President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday expressed his best wishes to leaders of the Muslim faith, as well as Ghanaian Muslims on the commencement of the Holy month of Ramadan.
His aspirations were extended to leaders such as the National Chief Imam, the Ameer and Missionary of the Ahmadiya Muslim Mission and the Chief Imam of Ahlusunna wal’ jamaa.
A statement signed by Dr Raymond Atuguba, Executive Secretary to the president and copied to Ghana News Agency noted that it is once again time for Muslims to embark on the fast associated with the Holy month of Ramadan “which allows the faithful to reflect on their relationship with Allah the Creator, show remorse for any sins committed in the past year and purify themselves to become worthy of appearing before Allah the Almighty”.
The statement said: “By requiring the faithful to willingly deny themselves of food over the Ramadan month, Allah seeks to make all men equal by exposing the rich and well to do in society to the pangs of hunger, and the plight and fate of the poor downtrodden.
It said in the process: “Ramadan becomes a schooling period that teaches and engenders empathy, love and fellow feelings.”
The statement said the whole nation is in solidarity with the Muslim community and promised that Government would do everything to ensure a conducive atmosphere for a successful fast.
The president asked all Ghanaian Muslims to remember Ghana in their prayers to ensure that the peace and prosperity the Almighty Allah has bestowed on the country continues to prevail.