We bring you reports from our correspondents on the celebration.
From Tamale, Yakubu Abdul-Majeed reports that the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Abdallah Abubakari, called on religious leaders to help ensure violence-free elections in the area.
He said it was important for them to impress upon the youth to eschew violence before, during and after the December general elections.
Mr. Abubakari who made the call yesterday during the Eid-Ul-Adha festival celebration of Muslims in the Tamale metropolis urged the youth not to be misused by selfish politicians to foment trouble.
He stressed that the future of the area was in the hands of the youth, hence the urgent need for them to prepare themselves adequately for the task ahead.
Mr. Abubakari advised the youth to channel their energy and time into education, which would position them for the challenges ahead of them.
He said that government would do everything possible to improve the quality of education in the country.
Sheilkh Sa-eed Zakaria, Leader of the Ambariya Muslim Suuni in Tamale, urged the youth to desist from acts likely to put the country into chaos.
He stressed that the region needed peace to develop and that it was imperative on everyone to help maintain peace in the area.
Yesterday Eid was observed by all Muslim factions in the region. For a very long time, Muslims in the area had not celebrated the festival on the same day.
From Ho, Alberto Mario Noretti reports that the Muslim community in Ho yesterday converged at the Police Training School Park, to take part in prayers to mark the celebration of Eid-Ul-Adha – the festival of sacrifice.
The Imam, Anas Hamidu, urged Muslims to fiercely resist possible attempts by political parties to use them to foment trouble, and rather resolve to serve as vessels of peace for the country.
In support of the celebration, the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, presented 40 bags of rice, 30 cartons of cooking oil, bales of mats, 50 cartons of bottled water and other items to the Muslim community.
She added her voice to the call for peace before, during and after elections.
Madam Ntoso urged the celebrants to emulate the example of Abraham, who was ready to sacrifice his only son for God by demonstrating their preparedness to the sacrifice themselves for the peace of the country.
From Cape Coast Jonathan Donkor reports that the majority of the Ahmadis and Orthodox Muslims in the metropolis converged at the Cape Coast Technical Institute park and Holy child grounds, respectively, to commemorate the eid festivities.
Led by their various Imams, they prayed for the development of the country, incident-free Hajj, growth of the religion and peace in the upcoming elections.
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Cape Coast North, Madam Sarah Bucknor, joined at four congregation grounds, and urged them not to only pray for peace in the upcoming election, but work towards it.
She appealed to them to vote massively for the party and presented rams and other gifts to support the celebration.
From Takoradi, Peter Gbambila reports that the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mr. Alfred Ekow Gyan, asked Ghanaians to identify challenges that might disrupt the impending elections for solutions.
He said Ghana was the beacon of hope for Africa and any disturbances in the coming elections would derail the peace Ghanaians were enjoying.
Mr. Gyan was speaking to Muslims at the Takoradi Jubilee Park to mark this year’s Eid-Ul-Adha, a Muslim feast of sacrifice in which Ibrahim wanted to sacrifice his son to Allah but was given a ram for the sacrifice instead.
The deputy minister said, “Let us avoid tendencies that could stir the still water and plunge the whole nation into a big conflict or war”.
The chief imam of Takoradi, Sheik Alhaj Awal, urged Muslims to ensure that the peace currently being enjoyed by Ghanaians was maintained before, during and after the elections.
The Member of Parliament for Takoradi, Mr. Kwabena Otchere Darko-Mensah, entreated Muslims to ensure peace during the elections.
From the Efua Sunderland Children’s Park in Accra, Charles Amankwa reports that the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, yesterday reiterated his call on the Electoral Commission (EC) to make this year’s elections free, fair and transparent, when he joined hundreds of Muslims to pray.
He reminded the EC that it had the responsibility to facilitate peaceful, credible and transparent polls devoid of violence and conflict.
“We as politicians and stakeholders would also ensure that we impress on our followers to act peacefully before, during and after the election. However, we want the EC to do more in ensuring that the elections are conducted peacefully and fairly,” he stressed.
Dignitaries including the Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, were there to offer prayers to Allah to mark this year’s Eid-Ul-Adha festival.
The prayers were led by the National Deputy Chief Imam of Ahlussuna Waljama’a, Sheik Mohammed Kamil, who thanked God for the peace of the nation since independence.
He urged Muslims to exude humility and be peaceful in their dealings with other religious groups stressing that Islam enjoined them to coexist peacefully with their neighbours irrespective of their religious background.
Ahlaji Fuseini entreated political parties to be circumspect with the outcome of the December elections.
He called on the leaders of the political parties to accept the outcome of the polls while considering the peace and stability of the country above their interest.
From the Kaneshie Complex in Accra, Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi reports that the Imam for the area Sheikh Ahmed Mensah said the festival was directed by Allah to his people.
He said Allah had blessed all bountifully hence the need to support the needy in the society, adding “we must all ensure to provide for the orphans, widows and dejected in the society”.
Sheikh Mensah urged the public especially Muslims, not to engage in violence during the elections.
He said Allah is peaceful and all his followers must emulate that at all times.
The Imam urged Ghanaians to forgive one another and live in peace to ensure the development of the country.
Sheikh Mensah prayed for the public and continuous peace of the country.
As part of the programme a sheep was sacrificed to commemorate the celebrations.
At Kasoa in the Central Region, hundreds’ of Moslems gathered at the Odupongkpehe M/A Basic School Park to mark the Eid-UL-Adha prayers,reports Daniel Amoo.
Dr. Nuhu Adams, the Chief Executive of Awutu Senya East District, advised the youth not to allow themselves to be influenced by monies to misbehave during and after the elections.
According to Dr Adams the Muslim had come far in terms of education, and they have gone beyond being misled or misused by greedy people during elections and later dumped after the elections.
Dr. Adams noted that every household in Kasoa has a Muslim graduate or a qualified youth, who could be appointed to any ministerial or political position, and the youth should desire such positions, than being deceived to cause violence in society.
He appealed to Ghanaians to vote massively for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in view of the massive infrastructural development the NDC government had put in place.
The Chief Imam of Kasoa, Imam Shiekh Osman, urged the youth to emulate the attitudes of Allah and live peacefully with all.
He said, the sacrifice made by Abraham was not just for a show, but of a sincere soul, signing a great sacrifice made to Allah for blessings.
He cautioned the youth to obey the commandments of Allah in the Koran and live by it, for righteousness and good deeds.