The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa on Tuesday, August 22, 2018 implored Muslims in the Ghana Armed Force (GAF) to remain loyal to the Military High Command and the nation.
Eid-ul-Adha is an important religious festival on the Islamic Calender celebrated in the 10th month of the Thul-Haj, during which Muslims pray and meditate in commemoration of ‘’The Duty of Sacrifice ‘’ dating back to the era of Prophet Abraham.
This he said was a spiritual onus on them to continue to sustain the virtues of Prophet Abraham.
The CDS made this call in a speech read on his behalf by Sheikh Imam Sharfudeen A Kamany on the occasion of this year’s commemoration of Eid-ul-Adha festival held at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque at Burma Camp, Accra. He entreated them to pray for troops on peacekeeping operations all who were contributing to international peace and security across the globe.
Lt Gen OB Akwa urged them to continue to remain selfless and humble at all times as was demonstrated by Prophet Abraham when he enthusiastically obeyed Allah by accepting to sacrifice his only son. “The teachings of this significant ritual should never be lost among us as trained soldiers who have pledged of dedicated service to our country,”he stressed. He donated a bull and a cash amount of Ghc 2,000.00 on behalf of the Military High Command and the entire GAF to the Muslim Community towards the celebration the festival.
The Acting Chief Imam at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque Major Najmu-deen Agbere Mohammed in a sermon themed “Brotherhood of Muslims”, admonished Muslims to enhance brotherly love to ensure peaceful coexistence. He said there was the need for Muslims to help in fostering the peace of the country with their words and deeds since the religion stood for peace in all circumstances.
He urged Muslims to always opt for peace and harmony and maintain conducive atmosphere. He added that Muslims must engage in consultations and work towards a common goal of championing the course of Islam. He advised Muslims to eschew backbiting, malice, defamatory talks and any acts that could lead to disunity or division among them.