Dr Maarefi said this during the second graduation ceremony of the Imamship programme organised by IUCG in collaboration with Sheikh Dr Osumanu Nuhu Sharubutu Education Trust Fund (SONSETFUND).
The Imamship programme has been designed to train imams by augmenting their skills, and enabling them to give enhanced spiritual counselling and services as well as bridge the gap between theory and good practices.
Underlining the importance of the collaboration, the President said: “What is being witnessed today is the fruit of the collaborative work between IUCG and the National Chief Imam in accordance with the MOU [memorandum of understanding] signed a year ago.”
Dr Maarefi advised Muslims to build strong organisations and collaborations for common good of the Muslim community.
He pledged IUCG’s commitment to work with other organisations, especially in academic fields.
Participants in the Imamship programme were taken through courses such as Arabic Language, English Language, Information and Communication Technology, Public Speaking, Islamic Jurisprudence, Mosque Management, Methodology in Da’awah and Fund-Raising Techniques.
It has provided opportunities for people to become receptive to the needs of their congregation.
It has also helped develop their pastoral skills in sermon delivery and conciliatory role.
Seventeen imams, including a lady, graduated from the programme, and featured personalities such as Dr Alh. Hussain I Ibrahim, Dean of students, IUCG; Mr Epakchi Hassan, Consul Iran Cultural Consulate; Sheikh Mohammed Awal, Regional Imam – Western Region and Alhaji Mohammed Khuzaima Osman, Executive Secretary SONSETFUND.