The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba has called on Muslims to support and share more in this month of Ramadan. Islam preaches that, Muslims should give out more alms especially, during the Ramadan season. As a result, Madam Otiko has admonished that, the poor, the sick, the weak, the marginalized, the discriminated against, persons with disability and the vulnerable in the society should be remembered.
She said as Muslims observe this month with much devotion, they should frown on all negative cultural practices and any form of abuse against the poor, vulnerable and destitute.
She however prayed for Allah to accept all Ibada (supplications) of Muslims whilst they observe this year’s Ramadan. In a statement issued by the Gender Ministry, the Minister said it is our prayer that, we seek solace in spiritual reflection and devote ourselves to worship and pray to Allah to guide and protect our leaders for accelerated development.
She prayed for good health and long life for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the citizenry of Ghana.
She prayed further that, “as the auspicious month of Ramadan starts, May the crescent-shaped moon brighten our path towards enlightenment and may Allah bless with peace, tranquility and grace.” She believes Ramadan is the holiest and most awaited Islamic Month. It is one of the five significant pillars of Islam that, all practicing Muslims must perform whilst alive.
“During this Ramadan, ensure that you send Ramadan Mubarak to your family and friends and wish everyone a rewarding and fruitful period of fasting. Coincidentally, the Holy Month of Ramadan commenced shortly after the world commemorated the International Day of the Family on 15th May, 2018. This is indeed a significant period to reflect on faith and the family. May Allah hear our prayers and shower more blessings on all Ghanaians in this Holy Month of fasting and beyond, she prayed.”
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com