All praises are due to Allah, the One and Only God and may His ever-lasting peace and blessings be upon the holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his household.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam: It is high time we realize that Islam is a perfect Religion. Islam is an upright Religion. Islam is a peaceful Religion. Islam is a progressive Religion. Islam is a Religion of development. Islam is a Religion full of resources and above all Islam is brotherhood and sisterhood in the real sense.

In 3: 103. (Aali-Imran) Allah said: “And hold fast together the Rope of Allah which is Islam and not divide among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favours on you, for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, and by His Grace you became brothers in faith”. But Muslims have stained the brotherhood and sisterhood taught by Islam and did not sustain it.

In 42: 13. (Shura), Allah says: “The Laws reveled to you O’ Prophet Muhammad (SAW) were the same Laws reveled to Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musah (Moses), and Isah (Jesus): containing in it, “Be steadfast in the Religion, and split not into sects”. Unfortunately the Ummah has splitted into sects. This means that some Muslims have disobeyed Allah as far as this verse is concerned.

In 6: 159 (Anaam) Allah says again, “As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, you have nothing to do with them in the least. Their affair is with Allah and He will tell them in the end the truth of all their undertakes.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam: What are we doing about the divisions and numerous sects we have in Islam which is against the Laws of Allah? What are we doing about the stained brotherhood and sisterhood between Muslims which Islam otherwise teachings us to maintain? Indeed what some Muslims have only succeeded in creating, is big division and also numerous sects.

As far as brotherhood and sisterhood is concerned, the holy Prophet is reported to have said that: Do not envy one another; do not cross to buy what your Muslim brother buys. Do not provoke one another; do not abandon one another. You should all become one Muslim brotherhood and sisterhood. A Muslim and his brother should never be in bad terms for three days. No Muslim should look down upon his brother with contempt. The fear of Allah is here, and he pointed to his heart three times. It is only the extremely unlucky ones who have problems with their follow Muslim brothers and sisters. Under no circumstance should his follow Muslim brother and sister undermine his wealth, his blood and his personality. Sahihi Muslim.

This wise we have heeded to some parts of the Quran and neglected others parts. Allah says in the Quran 61:2-3. O you who believe! Why say that which you do not do? It is a grievous sin in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, let us together hold fast the Rope of Islam and divide not among yourselves or implement part of the Quran neglect the rest.

This is the rational behind Allah the Almighty instructing us in the Quran 16:125, “Call people to Islam, the Way of your Lord with profound wisdom and beautiful exhortations; and argue with them in the best and most appealing manner: for you Lord knows best, those who have strayed from His Path, and those who receive guidance. In fact this is lacking in some Muslim scholars and it is high time we correct it. I wish you all a very happy Eid. I pray for the Government, the Chiefs and people of Ghana for peace and prosperity to prevail at all times.

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