Ahmadis Call For Peace

IMG_7507The acting Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Alhaji Maulvi Muhammed Yusuf Yawson, has urged Ghanaians to shun violence to sustain the peace in the country after the verdict of the election petition by the Supreme Court.

“This is the only way Ghana would have peace,” adding, “whichever party is not satisfied should seek redress at the court, rather than resort to violence.”

Alhaji Yawson, who was preaching at the mission’s conference in Accra to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, stated that “as Ghanaians, we should realize that what unites us as a people, is greater than the little things that seemingly divide us.

Therefore, let each and everyone refrain from causing harm to life or property either private or public, else we shall be undermining the little relative peace and stability the country is enjoying”.

Quoting from the Holy Quran, he explained that “God grants temporal sovereignty to whom he trust, through the mandate of the people, which alternates among political parties and not through the use of force or deceit.”

Alhaji Yawson assured of the mission’s continued prayers for the nation and urged the conference to celebrate the Eid-Al-Fitr in modesty and not in pomp and pageantry while also reflecting on the plight of those suffering, especially people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, who represented President John Dramani Mahama urged the conference to maintain the high sense of discipline exhibited during the 30 days of fasting.

He charged them to pray for peace and stability, after the Supreme Court verdict, so as to keep the country united, while calling for religious tolerance among all sects.

From Kumasi, Kingsley E. Hope reports that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, appealed to the Muslim community to be highly committed to peace as they celebrate the annual Eid-ul-Fitr festival.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu touched on the impending Supreme Court verdict on the 2012 election petition and said, after a month of fasting and prayers, it was very necessary for everyone to ensure that the celebration was peaceful.

The Asantehene was speaking at the Central Mosque here yesterday, when he graced the occasion to celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr festival with the Muslim community, to mark the end of a month-long of fasting and prayers.

According to him the constitution of the country was made by the citizens and it (constitution) had made it clear that anyone could go to the law court to seek redress.

The Asantehene cautioned against any act that would threaten the peace of the nation, saying, “peace is all that we want in the country”.

Sheikh Abdul Mumun, the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam also, urged Muslims to ensure that the celebration was peaceful.
“Muslims should celebrate the Eid-Ul Fitr in a very good and calm atmosphere to ensure violence-free festival,” Sheik Mumun stated.

David Yarboi-Tetteh reports from Cape Coast that Muslims in the Central Region yesterday converged at different locations to offer prayers to Allah to commemorate the Eid ul-Fitr celebration.

The prayers, particularly, centred on the need for Ghanaians to continue enjoying the peace prevailing in the country before and after the Supreme Court’s verdict on the election petition hearing.

After the prayers, the celebrants went on a procession through the principal streets to preach peace. At the Holy Child School Park, the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong and his deputy, Mrs Queenster Pokuaa Sawyer, as well as the Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ransford Moses Ninson, joined a section of the Muslims in prayers.

He presented four bags of rice, four bags of sugar and a bull to the Muslim community in Cape Coast.

Mr. Sarpong appealed to all muslims to work towards the promotion of peace as the Supreme Court prepared to give its verdict on the election petition.

Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, the Upper East Regional Minister, in an address to Muslims after the Eid-ul Fitr prayers at Bolgatanga, underscored the importance of peace to further enhance the socio-economic development of the country, reports Ibrahim A. Mohammed.

He advised every Muslim, whether he/she belonged to the NDC, NPP or any other party to remember that he/she was first and foremost a Muslim and a Ghanaian.

The Regional Minister enjoined all muslims to take the lessons learnt during the Holy month of Ramadan to prepare their hearts and minds to receive the verdict of the Supreme Court in good faith, stressing that “let Ghana be the winner”.

Sheikh Yussif Adam, the Regional Chief Imam, who led the prayers at the Jubilee Park, in his sermon, advised the Muslim youth not to allow themselves to be used as perpetrators of violence.

From Takoradi, Peter Gbambilla reports that muslims were asked to allow the meaning and essence of the fast to manifest in the way they conduct themselves.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Ebenezer K.T. Addo, urged the Muslim community to show interest in the development of their children, to become useful citizens in future.

“Let us guide and give them the necessary encouragement and support to help direct their energies and vitality on productive ventures, since this is the only way that society stands to reap the immense benefits from the youth,” Mr. Addo said.

The chief Imam, Muhammed Awwal Shuaib, advised the Muslim community to stay away from evil in order to gain more blessings from Allah.

From the Al-Aziz Central Mosque, Burma Camp, Malik Sullemana reports that the Chief Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lieutenant Colonel Sheikh Umar Sanda Ahmded, urged Muslims to live in peace with other religious sects.

He urged them to let the spiritual benefits of the Ramadan reflect in their conduct throughout the year.  Lieutenant Colonel Sanda advised parents to invest more in the education of their children and admonished the congregants to serve the nation with dedication and high moral spiritedness.

“Love for one’s motherland is part of faith. As Muslims, we need to show positive work ethics at the work place to improve the lot of society,” he said.

In a speech, the Minister of Defence, Mr. Mark Owen Woyongo, urged Muslims to pray for sustenance of peace in the country, noting that “the peace we are currently enjoying is a direct result of the professionalism you have exhibited in your duty”.

Mr. Woyongo stressed of the need to translate the spiritual upliftment of the holy month in the conduct of their professional duties, adding “the ramifications of the spiritual upliftment impacts on the professionalism of the officers”.

The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Abu Kasangbata, appealed to religious leaders in the country to preach sermons that would guide the actions, utterances and deeds of their followers, reports Lydia Darlington Fordjour.

He said that was the only way to enforce discipline among Ghanaians, especially the youth who should in turn live up to expectations by practicing what they have been taught.

Mr. Kasangbata made the call at this year’s Eid-ul Fitr celebration in the Wa Municipality. He said there was the need for muslim leaders in the country to help change the age-long negative perceptions of Islamic communities by inculcating into muslim youth the act of discipline and selflessness.

“When the youth learn to be law abiding, it will help them keep away from social vices and reform them to fit into society”, he added.
The acting Municipal Chief Imam, Dr. Bakuri, urged the government and law makers to take measures to ensure that sanity was restored in Zongo communities throughout the country.

Alberta Sarpong reports from the Koforidua Central Mosque that the Eastern Regional Minister, Ms. Hellen Adjoa Ntoso joined muslims to commemorate the occasion and asked them to pray for peace in the country.

The Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Suleiman Mudani appealed to Ghanaians to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court for Ghana to become the most democratic country in Africa.

He, however, pleaded with the government to extend scholarship schemes to the Zongo communities, urging muslims to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme.

At the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, the Eastern Regional Missionary, Maulvi Yusuf Bin Salin  urged Ghanaians to show maturity by accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court, reports David Kodjo.

He said the country ought to respect the highest court of the land after the verdict, adding that “everybody must forgo his/her political differences and be united as one people with a common destiny.”
According to Maulvi Yusuf, being united as one people would prove to the whole world that indeed Ghana was a peace loving nation capable of managing her own affairs.

From Suyani, Daniel Dzriasah reports that the Regional Chief Imam, Abdul Omar Kadir led the moslems prayers and prayed for peace and stability in the country.

He also prayed for Allah to prevail on the judges of the Supreme Court to give a ruling that would be acceptable by all parties. The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Paul Evans Adioo, in an address assured the people that Ghana would continue to remain peaceful and thus cautioned those planning to forment trouble in the aftermath of the court’s ruling to have a change of heart.

He advised Ghanaians not to allow people with parochial interests to destabilise the country. - Lawrence Akpalu     

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