Liberian Muslims, like their counterparts around world, yesterday ended the annual fast of their Holy Month of Ramadan, by offering prayers for peace and solidarity among Liberians.
They gathered at their various mosques and centers in and around the country early Wednesday to offer prayers to Allah.
Speaking to reporters, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheikh Omaru Kamara, called on Liberian Muslims to aid the government in protecting its citizens from violent extremism that is threatening peace and security around the world.
Sheikh Kamara called on Liberian Muslims to resist violence as a means to solving problems, but rather promote peace, in order to move the country forward.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an Executive Mansion release, thanked Liberian Muslims for fasting for peace during the Ramadan.
She called on Liberian Muslims to join other Liberians in praying for peace in Liberia.
The President further stated that all religions practiced in Liberia have major roles to play in promoting peace and unity, especially following the drawdown of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia.
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).
Meanwhile, several non-Muslim Liberians identified with the Muslim community celebrating the end of Ramadan. Bong County District #3 Representative, George S. Mulbah, presented several bags of rice to the Muslim Community in Bong County. Former lawmaker Kuku Y. Dorbor also presented several bags of rice to the Muslim community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.