The Vice President, Mahamadu Bawumia has asked Muslims across the country to rededicate themselves to universal human values of love, humility and empathy, as they mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Vice President , in his Ramadan message also asked Muslims to pray for Ghana.
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.
Giving reasons for marking the event, the Vice President explained that “the rich and powerful go through the experience that the hungry and weak go through [during Ramandan] so that they develop empathy for weak and hungry and gratitude for the bountiful blessings of God.”
He further indicated that Muslims are expected to “exercise self-restraint” during the period.
The Vice President’s full message is below
I would like to extend my warmest felicitations to the Muslim Ummah in Ghana and around the globe on the occasion of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
An occasion which heralds the twenty-nine day period of fasting when Muslims are expected to exercise self-restraint.
Ramadan is a period of great sacrifice, patient endurance and gratitude. It inspires in us the common values and experiences we share as human beings.
The rich and powerful go through the experience that the hungry and weak go through so that they develop empathy for weak and hungry and gratitude for the bountiful blessings of God.
As we mark this auspicious month, may we all (Muslims as well as Christians), rededicate ourselves to the universal human values of love, humility, empathy for others and thankfulness for the blessings of God.
Let us pray for our dear country Ghana. I wish you a blessed month. May Allah’s peace be upon us all.
~ Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia
By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana