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Ramadan Akufo-Addo urges Ghanaian Muslims to pray against corruption

In his Ramadan message, the NPP flagbearer said: “Ramadan should unite us and instil in us fellow-feeling, so that we can create a society where Allah is truly our anchor against the storms of life."

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Nana Akufo-Addo with his running mate and the Chief Imam play

Nana Akufo-Addo with his running mate and the Chief Imam

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has asked Ghanaian Muslims to pray against corruption and what he calls other evils that plague the society, during this holy month of Ramadan.

Muslims across the world will from today, June 6, 2016, mark the first day of Ramadan following confirmation that the moon has been seen. 

Announcing this on Ghana Television, the Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Sharubutu urged Muslims to take the fasting serious and pray fervently for themselves and the country.

Muslims, during this Ramadan period, are expected to fast from dawn to dusk, which lasts about 28 to 29 days, and spend more time in prayers and study of the Quran.

It is also a religious obligation and as atonement for sins.

Muslims are also obliged to abstain from food, eschew bad habits and indulgences like smoking and sex.

In his Ramadan message, the NPP flagbearer said: “Ramadan should unite us and instil 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”.

Below is the full statement from the NPP flagbearer:

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 instil 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!

......signed......
Nana Akufo-Addo
2016 NPP Presidential Candidate

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