Accra, Sept. 1, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday joined thousands of Muslims made up of diplomats, ministers, Members of Parliament, chiefs and opinion leaders, among others, to mark this year’s Eid-Ul-Adha at the Independence Square.
Led in prayer by the National Chief Imam, Shiehk Osuman Nuhu Sharabutu, the Muslims offered prayers to mark the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice for Allah to enable them to sacrifice personal interests for the common good of society.
Eid-Ul-Adha is an important religious festival on the Islamic calendar during which Muslims pray and meditate in commemoration of "The Duty of Sacrifice" dating back to the era of Prophet Abraham.
President Akufo-Addo used the occasion to appeal to the Muslim Community in Ghana to always be worthy ambassadors of peace.
He said: “In a world where the beautiful religion of Islam has virtually been hijacked by people who pervert its values, every Muslim should make it his or her responsibility to be an example of what it means to be Muslim.”
The President said his government was committed to maintaining the atmosphere “that allows people of all religious persuasions to practice their religion without let or hindrance.”
“One of the many things about which our nation can be proud is the peace and mutual respect that exists amongst people of all religious persuasions,” he said, urging the people of Ghana to continue to live in harmony and mutual understanding to ensure prosperity for all.