By the Spiritual Leader of the Salawatia Mission of Ghana, Sheihu Husain Rashid Salwat.

(THE QUTUB AZ-ZAMAN)

I bear testimony that there is none worthy of worship but Allah. I also bear testimony that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allah. May the Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him and his household. I greet you with the Islamic greetings of peace and tranquility specially meant for people like you who have successfully gone through the ordeal of fasting, for a duration of a period of one full month of the Lunar moon of Ramadan.

We are indeed very grateful to the Almighty Allah for providing us with His divine guidance, support and sustenance throughout the period of the month of fasting. May He accept all our supplications and forgive us our omissions and commissions. May He reward us with all the Blessings of Ramadan.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, let us count ourselves lucky, for we have indeed ably demonstrated to the whole world that we accept and uphold the Orders of the Almighty Allah by applying ourselves to His will. He said in the Quran; “Oh you who believe, Fasting is prescribed to you just as it was prescribed to the earlier generations before you, that you may learn self-restraint and enhance God-fearing.”

Fellow Muslims, the core message of this year’s Eid ul-Fitr are as follows:

1 – Obedience to Allah. Islam commands obedience to Allah, unity and co-operation among Muslims and prohibits disunity. It is stated in the Holy Quran that “Hold fast to the Deen of Allah in unity and do not disintegrate.” It is also stated generally that “United we stand, divided we fall”. Let us be reminded that a disunited body is a disorganized society that can never have a bearing on direction.

2 – Education. Education and the Acquisition of knowledge are both obligatory upon all Muslims, male and female, and most importantly the Girl-Child. There is a saying that “if you think education is expensive, tries ignorance.

3 – Nation Building. Muslims should not only make concerted efforts in nation building but should also be seen at the vanguard of nation building in order that we enhance a sound economy and a meaningful national development. Before any viable and sound economy and meaningful national development is achieved, there should be first and foremost an absolute peace throughout the country, and that peaceful environment must be sustained. Peace is paramount as far as the development of our dear nation and the enhancement of a sound economy are concerned. I entrust the youth to cultivate the habit of hard work and to eschew laziness at all times. Islam teaches hard work to earn one’s living. The high level of discipline instilled into us during the one-month period of fasting should be sustained and that is sufficient enough to solve all the communal violets and chieftaincy disputes that have characterized some areas in our country.

 4 – Peace in Dagbon. Fellow Muslims, time has come for us to seriously ponder over the possibility of giving peace an everlasting chance in Dagbon, Bawku and other places in the country where there is trouble. Peace in Dagbon can be achieved when leaders of Dagbon are ready to internalize the need to embrace and hug one another at a common table to discuss strategies that will amicably lead to finding permanent solutions to the age-old crises in Dagbon. We the Muslim leadership and other religious leaders are waiting impatiently to seeing the days when the Abudus and the Adanis would stand upon one platform and say, “Enough is enough. Dagbon is more important than any individual Dagomba. We have as from today resolved to handle our own affairs.” The Quran persuades, encourages and supports the response of conflict resolution amongst a community themselves where the conflict emerged. The Quran states thus; “Allah does not change the conditions of a people until they change it themselves.”

5 – Cleansing the Country. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, I wish to revisit some of my visions in May this year. Amongst other things I saw in one of my visions was: “Until the Government ensures that this county is cleansed, all efforts at putting the economy on sound footing will come to naught. This is due to the evil deeds by some politicians in quest of gaining power who went to the extremes of ritual killings. The country will experience a lot of difficulties as a result of the afore-mentioned bizarre deeds. Disasters like bloodshed due to communal violets, fire outbreaks, economic meltdown and carnages on our roads will be with us because of the wrath of God on the nation.” This statement does not in any way attempt to implicate the government or any of the government functionaries. On the contrary it is meant at ensuring the success of the Government. All that it takes is for the Government to declare a day for the cleansing.

The President attended a thanksgiving service to climax the 68th synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Ho, on the 9th of August 2009. The Ghanaian Chronicle, has filed this report; “President John Evans Atta Mills has confessed that the currently economic conditions in the country is not as smooth as was expected by his government, and called on religious bodies to pray constantly for his government to come up with solutions to the problems confronting the nation”.

Indeed the disasters have revisited us. I therefore humbly plead with the Government to act now in order that it enhances a sound economy and a meaningful national development.

I pray for the Government and its functionaries. I pray for all the chiefs and people of Dagbon. I pray for all the chiefs and people of Ghana. I pray for the prosperity of our dear country. I pray for the Regional Minister and the Metropolitan Chief Executive and their officials for the keen interest in finding a permanent and an everlasting peace for the Dagbon crises. I pray for Peace for the entire world. I pray for all Muslims the world over and I ask the Almighty Allah to accept our fasting and reward us accordingly.

I conclude by wishing you the best of Eid ul-Fitr celebrations. May Allah be with you all. Wa Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahamatul Lahi Ta’alaa Wabarakatuhu.

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