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30.09.2008 Religion

Don’t change Muslim dress to Party “T’ shirts -Chief Imam

By gna

Sheikh Abdul Moumin Haroun, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Chief Imam has warned Muslim youth not to change their Muslim dress to party “T” shirts and indulge in activities that would create confusion in the society.

He said after the 30 days fast and prayers, there was the need for them to remain holy, cautious in their activities and pray to God so that he would continue to shower his blessings on the nation for a peaceful election.

Sheikh Haroun gave the advice after leading thousands of Muslims including the Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Imurana Musah, Sari kin Zongo, other Chief Imams and Ullemams in an open air prayer at the Central Mosque at Akwatialine in Kumasi on Tuesday to mark the Eid-Ul-Fitr festival.

The prayer was under the theme “Unity, Peace and Violent-Free Election”.

The Deputy Chief Imam emphasised that politics was all about the development and welfare of the people, and stressed that, nothing debarred Muslims from involving themselves in it, but they should think about what they could do to ensure free, fair and successful election devoid of conflicts, confrontations, fighting and blood shed.

Sheikh Haroun urged them to take education serious, which he said would be a blessing to them and their children, and also work hard to be able to become useful citizens in the society and support the needy and the afflicted.

Mr Emmanuel Asamoah Owusu-Ansah, the Ashanti Regional Minister and MP for Kwabre West who joined in the Muslims noted that 30 days of fasting to ask for God's forgiveness, blessings and development of the nation by Muslims was a good thing that all Ghanaians much cherish.

He said at the end of the fast, there was the need for them to work on it so that they get blessings for themselves, their families and the nation as a whole.

Touching on the December Elections, the Regional Minister indicated that since there were choices in their dress, so it is in politics that every body would have a choice but that does not mean that the person is an enemy.

He emphasized that “if the person is not on your side what to do was to woo him or her to your side and not a matter of fight,” adding that, “when trouble or fights erupts, it is the women and the children who suffer most”.

Mr Owusu-Ansah admonished that they ensured peaceful and mutual co-existence with their neighbours, and pray so that the fast would be beneficial to them in their lives.