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Ramadan: Muslim MPs meets Methodist Church leadership over No ‘Fasting’ policy at Wesley Girls SHS

The Muslim Caucus in Parliament on Thursday, April 29, 2021, held a meeting with the leadership of the Methodist Church to push for Muslim girls in the school to be allowed to take part in fasting during the period of Ramadan.

Muslims who have their wards in the Senior High School have become worried in the last few weeks following a policy in the school that does not allow student regardless of their religion to fast.

To an extent, parents have threatened to withdraw their wards from the school if they are now allowed to observe the mandatory fasting in accordance with their religious faith.

In a bid to step in and ensure an amicable resolution, Muslim MPs have engaged the leadership of the Methodist Church to address the matter.

After a fruitful discussion, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo who is also chairman on the board of Wesley Girls SHS assured that all concerns will be discussed at a meeting to resolve the matter.

The delegation of the Muslim Caucus led by Hon. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, MP for Asawase and Minority Chief Whip of Parliament of Ghana included Hon. Collins Dauda, Hon Hassan Tampuli, and Hon. Habib Iddrisu, representing the two political parties in Parliament.

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There were also representatives from the office of the National Chief Imam as well as the Executive Director of Baraka Policy Institute (BPI) Dr. Haruna ZagoonSayeed and Supt Imam Hussein Abdul-Rahim of Ghana Police Service Islamic Affairs.

Below is a press release from the Muslim Caucus after the meeting:

PRESS RELEASE ON

THE WESLEY GIRLS

HIGH SCHOOL

MUSLIM STUDENTS

FASTING CRISIS

The Muslim Caucus in Parliament wishes to show solidarity with the Muslim Ummah and the good people of Ghana who have expressed their concerns over the decision of Wesley girls school management to disallow Muslim girls from observing the Ramadan fast.

In this regard a delegation of Muslim MPs and some leaders from the Muslim community met with the leadership of the Methodist Church to discuss the issue with the objective of resolving the problem amicably.

The Muslim delegation led by Hon. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, MP for Asawase and Minority Chief Whip of Parliament of Ghana included Hon. Collins Dauda, Hon Hassan Tampuli, and Hon. Habib Iddrisu, representing the two political parties in parliament.

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The others were representatives; from office of National Chief Imam, Mallam Awal Shuaib, Ahlus Sunnah Waljamaa, Sheik salman Mohammed Alhassan, the Executive Director of Baraka Policy Institute (BPI) Dr. Haruna ZagoonSayeed, Supt Imam Hussein Abdul-Rahim of Ghana Police Service Islamic Affairs and Secretary to the Muslim Caucus in Parliament Alhaji Inusah.

The Methodist team was led by the national leader, the Presiding Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo.

After very frank and cordial discussions on the issue, the Church assured the Muslim delegation of their commitment to resolve the issue within a couple of days in shaa Allah. His Eminence the Presiding Bishop assured that the board of the school, of which he is the Chairman, will be meeting to discuss the issue and the concerns of the delegation and others will be graciously taken on board to amicably resolve the problem.

The church pledged to keep the delegation informed on the specific decision taken at the meeting regarding the resolution of the issue at stake.

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It is based on this and other related interventions that the Muslim Caucus in Parliament wishes to ask all Muslims to exercise self-restraint, as we are taught in the Month of Ramadan, on the matter and to allow the able leadership of the Methodist Church to deal with the case in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

The Muslim caucus and Muslim community leaders would like to thank the leadership of the Methodist Church led by the Presiding Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo for the warm reception accorded the team and the assurances given that the issue will be resolved amicably to reflect the usual inclusiveness of Methodist education in Ghana.

God bless us and God bless our homeland Ghana.

Hon. Mohammed

Mubarak Muntaka

(MP)

FOR: Muslim Caucus in Parliament