From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Missionary o f the Ahmadyyia Muslim Mission, Maulvi Abdul Hameed Taahir, has charged Muslims, especially the youth, to exhibit attitudes that do not run counter to the Islamic religion.
He appealed to them to follow the tenets upon which Islam was founded, in order to erase from the minds of certain individuals, who have haboured the notion that, Islam was about violence.
Addressing the Ahmadis at the Ahmadyyia Secondary School in Kumasi after an open air prayer to mark this year’s Eid-ul Fitr celebrations, Maulvi Hameed Taahir, noted that, the cardinal teachings of Islam are centered on unity, kindness, tolerant and commitment to the total progress of one’s nation.
He was emphatic that, any perceived follower of Prophet Mohammed (SAW), that teaches anything contrary to the aforementioned qualities, is anti-Islam.
“The cardinal doctrine of Islam is unity and peace of Allah who is worthy to be worshipped, because he is free from all defects and deceits, no one for his personal reason or interest should coax people to believe that Islam is about violence,” he said.
He tasked Muslim youth, to resist the temptation of being used as pawns by politicians to cause mayhem, as the country gears towards the 2016 general elections.
“Islam provides practical guidelines for the achievement of internal and external peace therefore it would be out of place f or our youth to take the wrong path in the name of politics,” he appealed.
He said, as ambassadors of Allah, they should remain righteous after going through the Ramadan period.
“Putting on white apparels during salla should not be our only cherished practice but we must strive hard to equally keep our hearts clean from all evils till next Ramadan,” he urged them.
He condemned the recent misunderstanding between butchers and some traditional leaders in Bimbila through which some lives were lost.
He asked religious Groups to keep praying for the country and her leaders.
Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) in his speech, praised Muslims in Ghana for co-operating with other religious groups, which was very crucial for national development.
He noted that, collaboration between Muslisms and the government, has been very cordial which has added impetus to the efforts by the government to give to the citizenry the best they deserve.
The KMA boss, pointed out that despite all odds, President Mahama, was poised to deliver.
He said, for the government to achieve its target of putting the country’s economy on a sound footing, there was the need for absolute peace and purpose of nationalism, hence all attempts should be made to resist any move to derail the peace of the country.
He asked Muslim leaders to educate their youth on the importance of the National Sanitation Day, so that they would be campaigners to rid the country of filth.