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RELIGION : Muslim youths urged to be trustworthy
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Mr Seth Owusu Yeboah, Research Fellow at the Ghana Muslim Academy (GMA), has urged Muslim youths to be patient and trustworthy in life which were virtues that promoted unity and development.
He said mistrust could be a product of unnecessary competition and survival, which often affects unity and development.
Making the call at an Annual Ramadan lecture by the Academy in Accra, Mr Yeboah noted that mistrust had become synonymous with suspicion and quoted the Holy Koran that says: “Avoid suspicion when not appropriate, for it causes the healthy to sickness and the innocent to doubt”.
He said trust in marriage was the most important cornerstone of happy, successful, intimate and fulfilling relationship, adding that love and intimacy flourished in an atmosphere of trust and died when there was no trust.
The lectures, which were on the theme: “Strategic Communal Cohesion, Inclusiveness - the Way Forward for Muslims in Ghana”, was organised to educate the public about Islam with reference to the
fasting season of blessing.
Mr Yeboah who was speaking on the topic: “The Predicament of Mistrust among Muslims in Ghana-An obstacle to Socio-Economic Development” continued by noting that sometimes political utterances
in the country alone bred mistrust.
He said another threatening development with regards to mistrust was the misuse of Information and Communications Technology.
Mr Yeboah proposed the redefinition of muslin leadership to one that would hold on to accountability, non-violence, strategic thinking and self discipline.
He urged Muslim authorities to establish a periodic national conference for the leadership of the various Islamic sects in the country to ensure unity.
Mr Yeboah also called for the establishment of multipurpose rehabilitation centre for the purpose of attending to the needs of the youth since they were the seed for the future.
Mr Abdul Karim Atsu, Regional Manager of Rigley Company Wrigley Company, urged Muslims to let their lives be examples unto others, especially in the month of fasting.
Mr Atsu said the family was the basic unit of society and appealed to parents to be responsive to the needs of their children for better future.
He encouraged Muslim communities to document all transactions to ensure transparency and accountability, adding that without documentation it would be difficult to account for anything.
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