The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam of Ghana Muslim Mission, Alhaji Ibrahim Al-Kadh has described as worrying the recent cases of Muslim names popping up in criminal acts in the country.
According to him, although Islamic worship is about good character and not just the use of a name, people use Islamic names to commit heinous crimes in the country bringing the name of Islamic worship into disrepute.
Alhaji Ibrahim Al-Kadh said Muslim youth should engage in viable ventures that would contribute to national development and that Ghanaians should see themselves as one people and continue to live in peace.
The Regional Chief Imam advised Muslim youth to eschew indiscipline and lawlessness to ensure peace and development in their communities.
Alhaji Ibrahim told Muslim youth that their acts of indiscipline would tarnish the good image of Islam and appealed to them to refrain from indulging in social vices.
He added that Islamic worship is not just bearing a name rather putting up good character to serve as an example for others to follow.
He however advised Ghanaians particularly Muslim youth in the country to stop engaging in acts that will bring bad image to Islamic religion.
‘’Religion was a double edged sword that could be invoked for destructive purposes and, therefore, I urged Muslims to be wary of extremists who would propagate religious beliefs that would be destructive for their selfish gains’’ he noted.
He urged Muslims to continue to hold hands in brotherhood and unity for accelerated national development.
Touching on the celebration of Eid-ul Adha, Alhaji Ibrahim Al-Kadh explained that “the festive season is to sacrifice a lamb for Allah which is a duty that every Muslims should undertake if they are able. It is both a collective undertaking and and to help one another when they are in need during this festival.”
He added that Eid-ul Adha is an annual Islamic festival which every Muslim wish to experience and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out every year.