‘Pray for prosperity, peace’

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has asked Muslim believers to pray for the country’s prosperity, peace, understanding and forgiveness during their fasting in the holy month of Ramadan that started on Thursday.

She made the statement through her verified Twitter handle @SuluhuSamia, saying she is equally praying that the Almighty accept the fasting, prayers and shower His blessings to all Muslims.

“Ramadan Kareem to all brothers and sisters in Islam, in Tanzania and around the world. I wish you a month full of forgiveness, peace and understanding,” reads part of her tweet.

Her message was supported by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, who also expressed his well wishes to Muslim believers throughout their fasting.

“I’m joining President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan in sending my well wishes to all Muslims in this holy month of Ramadan,” said Premier Majaliwa in a tweet shared on twitter handles @KassimMajaliwa_ and @TZWaziriMkuu

Their messages came a few hours after the Mufti of Tanzania Sheikh Abubakar Zuberi declared yesterday (Thursday) as the start of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims in the country.

“We have received information on moon sightings from various parts of the country as well as Zanzibar and Kenya, this signifies that the fasting of Ramadan starts tomorrow (yesterday),” said the Mufti.

He also asked Muslims in the country to use the fasting season by praying for the country, peace, love and forgiveness.

“We have also to adhere to all rules and requirements that are to be observed, tomorrow (yesterday), will be the first day of Ramadan,” he insisted.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar where healthy adult Muslims worldwide fast 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.

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 from bad habits.

The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, and major purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities.

Muslims believe that Ramadan teaches them to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate, thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity.

They also believe fasting helps instill compassion for the food-insecure poor.

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