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Religion of Saturday, 27 October 2012

Source: GNA

Muslims urged to accept outcome of the elections

Sheik Tahir Saeed, Deputy Upper East Regional Chief Iman, has enjoined Ghanaians to accept the results of the forthcoming elections and the winner as one ordained by God to lead the country.

Sheik Tahir said this when he addressed this year’s Eidh ul Adha celebration in Bolgatanga on Friday where hundreds of Muslims converged to pray to God for the mercies endowed them over the year.

He said as the campaigns of the elections peaked up, Ghanaians should be guided by their utterances and not conduct themselves in ways that would compromise the peace the country had enjoyed over the years.

He prayed for peaceful elections and asked God for a choice of a President who would steer the affairs of the country.

Mr. Mark Owen Woyongo, Upper East Regional Minister, asked Muslims to stand by the virtues of peaceful coexistence and love for one another as the Holy Quran has instructed.

He said it was not enough for Muslims to gather and celebrate Eid but should remember that the Holy Quran was revealed as guide to humanity and applied in all human life and every relationship between human beings.

He said the guidance provided by the Holy Quran also prescribed appropriate rules and limits that governed the relationship between parents and children, man and woman, employee and employer and all spheres of life.

He asked Muslims, therefore, to avoid activities that would foment troubles in their communities and be proud of the religion they belonged which had always proclaimed complete equality among all races.

"I will therefore appeal to all our gentlemen and ladies to stand for peace before, during and after elections and not to allow yourselves to be used to cause trouble in our respectful places and beyond" the Regional Minister added.

He also assured Ghanaians of government's commitment towards ensuring peaceful and transparent elections.