Religion of Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharabutu, the National Chief Imam, has called on Muslims to adopt the right attitude in their worship by observing the principles that underpinned the Ramadan celebration.
He said peace was one of the virtues of Islam and urged Muslims to see the Ramadan as an obligation so that they could live peacefully with others.
The National Chief Imam said this at the annual Ramadan lectures organised by Muslims in Free Enterprise (MIFE), and sponsored by Alisa Hotel and Revenue Watch International in Accra on Wednesday.
Sheikh Dr Sharabutu entreated Muslims to live in peace even with those who fight against their religion and afflicted them because Prophet Mohammed, the originator of Islam was peaceful, adding Muslims in Ghana must be thankful to God for his providence and the religious freedom they were enjoying in the country.
He appealed to Muslims to be obedient to Allah and imbibe in their children Islamic values that would make them distinctive in the society.
The National Chief Imam encouraged Muslims to despise laziness and put a lot of effort in worshiping Allah since no one could predict the time he or she would die.
Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam and Executive Secretary of the Islamic Peace and Security Council (IPASEC), appealed to Muslim Youth to desist from any act of violence or fraudulent practices that could put the country into a state of confusion and instability.
He urged the youth to avoid becoming victims of politicians who might use them to commit acts of violence in the coming December polls.
Alhaji Osman said IPASEC would be visiting conflict prone areas in the various zongo communities and educate them on the need to avoid violence, and entreated the youth to emulate the values of the National Chief Imam which were humility, patience, integrity, respect and modesty.
Mr. Ahmed Abdullah, Executive Secretary and Co-founder of MIFE, said the event was to provide Muslims and the general public an opportunity to learn about Islam and also discuss social, health care and other national issues.
Prayers were said for the late President John Evans Atta Mills, President John Dramani Mahama and the nation.