Muslim Cleric Concerned About Children’s Future

By Morrison O.G. Sayon

As Muslims the world over celebrate this year’s Eid al-Adha, an Islamic cleric and scholar has underscored the need for girls to be given greater opportunity to acquire quality education.   The Grand Mufti of Liberia, Sheikh Abubakar Sumaworo said educating a girl child is educating the entire nation and as such, Liberians must send their girl children to school to take over as leaders of the nation in the future.

Addressing hundreds of Muslims at the Gurley Street Mosque where a special prayer was held in commemoration of Eid al-Adha yesterday, Sheikh Sumaworo stressed the need for Liberian kids to be taken off the streets and provide them with sound and quality education.

The Grand Mufti of Liberia said the children are the future leaders and as such their education must be prioritized by their parents and guardians. He said sending the child to school is their fundamental right which must be respected by parents at all times.

Sheikh Sumaworo added that nowadays, many of the kids have become bread winners for their parents something that is unacceptable and must be discouraged by all. He said education is the bedrock of a nation therefore, the children must be allowed to go to school.

Yesterday, thousands of Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. The holiday, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or the  Greater Eid, is distinct from Eid-al-Fitr, which was celebrated in July.

Liberian Muslims yesterday morning joined other Muslims the world over in commemorating this year’s Eid al-Adha. The Festival of Sacrifice.Eid al-Adha is observed from the evening of Sept. 23 to September 24.

The day was celebrated with special prayer services at worship places of Muslims and the slaughtering of cattle in various Muslim homes.

During the ceremony, Sheikh Sumaworo called on Liberians in general to continue the promotion of unity amongst them to enable so as to enable them fight against evil vices that tend to create division and undermine the peaceful co-existence of Liberians.

The Grand Mufti of Liberia urged Liberians including Muslims to continue with unity to fight against insecurity, segregation, poverty among other vices in the Liberian society.

Sheikh Sumaworo lauded the three branches of Government and the citizens for their relentless fight against the deadly Ebola virus something that resulted to Liberia being selectively declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) among the three worst-affected Mano River Union (MRU) countries.

He said had it not been for the level of cooperation between the government and the citizens, Liberia would have still been infested with the Ebola menace. “I believe that Ebola left our country because of the kind of cooperation between the citizens and the government,” Sheikh Sumaworo said.