The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has given a stern warning to all Islamic units and Clerics in the region ahead of this year’s Islamic sermons during the month of Ramadan. Muslim Ulamas during the period preach the word of the Holy Quran and propagate the deeds (Hadis) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
It is in this vein that, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Sa-eed as Chairman of REGSEC met with the leadership of the Tijaniya, Sunni, Ahmadiya and the Shia groups in Tamale to set a roadmap for their sermons in order to enhance a peaceful coexistence amongst them throughout the period.
The Minister in an exclusive interview after the meeting indicated the Imams have won the admiration of the Muslim populace to lead them but lamented quickly that, in their attempt to educate the people to appreciate the teachings of Islam in the Ramadan period, veer off and start to question the personalities and credibility of other Muslim sets so far as their duties and responsibilities in the Islamic region is concern.
He noted that, as result, this degenerates into unnecessary tensions and finally leads into violent confrontations. He added: sometimes it starts as an Islamic, religious set issues and before you realize it turns to NPP, NDC bickering and subsequently metamorphous into an Abudu and Andani feud.
“So we want to caution ourselves, if you study disasters and crisis in every country or any part of the world, one of the best measures to put in place is to prevent; so preventive measures is always cost effective and also it spares people’s time, so people are able to leverage the limited time and resources they have whether government or whatever to use it to do other development issues instead of solving crisis and managing conflicts, so that inform me as Chairman of REGSEC to invite them for a dialogue, he stated.”
Mr. Salifu Sa-eed however commended the Muslim leaders for responding swiftly and attending the meeting. He believes the Imams should be serving as the Public Complaints Units for people to air their frustrations and they talk to them. He stated further that, they should be the ombudsmen of peace.
However, it was resolved out of the meeting that, a committee will be setup, comprising prominent members from all the Islamic units in the area to monitor proceedings on the radio airwaves to ensure that, people preach the word of the Holy Quran and not attack others. This will be reported to the Regional Security Council and punitive sanctions will be taken against culprits found guilty.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com