Muslim youth must give Islam good image

By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, Sept. 2
GNA – The Ameer and Missionary in-charge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana,
Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, has said the actions and inactions of some Muslims
have painted a bad image for the Islamic faith.

“Muslims by their
individual and collective actions and inactions have succeeded in soiling the
image of the Islamic faith therefore any time you mention the name of Islam, it
sent fears down the spines of many people,” he noted.

He, therefore,
challenged Muslim youth worldwide to redeem such negative image by portraying
behaviours and attitudes that espouse the true meaning of Islam which stood for
peace.

Alhaji Maulvi Bin
Salih said this at the opening of the 37th Annual National Rally of
the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation in Takoradi, in the Western Region, on
Thursday.

The three-day
event, which was held on the theme: “Tolerance-An Indispensable Tool for
Peaceful Co-existence,” brought together more than 3,000 Muslim youth across
the country as well as delegations from La Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

He urged Muslim
youth to take a cue from Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Supreme Head of the
Ahmadiyya Community worldwide, who has been clamouring for peaceful
co-existence among nations, world leaders and religious organisations.

According to him,
there cannot be peace without tolerance and therefore, entreated Ahmadees
worldwide, to promote peace, brotherliness and tolerance between people with
diversified religious and political beliefs. 

The Ameer of
Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana, noted that as the country is preparing for a
general election in December, they must not allow themselves to be used by
politicians and political parties as tools to cause mayhem.

“You should not
allow those who have outlived their usefulness to use you for their selfish
interest, but as future leaders, you must lay a solid foundation for
socio-economic development,” he said.

Alhaji Maulvi Bin
Salih charged them to be disciplined, patient and tolerate others views because
mankind thrives on consensus.

The Regional
Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, in a speech read on his behalf commended the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission for the enormous contribution to national development.

Mr Aidoo said the
Mission had made many social interventions comprising health and educational
facilities and expressed Government’s commitment to continue partnering
religious organisations to develop the nation.

He said the
Regional Minister indicated that Government has demonstrated its support
towards the Muslim Community by upgrading the Tamale Airport into international
standard that enabled Muslim pilgrims in the three northern regions to travel
to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for their annual Hajj without much difficulty.

He urged the youth
to use the occasion to build networks, share knowledge and experiences in order
to strengthen and enhance their lives.

The participants
undertook a number of activities such as clean-up exercises in various health
facilities, donations to orphanages and inmates at the Prisons.

They would also
organise Q’uran recitations and sporting activities to strengthen their
spiritual, moral and physical wellbeing.

GNA

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