Muslim group threatens court action against SSNIT over anti-hijab

Muslim group threatens court action against SSNIT over anti-hijab
Source: gbcghanaonline.com
Date: 17-09-2019 Time: 12:09:07:am
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A Muslim group calling itself, Muyad Social Services, (MSS) has written to Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to remind them of their constitution obligations to respect the rights/beliefs of Ghanaians.

The Group said, they are disturbed with the high tendencies of some Ghanaians (SSNIT Management) deliberately breaking Article 21(1)(c) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which allows every citizen to observe and manifest his or her religious belief and norms to the fullest everywhere in the country.

In a statement issued and signed by its Executive Director, Adnan Adams Mohammed noted that, “MUYAD Social Service (an Islamic NGO) is very disturbed with the deliberately flouting of the fundamental human and constitutional rights of Muslim ladies who wear their hijabs by both public and private institutions (educational institutions and workplaces) in the country”.

They are demanding a positive response to the petition served on them, on Friday, September 13, 2019 at about 3:55pm and an outline of positive course of actions to remedy the damage and disregard of the rights of the Muslim ladies within the Trust sooner.

“Unsatisfactory response or any course of actions will motivate the MSS to seek redress from the law court of Ghana”, they submitted.

Below is the full statement:

PRESS RELEASE

MUYAD SOCIAL SERVICES PETITION SSNIT OVER CONSTITUTIONAL AND HUMAN RIGHT ABUSE AGAINST SOME MUSLIM LADIES

The MUYAD Social Services (MSS), upon receiving complaints from some Muslims ladies posted to do their National Service with the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) but were denied access to do their mandatory national service because they refused to remove their hijab (hair cover – an obligatory Islamic identity of Muslim ladies), have petitioned the Trust through the Director-General and the Board Chairman.

MUYAD Social Service (an Islamic NGO) is very disturbed with the deliberately flouting of the fundamental human and constitutional rights of Muslim ladies who wear their hijabs by both public and private institutions (educational institutions and workplaces) in the country.

MSS is disturbed with the high tendencies of some Ghanaians deliberately breaking Article 21(1)(c) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which allows every citizen to observe and manifest his or her religious belief and norms to the fullest everywhere in the country.

MSS is therefore demanding a positive response to the petition served SSNIT on Friday, September 13, 2019 at about 3:55pm and an outline of positive course of actions to remedy the damage and disregard of the rights of the Muslim ladies within the Trust sooner.

Unsatisfactory response or any course of actions will motivate the MSS to seek redress from the law court of Ghana.

MSS also take this opportunity to advise all institutions in Ghana both public and private to respect the constitutional rights of every citizen in the country, especially the religious belief and norms and permitted by the Supreme Laws of the land. No bye-laws, professional code of ethics, institutional rules or codes, service code is above the Constitution of Ghana.

The peace of the country is expensive than any individual’s or institution’s self-interest and deliberate disregard to the laws of the country.


Islam highly upholds peace and respect of laws of every country the reason why MUYAD Social Services has kept on encouraging Muslims to use lawful means to address their grievances and abuse of their rights.

Signed: Adnan Adams Mohammed, Executive Director, MUYAD Social Services