The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Prof. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has asked Muslims to strive in the pursuit of seeking Islamic knowledge as it will enable them to be righteous, humble, pious and tolerant.
He said knowledge of one’s religion was central to strengthening the faith of the believer and attainment of spiritual upliftment.
Sheikh Prof. said these last Saturday when he closed the 2019 commentary of Qur’an recitation at the Abosey Okai Central Mosque in Accra.
The annual event is held during the month of Ramadan to teach Muslims, particularly the youth, scholars, preachers and Imams (those who lead Muslims in prayers) the appropriate interpretation of the Qur’an.
Misinterpretation of the Qur’an, the National Chief Imam noted was often the reason some ignorant Muslims hid under the guise of religion to kill innocent people.
The Muslim leader, who is globally known as a peace icon, said that when Muslims understood the text in the Qur’an, then, they would keep peace with everyone regardless of their faith.
He touched on various verses in the Qur’an some of which relates to humility, submissiveness, love, respect, generosity and patience.
The revered Islam teacher said, for instance, a Muslim who was well read and or listened to correct interpretation of the Qur’an would not ascribe purity onto them for, such, was only the attribute of Allah (God).
The National Chief Imam prayed for peace and prosperity of Ghanaians and development of the country.
He asked Allah to grant the leaders fortitude and wisdom to bring progress to Ghana.
In a speech read on his behalf by Moro Baba Issah, Public Relations Officer of National Council of Zongo Chiefs, president of the council, Sheikh Abdul Kadir Tahir commended Sheikh Prof. Sharubutu for his exemplary leadership.
He said every sincere Muslim acknowledged the achievement of the National Chief, adding that Prof. Sharubutu had helped to demystify the widely held erroneous perception that Islam was a violent religion.
The ceremony brought together chiefs, members of the various political parties, Islamic students and members of the diplomatic corps.
BY MALIK SULLEMANA