The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Prof Mike Aaron Ocquaye, has called on all religious groups in Ghana to co-exist in the atmosphere of peace, unity and mutual respect for each other’s religious belief.
Speaking at the 7th annual night of power in the holy month of Ramadan by the Muslim caucus of parliament, Rt. Hon Ocquaye noted that religious tolerance will ensure that both Muslims and Christians worship in peace and harmony.
He also used the occasion to call on the leadership of the Muslim community to advice their youth from being used for violence, especially during elections.
The speaker of parliament told the gathering that Dankwa Akuffo Addo’s government has the Muslim community at heart and hence has established an entire ministry dedicated to them.
The night of power is an event organised by the Muslim caucus and staff of parliament to raise funds for their charity fund, the Zakat and Sadaqa Trust Fund.
The fund was launched on September 6, 2010 by the caucus in collaboration with His Eminence, the National Chief Imam of Ghana and the National Imams of the various Islamic sects in Ghana.
This is to enable Muslims working in both public and private sectors of Ghana observe the Third Pillar of Islam (Zakat) in fulfillment of their faith in Allah. The meaning of zakat is both ‘purification’ and ‘growth’. Giving zakat means giving ‘2.5 percent of your wealth to certain classes of needy people’. A person may also give us much as he or she pleases as voluntary alms or charity.
The Trust Fund is managed by a board of Trustees chaired by Mr. Alhassan Andani and has Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu as the Chief Executive Officer.
Story by: Gilbert Borketey Boyefio