By Awudu Salami, GNA
Accra, Sept. 11,
GNA – The American Embassy has donated food items including rice, cooking oil
and ram to the office of the National Chief Imam towards the celebration of the
Muslims across the
world will be celebrating the festival, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice,
on Monday, September 12. It is one of the holiest celebrations on the Islamic
In Ghana, the
National Chief Imam is expected to lead the national prayers at the Black Star
Square in Accra.
items, Mr Rustum Nyquist, a Political Officer at the Embassy, expressed joy
over the cordial relationship existing between the Embassy and the office of
the National Chief Imam.
He commended the
various religious groups in the country for living in harmony and urged them to
He said the Embassy
would continue to collaborate with the leadership of the Muslim Community to
For his part, the
Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam, Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman,
commended the Embassy for the donation.
He said the office
of the National Chief Imam would continue to dialogue with the Embassy to
create opportunities for deprived communities.
He expressed the
hope that their relationship would continue to be deepened to promote the
development of the country.
Eid al Adha marks a
reminder of the time in which Ibrahim (Abraham) was about to sacrifice his son
but was told by God to sacrifice an animal instead. The celebration symbolises
Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah.
Muslims start out
the day with a morning prayer, and then exchange gifts as they are required to
share their food and money with the poor so they could also take part in the
slaughter sheep or goats.
Eid Al Adha also
represents the end of Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi
recommends that Muslims make the journey at least once in their lifetime.