Muslims End Ramadan Today


The holy month of Ramadan during which practicing Muslims abstain from food for 30 days, ends today, Friday, July 17, and millions of the faithful in Liberia and around the world are expected to congregate in their various ‘Masjids’ (Mosques) to hear sermons on their services and obedience to the five pillars of Islam, as proclaimed by Prophet Muhammad.
The fast month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam that all the faithful observe every year.
Another pillar is faith (iman) in the oneness of Allah and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad which is indicated by the declaration of the ‘shahadah’ that ‘There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. The other pillars are keeping of the five scheduled daily prayers (salah), almsgiving (zakat) and the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca for those who are able.
Liberian Muslims, including their brothers and sisters from the sub-region and elsewhere residing in the country will troop to their various Mosques to climax their self sacrifice in the last 30 days. In Monrovia, among the mosques that are expected to be full with believers include the biggest ‘masjid’ on Benson Street and its neighbor, the Gurley Street ‘masjid.’
In an interview yesterday, Ibrahim Bah, 22, a Guinean, told the Daily Observer, “I’m glad that I completed the fast month and I will now have to celebrate with my family after I return from the mosque this morning.”
Bah, who shines shoes at the corner of Benson and MacDonald Streets said he kept his promise to fast the entire month and he is thankful to Allah (God) that he made it through.
Another Muslim interviewed by this newspaper said that he had kept his faith, fasting the last 29 days. “I’m glad that I did not get sick and none of my family got sick, so I thank Allah for that as I end the fast today.”


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