Liberia: President Weah Identifies with Muslims During Ramadan

 President George Weah.

In celebration of this year’s Holy Month of Ramadan, President George M. Weah has made a kind donation to the Muslim community on behalf of his government as they commit themselves to fast and prayers.

The donation, according to Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, includes a total L$4,500,000.00, with 3,150 bags of rice. 

He said the donation, which is a usual kind gesture of the President, will be distributed among Muslims in the fifteen counties.

Minister Sirleaf made the disclosure on Monday at his office in Monrovia.

He said that a total of L$1M with 600 bags of rice will be shared among Muslims in Montserrado County, while Bomi Muslims will get L$300,000.00 with 350 bags of rice, Muslims in Cape Mount L$300,000, with 200 bags of rice, and Margibi County, L$200,000.00 with 200 bags of rice.

Other counties, according to the Minister, where Muslims will benefit, include Nimba County, L$375,000 with 300 bags of rice; Lofa County L$360,000 with 500 bags of rice; and Bong County, L$250,000 with 240 bags of rice, while Muslims in Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Gbarpolu River Gee, and Grand Gedeh counties shall receive L$100,000 with 100 bags of rice.

Minister Sirleaf described the donation as the government’s way of identifying with the Muslim Community during the time of fast and prayer for the peace, reconciliation, and well-being of the citizens and the nation.

The Minister said that the President is highly interested in the peace of the country and, as such, was pleased that Muslims can gather themselves at their various worship centers to pray.

“This is not the first time that the president is identifying with the Muslim community this Holy Month. He has asked me to call upon the Muslim community, especially the Imams, to use this time to pray,” he stated.

According to him, the President has continued to demonstrate his fatherly role, particularly during the Holy Month.

Meanwhile, the Minister did announce that the President has pledged his willingness to support Muslims this year for the Hajj. The Hajj is an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The minister said that Liberian Muslims did not participate in the annual pilgrimage due to the COVID situation last year.

“Now that the COVID has subsided a bit, the President has promised to support Muslims for this annual event,” he said.

He said that a committee has been put in place to work out the proper arrangement as to how Muslims will partake in the event.   

Making remarks on behalf of the Muslim Community, the chairman of the National Muslim Council, Aldullah Massaray thanked the President for the donation and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose.

He said that the intervention was very timely as Muslims are ready to pray for the nation.

Imam Massaray said that Allah has declared that it is important to appreciate the kind gesture of people.

“We must appreciate the President for this wonderful gesture. We as Muslims are under an obligation to always pray for the nation.

He promised to work with the Minister to ensure that the Muslim community takes part in the Islamic annual event.