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Ghana Muslims Wish Christians Happy Xmas

Published: 25/12/2013 04:47:51 PM GMT
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CAIRO – A leading Ghanaian Muslim scholar has sent a greeting message to Christians on Christmas, expressing support for harmonious relations in the West African country and asserting Muslims respect for the teachings of Jesus as a prophet in Islam. “As our Christian brothers and sisters commemorate this important date in their calendar,...(more)

CAIRO – A leading Ghanaian Muslim scholar has sent a greeting message to Christians on Christmas, expressing support for harmonious relations in the West African country and asserting Muslims respect for the teachings of Jesus as a prophet in Islam.

“As our Christian brothers and sisters commemorate this important date in their calendar, I wish to pray that Almighty God continue to bestow his bountiful blessings upon us so that we would live together as compatriots of the same country with a common destiny as and creatures of the same Omnipotent and Omniscient God,” the National Chief Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu said in a statement cited by Daily Guide Ghana.

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In the message sent over the weekend, the Muslim scholar expressed delight at the harmonious relationship existing between members of the two great religions in Ghana.

Sharubutu also prayed that the new year would bring prosperity to their country and preserve the peace they enjoy.

Sharing Christians’ respect for Jesus Christ, he asserted that the Noble Qur’an referred to Jesus’ task to spread the good word so that mankind would be saved from iniquities.

He has also urged Christians to reflect on the message of love of Jesus Christ.

“Let us reflect upon the message of Christ and remain steadfast on the path of righteousness and steer away from iniquities,” sheikh Sharubutu told Christians.

“Merry Xmas and have a prosperous New Year.”

According to CIA factbook, Ghana is home to a Muslim population estimated by 17.6% of the country’s 25 million.

Christmas is the main festival on the Christian calendar. Its celebrations reach its peak at 12:00 PM on December 24 of every year.

Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.

In the Noble Qur’an, Jesus is called "Isa". He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).

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