The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama urged all Ghanaians especially men and women in uniform to uphold love and respect for one another in the spirit of compassion, empathy and care giving during the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.”
He made this appeal in a speech read during the commemoration of this year’s Eid-Ul-Fitr festival at the Al-Aziz Central Mosque, Burma Camp on Tuesday, 3 May 2022. On the theme ‘Consolidating the Gains from Ramadan Fast, the CDS congratulated the Muslim community of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and appealed to them to maintain a professional posture as they strive to serve Allah and country.
The Acting Imam of GAF, Major Najmu-Deen Mohammed in his sermon admonished Muslims to maintain a healthy spiritual life even after the blessed month of Ramadan. “Remember therefore, that wrong doing and perversion corrupts the soul and eventually affects the entire body but righteousness purifies the soul and leads to success in this life and hereafter (Perpetual bliss of Jannah)”, he said.
He counseled, “Let us all consolidate the gains made from this fasting of the lessons in self-control that keeps us firmly within the confines and limits set for us by Allah and his messenger, the lessons in self-discipline that ensures we have the tenacity and endurance to devote our time, energy and resources to engage in acts of worship only to the Almighty and Omnipotent Allah. These will earn us the grace of the Omnipresent Allah that abounds with his blessings, forgiveness and mercy.”
Maj Mohammed reiterated the essence of the Ramadan fasting. This, he said was to strengthen our relationship with Allah, ensure spiritual atonement, forgiveness and receipt of abundant grace and favour. Eid-Ul-Fitr, he added is a time for Muslims to give in charity to those in need and to celebrate with family and friends the completion of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam.
ITIKAF, a committee responsible for Ramadan proceedings, later donated an amount of 9000 cedis to Al-Aziz Central Mosque to support the Islamic School Project.