Ghanaians across religious denominations on Friday March 26, 2021 hailed the leadership of the ‘Christ Apostolic Church’ for vacating their facility for Muslims to observe Jummah prayers, when it was not possible for all the congregants to occupy the mosque close to the church.
Commenting on Awal Mohammed’s post on Facebook, whereas some attested to the fact that they have seen similar situations at different locations in the country, others thought otherwise.
“This is the premises of Christ Apostolic Church in Nima here in Accra. You can see Muslims with their prayer mats praying. My information is that every Friday they voluntarily vacate their premises for some few hours to enable Muslims to pray the Juma’a Prayers there”, Mr. Awal Mohammed wrote.
“Ghana is indeed blessed. We are one people with a common destiny. May we continue to leave in harmony. Aameen”, he added.
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According to the 2010 government census (the most recent available), approximately 71 percent of the population is Christian, 18 percent Muslim, 5 percent adheres to indigenous or animistic religious beliefs, and 6 percent belongs to other religious groups or has no religious beliefs.
Ghana has been described by many as a model of interfaith tolerance, not just in Africa, but globally.
That is why Christians and Muslims host their counterparts for major festivals like Easter and Eid.
Churches and mosques offer social services to people of all faiths. One of Ghana’s two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has adhered to a tradition in recent decades of having a Muslim running mate alongside a Christian presidential candidate.