Islamic preaching banned in Wa over growing tensions among Islamic sects

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The Overlord of the Wala Traditional Area, Wa Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, in consultation with the Yeri Naa and leaders of the Islamic religious sects and the security services, has with immediate effect banned the activities of Islamic preachers in the Wa Municipality for at least two weeks. The ban which took effect on Thursday, 15th July, 2021, will last till Wednesday, 28th July, 2021.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Wa Naa bemoaned the increasing disturbances resulting from preachers of various Islamic sects in the municipality. His Majesty indicated that the move is necessary “to stop the spate of retributory preachings threatening the peace of the Municipality”

The statement signed by the Vice President of the Wala Traditional Area, Busa Naa Ali Seidu Pelpuo, said “the ban covers all sermons undertaken in the FM stations in the Municipality and includes recordings of sermons posted on Facebook.”

This ban comes on the back of recent verbal exchanges and threats among muslims in the area which led to the arrests of some two young men purported to be followers of one Sheikh Musah, an “orthodox” Islamic preacher and the alleged burning of a motorbike belonging to one Sheikh Kadir of the Sunni sect. The divergent opinions of the two sects on Islamic teachings that are said to be laced with verbal attacks on personalities have been lingering since Ramadan, and many have decried the possible insecurity that will occur if care is not taken.

However, imams are permitted to issue Friday sermons in the mosques with “extreme circumspection in order not to transfer the hate sermons from the FM stations into the mosques”.

Meanwhile, the Wala Tradional Council has called for the support and collaboration of all persons in the area, indicating that engagements are ongoing to find a permanent solution to what they describe as a “disease in our religious space”.

Read statement below.

The statement has been copied to the Chairmen of REGSEC and MUSEC, the Regional Commanders of Ghana Police Service (GPS) and National Investigations Bureau (NIB) and the Municipal Commander of GPS.

The others are the Yeri Naa, the Chief Imam, the Imam Wa Central Mosque, the President of the Jamiatul Islamiat, the Missionary-in-charge, Islam Ahmaddya, Chief Imam of Ahlul Sunna wa Jammaat, the Head of the Tendaamba and the Registrar, Wala Traditional Council.

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