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Muslims Want Ramadan To Be State Holiday

LIBERIA

MONROVIA - As Muslims have around the world ended Ramadan's month of prayer and fasting, the chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheik Omaru Kamara, reiterated calls to make Ramadan a national holiday.

Directing comments to the national legislature, Sheik Kamara said Liberian Muslims are part of the country and should be accorded the right to have a national holiday. Muslims in Liberia play a pivotal role in ensuring peace and stability across the country, according to the sheik.

Speaking to The Media Project minutes after emerging from an official program to mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim cleric called on young Muslims to do away with violence in seeking to redress their complaints.

The sheik's comments come as the world reels from a spike of violence during the holy month. A devastating bomb attack in Iraq took the lives of at least 292 people on July 3 in Baghdad, and 49 were killed in Orlando (USA) on June 12 by a lone shooter. Both events were linked to the Islamist terror group ISIS.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meanwhile commended Liberian Muslims and their fellow believers across the world for the successful end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf has expressed delight on behalf of the government and people of Liberia for the achievements of the country's Muslims.

“During (Ramadan), Muslims are required to show kindness and generosity to all human beings and other creatures while every Muslim is specifically commanded to share with his or her neighbors whatever material wealth God has bestowed upon him or her," the President said.

According to the President, Liberian Muslims joined others the world over in abstaining from food and drink during the day and fervently praying for the nation. The executive also called upon the nation to also avoid gossip, backbiting, and social ills, as is expected of Muslims during Ramadan.

She urged all Muslims to join fellow Liberians to pray for peaceful co-existence and prosperity of the country for the sake of future generations.

Sirleaf said Liberian Muslims and Christians are equally responsible for the security, prosperity and reconciliation of the country.

President Sirleaf observed that the religious holiday was an opportunity and challenge for Liberians to resume their traditional role in Africa as a people at peace with themselves and their neighbors.

“Our neighbors and the world at large are watching us,” the Liberian leader noted.

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