Praise be to Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent, the Most High. I pray for the perpetual Peace and Blessings of Allah to bear upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and his household. Fellow Muslims, Eid ul-Adha is undoubtedly a remarkable mile stone in Islam. It is not only for the annual celebration, but also to serve as a lesson and to guide us in our daily lives and for our success in this world and the hereafter.

On this memorable occasion of Eid ul-Adha, I call on world leaders to promote peace and tranquility in their various countries and draw the lessons of Prophet Ibrahim to inspire them and their people. Prophet Ibrahim went through a great test and became a shining example for believers in Allah and in the Last day. What can be more challenging than being asked to sacrifice one’s beloved son, after being childless till old age?

Allah says in the Holy Quran 37: 102-111. When his son reached the age of serious work with him, he said: “O my son! (meaning Prophet Ismail) I saw in a vision that I offered you in sacrifice: what is your view!” His son said: “O my father, do as you are commanded: you will find me, if Allah wills, among the Patients!” So when they had both submitted their wills to Allah, and he laid him prostrate on his forehead for the sacrifice, We called out to him, “O Ibrahim!” you have indeed obeyed your Lord!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was an obvious trial. We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice: And We left this blessing for also generations to come. “Peace and salutation be upon Ibrahim!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For he was one of Our believing Servants.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Allah Almighty has chosen the 10th day of Zul-Hija which is a Nahisi day (a day of evil omen ) for us to celebrate Eid ul-Adha, slaughter a ram and pray to Him to convert all the bad days in the year to good days. Therefore it is important for all Muslims to observe the celebration of the Eid on the 10th day. Converting the bad days to good days will bring us permanent peace.

The issue of permanent peace in the world should be of great concern to all of us. Peace is not just the absence of war, but a state of living without fear and grief. For instance one cannot be at peace with oneself and the society if one cannot access basic necessities of life.

The greatest challenge that the human race has ever faced and is still facing is to live in a world free of threat and free of violence. Violence exists everywhere nowadays, in our homes, schools and communities. Where there is injustice, violence and conflicts are inevitable. Conflicts at both the local and international levels come about as a result of exploitation, poverty, corruption and what have you.

Allah says in the Holy Quran 16:90: Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and generosity to kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition.

Let us see peace as a struggle towards world unity, characterized by an absence of violence in all its forms. Let us build a society that is free from discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, social and economic status. Let us tirelessly pursue nonviolent solutions to all misunderstandings, and work for economic and social justice, celebrate diversity, and strive to build relationships between adversaries through education, conflict mediation, mutual respect and co-operation.

From the international scene, let us come home. Dear brothers and sisters, fellow countrymen, let us not do anything to bring about disunity, conflicts and what have you. I am therefore appealing to politicians and opinion leaders to reframe from doing anything to disturb the already peaceful atmosphere we are enjoying. The culture of insult from our political fronts is not the best. Our politicians should do all they can to lead exemplary lives by fostering unity amongst the people.

I call on the media to reframe from entertaining people who would want to bring about public disturbance. The media should also be circumspect in their reportage. Let us all do what we can to be each others keeper. Let us help the poor, the destitute and the vulnerable in society. Let us help to educate the youth about respect for elders in society. Let us educate our children and Ghanaians as a whole about the need for quality education.

I call on the religious leaders, to pray continuously for the prosperity of the nation and for the government to succeed in its policies. And the revenue which will be accrued from the oil should be used successfully in creating employment for the majority of the youth in Ghana. And also equip the security personnel so as to reduce the rate of armed robbery and crime in our society.

I call on all spiritual leaders to help me pray to maintain the peace we are enjoying in the world now and also pray to prevent the disasters that are befalling the world nowadays.

I pray for the Government. 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 peace for the entire world. I pray for all Muslims the world over.