Ramaphosa wishes the Muslim community good luck for Ramadan
President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his best wishes to Muslim communities in South Africa for the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this weekend.
The President also reminded communities to consider Covid-19 safety measures as they worship and socialize during this month.
Ramadan message from Ramaphosa
The holy month coincides with the month of freedom
“The holy month of Ramadan, the observance of fasting and the social support and charity shown by Muslims during this time are integral to the cultural and religious diversity of our nation,” President Ramaphosa said.
In 2022, we welcome the coincidence of Ramadan with Freedom Month.
“[Freedom Month is] a time in which we remember and honor the many individuals, organizations, movements and associations who fought for our freedom today,” he added.
Tribute to Shaykh Abdul Hamiet Gabier
The president also paid tribute to Shaykh Abdul Hamiet Gabier, life president of the Muslim Judicial Council and former ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who died recently.
“Shaykh Gabier’s activism in his immediate community and congregation, his role as a founder of Call of Islam and his contribution to our struggle through the United Democratic Front have been invaluable.
“He succeeded a wealthy succession of Muslims and Muslim leaders who saw resistance to apartheid as a fundamental obligation of faith.
“I hope the holy month will be a time of peace, of closeness between families and neighbours, a time of sharing and a time in which all South Africans embrace and practice the values that underpin the holy month of Ramadan,” Ramaphosa said.
Meaning of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan commemorates a month of fasting with many benefits and rewards.
The word Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, means “the heat that burns the earth or the heat that burns a person when a person is fasting”.
This year, however, the moon has not been sighted in South Africa, so the start of the festival has been delayed.
When is Ramadan?
The United Council of Ulama (Theologians) of South Africa (UUCSA) has confirmed that the moon of the Islamic month of Ramadan 1443 has not been sighted in South Africa.
Uucsa General Secretary Ml Ebrahim Bham confirmed the news of no moon sightings in South Africa on Friday evening.
Thus the 1st Ramadan corresponds to Sunday April 3, 2022; this means that Muslims in South Africa will start fasting on Sunday.
Compiled by Narissa Subramoney and additional reporting by Faizel Patel
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