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Muslims in Ghana are given dates by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

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To assist Muslims in keeping the Ramadan fast, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has sent 250 boxes of date palm to a number of Muslim organisations.

At a brief ceremony held at the Ambassador’s house, Mr. Saed Al-Bakr, Charge d’affaire of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Accra, handed the date palm to the recipients on behalf of King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

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According to Mr. Al-Bakr, friendly bilateral relations between Ghana and Saudi Arabia have existed since the 1960s and have only gotten stronger over time.

The Charge d’ Affaires also noted that the Saudi government had a long-standing custom of reaching out to Muslims, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, and giving them dates to break their fast. This practise was inspired by the Holy Prophet of Islam, Mohammed (peace be upon him), who encouraged breaking fast with dates because of their spiritual and physical benefits.

Mr. Al-Bakr praised Muslims for their fortitude throughout the fasting month of Ramadan and urged them to pray for Allah to grant the people of both countries his blessings of peace and prosperity.

Dr. Abass Shamsudeen Ibrahim, Supervisor of Muslim Scholars for the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Ghana, expressed gratitude to the Saudi government for its ongoing assistance to the Muslim community.

He added that “the dates have impacted in the hearts of Muslims in Ghana and serves as a connecting nerve between the people of Ghana and Saudi Arabia” and that “the date palm continues to be the symbol of bond of friendship and relationship between the people of Saudi Arabia and Ghana.”

According to the Holy Qur’an, anyone who helps a fellow Muslim break his fast will receive a high reward from Allah.

He prayed and requested Allah’s blessings for the Saudi Arabian government in exchange for the gift of the premium dates.

Sheikh Osama Al-Nugaimishi, a representative of the KSA’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, was there along with other KSA officials.

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