Muslim youth must salvage negative image

By Godwill
Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, Sept. 05
GNA — The Ameer and Missionary in-charge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana,
Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, has challenged Muslim youth worldwide to
redeem the negative image of their faith.

This should be done
by portraying behaviour and attitudes that espouse the true meaning of Islam,
which stood for peace, he advised.

“Some 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 sends fears down the spines of many people,” he noted.

Maulvi Bin Salih
said this at the opening of the 37th Annual National Rally of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Youth Organisation at the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS), in
Takoradi, in the Western Region.

The three-day event
was held under the theme: “Tolerance – An Indispensable Tool for Peaceful
Co-existence”. It 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 had been clamouring for peaceful
co-existence among nations, world leaders and religious organisations.

He said there could
not be peace without tolerance and therefore, entreated Ahmadis to promote
peace, brotherliness and tolerance among people with diverse religious and
political beliefs. 

The Ameer said as
the nation was preparing for a general election in December, they must not
allow themselves to be used by politicians and political parties 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 stated.

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

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

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

The Regional
Minister said the Government had 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 towards
strengthening and enhancing their lives.

The participants
had undertaken 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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