Watch: Cyril Ramaphosa sends Ramadan well-wishes [video]
The South African president has sent a heartfelt message to those celebrating Ramadan in the continent.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his well wishes to Africa’s Muslim community as they celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.
A Ramadan like no other
The 2020 edition of Ramadan began under unusual circumstances for those observing it from South Africa, with the country under strict lockdown.
Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union (AU) chair sent out a heart message to the Muslim community on Friday, wishing them well as they celebrate the holy month.
“The crescent moon has risen over our continent, Africa. And the sacred month of Ramadaan has begun. On behalf of the African Union, I wish our Muslim brothers and sisters well during this holy month,” said Ramaphosa.Cyril Ramaphosa
Watch President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Ramadan message in video belowWatch: Cyril Ramaphosa sends Ramadaan well-wishes [video
Social distancing encouraged during holy month
With the world gripped by a pandemic, the majority of the globe has been encouraged to practice social distancing indefinitely.
South Africa is no different, having banned mass gatherings.
Ramaphosa acknowledged that the latest developments will have an effect on the Ramadan celebrations.
“A number of countries have imposed measures to contain the spread of the virus, which means that many of the Ramadan traditions like praying at the mosque, making the Umrah pilgrimage and visiting family and friends are not taking place,” he said.Cyril Ramaphosa
“If we are to prevail against this pandemic, we have to stand united and observe the provisions that are in place to safeguard our health and the health of others.Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa concluded his message by encouraging the spirit of charity, urging those more fortunate to play their part in easing the hardship on others.
“As Africans, we will emerge from this hardship with a new consciousness. We will understand, and perhaps as never before, our great duty to help and support those less fortunate than ourselves will be enhanced,” he said.Cyril Ramaphosa