The president’s Ramadan gift
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Holy Month of Ramadan is not only meant for fasting and abstinence. It is also a month when good and God-fearing Muslims remember the poor and needy. It is a time when Muslims extend a helping hand to those in need, a time for sharing and caring.
In the light of this, President Jammeh's annual Ramadan sugar gift to Muslims throughout the country is a tradition worthy of commendation. The gift, which has become an annual affair, is a perfect illustration of the president's compassion and love for humanity in general and Gambians in particular. It is also a perfect embodiment of the fundamental principles enshrined in Islamic teachings and African ideals of good neighbourliness.
religions, particularly Islam, require us to share part of the wealth entrusted
to us by the Almighty Allah with the economically underprivileged, especially
during this period of generosity, compassion, forgiveness, love and prayers.
The same is true of our African ideals, which form part of the bedrock of our
common identity as citizens of this earth. A point worth mentioning is the fact
that President Jammeh’s move is politically colourless, as the distribution was
not based on party politics or any other form of sectionalism.
president has manifested an example that we must all emulate. His assistance
will greatly help the poor and needy, as it will go a long way in reducing the
burden of household expenses. Gambians therefore, especially the Muslim Ummah,
need to support President Jammeh and his government, as it was only with the
advent of his administration that this worthy tradition was instituted.
Perhaps, of all the leaders of the world, it is only President Jammeh who renders such assistance to the Muslim fraternity during the month of Ramadan. His love and care for his people is manifested in all spheres and aspects of life. It is high time that his efforts are complemented to foster national development.