The need to create a better awareness of Islam and its contributions to development locally and worldwide is the focus of a visit to Guyana by Islamic Scholar Mohamed Awal.
The United States based scholar of comparative religion is the guest of the Guyana Islamic Trust and today paid a courtesy call on President Donald Ramotar. Mr. Awal was accompanied by Acting Head of the Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT) Abdool Aleem Rahaman and other officials of the organisation which has organised several activities across Guyana to inform and educate persons about the various contributions made by followers of the religion, viewed as the fastest growing on the planet.
Rahaman said that there are 10 days of activities planned which are aimed at “dispelling misconceptions about Islam, and so as part of these activities we have our international guest, Mr. Awal, from Ghana who resides in the United States….our visit to the president is also part of how we establish and maintain that relationship that we have with the leaders of our communities.”
Islamic Scholar Mohamed Awal (2nd from right), Acting Head of the Guyana Islamic Trust (GIT) Abdool Aleem Rahaman(3rd from right) with President Donald Ramotar and other members of the (GIT)
Speaking to GINA, Mr. Awal noted that if there was any religion that needed explaining today, it was Islam. “Around Islam, there are too many misconceptions and too many misrepresentations, this is the time that we have to step up and do it….and the Guyana Islamic Trust has invited me to spearhead these efforts and bridge the gap and uplift the youngsters who would eventually be the leaders of tomorrow”.
The contributions of Islamic adherents in the fields of technology, science and other field, he said will be examined during a series of lectures at institutions such as the University of Guyana, communities such as Albouystown and schools including Queen’s College, before departing Guyana on March 10.