Muslim MPs meet with Methodist Church to discuss refusal of Wesley’s daughters to fast
The Muslim Caucus in Parliament held a meeting with leaders of the Methodist Church in Ghana regarding the refusal of school officials at Wesley Girls’ High School to allow a Muslim student to fast during the month of Ramadan.
The Caucus, in a statement after Thursday’s meeting, said the Church had assured them of its commitment to resolve the issue within days.
On Monday April 26, an angry father stormed Cape Coast’s Wesley Girls High School to pull his parish out of school, saying he doesn’t understand why the school doesn’t allow him and others Muslims, to fast.
Ishmael Zakaria Alhassan, Bushira Ishmael’s father, drove from Accra to the Wesley Girls to execute his threat to take her child away.
He was convinced that the child would be better off in another school that would allow him to fast than to be in a school that violated the right of Muslims to fast.
However, the school authorities explained to him that the reasons why they did not let students, regardless of their religious affiliation, go without fasting were due to health reasons, as the students had problems with ulcers due to the of the activity.
The school’s decision had upset the Muslim community in Ghana who sided with the Muslim parent’s claim that the school violated a student’s right to practice their religion, leading Muslim MPs to meet with the Church.
However, Church leadership assured the Muslim Caucus that there was no cause for alarm.
“His Eminence the Presiding Bishop assured that the school council, of which he is the President, will meet to discuss the matter and the concerns of the delegation and others will be graciously taken into account to resolve the issue. amicable.
“The church is committed to keeping the delegation informed of the specific decision made at the meeting regarding the resolution of the issue at hand,” the statement read.
The Caucus further called for calm in the Muslim community as the Church deliberates on the way forward for the school’s Muslim students.
“It is on the basis of this and other related interventions that the Muslim Caucus in Parliament wishes to call on all Muslims to exercise restraint, as we are taught during the month of Ramadan, on the issue and allow the appropriate leadership of the Methodist Church to deal with the case in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
The Muslim delegation which was led by MP for Asawase and Chief Minority Whip Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka included MP for Asutifi South Collins Dauda, MP for Gushegu Hassan Tampuli and MP for the constituency of Tolon, Habib Iddrisu, representing the two political parties in parliament.
The others were representatives; from the office of the National Chief Imam, Mallam Awal Shuaib, Ahlus Sunnah Waljamaa, Sheik Salman Mohammed Alhassan, the Executive Director of the Baraka Policy Institute (BPI) Dr. Haruna Zagoon Sayeed, the Superintendent Imam Hussein Abdul-Rahim of the Police Department from Ghana, Islamic Affairs and Secretary of the Muslim Caucus in Parliament Alhaji Inusah.
The Methodist team was led by the National Chief, the Presiding Bishop, Most Reverend Paul Kwabena Boafo.