustan-e-Ahmed to prepare the grounds for the Greater Accra Regional Conference slated for Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Addressing the Khuddam after the exercise, Mr. Iddriss Ninsin, Qaid Ilaqa Greater Accra called on the Khuddam to strive within themselves to help keep their communities clean. He said ‘the clean-up exercise that has happened here in the mortuary, should not only end here, but should be extended to your various homes and communities to ensure cleanliness for both God and man’. He added that ‘it is the cleanliness of our environment and homes that will lead to cleanliness of our hearts’ saying, ‘that is the true nature of an Ahmadi life’.
The Qaid advised the volunteers to be the pacesetters by gathering enough momentum in their various localities and calling on the youth to join them in communal labour to ensure they have clean environments adding that ‘this is the greatest Jihad’.
Mr Iddriss Ninsin grabbed the opportunity to remind the Khuddam of Greater Accra to adequately prepare for the pending national rally by dedicating themselves to work harder to ensure the overall success of the Ijtema’a. He reminded the Khuddam of the region’s target of 95.89% turnout of their total Tajneed of one thousand, four hundred and sixty (1460) members for the national rally.
Mr. George Denkyi, Manager, Korle-bu Mortuary graciously thanked the Ahmadiyya youth and the Jama’at in general for their selfless and free service meted out to the Ghanaian public. He was highly impressed about the large number turnout and the long hours spent by the vibrant youth in cleaning in and around the mortuary.
He used the platform to invite the Khuddam to pray in the new mosque constructed at the mortuary by a Ghanaian philanthropist saying ‘you are the best people to pray in our mosque’. He added that since Muslims do not keep their corpse for long prior to burial, management of the hospital was putting in place realistic plans to see how best and quick to preserve and release Muslim corpse that find its way into the care.