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10.01.2006 Regional News

Oguaa Muslims commended for their commitment to peace

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Cape Coast, Jan. 0, GNA - Mr Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, Deputy Central Regional Minister, on Tuesday commended Muslims in Cape Coast for coexisting peacefully among themselves and with their Christian counterparts.

He explained that unlike in other areas where there were occasions when some sects within the Islamic religion engaged in violence and at times against some Christians, peace had always been prevailed among the Muslims and the adherence of other religions. Nana Arthur gave the commendation at the prayer ground of the Orthodox Muslims during this year's Eid-Ul-Adha prayers at the Holy Child School Park in Cape Coast.

Eid-Ul-Adha is a historic occasion to commemorate Abraham obedience to God's instruction to sacrifice his only son Ishmael to God; however, God provided a ram, which was sacrificed in place of Ishmael. It was in this regard that every year, Muslims throughout the world also slaughter animals such as camels, cattle, sheep and goats as a sign of gratitude to God for providing a ram to Abraham.

Nana Arthur underscored the importance of unity among Ghanaians and said there was the need for unity after the general election to promote the socio-economic development of the nation.

He advised Muslims not allow their political differences to divide them thereby creating tension among them and also urged them to send their children to school to enable them to become responsible citizens in the future.

The Deputy Minister asked Muslims to eschew indiscipline and strife and to inculcate into their children, stressing "indiscipline disintegrate society and plunged it into chaos and anarchy". Sheik Abubakar Hassan, Regional Chief Imam, prayed for unity among the citizenry, peace and prosperity and development for the nation. He advised Muslims to be patriotic and law-abiding so as to promote the socio-economic development of the nation.

Nana Arthur donated one million cedis to the Ulamau (The Muslims Clerics) on behalf of the Regional Minister, Mr Isaac Edumadze. Mr Ameen Sangari, a Cape Coast based Industrialist, also donated a bull to the chiefs and Ulamau.