Econ. Challenges Are To Test Our Resolve — Maulvi

Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih,(in front),acting Ameer and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission,leading the prayers.Photo.Ebo Gorman.JPG.JPG.JPGThe Acting Ameer and Missionary-in-charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, has urged Ghanaians not to despair in these trying times, but rather partner government to address the challenges.

“These challenges constitute a wake-up call and a means of testing the levels of resolve and determination of the people, as such every spirited effort must be made to assist the government to adopt measures to address them,” he stressed.

Maulvi Salih stated this when he delivered a sermon at the Mission’s conference centre at Ashongman, in Accra, to mark the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

He stated that “there comes a time in the history of every nation when they have to encounter challenges and hardships in one form or the other”, adding that, “on some occasions, the nature of the challenges are so devastating that it shakes the very foundation of their nationhood, thus becoming a threat to their very existence, but ours is not in that direction; that is why we have to be grateful to God”.

The Acting Ameer explained that some countries, in times of tribulations, came together and “put up spirited efforts to sail through the challenges, and with renewed vigour through dedication, fortitude, and hard work.

“For such nations and people, challenges in life do not deter them and they, in turn, do not also lose guard thereafter; they as well do not make room for complacency; rather, having suffered jolts and bumps, they remain determined and with fortitude, they scale one peak after another,” he emphasised.

Maulvi Salih said the country, having suffered a number of setbacks, and “having found ourselves currently at the brink of near economic turmoil, needs to draw deep down the inherent values of the month of Ramadam so as to learn to wholly direct attention to the regeneration of the economy”.

He, therefore, called for concerted efforts to pull the country from the abyss, adding that “we need to stand united as a people with a common destiny, and prayerfully salvage mother Ghana”.

The Minister of State in charge of Public-Private Partnership, Alhaji Rashid Pelpuo, on behalf of the President, commended the Ahmmdiya Muslims for their prayers and urged them to spread the peace message to other religions.

He assured that the challenges facing the country were temporary, and urged Ghanaians to help address the challenges.

From Takoradi, Clement Adzei Boye, reports that hundreds of Muslims in Takoradi converged at the Jubilee Park to offer prayers to Allah.

The congregation, from Takoradi, Effia Nkwanta, Kwesimintsim, Apowa, Agona, Tanokrom, and New Takoradi, were   led by the Acting District Chief Imam, Umar Sabutey, to say special prayers   for the nation, followed by the main prayer and   the ritual prayers — the Huthba.

In his sermon, he noted that during the period of the Ramadan, the Muslim community   followed the pillars of Islam, adding,” we have made some sacrifices for the call of Allah.

“This sacrifice, instituted by Ibrahim, is for Muslims to dedicate themselves and obey the day of sacrifice,” he stressed.

“We have been anointed with the Ramadan and should emulate this act of Holiness with Allah,” Imam Sabutey told the faithful.

The Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, in his address, “The government has put in place a facelift project for the zongos across the country to improve the quality of life,” he stated, adding that the project would be undertaken in collaboration with the Brazilian government under the Urban Renewal Project.

For his part, the Eastern Regional Imam, Alhaji Yusif Amudani Suleman who led the prayers at the Koforidua Central Mosque, condemned the horror in Bimbilla and called on the government to bring the culprits to book.

From the Al-Aziz Central Mosque at the Burma Camp in Accra Malik Sullemana reports that the Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major Shamsudeen Yussif Mensah, who led Military the officers in prayers, entreated Muslims to let the blessings of the Holy Month of Ramadan manifest in their deeds and strive to live peacefully with other religious sects.

He said Islam was not only a tolerant religion, but an embodiment of peace, discipline, self restraint, and urged the Muslim youth to desist from acts of violence that brought the religion into disrepute.

The out-going Minister of Defence, Mr. Owen Mark Woyongo, in a statement, asked the officers to renew their commitment in the pursuit of internal and international peace.

From the Children’s Park in Accra, the Ahlussunna Wol-Jama’a Sect were led in prayers by Mallam Mumir Abdallh Tawfiq, reports Daniel Amoo.

Addressing them, Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Youth and Sports, praised and thanked Allah for seeing them through the month of fasting and prayers, to fulfil one of the five pillars of Islam.

According to him, the month had promoted discipline, self-restraince and empathy and most importantly, devotion to what Islam stands for peace.

“Islam preaches the oneness of mankind and anyone who believes in God, on the last day, should not harm his neghour, and should entertain his guest generously,” he said.

