Muslims in Ghana yesterday celebrated the feast of Eid-ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, with prayers and thanksgiving offerings across the country.
Eid-ul-Adha is a festival of sacrifice in honour of Prophet Abraham who obeyed Allah’s command to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
For that display of commitment to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah’s command, Allah exchanged that sacrifice with a sheep.
Vincent Amenuveve reports that the prayers were led by the Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Yussif Adam, while a ram was slaughtered to mark the occasion.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Albert Abongo, who was the special guest of honour, entreated Muslims in the region to use the occasion to preach peace and “to be tolerant towards those who do not share the same political opinions with them” as the December polls approached.
According to him, if “all Ghanaians will be guided by the principles of the Eid then we can live together as a people with a common destiny irrespective of our religious, political, ethnic and other differences.”
Hundreds of Muslims thronged the Ho Police Depot park to offer prayers to Allah and to uplift his name for the bounties offered them in life, reports Tim Dzamboe from Ho.
The open air prayers were led by the acting Volta Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Alpha Anas, who used the occasion to urge the youth to avoid the temptation of being used to cause any trouble by political parties in the run-up to the elections.
In her address, the Volta Regional Minister, Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, said it was a season for reflection and commitment to glorify God.
Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, interacting with some members of the Muslim community after the prayer session in Tamale
Daniel Kenu reports that the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr John Alexander Ackon, urged Muslims to shun vengeance, indiscipline and other negative attitudes that affected progress and development.
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