Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has urged the zongo community to be inspired by Tafsir, one of the oldest methods of teaching and learning, to prioritise education in the zongos.
The Tafsir is the process of breaking down and interpreting complex texts of the Holy Quran for clear understanding, and this method of teaching and learning, has existed since the advent of Islam.
The Vice President attended one of such events over the weekend, when he joined the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu for the closing session of the Chief Imam's annual Ramadan Tafsir.
Addressing fellow Muslims at the gathering, Dr Bawumia said Tafsir, which was used in the olden days to provide information and education, underlines the importance of seeking knowledge, as directed by Prophet Muhammad, and urged members of the Zongo community, particularly the youth, to be inspired by that and take education more seriously.
"The Tafsir is a forum for spreading and seeking knowledge and it is in line with the important call by The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. for education to be taken seriously. Beyond listening to the Tafseer, it is important for us, to continue to take education seriously in order to transform our communities," Dr Bawumia advised.
"In today's competitive and technological world, seeking education should be a priority for all. It is a right and a must for all, especially the young ones."
Dr Bawumia commended the National Chief Imam and other clerics for their commitments to the promotion of education, and urged the young generation to emulate them.
"If we look at what the National Chief Imam and other Sheikhs have done and continue to do to promote education within zongos, the young ones, cannot do otherwise. If our Sheikhs, even at their advanced age, continue to dream about building schools and generally about education, the young ones have no reason not to prioritise education today."
"We are beneficiaries of the knowledge of our Sheikhs today because they took their education seriously yesterday. Let us also take education seriously today so others will also benefit from it tomorrow."