Visiting Canadian Islamic cleric Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips who is domiciled in Doha, Qatar, is in the country to deliver a number of lectures but some Ghanaians are apprehensive because they think he could be radicalizing figure.
A top security manager has however given the man a bill of good conduct following the hullabaloo over whether he should have been given an entry visa or not.
The highly respectable state security manager, whose details are provided, said “we had no reason to refuse the visa and it is important not to make such decisions on the basis of only what other countries had done. So far he has not disappointed though.”
This should put paid to the fears being expressed some people about the assignments of Dr. Bilal.
They say he had been barred from entering Britain among other countries.
During his stay in the country, he is billed to deliver a lecture titled, “Insurgency In God’s Name: Revelation In Rebellion” in Accra.
He is also expected to lead a congregational prayer at the Al-Hashim Mosque at Adabraka in Accra. Also lined up is a lecture he is going to deliver titled, “Role of Islamic Scholar and Professional in Conflict Resolution.”
A correspondence from the cleric in a Philippine detention centre dated 10 September 2014 was released yesterday to explain the circumstances underpinning his arrest in that country.
“I’m happy to inform you that I am safe and well-treated in Davao City immigration custody, as my request for voluntary deportation is being processed.
Though I appreciate your rallies and demonstrations of support in Marawi City, Zamboanga and elsewhere, I advise you all to keep calm and not let your genuine expressions of support spiral out of control and degenerate into wanton destruction of property and the loss of life and limb. Please allow the due process of law to take its course. The false allegations and misunderstandings circulating in the media will be tackled legally in order to clear my name and lift the ban on any future visits to the Philippines – God willing. There is sufficient evidence to prove my innocence in my hundreds of youtube video lectures and khutbahs (see my youtube channel: aabphilips), over 50 published books, many of which can be downloaded freely from my website:www.bilalphilips.com or www.kalamullah.com or the hundreds of posts on my official facebook page: Dr. Bilal Philips, with almost 2 million likes. Peace be upon you all. Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Chancellor, Islamic Online University, it stated.
By A.R. Gomda