Director for the Noor Islam Institute for Development – Ghana (NIID), Alhassan Iddris

The Director for the Noor Islam Institute for Development – Ghana (NIID), Alhassan Iddris has called on Muslims to use the period of Ramadan to reflect on their lives while continuing to increase their faith and work towards the will of Allah.

Mr. Iddris also urged Muslims to exhibit high religious tolerance to uphold the peace in the country.

The Director for NIID said this when he distributed assorted food items worth about three hundred thousand Ghana-Cedis to 600 hundred families in the Upper West Region at Wa as part of Ramadan activities

Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam observed in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.

During the period Muslims are expected to fast for 30 or 29 days. Prayers are also intensified to seek forgiveness from God while giving alms are encouraged.

The Director for the Noor Islam Institute for Development – Ghana (NIID), Alhassan Iddris said the 600 families were chosen to be beneficiaries based of their current economic situation.

The beneficiaries included men, women and some Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) and non-Muslims.

Mr. Iddris spoke about the rationale behind the donation saying the “decision was taken because the month of Ramadan is the month in which Muslims and non-Muslims suffer and there is a need for some intervention to be taken.”

Mr. Iddris called on Muslims to work hard and contribute their quota to the development of the country.

He said “the gesture is coming all the way from Kuwait, meaning some Muslims are hardworking to the extent that they can give us their surplus; this should be a lesson for us.

During the Ramadan period, we increase our faith and work hard to develop our country. One day, we may be able to send some of these items to other countries.”

He continued to say that “of course it can never happen unless there is peace and love in the society.

The Director of the Abubakr Sadiq Social Centre, Mahmoud Iddris Ismail said reaching out to the needy is very crucial during Ramadan.

Items presented to the beneficiaries include bags of rice, boxs of sugar, tins of tomatoes and cooking oil.

The presentation was made possible through the support of Direct-Aid Organisation – Kuwait.

Story by Mark Smith

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