By Richard Attenkah & David Fianko-Okyere
Muslims within the Tema Metropolis and its environs last Tuesday converged at the Tema Sports Stadium to thank Allah for taking care of them throughout the year, and to renew their faith in him, as they celebrated this year’s Eid-ul-Adha.
Present at the occasion was the Tema Mantse, Alhaji Nii Adjei Kraku II, himself a Muslim, and the heads of the various tribes from the Muslim community within the Tema Metropolis and its environs.
Leading the prayers, the Tema Metropolitan Chief Imam, Alhaji Abubakari Adams, advised the worshippers on the need for Muslims to bury their differences, marshal ideas and resources, and forgive one another, since that was the only way a religion could make an impact in society.
He observed that the communities in which they find themselves are be-devilled with problems such as poverty, low level of education, waywardness of the youth, poor environments, and health.
In view of this, he outlined a number of programmes his outfit intends to roll out very soon, which include improving on the education fund, which was started by his predecessor, stressing, he would seek more financial support from corporate entities, local and international organisations, as well as individuals, to help educate its people.
Throwing light on the programs and projects to be undertaken, he said a financial scheme was also in the pipeline, in the form of a credit union, to help the traders among the Muslim community have access to capital for the expansion of their businesses.
He further stated that the programme would ensure that the Tema Central Mosque is renovated, and given additional facilities such as marriage counseling office, and a Qur’ anic School, which would be streamlined to make Makaranta more attractive and relevant to children.
Alhaji Abubakari Adams thanked Allah saying, “All praises and thanks belong to Allah, who created the heavens and the earth, and out of his mercy sent down guidance so that we can live in decency, unity and prosperity.”
The Tema Metro Chief Imam said the purpose for the celebration was for them to renew their faith of Prophet Ibrahim (Aleihi Sallaam), adding Eid-ul-Adha marks the renewal of faith, demonstration of unity and commitment of development, which was why Muslims all over the world had gathered in unity to observe this significant event.