He urged Moslem service men to let the spirit of sacrifice and charity, which moves them to distribute offerings to their neighbours across the religious divide to be a permanent hallmark of their professional lives.

Air Marshal Sampson-Oje made the appeal in speech read on his behalf at this year’s Eidul Adha prayers at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque at the Burma Camp in Accra.

The prayer service on the theme: “Piety-The Best of Provisions for Every Moslem” was led by the Imam of the Ghana Armed Forces, Major Shamsudeen Yussif Mensah.

Air Marshal Sampson-Oje reminded Moslems that Eidul Adha is a festival of sacrifice, devotion in submission, obedience and loyalty to the Almighty Allah as was done by the Prophet Ibrahim.

He said these are virtues, which the Ghana Armed Forces stand for and reinforces as of its mission to serve God and country.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on all Moslem servicemen to let the lessons of this feast imbue upon them a greater sense of sacrifice and devotion,” he said.

“You serve as the arm of the State and you prepared to sacrifice your comfort in the interest of your brethren who do not bear arms.

” Hence, in this year of election, whist you undertake duties of preserving the territorial integrity of the country, do not be oblivious of your sense of civic responsibility, which behooves your impartial conduct as contending entities seek the mandate of the electorates.

“Your impartiality is a very much cherished virtue, just as your devotion to the preservation of the state is.

“Let us all remain true to our democratic aspirations and facilitate a conducive atmosphere for the promotion of peace and national development before, during and after election,” he said.

Major Mensah urged Ghanaians to keep the peace of the nation before, during and after the general election.

“We are in an election year, it behooves all to keep the peace and refrain from loose tongue, it could create anarchy.

“We are one people with common destiny. Let’s live in harmony, so that together we will continue to build a strong society, a strong nation,” he added.

Eidul Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe the event.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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