Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has admonished Moslems to pray for Ghana to overcome corruption, poverty and unprincipled politics.
Nana Addo made the call in a statement to wish Moslems well as they joined millions across the world to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan today, Monday [June 6, 2016].
[contextly_sidebar id=”r6u3cBVYV4wCY5DrtULig27BzjnwAdvQ”]“It is therefore my prayer that Muslims will use this holy month of Ramadan to pray for Allah to ward off the evils that plague our society and draw us back- corruption, nepotism, ethnicity, unprincipled politics, poverty, ignorance and disease,” he added.
National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu had informed the Muslim community that the moon has been sighted locally hence their fasting begins on Monday.
The sighting of the new moon marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month that varies between 29 and 30 days.
Nana Addo also prayed for his running mate, “Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and his wife, Hajia Samira Bawumia, as they commemorate the first anniversary of their pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Mecca.”
Read full statement below:
AKUFO-ADDO’S RAMADAN MESSAGE TO MUSLIMS
I extend fraternal greetings to Muslims in Ghana and across the world as they prepare to start the fast of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a period of intense devotion and reflection- a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Qur’an over the course of the month.
The rigours undertaken by devout Muslims inspire respect for Islam among people of all faiths and this can bring hope of greater understanding for good will.
Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may ward off evil” so states the Qur’an. It is therefore my prayer that Muslims will use this holy month of Ramadan to pray for Allah to ward off the evils that plague our society and draw us back- corruption, nepotism, ethnicity, unprincipled politics, poverty, ignorance and disease. Ramadan should unite us and instill in us fellow-feeling, so that we can create a society where Allah is truly our anchor against the storms of life.
Fasting is also a celebration of commitment and obedience to God and also of God’s mercy and provision for all of us. It is a time of family, community and charity.
I therefore believe in the possibility of the overflow of old boundaries when wholehearted devotion to one’s own faith is matched with a devout respect for the faith of others and I call on all our Muslim brothers and sisters to demonstrate continually this sense of unity and oneness in the years ahead.
I pray, particularly, for my running mate, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and his wife, Hajia Samira Bawumia, as they commemorate the first anniversary of their pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Mecca.
Once again, I wish all Moslems Allah’s guidance and peace as you observe this truly unique month of blessing. Salamu Alaikum!
2016 NPP Presidential Candidate
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana