Ramadan: Rawlings, Nana Konadu Wish Muslims Well

11 08 2010

As the month of Ramadan commences today Nana and I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters well as they embark on this annual religious journey to re-evaluate their lives and enhance their inner purity.

Ramadan is the month of revelation of the Quran and the month of reading and reciting the whole Quran. It is also a month of significant demonstration of the love of Allah towards mankind and between Muslims and peoples of all faiths.

As we embark on this month-long period of fasting, prayer and restraint from human pleasures let us use this opportunity to enhance the unity and strength of our communities by praying for love and peace.

This is the blessed month of Allah – A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. A month with Allah is the best of months. Each breath you take glorifies him; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted and your supplications are answered.

Nana and I take this opportunity to wish you all a sound body and an enlightened mind and a pure heart so you may be able to fast and recite his revealed thoughts in the Quran, for only he is unhappy who is devoid of Allah’s forgiveness during this Holy month.

As you observe this holy sojourn may it strengthen cohesion and the feelings of compassion, love and the rebuilding of our common national aspiration based on great and high morals.

The Ramadan gives us great opportunities and lessons, which we see through sight and insights. We demonstrate how we show mercy to one another.

Islam is a religion of love, mercy and tolerance. Its message is revealed as mercy. Its philosophy is for dialogue, love and active participation in advancing human civilization.

Our country and indeed the whole world, is engulfed with several challenges – hunger, poverty, enmity, hatred, war and natural disasters. These are signs of the negativity we create because we fail to express love to our fellow human.

Ramadan is an opportunity to pray to Allah for his mercies, for him to give us strength of character to stay pure throughout the year and foster friendship, peace and love with our neighbours.

Let us not lose this opportunity to seek Allah’s favour to turn around the atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust that has engulfed the world through concerted prayer.

Ghana is facing serious social, cultural and political challenges and it is our prayer that at the conclusion of the Ramadan period we would have prayed for God to give us a sense of direction and to make us bold.

Today, my wife and I want to join with Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – in welcoming the beginning of Ramadan, and wishing you a blessed month. May God’s peace be upon you. Ramadan Mubarak.

Have a blessed and Holy Ramadan.

Signed: Jerry John Rawlings & Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings




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