President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has sent a Ramadan message to Muslims in the country with days to the commencement of the Holy period.
Ramadan 2018 is expected to take off on Wednesday or latest Thursday, May 17 depending on the sighting of the new moon. The Presidency released a statement on Sunday as the faithful continue plans to start fasting;
The president’s message also addressed last week’s mosque attack in the Kwa Zulu Natal province, where one person was killed at the Imam Hussein mosque.
President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes South Africa’s Muslim community well during the Holy Month of Ramadan which commences this week. pic.twitter.com/9AEqB8jQg4
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) May 14, 2018
The president’s full message is produced below:
President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes South Africa’s Muslim community well during the Holy Month of Ramadan which commences this week.
“The importance and benefits of this Holy Month of fasting, piety and charity extends beyond the lives of Muslims, as it contributes to the spiritual and social wellbeing of all South Africans,” said President Ramaphosa.
“This is a month that allows all of us to reflect on – and act on – the small, thoughtful things we can do to contribute to a better society.”
President Ramaphosa’s thoughts particularly go out to the Muslim community of Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, who suffered violence and tragedy in a place of worship several days ago.
The President expects that the perpetrators will be brought to book and that the community of Verulam will be able to experience Ramadan as the period of peace and goodwill it is meant to be.
Scene of the attack that took place last Thursday