President Bio and First Lady Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio on Monday 2nd May 2022 join members of the Muslims community in Kono District to celebrate the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The festival of Eid-Al-Fitr, making the end of fasting is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
Muslims celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr with prayers called “Salat-Al-Eid”. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two units of prayer – called “Rakat”.
The prayers are followed by a sermon, in which the Imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.
The officiating Imam for the Eid-Al-Fitr prayer at the Islamic School, Sheik Alhaji Kabineh Mansaray of the Hamdallah Mosque in Kono City, told worshipers that it is this day that Allah will reward all Muslims who observed the Holy Month of Ramadan, stressing that every individual will be awarded according to their works.
Alhaji Kabineh Mansaray, quoting from the Holy Quran, said the Angels of Allah will be calling all creation by Allah on this day saying, “You followers of Muhammed (SAW), come out to receive your certificate, reward and pay for what you have done during the month of Ramadan.”
The officiating Imam reminded the crowd that Allah asked His angels what is the reward of someone that performed his assignment accordingly, he said the angels will reply that, “You our master, do reward them accordingly.”
He said in turn: “Tell them that I have accepted their work and my reward for them is acceptance of their holiness, plead for mercy and obedience.”
The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio said Islam emphasised the importance and need for unity, cooperation and oneness.
She reminded worshipers that in Surah Number 3 Verse 103, Allah called for unity among all humans to reflect and mediate on how people where behaving towards each other.
“Praying for the President and the entire leadership of the country should be a national duty to be performed by all Muslims,” she asserted.
She disclosed that the first family would be paying zakat (charity) to 400 Mosques around the country.
President Maada Bio in his speech said: “I am here to pray with you today because I am aware of the fact that Ramadan has come to an end and I want to share the blessing with you.
“We are all aware that today marks the end of the holiest month in Islam and I will not sit at home without sharing the blessings of this month with all our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
The President said Muslims and Christians don’t have any differences, therefore the end of the holy month of Ramadan is something worth celebrating.
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