MUSLIM YOUTHS MUST HEED ADVISE TO END THE BLOODY CONFLICTS….
By Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai
The news of a conflict between youth of two Muslim sects at Aboabo no 2 a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti regional capital is disheartening indeed. It is sad that the bloody clashes between the two youth groups belonging to the Ahlussunah Wal-Jamaa’a and Tijaniyya sects led to the destruction of property and bloody physical injuries.
When the news broke out in the media it sent shock waves down the spines of all well meaning and peace loving people in Ghana who do not want Ghana to degenerate into a war zone in West Africa. This is because Ghanaian Muslims are known to be promoters of peace so far through sound leaderships and the adherence to Islamic principle of peace with mankind. Yes Islam itself means peace and many people felt that it is wrong for Muslim youths to engage in physical conflicts at least provocation. Again We are left with just two weeks more for Muslims in Ghana and the world over to begin the month long fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. Again six months from now Ghanaians are clamoring for the coming elections which everyone wishes to be peaceful. It is therefore sad for certain Muslims to find time to descend into bloodletting over a trivial matter as a religious comment on facebook without recourse to dialogue.
When the Federation of Muslim Councils of Ghana learnt of the conflict an emergency telephone contact was made by the coordinator of the federation Alhaji Showmie Williams for action to be taken on the matter. When the facts of the conflict came to light the coordinator did not understand why an issue emanating from a facebook message was not handled properly by the youth and their leaders. He felt that the youth ought to know that Ghana is one of the most peaceful nations in Africa, a feat that has won us the accolade of the oasis of peace in Africa at a time when nations surrounding us have recently tasted bloody wars. They ought to know that Muslims in Ghana must learn from their elders the art of protecting each other and learn to resort to dialogue and desist from the use of dangerous weapons in event of misunderstandings. The Muslim youths must bear in mind that we are lucky to have in our midst leaders like the National Chief Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Shrubutu and the leader of Ahlulsunna Wal-Jamaa’a, Sheikh Umar Ibrahim Imam who have proved over the years to be peace loving people who get along together on Islamic and national issues. The Ashanti regional police force will surely get hold of all those involved in the conflict and follow up with the appropriate investigations in the matter. However the conflict should serve as a signal to the security that there is a long seated animosity and hatred in the two Muslim factions in Ghana. To find solution to the problem, a special committee must be set up to go into the reason for inter sectarian conflicts among Muslims. On the other hand the committee must also find ways of settling issues of leadership conflicts within the sects especially among the youth and those issues regarding leadership and succession plan for the leadership if Muslims in Ghana. We ought take on board the following advise by the FMC, which calls on the belligerent groups to cease hostilities and enter into dialogue with the help of their leaders.
The FMC also calls on the leaders of the two sects to quickly intervene to foster good relations among their followers, forestall any recurrence of hostilities and let peace reign in Kumasi and Ghana.
It went on to advice users of social media not only among Muslim youth but everyone especially WhatsApp and facebook, to measure their remarks and posts on their respective platforms in order not to endanger the peace Ghanaians enjoy.
If these tit bits of advice are followed by first getting Muslims to settle issues amiably without resort to physical conflict Muslims especially the youths would enjoy peace as they go about their religious and other duties. This would also feed into the general peace and stability in Ghana during the coming Ramadan and the presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of this year. It is our hope and belief that all those concerned will adhere to wise counsel for the general good of Ghana.
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