The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has sent well wishes and prayers to Muslims in the country and around the world during their month-long period of fasting which they began yesterday.
In a statement signed by the Party’s General Secretary, John Boadu, the NPP wished Muslims fruitful Ramadan.
“Ramadan, as we all know, is a period within the Islamic calendar where Muslims all over the world, observe fasting, in accordance with the dictates of the Holy Qur’an and the Islamic faith,” the party observed, adding that it is a period of supplication and almsgiving.
Ramadan happens to be the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and so, it is deemed the most important and blessed month of the year, the statement went on.
While explaining the attributes of fasting, during which a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathises with those who have little to eat and drink every day through almsgiving in order to fully benefit from the bountiful blessings of the Holy Month, this year’s is being marked during a pandemic, the NPP observed.
In the light of the foregoing, the NPP noted, “Muslims are having to make significant adjustments to the traditional ways of marking the Ramadan Fast.”
Much as Ghana has made significant gains in our COVID-19 fight, the NPP pointed out, “We are still not entirely out of the woods yet,” adding, “In view of this, while calling on all Muslims in Ghana and across the globe to completely submit themselves to the very dictates and requirements of Ramadan, the NPP also calls on them to dedicate this scared month to intensifying their supplications to Almighty Allah to shower His grace on mankind and make us see the end of this deadly virus sooner than anticipated.”
The party also called on Muslims living in Ghana to use this special occasion to pray for our leaders, government and nation, to overcome all the ills plaguing our society and put us on the path of sustained growth and prosperity.
The felicitation was rich in prayers unsurpassed by previous years, the following Quranic quotation adding a touch of specialness to it.
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” — Surat Al-Baqarah – Quran Chapter 2:183.
By A.R. Gomda