Ramadan: TLF CEO donates food items to staff, Board Members and 20 needy communities (videos)
As Muslims across the globe observe the Month of Ramadan, a crucial fasting period and a pillar in Islam, Chief Executive Officer of The Light Foundation (TLF) Shikh Ali Abubakar Napari has presented some food items to staff, Board Members of the humanitarian organisation and some needy communities in Northern, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana.
Speaking during the donation of the food items to the TLF Staff on Saturday 2 April 2022 at Shiashie Office in Accra-Ghana, the CEO of The Light Foundation Shikh Ali Abubakar Napari said “We wish the entire Muslims in Ghana and the whole world happy Ramadan. This package of food items is for TLF Staff, and we say Ayikoo ! for hard work done!. Ramadan Mubarak!Ramadan Mubarak!”.
A Member of Staff of The Light Foundation Imam Yusif Sakib who spoke on behalf of his colleagues after receiving the items, thanked the CEO and asked Allah for happy and blessed month of Ramadan.
The donated items include bags of rice, cooking oil, spaghetti, sugar, sardines and others were presented to the TLF staff at the premises of the organisation to begin and observe Ramadan, an important month on the Islamic calendar and a pillar in the lives of the practitioners of the Islamic faith.
Apart from donations to the staff and Board Members, The Light Foundation under its 2022 Ramadan Activity Project has also presented food packages to twenty (20) needy and vulnerable communities including hot meals (Iftar) distributed to communities, coupled with financial supports during the Month of Ramadan.
Under the 2022 Ramadan Activity Project by The Light Foundation, beneficiary communities include Madina, Ashaley Botwe, Nima, New Town, Mallam Attah, Abossey Okai, Dzen’ayor all in Accra.
The rests include Nsawam, Adesu, Nsuokwa, all in the Western Region, Tamale, Napilsi, Balsie, Nangbau, Tuguyapala, Sagnarigu, Tampion, Gushegu, Yilonayili within the Northern Region of Ghana.
It is important to anchor the point that sponsors and partners of the TLF’s 2022 Ramadan Project include Napari Company Limited,
Gift of Knowledge – UK,
Warrior Heart – UK,
Salam Charity – UK,
Benevolence from UAE and others.
What you need to know about Ramadan
Ramadan is a month-long religious holiday for Muslims as a time of self-reflection and strengthening their relationship with Allah. Ramadan is dictated by the lunar cycle, beginning and ending with a crescent moon. The religious holiday involves fasting, praying and being around loved ones. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It is during this month that Muslims fast.
When is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the Arabic name of the ninth-month of the Islamic calendar. The date of Ramadan in the Gregorian calendar moves forward about 11 days each year due to the different lengths of the Islamic and Gregorian years.
It is considered one of the holiest Islamic months. It’s also one of the Five (5) Pillars of Islam. These are five principles that Muslims believe are compulsory acts ordered by Allah. It is during the month of Ramadan that Muslims fast.
Muslims believe that some of the first verses of the Islamic holy book, the Qu’ran, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. Extra emphasis is placed on reciting the Qu’ran at this time.
The Fast of Ramadan
The Fast of Ramadan lasts the entire month, which can be 29 or 30 days, depending on the sightings of the moon.
Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation. Fasting is considered to be an act of worship, which enables Muslims to feel closer to Allah and strengthens their spiritual health and self-discipline.
During the Fast of Ramadan, strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting.
At the end of each day, the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar, it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning.
But, there are some exemptions to fasting for health reasons. For instance, pregnant, breastfeeding and menstruating women are exempted from the fast. The ill, children and the elderly are also not required to participate.
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