Extremism has no place in Islam - Imam
4/16/2012 2:05:00 PM -
Kumasi, April 15, GNA - Imam Abdulmumin Haroun, an Islamic Scholar, has condemned violence, intimidation and the shedding of innocent blood, meant to fight the cause of Islam.
These negative tendencies, he said, had no place in Islam as they were misguided and in contravention with Quranic doctrines.
'I call on well-meaning Muslim leaders to continuously preach against suicide bombings, and antagonism in all its forms being perpetrated by some misinformed Muslims in the name of Islam since their actions are tarnishing the image of the religion.'
Imam Haroun, the Spiritual leader of the Muslim community in Ashanti Region, was addressing the opening session of the 90th Presbytery Conference of the Asante Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), in Kumasi.
He expressed worry that some leaders were took advantage of the ignorance and vulnerability of some Muslims, particularly the youth, and influenced them to engage in acts that had no basis in Islam.
Imam Haroun said: 'There is no doctrine in Islam, which condones the killing of innocent blood or preaches that perpetrators of such acts were fighting on behalf of Allah.'
He said it was unfortunate that some Muslims had been brainwashed to the extent that embracing secular or Western education and being tolerant of other religions were considered by such people as 'sin'.
Imam Haroun lauded the leadership of the Presbyterian Church for promoting inter-religious harmony.
He pledged that Muslims in the region would collaborate with the Church to enhance peaceful co-existence.
Mr Samuel Sarpong, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, commended the Presbyterian Church for promoting the wellbeing of the people.
The PCG had for about a century now constructed educational and health facilities, created jobs for the youth and also embarked on many socio-economic projects to benefit the society.
The Reverend Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, Chairperson of the Asante Presbytery of the PCG, said the religious organisation had initiated programmes to help sensitize the members to re-dedicate themselves to the Presbyterian tenets and Biblical doctrines.
This would enable them lead upright lives to make the needed changes in the society.
The five-day conference is being used by the Presbytery to take stock of its activities, and chart a new path for the sustainable progress of the church.