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15.10.2007 General News

Ahmadis Mark Eid-Ul-Fitr

Maulvi Wahab Adam leading The PrayersMaulvi Wahab Adam leading The Prayers

Thousands of Ahmadiyya Muslims on Saturday converged on the Ahmadiyya Conference grounds at Ashongman, near Madina in Accra for the Eid-ul-Fitr, where the Ameer and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Wahab Adam, presided over the event.

In his remarks, he said the month of Ramadan had the sole purpose of instilling discipline, self-control and tolerance in Muslims all over the world.

He said it also instilled the spirit of repentance and goodwill towards all persons during the period, adding that the period of fasting was in obedience to the commandments of Allah to all Muslims to observe the day.

Story by Sebastian Syme

He said Islam recognised the fact that other religions before it also taught fasting as an effective means for moral and spiritual purification, pointing out that the lessons of Ramadan were relevant to the nation's aspirations, including the need to acknowledge the good of others.

Maulvi Wahab Adam said such acknowledgement was not only fair and noble but also eradicated fanaticism and bigotry from society and promoted tolerance, mutual understanding, respect and co-operation among the citizenry, which is essential for the development of any nation.

One who fasts, experiences at first the pangs of hunger and thirst, thereby encouraging the well-endowed to share their favours with the deprived and depressed of society.

The Muslim cleric, who turned the spotlight on the recent floods in the three northern regions, said the disaster served as an opportunity for Ghanaians to hasten towards extending a hand of assistance to the flood victims.

“No doubt the plight of our brethren is pathetic and they need our support”, he pointed out.

He observed that the disaster could well be a blessing in disguise, particularly in the drought-prone areas of the country where the flood waters could be conserved in dams for future irrigation purposes.

Story by Sebastian Syme