Feast of Ramadan: Muslim Leaders Call For Dialogue

Muslims in Bamenda joined their brethren world over to celebrate "Eid Al-fitr" (feast of Ramadan) which is the feast that ends 30 days of fasting. As early as 9am, thousands of Muslim faithful in Bamenda had gathered at the Bamenda Prayer ground to thank “Allah subhan Wata Allah” for a successful fasting season. During the massively attended prayer session, the Imam of the Bamenda central Mosque,Sheikh Abu Umar prayed for peace to reign in Cameroon given the state of affairs in the country. He pleaded for Allah to make it easy for the Government to open dialogue with the disgruntled Anglophone population for a lasting solution to restore peace in Cameroon.

Present at the Prayer ground was NW Governor, Adolphe Lele L'Afrique accompanied by the SDO for Mezam Songa Pierre Rene and the D.O for Bamenda II, Itoe Peter Mbongo. Mr Lele came with a message of peace from the President of the Republic Paul Biya to the Muslim faithfuls giving them assurances that the Head of State wishes them a successful and peaceful celebration and his constant support to them.

Minutes after the prayers, heavy torrential down pour washed over the city  lasting  almost 3 hours perturbing the usual parade of the Hausa Chief round town on a horse. Youths use the parade demonstrate some aspect of their culture and tradition using knives, machetes, bikes, pots with fire and lots more.

Most observer described it as violent and promoting extremism but the  Muslim Youths Coordinator, Ames Garba Mohamed says it is their culture and they are merely showcasing their culture which is their identity. " what you consider good in your culture can be considered bad to me and vice versa, so such acts should not make people judge Muslims as terrorists because Islam is a peace loving and peace keeping religion.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammed according to the Islamic belief. This year’s Ramadan started on Friday May 26 and ended on the evening of of Saturday June 24, leading to the celebration of the feast of Ramadan on Sunday June 25.

Muslim faithful within the day shared food, drinks, gifts, exchange of visits to commemorate the feast. It should be noted that the feast couldn't be observed without Muslims beholding the moon. The moon this year was seen in the shari and Logone division of the Far North region giving an OK for Muslims to feast yesterday Sunday, June 25. Still in relation to the feast, the President of The Republic declared today a public holiday across the entire country.

By Pedmia Shatu

The came from all parts of Bamenda and beyond

The Hausa Chief at the prayer ground

NW Governor and his close aides at the prayer ground

Ramadan commemorates the the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammed

[caption id="attachment_6822" align="aligncenter" width="488"] The prayers ending 30 days of fasting was followed by a parade and display down town

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The Hausa Chief on a horse ride down town Bamenda

The prayers ending 30 days of fasting was followed by a parade and display down town




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