THE Deputy Executive Secretary of Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB), Mrs. Obuobia Darko-Opoku, has commended the Islamic community for demonstrating high sense of respect for peaceful co-existence with people of other religions.
She noted also that the Ramadan period had been incident-free due to the peaceful manner in which Muslims conducted themselves during and after the fasting and prayer season.
Mrs. Darko-Opoku said this when the GFZB presented a cheque for GH¢ 10, 000 to the National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, in Accra, to support the practice of Islam in the country.
Making the presentation, she said the donation formed part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the organisation which sought to promote religious peace and cohesion in the country.
She said the GFZB was confident that the prayers offered by Muslims during Ramadan, provided a great opportunity for the nation to receive great blessings from God and its subsequent positive impact on development.
“It was because of this reason that the Free Zones Board within the past three years has been supporting the office of the National Chief Imam especially during the month of Ramadan. We believe that such a healthy course will go a long way to enhance development,” she said.
Mrs. Darko-Opoku lauded Muslims for their commitment to the teachings of Islam which enjoined them to live peacefully with their neighbours, while carrying out charitable deeds to the less privileged in the society.
She urged Muslims in the country to continue to uphold the religious tolerance shown over the years and avoid activities that would result in serious conflict with other religions.
Receiving the cheque, Sheikh Sharubutu thanked the management and staff of the Free Zones Board for their support over the years which he believed had been very beneficial to the Islamic community.
He explained that the Ramadan season offered the opportunity for Muslims to express their commitment to sacred beliefs in Islam by observing rules that promote peace, love and generosity to fellow countrymen.
Sheikh Sharubutu said Ramadan, which was a special month in which the Quran was reviewed, admonished Muslims to seek the good of all people particularly the vulnerable and marginalized in the society.
He, therefore, called on Muslims not to renege on their commitment made to Allah during the festive period but to continue to be steadfast in the beliefs of Islam.
He was optimistic that Allah had listened and answered the prayers, especially the ones offered for the country and would shower continuous blessings on the country.
Caption: Mrs Darko-Opoku (right) presenting the cheque to Sheik Shambutu (middle) with them is Hajia Hanatu Abubakar, Investor Support Services Manager (Left GFZB)
By Charles Amankwa