Muslim Community Offers Special Prayer For Prosperity

Chief-ImamThe National Chief Imam, Sheikh (Dr.) Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu on Thursday night led the muslim community to offer special prayer for the peace and prosperity of Ghana, on the occasion of the “Night of Power” held at the State House in Accra.

The “Night of Power”, one of the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, is a blessed night for muslim and it is characterized by prayers and supplications by Muslims for the blessings of Allah.

It was held under the theme, “Prayer for National Unity and Collective Prosperity”, and was attended by Ministers of State, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Council of Ulamas and a cross section of the muslim community. The President, Chief Justice and the Speaker of Parliament were also represented at the event.

Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture and chairman of the Parliament of Muslim Caucus, in a welcoming remarks urged the Muslim community to reflect on the importance of Ramadan and the teachings of Islam and make a solemn commitment to let peace prevail in their community during and after the Supreme Court ruling on the 2012 election petition case.

He said no nation could progress without peace adding that God had blessed the country with peace and prosperity which Ghanaians could not afford to toil with adding “Let us cherish the blessings Allah has bestow on us as God loving people and spare our relationships of any conflict”.

Dr. Alhassan said no nation could prosper without peace which was a by product of justice, equity and fairness in the distribution of the country’s wealth.

The annual event was also used to disseminate information and sensitise muslims on their responsibilities towards the payment of Zaqat and Sadaqat into a fund to address poverty in the country.

The fund has so far yielded an amount of Gh¢100, 000. Zaqat is a compulsory payment of a fraction of one’s wealth for the benefit of the needy and it is the third pillar of Islam while Saqadat is an act of charity for the needy and the poor to enjoy the blessings of Allah.

The Executive Secretary of the Fund, Alhaji Inusah Mohammed said the fund was established to “rehabilitate the abandoned and uncompleted pillar of Islam to raise resources for the benefit of the poor in the society”.

He said about 269 muslims had subscribed to the fund which been in operation over three years ago and reminded Muslims to honour their obligation of the compulsory payment of the Saqat and other acts of charity to raise the needed resources to fight hunger, poverty and diseases in the country.

Alhaji Mohammed said given that muslims in the country are about four million and each of them contributes Ghc1.00 into the fund, each month, it would generate adequate resources to address the needs of the deprived in the society.

The Executive Secretary of the Fund said an amount of four thousand dollars had been used to sponsor a muslim lady studying medicine in China, Gh¢32, 000 had also been earmarked to sponsor 40 needy students in their education for this academic year, while Ghc7, 500 was used buy sewing machines to equip beneficiaries of the fund with employable skills.

Earlier in a sermon on the significance of the fund as an engine of growth, development and poverty alleviation, Sheikh Armiyao Shaibu, an educationist, said Zaqat and Sadaqat was an act of charity that distinguished on as honest and sincere Muslim.

He said “negligence of the payment of Zakat is the violation of the rights of the poor, and comes with punishment on the Day of Judgment on the offending Muslim”.

Interspersing the sermon with quote from the Holy Quran, Sheikh Shaibu explained that Zakat and Sadat were key ingredients in the religion adding that the enforcement of the concept would help guaranteed the welfare of those consigned to destitution and deprivation in the society. – Salifu Abdul-Rahman     

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