The Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) have donated assorted food items and an undisclosed amount of money to the office of the National Chief Imam as part of their usual zakat.
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam in the form of giving charity to the needy in the society.
The zakat donation formed part of the Minority in Parliament’s support to the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osuman Sharabutu, who is noted for feeding over hundreds of people daily at his residence in Accra.
The Leader of the Minority, Hon. Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu, making the presentation, explained that the donation forms part of the Minority caucus’ annual zakat to the needy in society.
He appealed to the National Chief Imam to ensure the spirit of peace and discipline is preached throughout the country to redeem lost good morals in the society.
The Tamale South MP prayed everything is done to ensure the Muslim youth in the Muslim communities are not seen as violent people, and urged Muslim leaders to step up their actions to instill discipline in them.
“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) traditionally does this as part of its understanding of fundamentals of Islam and to fulfill the pillars of the religion that seeks to feed the poor people during the month of Ramadan and beyond,” he added.
On his part, Sheikh Osuman Nuhu Sharabuktu expressed his sincere appreciation to the Minority for their kind gesture towards the feeding of the poor in the society.
According to the Muslim leader, feeding the poor is one of the greatest requirements or demands of each and every Muslim of adult age to fulfill his or her Ramadan fasting.
He said the NDC Minority has shown they believe in the ideology of their party that seeks to improve the lives of the less privileged in society, as he heartened them not to stop but continue with their good work.
Items donated include 100 bags of rice, 50 bags of sugar, 20 cartons of milk, 5b cartons of Lipton and GHc2,000.
In a related development, the Minority Caucus proceeded to the National Headquarters of the Alhusuna Wal–Jama where they were received by their leader, Sheikh Umar Ibrahim, and donated some items.
There, the Minority Caucus donated 50 bags of rice, 25 bags of sugar 15 cartons of milk and 5 cartons of Lipton. The President of the Islamic sect thanked the Caucus and wished them well in their endeavor.
He also reciprocated the gesture with a number of Qu’ran and supplementary books written in both Arabic and English for easy reading and understanding of the Islam, and should not for anybody to tell them about the teachings of Islam.
For the current serious security challenges Ghana is facing, the Minority requested of the National Chief Imam, prayers for security to return the country for the safety of Ghanaians.
This request followed killings and attacks going on the country; readily in mind were the attacks on police officer, ASP Nanka Bruce, at the seat of President, and also the recent brutal killing of an Army officer, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama of the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN), on May 29, at Diaso, Denkyira in the Central Region.
In view of this, Ghanaians are alarmed and could not go about their usual normal daily duties and activities in the country.