The Supreme Spiritual Leader of the Salawatia Mission in GhanaSheihu Salawatia, Imam Rashid, Qutub Az-Zamaan.

 If you do not have an objective mind, and you are prejudiced towards religion especially the Deen of Islam, it would be extremely difficult for you to see reason in this write-up. None of the Daily News Papers would like to publish it.

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the lord.” (Romans: 12:19)

From the above Biblical quotation, it is clear that God frowns upon vengeance. Indeed the Quran in 3:159 is equally explicit on the need for mankind to forgive one another. Allah says; “It saw part of the Mercy of Allah that you were lenient towards them. Were you severe or harsh-hearted, they would have dispersed from round you. So pass over their faults, and ask Allah to forgive them; and consult them in affairs of the moment. Then, when you collectively take a decision, put your trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust in Him.”

 

It is instructive that Allah reminded the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that if he was to be vengeful, people “would have dispersed from round” him. As a leader, he needed people to be successful and to execute the agenda of the Deen of Islam. To do this, Allah reminded him that he needed to be non-vengeful in order that he will get the people to rally around him and support him even in his prophetic mission.

 

Indeed no country that had progressed when people in authority revenged against their fellow countrymen and women. Revenge and witch-hunting are therefore sure ways by which we will destroy ourselves as a country. Today there is a heavy cloud of revenge, suspicion, mistrust and witch-hunting in our midst. The problem however is that, Jesus (Prophet Issah AS) dissuaded people from casting the first stone because there is none that are without sin. “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”. (John: 8:7)

 

 I do not have the least doubt that the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by President Atta Mills is committed to the development of the country. Indeed I am well convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that the well-being of this country is their priority. However, they risk alienating a large section of the Ghanaian population if the perception that they are being vengeful against their political opponents does not stop.

 

It is worrying when some politicians constantly refer to what happened in 2000 and/or 2001, suggesting that somehow, it is pay back time. Right now, the political climate in Ghana is not the best. There is glaring evidence of a polarized population. But let me add quickly, that I am not suggesting that people who are found to have genuinely misappropriated the nation’s money should be made to go scot-free. These matters emanate as a result of the moral decadence of the vast majority of Ghanaians.

 

Morality is simply the choice between right and wrong. Thus we say that people are moral when they choose right and we say they are immoral when they choose wrong. Different nations have their own ideas of what is right and wrong. But there are also general notions of right and wrong which are of universal applicability. Thus people will always applaud the kind and honest man while disliking the con-man who causes hurt without let.

 

Ghana today is grapping with sinking morals. Her youth are becoming professionals in Internet fraud and experts in “Sakawa” and “419”. The streets are littered with prostitutes at night. Who are the clients of these prostitutes? Morality has sunk so low in Ghana that some Honorable Members of Parliament and Ministers of State, some Members of the Judiciary and the Civil Service are smeared with the murky and stinky waters of corruption.

 

Some people take pride in smuggling goods into and out of the country. Some businessmen evade tax and they are happy for doing that. Work at the various public offices sometimes is very disappointing and one would have wished better performance of work. The work of one day, sometimes takes two to three months to get completed and not only that some people maintain, “One chops where he works”. These days people demand “tips” as if it is of right.

 

Even when one has given a tip, there is no guarantee that the work for which he or she gave the tip will be executed.

 

Under these circumstances, one would have expected that the men of God will rise to the occasion and come to the rescue of our society. Today, the preaching of our Imams is nothing to write home about. Indeed some of the preaching that goes on is actually counter productive. They preach what they don’t intend to practice.

 

There is also the claim that Ghana is a Christian Country. This claim is some how substantiated by the packed churches where services are held on a daily basis, even weekdays and working hours, not to mention Sunday Services. What morality is the church teaching the packed congregations? What do the Ministers of State, Directors of Corporations and Companies and the citizenry, large majority of whom are Christians hear from the priests when they go to church?

 

Why do we have more religion and more decadence? Is religion serving its purpose in Ghana then? Why didn’t the priests and the miracle-mongering Television preachers succeeded in uprooting corruption and moral decadence from Ghana? Indeed if Ghanaians would have taken religion with the seriousness that it deserved, Ghana would have emerged one of the richest countries in the world. We would have given the Police Force and the Security services less task and not over stretching them as we are doing currently.    

 

From the time Ghana attained her independence to date, 90% of Ghanaians who ruled the country were/are Christians and should the economy of Ghana is described as worst because those in authority have mismanaged, misappropriated and in some cases coursed financial lost to the state, and corruption is deeply rooted among Ghanaians, then Christians are simply implicated. Religion seems to be in the driving seat as far as the moral guidance of the vast majority of Ghanaians is concerned, the blame for Ghana’s moral bankruptcy therefore lies squarely at the feet of the churches, should the claim that Ghana is a Christian Country well substantiated.

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