Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

Ramadan Class for Bantama Women's Group

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Description: Mallam Zacharia Rahmen tells two stories. The first is the story of Lot and his wife at Sodom. God sent his angel to warn Lot that he was going to destroy the earth because of the promiscuous behavior going on. He warned Lot to leave with his family and not look back, but when Lot's wife turned around, she turned into a pillar of salt. Mallam uses this story to preach against homosexuality. The second story is of Noah and the ark. Again, God wanted to rid the world of unbelievers and idol worshipers but preserve the believers on the ship. All those who did not board the ship perished in the flood.

Quote: "It is ugly, it [homosexuality and promiscuity] makes God angry, but that is what's going on, Bantama some are here, Suame some are there, Asafo some are there, everywhere in Ghana you go some are there, God forbid, they are all over."

Subject: Women
Date: September 6, 2009
Date Range: 2000-2009
Location: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Format: Video/mp4
Language: Twi
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Gracia Clark; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Contributor: Carmen Paz (Videographer)
Contributor: Nana Bentsi-Enchill (Transcriber and Translator)
Contributor: Sharifa Agnes Diawuo-Mensah (Contributor)

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