On his part, Mallam Tawfiq asked members to avoid confusion and lawlessness, and live in peace with other.

Hundreds of Muslims yesterday converged at the Tema Sports Stadium to offer prayers to mark Eid-ul Fitir, reports Godfred Blay Gibbah.

The Tema Metropolitan Chief Imam, Alhaji Abubakar, led them to pray for the peace and prosperity of the nation.

In a speech he urged muslims to have faith and hope that after the festive season, Allah would redeem them from the difficulties that they were enduring.

He advised the youth to be disciplined and take interest in helping to develop their communities.

He also advised parents to take the education of their children serious, so that they could develop their potential and contribute positively to their communities.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive Mr. Isaac A. Odamtten, who joined the muslims thanked the muslims for their support and contribution to the development of the communities

said the Ramadan had taught the muslims to aspire to be holy as they sacrificed   during the period,   and hoped that the sacrifices would remind them about doing away with   unholy   acts.

He also asked them to shun worldly things which distracted them from their faith.

Yakubu Abdul-Majeed reports that the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Abdul-Raman Hannah Gundadow, joined hundreds of muslims in the metropolis to celebrate the festival.

The MCE, in his address, entreated the Imams to offer special prayers for the government to overcome the economic challenges in the country.

Mr. Gundadow said the government was working hard to fix the economy, but emphasised “Your prayer would help fast-track things”.

The Chief Imam of the Tamale Central Mosque, Sheik Abdul-Salam Abukari, who led the muslims in the area for the celebration, urged the youth to be obedient and avoid acts of lawlessness, saying it was incumbent on all muslims to always obey the laws and orders of the country.

From Sunyani, Daniel Dzirasah reports that the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, joined the muslims at the prayers at the Coronation Park.

The Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Omar Abdul Kadir, who led the prayers, commended the Regional Minister for his cordial relationship with the muslim communities in the region and urged the muslims to reciprocate the gesture by living in peace with each other as well as the Christian community in the interest of the nation.

The Regional Minister, on behalf of the president, donated a cow, 20 bags of rice assorted cooking oil and an undisclosed cash amount to the muslim leaders in the municipality.

From Wa, Cliff Ekuful & Lydia Darlington Fordjour reports that the Chief Executive of the Municipal Assembly, Issahaku Nuhu Putiaha, has reiterated calls for Ghanaians to exercise restraint for the government to find workable solutions to the current economic downturn.

Addressing the muslim prayers at the Jubilee Park, he said the challenges being experienced were not peculiar to Ghana, but were global phenomena that had brought many countries to their knees, and it would require patience on the part of all Ghanaians to resolve them.

Mr. Putiaha expressed gratitude to Allah for seeing muslims through the fast successfully.

He said not only was the whole event a spiritual one but also a period for deeper reflections and re-building and with the successful completion of it, all must now put their minds back on national development.

The MCE noted that while the economic challenges confronting the country could not be overlooked, government was putting in measures to advance the cause of individuals in the country to ensure that their general wellbeing was improved.

“This is evident in the number of development projects the government is still pursuing in the midst of this challenge so that other needs are not compromised as well”, he explained.

He therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to cut down their demands from government and exercise patience with the government as it is working round the clock to ensure good living conditioned for the people of the country,

Mr. Putiaha urged Muslims to allow the discipline and commitment they had acquired during the period of the fast to remain a virtue they will carry along with them wherever they go, so as to facilitate harmonious living.

“The 30 days fasting is no mean assignment therefore whiles we congratulate you for successfully going through the period, we advise that all the good things received during this period should be carried on with you wherever you find yourselves”, he added.

Leading the prayers, the Municipal Chief Imam, Dr. Sulemana Mohammed Abukari, prayed for wisdom for the President and the Cabinet and asked Allah to grant them the technical wisdom to govern the nation successfully.

Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, in Koforidua reports that the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere, addressing the Muslims at the prayers, urged all to promote peace and love to enhance development in the country.

He indicated that in an era where the current state of the country’s economy was dwindling, leading to some strikes, it was essential that peace and harmony is promoted in order to enable government to carry out its development agenda without hindrance.

“The government has put in place a facelift project for the zongos across the country to improve the quality of life,” he stated, adding that the project would be undertaken in collaboration with the Brazilian government under the Urban Renewal Project.  By Lawrence Akpalu


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