Mankessim, Aug 27, GNA - Maulvi Wahab Adam, Head and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, has advised on political leaders and their supporters to engage in a clean electioneering campaign.
He said it was important for Ghanaians to demonstrate to the world once again that their country is a beacon in Africa as far as peaceful elections are concerned.
Maulvi Adam made the call when he inaugurated the Jamia Ahmadiyya International University College of Theology located at Mankessim that would start operations in the first week of September.
The University College, the first of its kind in Africa, has enrolled 19 graduates from diploma-awarding Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training Colleges from both West and East Africa to pursue a seven-year degree programme called “Shahid’’ an Islamic scholarly degree.
Other countries with similar University Colleges are the United Kingdom, Germany, Indonesia, Pakistan and India.
Maulvi Adam urged all Ghanaians to pray to God for His mercies so as to have free, fair, transparent and violence-free elections, and urged all political parties to accept the final results in good faith.
He said the School was established under the auspices and patronage of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, a global spiritual leader and founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission.
He said the Mission opened a diploma-awarding Ahmadiyya Muslim Missionary Training College at Saltpond, which was later moved to Ekumfi Ekrowfo in 1965, to ensure an organized and steady spread of the peaceful teachings of Islam with hundreds from 17 countries having graduated.
Maulvi Adam said he was hopeful that graduates from the University would be equipped to spread the peaceful message of Islam to Ghana and the entire continent of Africa, thus promoting peace, progress and prosperity.
Maulvi Fareed Ahmad Naveed, Principal of the University College, said the principles of the School were based on religious education for Muslim students who would want to be missionary scholars and that they would be taught different aspects of religious knowledge aside Islam, interreligious harmony and equality.
He said the project would be carried out in seven phases and the first phase, which has facilities such as mosque, lecture rooms, dormitories and libraries, began about nine months.
He said more facilities will be spread across the 52-acre land in the ensuing years.