Businessman and President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, Herbert Mensah, on Tuesday donated several products and two bullocks to the Muslim community at the central mosque in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region to coincide with the celebration of Muslims’ Eid Al-Adha, the holiest festival on the Islamic calendar.
Eid Al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated to commemorate the obedience of Ibrahim in a four-day celebration that began on August 21 and will last until Saturday, 25 August.
The yearly ritual is considered a time to think of others as well as repentance from one’s sins committed in the past.
The Festival of Sacrifice marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca.
Muslims sacrifice goats, sheep and cows to represent Ibrahim’s (Abraham) commitment to God, where Allah came to him in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his only son as an act of obedience to God.
Participation in the sacrificial festival is mandatory for all obedient Muslims that can afford an animal.
It is also mandatory for people with money to give an amount to charity, so less fortunate people can afford to join in the celebration as well.
As a tradition, Mr. Herbert Mensah, a Christian himself, who is the former Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC joins the Zongo community in Kumasi every year to share in their celebration and sacrifices.
This year, King Edward of Hello FM in Kumasi, representing Herbert Mensah, donated the two bullocks and other products from sponsors, Sunda International.
He remarked that the yearly gesture by Mr. Mensah is in line with his long-held tradition of keeping a bond with the Zongo community that has always supported him especially during his days as Kotoko chairman, his activities with the May 9 Foundation and his efforts to build Ghana Rugby.
King Edward also added that, “Herbert believes in the goodness of helping the poor in our society the same way as sponsors like Sunda International’’.
He acknowledged Sunda international for their donation of product brands such as Kleesoft, FasKit among others.
Receiving donation on behalf of the Muslim community, Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Abdul Mumin, praised Herbert Mensah for his dedication and commitment to the Zongo communities and the poor in general throughout the years.
Imam Abdul Mumin prayed for the blessings of Allah (God) upon the life of Mr. Herbert Mensah and all generous givers.
Meanwhile, thousands of Ghanaians including Ghana’s vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia have joined millions of other Muslims from all over the world this year to fulfil one of the major pillars of Islam and to celebrate Eid al-Adha in the holy city of Mecca.