The second Annual National Catholic/Muslim Leaders’ Dialogue Conference was held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Accra with a call to promote religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
Organised by the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) and the Office of the National Chief Imam, the conference was aimed at deepening the relationship between Christians and Muslims for national development.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, who chaired the dialogue, urged all to live a life aimed at religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence. He urged Christians and Muslims to do Allah’s will by being grateful for the peace the nation enjoyed at a time when some countries in the region were facing socioeconomic and political instability.
A Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Department for the Study of Religions, Dr Rabiyatu Ammah, urged Muslims to desist from taking some teachings of the Quran out of context to avoid confrontations with people of other faiths.
“Who told you that the Quran says slay them wherever you see them if they are not of your own? I admit that some attitudes of Muslims create negative impressions about Islam,” she said. She admonished Muslims to practise the core values and virtues of Islam, which were peace and unity because that was the true teaching.