The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe on Sunday called on Muslims to let the holy and pious lives they exhibited during the Ramadan fast to continue to reflect in their daily activities.
She said they should not only use the celebration of Eid-Ul Fitr for merry making or to show-off their new clothing, but rather find time to take stock of their religious and social life and endeavour to make amends where they fall short.
Mrs Benyiwa-Doe said this when she joined hundreds of orthodox Muslims, who defied the morning showers in Cape Coast to mark this year’s Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers at the holy grounds near the Holy Child school in Cape Coast.
Hundreds of the congregation clad in white converged at the grounds as early as 0700 hours and prayers commenced at 0945 hours when the regional Imam Alhaji Yusif Mohammed kabate arrived at the grounds.
Mrs Benyiwa Doe commended Muslims for the special role they played during the funeral and burial of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
He also commended them for going through the Ramadan fast without any disturbances and stressed that the government would continue cooperating with the Muslim communities in the country to ensure peace and unity.
She said the demise of the late president would not change any of the programmes and projects earmarked for the region and urged them to give equal support to the new President, John Dramani Mahama, who has pledged to continue with the works of the late president.
The Regional Minister urged Muslim youth to be wary of unscrupulous people in the society who would like to use them for their selfish interest and advised them to be rather proactive and take up roles that would enhance development in the country.
Alhaji Yusif Mohammed Kabate, the Regional Imam, called on Muslims to ensure that the “country continues to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that is prevailing currently”, stressing that, “not all countries in the world are enjoying the peace and tranquility that Ghanaians were experiencing”.
He urged them to practice all the teachings learnt during the 30 days of the Ramadan fast and “to be each other’s keeper” by exhibiting love and care towards their neighbours.
Present at the ceremony were Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, the Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and Mr Alfred Thompson, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Cape Coast.
They both thanked the Muslims for the peaceful Ramadan fast and called on them to live in peace and unity to ensure incident free general polls.
At the Cape Coast Technical school park at Abura, a suburb of Cape Coast, Mr Ebo Barton Oduro, Member of Parliament for Cape Coast, joined hundreds of Ahmadiyyah Muslims to mark the day.
Abdullah Osuman, Ahmadiyyah Circuit Missionary at Abura, who led the prayers, asked Muslims to allow the lessons learnt from the Ramadan fast reflect in their day to day activities
He asked Muslim community in the Central Regional to be law abiding and endeavour to co-exist peacefully with other religious groups and also ensure that “there was peace before, during and after the general elections.”
Mr Oduro advised them not to let their political differences divide them but rather remain firm and resolute in whatever they do and endeavour to maintain the current peace in the country.
Mrs Benyiwa-Doe later presented GH¢1000, 00 to the Imam.
Prayers were said for the soul of the late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills, the President, John Dramani Mahama, Council of state members, Members of Parliament and the entire nation. GNA