The National Nasara wing of the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP, has on the occasion of welcoming the Holy month of Ramadan, the month of Mercy, forgiveness and blessings, congratulated all Muslims in Ghana especially members of Nasara.
The National Nasara wing seeks to mobilize the support of Muslims everywhere in Ghana, and zongo communities in particular for the NPP.
The National Nasara Coordinator, Abdul Aziz Haruna Futa, in a statement said “Indeed it’s a great privilege to witness this month and to this, I humbly entreat all Muslims to express love, compassion and also commit to prayers, acts of piety and service to humanity.”
“Let us use this occasion to remember our country, our President H.E Nana Addo, his Vice H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, appointees of government and our families in our supplications to the almighty Allah.”
In conclusion, he prayed and hoped “that Allah will guide and guard us through this year’s Ramadan. Ameen. Once again Ramadan Mubarak”.
Nasara as a wing of the NPP
The NPP in 2017 made some amendments to its constitution that made Nasara an official and special organ of the party just like the youth wing and the women’s wing.
Hitherto, Nasara was a branch of the party with appointed officers, but now the party has agreed that Nasara is a wing of the party; and as a special organ of the party, their officers at the constituency, regional and national level, must be elected.
They also now have deputy Nasara coordinators at all levels, and two National Nasara coordinators.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar. Healthy adult Muslims fast in Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This includes abstaining from drinking, eating, immoral acts and anger. Other acts of worship such as prayer, reading the Quran and charity are also encouraged during the holy month.
Muslims also believe the Quran was revealed in Ramadan. During the holy month, Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and they break their fast with a meal referred to as iftar.
It is common for mosques to host large iftars, especially for the poor and needy. Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar.
Different cultures have different traditions during Ramadan, whether it is a special food they must cook, or eating iftar with the extended family. Islamic tenets such as generosity inspired most of these traditions, including sharing food and inviting guests over for iftar.
When is Ramadan?
Since Ramadan is part of the lunar calendar, its date annually changes on the Gregorian calendar. Muslims tend to wait for the new month’s moon to appear before they announce the first day of Ramadan. However, they can still estimate the day beforehand. This year Ramadan begins on Monday, May 6.
How long is Ramadan?
Lunar months last between 29 to 30 days depending on when the new moon is sighted. If the moon is not seen on the night of the 29th day, then Ramadan lasts for the full 30 days. The Eid al-Fitr celebration marks the end of the month when Muslims celebrate a successful Ramadan of fasting and worship.
Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. There is also a verse in the Quran that prescribes fasting for all Muslims who are mature and healthy enough to do so for the full day. So Muslims fast as an act of worship, a chance to get closer to God, and a way to become more compassionate to those in need.
Fasting is also seen as a way to learn patience and break bad habits.
When does Ramadan end?
This year, Monday, June 3, will be the 29th day of Ramadan for most Muslim nations in the Middle East. These countries will be on the lookout for the Eid moon that evening. If it is sighted, the first day of Eid al-Fitr will be observed on Tuesday, June 4.
Otherwise, Ramadan fasting will carry on for 30 days and Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5.
By: citinewsroom.com|Ghana/with additional files from aljazeera.com