This year, two days were set aside to remember departed members of the University community at the Muslim Day of Remembrance and the All Souls’ Day Service.
The Muslim Day of Remembrance, being the first of its kind organized by the University, was recently held at the Legon Central Mosque. Dr. M.S. Salis said intercessory prayers for staff, students, alumni and friends who departed the University community during the 2009/2010 academic year.
Preaching the Hadith concerning death, a Level 300 student, Brother Ibrahim Irbard, reminded the congregation that death is inevitable. As the Qur’an and the Holy Prophet say, “each and everyone shall taste death”. Brother Irbard said it was therefore important and proper to remember those who had taken the lead to the other side of life.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ernest Aryeetey said it was important that all who passed away be remembered and that all religious groups remember the dead in diverse ways. He was glad that a day of remembrance had been recognized by the Muslim community and hoped the Muslim Day of Remembrance would be massively observed in subsequent years.
The Chaplaincy Board Chairman, Rev. Dr. S. Asuming-Brempong, on behalf of the Chaplaincy Board, thanked the Muslim leadership for organizing the programme and thanked all who were in attendance. He encouraged the Muslim community to contribute to the development of the University.
In brief remarks, the Chairman of the Legon Muslims’ Community, Dr. Alhassan Osman, said Muslims do pray for departed souls during their daily prayers though, it was so inspirational to be given the opportunity by the University to observe the “Muslim Day of Remembrance.” He thanked the University authorities for their thoughtfulness.
Brother Kyasu Mohammed, who represented the bereaved families, also showed gratitude to the University authorities for the opportunity to remember and honor their dear departed family members who once belonged to the University.
Also present at the service were the Acting Director of Public Affairs Directorate, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Dr. G.N. Adam, Member of the Chaplaincy Board, Mr. Abdul Somed, Sabah Hall Imam, Mrs. Elizier T. Ameyaw-Buronyah, Secretary to the Chaplaincy Board and Ms. Pascaline Songsore, an Assistant Registrar at the Public Affairs Directorate. Others included Mr. Abdul-Karim Muhsin, President of Ghana Muslim Students’ Association and Ms. Khaula Ahmad Yawson, representative from Ahmadiyya Muslim, Legon.