Everyday Islam in Kumasi: Devout Lay Men and Women in Daily Life

by Gracia Clark

Allabar Women's Islamic School

The wife of an Islamic teacher founded this school in their home, in one of Kumasi's oldest Muslim neighborhoods. A long front room holds beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. It offers Arabic, English, math and sciences classes, and she has hired Muslim and non-Muslim teachers to present the full public school curriculum, although the school gets no government support. The students are mostly married women, who attend part time in between their family and work responsibilities.

The Work of God
Date: 2006

The Work of God

"Next time that I greet you, with the grace of God you will also be a Muslim."

An Arabic Teacher
Date: 2006

An Arabic Teacher

"As I understood the teachings of Islam, I pledged to let my fellow Muslims also know more about Islam and the Koran. That is why I prefer teaching."

A Trader and a Teacher
Date: 2006

A Trader and a Teacher

"My uncle saw that I was not interested in marriage, so one day he just called me and said 'I want you to be married to your brother [cousin],' and it worked."

Ahmed Bashir Baba
Date: August 13, 2009

Ahmed Bashir Baba

"All that we need is unity."

Mohammed Bawa
Date: August 13, 2009

Mohammed Bawa

"First, be honest; second, be patient."

Abdul Hannan Al Waiz
Date: August 13, 2009

Abdul Hannan Al Waiz

"I know what is bad and what is good for me."

Suleiman Zakaria
Date: August 13, 2009

Suleiman Zakaria

"The religion of Islam is totally about peace"