Excerpts of Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in Accra, other locations

Excerpts of Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in Accra, other locations

Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu leading prayers at the Independence Square

Ramadan ended last weekend with Muslims in Ghana and across the world calling for peaceful co-existence, unity and Allah’s endless blessing and protection for citizens and the nations.

Typical of the occasion, intercessory prayers were held at various locations where thousands of worshippers led by Sheiks and Imams gathered to recite the Quran and share words of exhor­tation.

In Accra, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, His Eminence Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharu­butu, the National Chief Imam; the Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia; the National Petroleum Authority Boss, Dr. Mustapha Hamid, other Min­isters of State and invited guests were at the Black Stars square to climax the 30-day period of fast.

The gathering and mini-feast held later in the day saw Muslims and Christians extend well wishes to one another as a way of strengthening the existing bond be­tween the two faiths.

President Akufo-Addo, other politicians and citizens also extended goodwill messages to Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu whose 104th birthday coincided with the celebrations. Leading prayers at the Independence Square, the Chief Iman called for sanity and sustainable de­velopment in all spheres of life.

Other Muslim leaders, praying else­where, urged citizens not to under­mine the peace and cultural diversity prevailing in the country.

They asked for divine guidance and fortitude for the leaders of the nation as they kept the development agenda on course.

The solemn month of Ramadan encourages spiritual reflection and instructs Muslims to maintain and practice values such as compassion, gratitude, forgiveness and give alms to the needy.

As expected, families gathered to share food and soft drinks with neigh­bours and loved ones while others stepped out in mainly white and radi­ant outfits for the occasion. Here are excerpts of the prayer sessions and ac­tivities captured at various locations.

By Lizzy Okai

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