By The Inspirer
Muslims should love each other, and their neighbours so that communities live united and enjoy peace and welfare, Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana said in sermon he delivered to thousands of Muslims who gathered at Kigali Regional Stadium in Nyamirambo.
He was preaching on Friday, June 15, 2018 from the stadium which was packed with thousands of Muslims who had convened to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr — a major Muslim feast that ends Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
Sheikh Hitimana said the Holy Month of Ramadan went smoothly, which he attributed to unity and humility among Muslims.
He expressed that he is thankful to Allah [God the the same understanding they currently have thanks to efforts made by the religious community to enable them live in harmony.
“This has been and should still be time to act according to Allah [God]’s will, and be righteous through every day’s prayers; for Muslims to help each other and be driven by charitable actions by providing support to the needy such as food,” he said.
Eid al-Fitr prayers (salah) marking the end of the holy fasting month were held in different mosques countrywide, while Muslims in different national prisons were also given green light to mark the end of the Muslims’ most sacred month of the Year.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligation for all adult Muslims. The fasting month ends with Muslims gathering in different mosques to mark it with special prayers.
At Eid, Muslims share Iftar — an evening meal with which they end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.
Assouman Habinshuti, one of the Muslims who attended the prayer, said, “The fasting period is the opportune moment for us, Muslims in general, to extend help to the needy people, either with food items or money or even share food with them to make sure we fete the day together with conviviality.
Tackling drug abuse and trafficking as a means to building decent communities
Drug abuse and traffickin within communitie has been on the rise, and, an issue of concern to the society as it adversely affects lives of those addicted to them, or committing such act especially youth, who could otherwise drive up the country’s economic development as they are energetic.
In regards to addressing the problem, Sheikh Hitimana said, “We are aware that the development of our country can hardly be achieved if the youth is increasingly using drugs which can lead them to a bleak future . But with our contribution, like other faithful organisations, we hope we can partake in combatting drugs among youth and this is a problem concerns each and everyone in the community,” he said.
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