Chief Imam condemns Pastor Owusu Bempah, Muslim youths

Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu,National Chief Imam

Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu,National Chief Imam

The National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has condemned attacks by some youths believed to be Muslims on the Glorious Word Power Ministries International over a prophecy, its leader disclosed concerning him.

Prophet Owusu Bempah was purported to have disclosed during the church’s December 31, 2018 All-night service that some prominent politicians, religious and traditional leaders including the Chief Imam would pass on this year.

In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Alhaji Khuzaima Osman, a Personal Assistant to the Chief Imam and an Executive Secretary of the Islamic Peace and Security Council of Ghana, said the Chief Imam is a synonym of peace, unity, and tolerance.

It noted that his stand for these and other values critical to the wellbeing of humanity is non-negotiable, hence his calm in the face of extreme provocation.

“On the basis of this reality, we wish to call on all Ghanaians, especially followers of the Grand Imam to desist from any act that would be injurious to peace and stability in Ghana and tarnish his hard-won reputation,” it noted.

According to the statement, the words of the Prophet had generated a substantial degree of tension among Muslims and threatened the harmony between Christianity and Islam in the country, adding that it was also a threat to national security.

“While we condemn the statement by Pastor Owusu Bempah, his Eminence does not tolerate any form of violence as a response. We therefore appeal to Muslims and other peace-loving Ghanaians to be restraint in their reaction to what many see as outright provocation,” the statement said.

The statement explained that Islam, teaches Muslims that death is inevitable, and every soul shall taste death as enshrined in the Holy Quran, adding that, death is not bound by age or any condition of life.

It called on the media to be circumspect and peace-conscious in handling such controversial issues.

It urged the public to note that clergymen are respected icons of religions and countries they reside and serve, therefore it was important that all scholars regardless of religion vet their speeches before presenting them at public gatherings.

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