Alhaj Bin Salih said this could only be attained if political actors sacrificed their ego and pride, and think of the collective good of the country than their personal parochial interests.
Addressing members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect in Accra yesterday, to observe the Eid ul Adha festivities, Alhaji Bin Salih said Ghana must not tow the line of other African countries which descended into chaos because of elections.
Eid ul Adha, the feast of sacrifice, one of the five pillars of Islam, is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Isaac, as an act of submission to God’s command.
Mostly clad in white apparel, the congregants who arrived in family units as men, women and children, all offered their prayers of sacrifice to Allah in an atmosphere of friendship.
With the grounds decorated in the national colours of red, yellow and green, police personnel and the internal cadet corp of the Ahmadiyya mission were on hand to ensure there was order and free flow of vehicular traffic.
According to Maulvi Bin Salih, there was no pride in presiding over a country where there was no peace for which reason the effort of every Ghanaian was needed to deepen the country’s democratic credentials.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim leader said it was important Ghana went into the elections with love and affection as well as respect for each other’s view, all or which were the trade in stock of Prophet Abraham, the man whose obedience to Allah they gathered to observe.
He said as the December 7 elections approached, maintaining the peace was a shared responsibility which must not be left to only the political actors who have vested interests in the process.
Alhaji Bin Sakib urged the Muslim Ummah (community) to spread the peace message across the country so that the elections were conducted devoid of violent confrontations.
Maulvi Bin Sakib said the occasion brought to light the fact that without sacrifice and discipline, there could be no progress and development.
He urged the Muslims to redeem the name of their religion in the face of increased terrorism, which he said has dragged the name of Islam into the mud.
By Lawrence Vomafa Akpalu & Julius Yao Petetsi