Islamic Scholar urges MTN not to take unilateral decisions

Accra, Mr. Irbard Ibrahim, a renowned Islamic scholar has urged the management of MTN Ghana not to take a unilateral decision on the accrued interests of Muslim subscribers to its Mobile Money scheme.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said even though Islam forbade taking interest, the current condition of Muslims in Ghana allowed them to channel the lump sum into building schools, clinics and orphanages for the Muslim community in Ghana.

He has therefore urged the telecommunication company to have a broad-based consultation with the Office of the National Chief Imam, the leaders of the Ahmadiyya Community of Ghana, Ahlu Sunnah, Shia and Tijaniyya as well as Muslim civil society organisations to create an Islamic endowment fund from the accrued mobile money interests of Muslim users of the service.

He cautioned that the failure of major Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar among others to have alternative use for their accrued interests in Western banks, had led to the use of that money for non-Islamic transactions and an investment into the Western military industrial complex that had fueled conflicts in the Middle East and the larger Muslim world in some cases.

Source: Ghana News Agency