Some of the worshippers at the conference
HUNDREDS OF members of Ahlussuna Wal-Jama’a, one of the Islamic sects in the country, last Saturday converged at the Takoradi Jubilee Park in the Western Region in their numbers for a grand durbar to mark the official opening of the 23rd National Da’wa of the sect.
The event which was on the theme: ‘Religious and Secular Education-Tools for Development’, attracted politicians, security personnel as well as some residents in the Sekondi-Takoardi metropolis.
It was attended by members of the religious sect from all the 10 regions of Ghana.
Dressed in various beautiful apparels, the worshippers, among other things, offered prayers for the nation and called on Allah to help maintain the peace and stability in Ghana.
Addressing the worshippers, the National Chief Imam of the Ahlussuna Wal-Jama’a, Al-hajj Ibrahim Umar, stressed it was high time Muslims fought against ignorance, poverty and disease.
According to him, this could be done if Muslims invest in education. He stressed the need for Muslim parents to give quality education to their children.
The Chief Imam appealed to Muslims to embrace education and send their children to school, adding, “That is the best investment that we can give to our young ones.”
He urged them to also ensure that their children who were in school remained and completed their education, reiterating that “the education of our Muslim children will enable them to play meaningful roles in the socio-economic development of the country.”
Al-hajj Umar pointed out that it was also incumbent on the parents to nurture their children to be God-fearing and to live decent and disciplined lives.
He urged Muslims in Ghana to show concern and commitment towards the development and progress of their respective areas and the country as a whole.
Member of Parliament for Takoradi, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, urged Muslims to endeavour to live in harmony with people belonging to different religion and other Islamic sects in their communities.
He also called on Muslims to give their children formal education since that is the only means to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich.
The Takoradi MP also urged the worshippers to ensure clean environment to help avoid contracting communicable diseases.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi