Ngun Kam Ngma Ziri A Sheehu, Cheli O (Any person who tells lies for your Leader, you should leave him)
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Citation (published version)Haas, Karl J., Dawuni, Saeed Alhassan, Abdul-Fatawu, Fuseini, Ngom, Fallou, Castro, Eleni & Schmidt, Eric J. (2019). African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Dagbanli Ajami and Arabic Manuscripts of Northern Ghana. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/32937
This song, written sometime in the 1950s, is directed toward members of the Tijaniyya community. The author alleges that they observe a number of practices not specifically sanctioned by the Qur’an, including the practice of devotional songs in mosques after prayers. When questioned why Tijaniyya followers did these things, they would reply that it was their leader, Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, whom they called Shehu, who told them to do these things. Afa Ajura's message to them was that they should not blindly follow the words of their leader, but rather go to the Qur’an for guidance.
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