MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS IN GHANA LACK VISION – Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu
Muslim Cleric and Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu has said that the Ghanaian Muslim community lacks vision. He said the Muslims have failed to visualise a better future for themselves. He hammered on the failure of the Muslims to establish an identity which distinguishes them from others.
Sheikh Aremeyaw was speaking at an Islamic dialogue organised by the University of Ghana Students Representative Council(SRC) and Ghana Muslim Students Association-Legon (GMSA) as part of the SRC’s Week Celebration. Sheikh Aremeyaw, who also doubles as head of the Ghana Zakat and Sadaqa Fund was speaking on the topic ‘LIVING AS A MUSLIM IN A SECULAR STATE‘. He stressed on the importance of God in almost all countries that claim to be secular states and cited the motto of the United States, the anthem and pledge of Ghana as examples. The Sheikh indicated that secular states have become religious bias due to our colonial past and inheritance. He said most secular institutions have chapels but a Muslim is described as violent or intolerant when he demands a place to pray.
He added that Muslims in secular states suffer discrimination, marginalisation and exclusion. Despite this, he said some few Muslims are raising high the flag of Islam in Ghana. He spoke fondly of the late former vice president Aliu Mahama, the present vice president Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and the minority leader Haruna Iddrisu.
The program which was chaired by the GMSA-Legon patron Dr Osman Alhassan, also had Dr Hudu Fuseini and other dignitaries.