The Islamic Peace and Security Council (IPASEC) on Tuesday organized a public lecture to commemorate the International Youth Day celebration.
The lecture, which was among series of lectures, was to highlight some critical issues and challenges facing the Muslim youth in Ghana.
The lecture was on the theme: ?Identify challenge of the Muslim Youth in Ghana? brought together some leading brains within the Muslim Youth to discuss the topic, provide some alternatives and possible solutions to the problems and challenges.
Speaking on the topic ?Leadership Challenges of the Muslim Youth in Ghana? Alhaji Abdulai Nashiru, the Executive Secretary of the National Hajj Committee, appealed to Muslim youth to aspire to be leaders of the country.
He cited examples in the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary and traditional governance and said the inputs of Muslims were limited and few and therefore affecting their welfare.
Alhaji Nashiru said there were several factors that led to the poor performance of Muslim youth in all aspects of life and these factors were lack of self confidence and low esteem, identity challenges and sense of hopelessness.
?Others were confusion and ambiguity of righteousness, negative impact of the electronic media and the competiveness of education,? he said.
Sheik Mohammed Bhagya, an Islamic Scholar, said identity was one of the tenants of the Muslim religion.
He said it was important for Muslims to master the courage to show up their identity in every distinctive area to promote their religion.
Sheik Bhagya said hiding the identity of their religion was against the religious principle which Muslim youth of Ghana must discourage and appealed to them to protect the religion by putting forward and showing their identity where ever they are to promote and expand the religion.
Alhaji Mohammed Osman Khuzaimah, Executive Secretary of IPASEC, appealed to Muslim youth to make attitudinal change their priority.
He said this would promote their way of attacking issues and their submissions of solving problems in their communities as demanded by their Islamic religion.
Other speakers were Hajia Saadatu Mustapha, Commander of the Nima Motor Traffic and Transport Union and Mr Ali Adams, a law student at the Ghana School of Law.