The National Chief Imam has called on the government to state its position on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) and close down its office.
Sheikh Usmanu Nuhu Sharubutu has also urged Ghanaians to pray for persons engaged in homosexuality.
“Going strictly by the Quranic teachings and the traditions of the holy prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) regarding the non-negotiable prohibition of same-sex, the Muslim community in Ghana remains resolutely opposed to any attempt to legalize homosexuality as a way of life,” part of the statement read.
For the past week, debate on legalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) in Ghana has dominated the news.
Gender Minister-designate, Adwoa Sarfo in answering a question on the controversial subject said she will stick to the laws of Ghana that criminalize homosexuality.
The Catholic Bishop Conference also released a statement urging the government to reiterate its position on the subject and calling for the closure of the queer office.
“We call upon the President and Parliament to state unambiguously their position on the matter of homosexuality and its practice in Ghana. We also call on the Government of Ghana to close down the LGBTQI office space that was recently opened in Accra” part of the statement read.
The Imam stressed that Islam “stands vehemently opposed to homosexual inclinations because it constitutes a dangerous threat to the existence and sanctity of human family values”.
The statement signed by Sheikh Sharubutu’s spokesperson, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, said the mindset of LGBTQI emanates from a “Godless, secular, humanistic worldview in which God has no place in the equation”.
“It is therefore contradictory to our national religious worldview as a nation.”
The Chief Imam also called for an immediate review of the law that criminalizes homosexuality in order to make it comprehensive and all-encompassing.
“Finally, we call on all citizens to engage in serious prayers for God’s interventions to free the proponents of LGBTQI from their sinful and deviant world view.”
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