From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The Kumasi Zonal Missionary of the Ahamadyyia Muslim Mission, Mauvi Abdull Hameed Tahir, has identified that harmony among religious bodies in the country, must be sustained to spur up the goals of the nation.
He said Ghana, has become a beacon of peace through religious cohesion as compared to other countries where it is extremely difficult to see Muslims and other religious groupings living in together.
”We are happy that all the religious bodies in the country always act as each brother’s keeper which is very critical for national aspirations. Let us use religious diversity to create a peaceful society, ’’ he appealed.
Mauvi Hameed Tahir, made this appeal when he addressed Ahamadi congregants at the Ahamadyyia Senior High School in an open air prayers to mark this year’s celebration of Eid-adha, a feast of sacrifice.
Eid- adha is one of the major festivals celebrated annually by Muslims in commemoration of Ibrahim (Abraham’s) obedience to Allah to offer his only son Ishmael (Isaac) as sacrifice to him.
Mauvi Hameed Tahir, cautioned Muslims that they should not only focus on the merry making of the occasion, but reflect on its lessons to enable them to equally be submissive and desist from acts that do not speak well of Islam.
He challenged them to dedicate their resources to the agenda of the nation like Ibrahim did to Allah.
The Mauvi, tasked them to adhere to environmental cleanliness and guard against indiscriminate littering of their surroundings.
In his address, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, noted that one of the critical elements of democracy is right to belief, therefore, it was not out of place for a Christian and a Muslim to occupy the most prestigious positions in the country .
He urged Muslims to team up with the city authorities to improve upon sanitation in the city to restore Kumasi to her past glory as the “Garden City’’.
Mr Antwi, challenged them to capitalize on numerous policies and programmes being implemented by the government, in particular the Free Senior Secondary Education to guarantee better future for their children and the society at large.