By Abdul Karim Naatogmah/ | Fri 10th September, 2010 20:22 GMT


Sheikh Imam Hussein Rashid, spiritual leader and chief Imam of the Salawatia Muslim Mission in Ghana has welcomed Florida based Pastor Terry Jones’ decision not to burn the Holy Qur’an on Saturday September 11.

The Salawatia leader who on Thursday September 9 threatened that Pastor Jones would have perished within one week if his planned agenda came through said the man of God saved his life with the U-Turn he made on the issue.

Imam Rashid affectionately called “Kutubu Zamaani” made these remarks in an exclusive interview with Citi News after the Eid-Ul fetir prayer on Friday September 10 at Gumani, a suburb of Tamale.

He commended US President Barrack Hussein Obama, the Vatican and all religious and other concerned bodies for unanimously condemning Pastor Jones’ earlier decision and concluded that it was a mark of progress as World Leaders are calling for peace on earth.

Imam Rashid used the occasion and appealed to Muslims in conflict prone Muslim countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Middle East to liaise with the United Nations for amicable resolution to their aged long impasse that has claimed several lives.

He further prayed for a prosperous nation and urged Ghanaians to be circumspect in their pronouncements on particularly the radio during phone-in programmes.

Addressing Muslims at the Tamale Central Mosque on behalf of government, Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister reiterated government’s commitment to improve the 2010 hajj pilgrimage.

He said government appreciated the peaceful nature in which this year’s Ramadan season was observed in the entire Northern Region and appealed to the youth to focus on developing their communities.