He said Ghanaians should strive and maintain the peaceful co-existence that united the country since independence.
He said this at the 87th Annual National Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana at Pomadze in the Central Region.
He called for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence between persons of different religious persuasions.
“Islam as a religion means peace and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has taught that a true Muslim is the one from whose tongues and hands all other peaceful people are safe and who is at peace with his neighbours”, Dr. Bawumia said.
“These beautiful teachings are what we need as a developing nation and that requires every citizen, particularly those of us who call ourselves Muslims, to put them into practice to show to the rest of the world that violence is an enemy to progress and that our true nature as human beings is to be at peace with one another.”
This advice from the Vice President comes in the wake of the recent attacks by some Muslim youth at the church premises of Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah for some prophecies he made on New Year’s Eve.
Dr. Bawumia also said, “Muslims and Christians have been living in peace, and Ghana is an oasis of peace in the sub-region, probably among the most peaceful countries in the world today, because of the peace and tolerance that exists between Christians and Muslims in Ghana.”
“This peace is anchored by the peace and tolerance that exists between Muslims and Christians in Ghana, and we should cherish one another, we should tolerate one another. After all the Prophet Muhammed told us Muslims that in the areas of faith, the people that we should be closest to are the Christians. That is exactly what he said. They should be our closest brothers and sisters,” Vice President Bawumia reminded the Ahmadiyya Convention.
“A peaceful Ghana will lead to a prosperous Ghana,” Vice President Bawumia added.
Source: Pulse Ghana