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Ahmadis mark Eid-Ul-Fitr

By James Harry Obeng

 

THE Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of Ghana is confident the country is capable of organising an incident- free presidential and parliamentary polls, come December 7.

 

The mission stated its position at a congregational prayer held to mark Eid-Ul-Fitr at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Conference Centre (Bustan-E-Ahmad), Ashongman in Accra last Tuesday. The prayers were to usher the country towards the December polls.

 

It noted that despite vestiges of political battles recorded in parts of the country, especially in Northern Ghana, there still existed among political parties of the country a level of co-peration and understanding “which is rare in other African countries”.

 

It said the existence of the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) was a step towards sustaining tolerance in the run up to the polls.

 

The Mission cautioned Ghanaians to eschew foul talk and evil deeds that could plunge to the elections into disorder, and urged religious bodies to back their prayers with constant education of their followers to observe the rules and regulations that govern the conduct of elections in the country.

 

Preaching the sermon, Maulvi A. Wahab Adam, the Ameer (Head) and Missionary-in-Charge of the Mission explained that practices that constituted foul talk included the use of “abusive and inflammatory language, recrimination and incitement, and also blatant falsehood” while evil deeds “include registration of minors and aliens, selling and buying of votes and intimidation of voters.”

 

He said “if all the institutions entrusted with the grave responsibility of conducting smooth elections approach their respective duties impartially, responsibly, and firmly, realising that after the elections, we all need Ghana in one piece and not in pieces, then there is no reason why we cannot have successful elections in December this year, Inshallah.”

 

He said it would amount  to usurping the constitutional responsibility of the Electoral Commission (EC) should any party to announce election results once the polls were over, and urged all stakeholders in the country to accept the results of this year’s elections to be declared by the EC without threatening mayhem or opposition.

 

Maulvi Wahab Adam explained that Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims all over the world to mark the end of fasting in the month of Ramadhan in obedience to the command of Allah as stipulated in Qur’an 2:184-186.

 

He said as one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadhan has the primary objective of instilling in Muslims discipline, self-control, tolerance and above all, the spirit of repentance, magnanimity and goodwill towards all people.

 

He advised Muslims, particularly the youth, to exercise restraint, self-control and avoid hooliganism that could threaten the political equilibrium of the country as the December polls draw near.

 

 

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October 8, 2008 - Posted by | News

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