Grand Mufti SumaworoThousands of Liberian Muslims celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan at the Gurley Street Mosque have been called on to ensure that the Liberian government’s effort to reconcile the country is successful through unity.Delivering the final message yesterday in Monrovia, Grand Mufti Sheik Abubakar Mory D. Sumaworo told his audience to let unity be their watchword in the building of the Liberian nation.Sheik Sumaworo explained that reconciling the Liberian people demands the total involvement of all segments of the Liberian society. “Our country is moving on a new road of success,” Sheik Sumahoro said. “We must do our part as Muslims and Liberians to make it work.”He noted, amid the declaration of the greatness of Allah, that Liberians cannot and should not prevent the cause of progress that President George Manneh Weah has set in motion to lead the country to another level that will give the country and the people, whether Muslims or Christians, a chance to be proud of their nation.He also reminded Muslims and Christians that both have a shared responsibility to develop the country as brothers and sisters united for a common destiny.Sheilk Sumahoro noted that the month of Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture and the observation of the month is to mark Allah’s provision of the first chapters of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.During Ramadan, Muslims fast, abstain from pleasures and pray to become closer to Allah and it is a time for families to gather and celebrate together. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon.The observance begins the morning after the crescent moon is visibly sighted, marking the beginning of the new month. Traditionally, people search for the slight crescent using the naked eye, which has led to the declaration of different starting times for Ramadan, due to weather or geography. In order to have a more consistent start time for Muslims around the world, however, astronomical calculations are now sometimes used.According to Islamic sources, the observance of Ramadan is very personal and individual and is a time for “sacrifice and renunciation as well as a period of reflection and spiritual growth. Ramadan is also a powerful symbol of unity, bringing family and friends together. During this period, Muslims around the world fast simultaneously.Several Muslims interviewed yesterday said completing Ramadan brings them joy “because our families were stronger together in the presence of Allah, the creator of all things.”Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam and they form the basis of how Muslims practice their religion. According to Islam Guide, the Pillars of Islam are: Shahada: faith in the Islam religion, Salat: pray five times per day facing the direction of Mecca, Zakat: give support to the needy, Sawm: fast during Ramadan, and Hajj: make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during one’s lifetime.At the end of Ramadan, a three-day spiritual celebration known as Eid al-Fitr occurs. During this time, Muslims rejoice in the completion of the fast. Family members and friends gather to share in feasts and prayers. During Eid al-Fitr, it is customary to donate to the poor and disadvantaged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lagan Harps FC News:Our men’s team drew 2-2 with Convoy Arsenal on Sunday. Scorers were Mark Hunter and Chris Toner. They are joint top of the league with Gweedore Utd and we are home to Gweedore Utd this Sunday at 2.00pm. Our u/16’s continued their winning ways with a 1-0 win away to Ballybofey Utd. Jack Parke scored. Our u/14’s lost 5-1 after extra time to Fintown Harps in the League cup semi final. Enda Gallagher was the scorer. Our u/14’s beat Fintown Harps 2-1 in a dramatic league cup semi-final. Dean rodgers had put us ahead but with the game tied at 1-1, Jordan Mc Hugh headed home a winner in the final minutes. Our u/9 boys and girls side took part in the Mc Donalds finals in Abbottstown on Saturday. They played five games against teams from round the country winning three, drawing one and losing one. The kids played brilliantly on the day and their behaviour was excellent. Thanks to all who helped on the day. Thanks also to the organisers and all who attended our quiz in The Grianain hotel on Thursday night, which helped raise some badly needed funds. Congratulations and best wishes to the Manor Scouts who officially opened their new headqaurters on Saturday. Well done to Zoe Green on being selected on the Irish squad for the European qualifiers. Zoe has been an outstanding performer for the club over the past few years. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 4,8,9 and 14. Hugh Gorman, Kilmacrennan, had three numbers and won e50. Next weeks jackpot is now E5875.SOCCER NEWS: LATE WINNER FROM JORDAN MCHUGH SENDS LAGAN HARPS U14’S THROUGH TO CUP FINAL was last modified: October 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:soccerSport
zoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line and producer of petrochemicals EQUATE Petrochemical Company have signed a partnership agreement to decrease CO2 emissions in ocean transportation.The agreement, which is the first of its kind in Kuwait, is based on the parties’ sustainability priorities that include the shared vision “to protect and safeguard the environment by decreasing CO2 emissions and confirms an aspiration to reduce EQUATE’s CO2 emissions per container transported with Maersk Line by 15% from 2017 to 2020,” Maersk Line said.During 2013-2016, the business collaboration between the companies resulted in decreasing CO2 emissions by over 35%, achieved through investments in environmentally improved vessels, network optimization, space utilization and other innovative best practices.“As we continuously encourage and support our business associates to have sustainable emission reduction programs, this agreement with Maersk Line is part of our ongoing business partnership,” Tareq Jafar Al-Kandari, EQUATE’s Vice President for Technical Services, said.Maersk Line said that it is driving similar agreements with a series of other selected strategic partners in an effort to enable more sustainable procurement.