Grand Mufti Sumaworo Urges Muslims to Work for Unity

first_imgGrand 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL BROTHERS DOING THE ‘WRITE’ THING!

first_imgThe McGarvey brothers are obvioulsy doing something ‘write’ when it comes to their business.The young brothers, Ronan (13) and Conor (10) from Loughanure, couldn’t keep up with orders for the Christmas market.Now the directors of Donegal Pens say they are so busy, they are going to have to move to a bigger premises – in their back garden. The two boys from the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht, currently operate out of their garden shed which measures just 16 feet by eight feet.But now dad Eoin is planning to get them a bigger shed as their business empire expands.“They literally couldn’t keep up with the orders before Christmas. It was great to see them so busy.“It’s got so cramped in the shed that they have to store the pen boxes in the house and their mammy isn’t too happy with that. “We’re going to have to have a look at getting a bigger shed the way things are going,” said the proud dad.The lads started the business almost two years ago and the orders have been coming in from around the world ever since.Ronan and Conor, who are official members of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild, first got the idea when they attended a craft fair in Antrim in July 2009 and saw a demonstration in woodturning by Co Down man Geoff Tulip.Among those who are now the proud owners of Donegal Pens include Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern and Daniel O’Donnell.The famous Donegal singer has even included a link to the lad’s company on his official website. Before Christmas the lads couldn’t keep up with orders which came in from around the globe including New Zealand, America and across Europe.“We never thought it would get this big,” said Ronan.“We really enjoy doing it and we spend as much as we can in the shed coming up with new ideas and new designs,” he said.The boys are always on the look-out for old Bog Oak in Donegal and also buy much of the wood for the pens on eBay. They receive about 95% of their orders through their website www.donegalpens.com and are currently working on new designs including fountain and mechanical pens.EndsDONEGAL BROTHERS DOING THE ‘WRITE’ THING! was last modified: January 6th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:loughanure donegal pens McGarveylast_img read more

EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: THE BEAUTY OF LIGHT AND COLOUR

first_imgOn the opening weekend of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, the organizers are delighted to welcome back some old festival friends, the Architects of Air who are back with one of their most magical luminarium structures, Architects of Air build luminaria – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.The man behind designing the structures is Artistic Director Alan Parkinson who lives in France and works both there and in Nottingham where the Architects of Air are based.He first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the I980s and has since developed his own language of form in this plastic medium. In 1992 he established the company Architects of Air to build and tour his luminarium designs and in its 20th anniversary year, they are delighted to bring Amococo to Rockhill House, Letterkenny, on the opening weekend of Earagail Arts Festival (July 7 to 22).Amococo is the most labyrinthine luminarium, featuring as it does 86 triaxial domes and 71 pods that together create a complex of pathways where the visitors may happily lose themselves.Amococo has been described as a ‘really immersive, inspiring, spiritual and accessible space – transformative for audiences. It’s a great way to engage a diverse range of local communities as well as attracting the passing tourists’.Alan said: “What motivates me to design is the fact that I continue to be struck by the beauty of light and colour found in the luminaria. “These structures nurture an awareness of a pure phenomenon that gently cuts through everyday conditioned perceptions and awakens a sense of wonder in people. The pneumatic form has a simple purity that echoes that of the light it contains.”It has been Alan’s work to explore what is possible within the laws of pneumatics to develop an architectural aesthetic capable of doing justice to the beauty of the light in the luminarium, which visitors of the Earagail Arts Festival can now look forward to.For more information on this event and other exciting shows taking place during the 24th annual Earagail Arts Festival log onto www.eaf.ie or get a copy of the festival brochure.Follow the festival on www.donegaldaily.com EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: THE BEAUTY OF LIGHT AND COLOUR was last modified: July 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE: THE BEAUTY OF LIGHT AND COLOURlast_img read more