General News of Sunday, 19 August 2012
Members of the Muslim Community in the Tamale Metropolis on Sunday gathered at the Jubilee Park in Tamale to offer prayers to Allah for a successful Ramadan.
The prayer climaxes this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, a period devoted for peace, forgiveness, fellow-feeling and self-diagnoses, following a successful month-long fast, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Eid-ul-Fitr is also a period where Muslims engage in charity, sharing of gifts, merry-making amongst other spiritual and social activities.
Alhaji Ahmed Abdul-Salam, Northern Regional Chief Imam, led the gathering through prayers and thanked Allah for a successful period of fast.
Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister, who led a government delegation to the gathering, stressed the need for all to embrace peace, which is a prerequisite for development.
Mr. Mabengba thanked Muslims for their prayers and support when the country lost her President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.
He used the occasion to enumerate some of the development projects initiated by the Government over the last three and a half years, saying a lot more was being done to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate of the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, was among the celebrants.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, he expressed his goodwill and best wishes to Muslims across the country and asked for Allah’s blessings upon them.
As part of the merry-making, Multi-Pro Private Limited, distributors of Indomie Instant Noodles in the Northern Region, prepared indomie and shared it amongst children who attended the ceremony.