Staff off religious activities-GMSA advises government

 

The Ghana Muslims Association (GMSA) has advised the government to stay away from all religious activities in the country.  The GMSA has also urged the government to stop spearheading or leading the religious groups in the country to the worship place. The Muslims Students say government has no business in either acquiring or building the national cathedral, which has generated a lot of controversies in recent times.  According to the GMSA, demolishing judge’s residences and the passport office in Accra to pave the way for the construction of the national cathedral will cost the tax payer and no amount of explanation from government can convince the citizenry that their taxes will not be used in building it.  The GMSA says it will be in the interest of the government and the country as a whole if religious matters are left to the various religious groupings.  The GMSA wants to know from the government where it is getting money to either rent or build new residences for the judges and the passport office. Stating the GMSA’s position in the ongoing discussions, the National President of the GMSA,Issah Hussein Yakubu told Zaa News that the justification that government built a national mosque for the Muslims is misplaced and misleading.  He explained, if the government acquired the land for the mosque, did it lead to the demolition of government official residences and agencies before it was constructed and did it add any additional cost to the country. The government, he added, must look for a virgin land to save the national purse. He reminded the government that, Ghana is a secular state and any action that suggests that it is favouring a particular religious grouping will not augur well for peaceful co-existence.       

On claims that, government spearheads annual hajj activities, the GMSA national president say government do not subsidized hajj for Muslims. Government Mr Hussein said, rather benefit from the hajj activities by given free tickets to party activist and government officials.

rights of students

The Ghana Muslims Association (GMSA)  warned that, it will soon drag institutions and individuals to the law courts for violating the 1992 constitution, article 21 clause 1 C, which states that all persons shall have the right to practise any religion and to manifest and practise.  These, constitutional provisions, the GMSA observed, have been violated with impunity and Muslim students and workers across the country continue to be subjected to unfair treatment, which will not be tolerated any longer. To this end, the GMSA has started collecting evidence from victims from the educational institutions and workplaces and after collating it, it will petition parliament over how some Ghanaians are infringing on the rights of Muslims.  The National President of GMSA, Issah Hussein Yakubu told Zaa News after a regional central committee meeting in Tamale that, the laws of Ghana must be respected by all devoid of one’s religious affiliation.  The GMSA, in 20015, was compelled to sue WAEC for its intransigent position on Muslim students wearing veils and that such veils must be removed during picture taking. The Supreme Court of Ghana, he added, ruled in favour of the GMSA, that female Muslim students’ veils should be allowed.The newly sworn-in regional president, Alhassan Iddris Abdulai pledged to ensure unity among members and the Muslim Ummah. He further pledged to operate an open door administration, where ordinary GMSA members can air their views on how the association can achieve its aims. Mr Iddris, however, reminded members of the herculean task of financing and appealed to members to take self-financing of the association very seriously.

he Ghana Muslims Association (GMSA) has advised the government to stay away from all religious activities in the country.  

The GMSA has also urged the government to stop spearheading or leading the religious groups in the country to the worship place.

The Muslims Students say government has no business in either acquiring or building the national cathedral, which has generated a lot of controversies in recent times.  

According to the GMSA, demolishing judge’s residences and the passport office in Accra to pave the way for the construction of the national cathedral will cost the tax payer and no amount of explanation from government can convince the citizenry that their taxes will not be used in building it.

  The GMSA says it will be in the interest of the government and the country as a whole if religious matters are left to the various religious groupings.  

The GMSA wants to know from the government where it is getting money to either rent or build new residences for the judges and the passport office. 

Stating the GMSA’s position in the ongoing discussions, the National President of the GMSA,Issah Hussein Yakubu told Zaa News that the justification that government built a national mosque for the Muslims is misplaced and misleading.  

He explained, if the government acquired the land for the mosque, did it lead to the demolition of government official residences and agencies before it was constructed and did it add any additional cost to the country.

The government, he added, must look for a virgin land to save the national purse.

He reminded the government that, Ghana is a secular state and any action that suggests that it is favouring a particular religious grouping will not augur well for peaceful co-existence.

  On claims that, government spearheads annual hajj activities, the GMSA national president say government do not subsidized hajj for Muslims. Government Mr Hussein said, rather benefit  Rights of     Muslims students&workers

The  Association (GMSA)  warned that, it will soon drag institutions and individuals to the law courts for violating the 1992 constitution, article 21 clause 1 C, which states that all persons shall have the right to practise any religion and to manifest and practise.  

These, constitutional provisions, the GMSA observed, have been violated with impunity and Muslim students and workers across the country continue to be subjected to unfair treatment, which will not be tolerated any longer.

 To this end, the GMSA has started collecting evidence from victims from the educational institutions and workplaces and after collating it, it will petition parliament over how some Ghanaians are infringing on the rights of Muslims. 

 The National President of GMSA, Issah Hussein Yakubu told Zaa News after a regional central committee meeting in Tamale that, the laws of Ghana must be respected by all devoid of one’s religious affiliation.  

The GMSA, in 20015, was compelled to sue WAEC for its intransigent position on Muslim students wearing veils and that such veils must be removed during picture taking.

The Supreme Court of Ghana, he added, ruled in favour of the GMSA, that female Muslim students’ veils should be allowed.

The newly sworn-in regional president, Alhassan Iddris Abdulai pledged to ensure unity among members and the Muslim Ummah.

He further pledged to operate an open door administration, where ordinary GMSA members can air their views on how the association can achieve its aims.

Mr Iddris, however, reminded members of the herculean task of financing and appealed to members to take self-financing of the association very seriously.

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