By Alvin Worzi
Muslims in Liberia yesterday joined others around the world to celebrate the end of this year’s Ramadan with prayers, feasting and exchange of gifts among family members and friends.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar. During the month long fast, Muslims are required to show kindness to others, including non-Muslims and other living creatures. They abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs (including sex and smoking). Ramadan began on May 25 and ended at dusk, Saturday.
“We aim to do our best and celebrate all the good deeds that we tried to achieve during Ramadan,” Mohammed A. Kamara, one of the imams said.
Mr. Kamara said he was delighted that Muslims of Liberia completed this year’s Ramadan with prayers for peace and prosperity for the nation and its people.
He said: “I want to thank all our Muslim brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers for going through this process and praying for Liberia and the people.”
He said this is one of the most important days in Islam, when they greet each other with ‘Eid Mubarak,’ which means “blessed Eid.”
He said Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed received a series of revelations from God which combined to form the Koran. They believe the Koran was revealed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, and many Muslims will try to recite as much of the Koran as they can during Ramadan.
Mr. Kamara added that in one’s journey, family values play an integral role as the bedrock of every venerated and spiritual leader “and we say Happy Eid Mubarak to all Muslims and may Allah accept our prayers and grant us al-Jannah.”