Rawlings (right), National Chief Imam of Ghana, Shiekh Nuhu Sharubutu (left)
Ex-Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, have joined in the celebration of the 2020 edition of Eid ul Fitr.
In a statement released on his official Facebook page on Sunday morning, May 24, and sighted by African Entertainment, the former President says “It is an honour once again for Nana and I to join the Muslim community to celebrate Eid ul Fitr.”
Eid al-Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
The festival marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
The Eid is the only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims globally are not permitted to fast.
“Today’s celebration is devoid of the usual congregation of Muslims at various communities to offer prayers and later to celebrate the successful conclusion of the month of fasting with get-togethers, because of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and its social distancing protocols,” Mr Rawlings says.
“We commend the Muslim community for their commitment to the protocols instituted by government to stem the spread of Covid-19 and urge that as we offer our prayers to Allah today, we seek his grace to heal us of the afflictions of the virus.”
Rawlings and Nana Konadu
“We also urge all Muslims to endeavour to adhere strictly to the social distancing and hygiene protocols as we celebrate, so we can combat this crises together,” according to Mr Rawlings.
“Nana and I congratulate National Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu and the entire Muslim community on the successful conclusion of the sacrificial month of fasting,” he said.
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