President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on Liberian Muslims and others in the country to take time off to remember and pray for Liberia as they go through their holy month of Ramadan. The holy month of Ramadan began last Saturday when Muslims, the world over began their month-long fast and prayer activities.
The Liberian leader urged the Muslims to pray for the country’s peace and stability, stating that “As we know that the Holy Month of Ramadan is on, the prayer time for all Muslims, and during this particular period you all always fast and pray for the nation’s peace and development. I just stop by to share something with you as to break your fast each day during this period,” President Sirleaf said.
President Sirleaf made the call when she when kick-off the process of distributing Ramadan gifts (consignment of bags of rice and soup kind) to various Mosques in Montserrado County. She said the donation was meant to help them beak their fast. She started the distribution exercise at the Unity Mosque near the Fish Market community around house.
The donation was made to the Chief Imam of the Unity Mosque, Ali Krayee and his Deputy, Kalilu Jalloh. There were several other worshipers at the Mosque include some Muslims Scholars from India who have come to observer the Ramadan in Liberia
Speaking on behalf of the Imams, Elders Council and the entire congregation of Unity Mosque, Imam Ali Krayee thanked President Sirleaf for always identifying with them, and not just during the period of Ramadan but at all times crucial to Muslims.
Imam Krayee said the Muslim Community, especially those of them at the Fish Market area, where President Sirleaf also lives, are particularly grateful and appreciative of the manner in which she cater to them.
Also speaking, the Assistant Imam Kalilu Jalloh recounted President Sirleaf’s gesture of providing electricity to the community, free of charge, and on their behalf thanked her for the kind and humanitarian gesture.
He further noted that the Liberian leader, bringing a consignment of rice for Muslims in that community was not a surprise, but admitted that it will help in a big way, especially for those Muslims who cannot afford.
The Liberian leader was presented a gift (a scholarly version of the holy Quran in English) by one of the Indian Scholars. She wholehearted accepted the gift.
The Coordinator at the Office of President Sirleaf, Toe Wesseh indicated that 500 bags of rice will be distributed to 15 mosques in and around Monrovia, noting that “This is the President little way of identifying with our brothers and sister because not all of them can afford to get something to break their fast at the end of the day.
He appealed to Liberians including Christians to join their Muslim brothers to pray for the country, especially in the wake of the Ebola epidemic that is currently claiming many lives across the country.