Zuma wishes Muslims well for Ramadan

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has wished the Muslim community well ahead the month of Ramadan, which begins on Saturday.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day. Fasting during this month is believed to figuratively burn away all sins.

"In a time of economic difficulty, when we are challenged to alleviate the plight of the poor, our nation is indeed privileged to have within it a community, who through the act of fasting, dedicates itself to the poor, the hungry and the homeless," President Zuma said in a statement issued on Friday.

The period of fasting is regarded as a time of deep introspection, a strengthening of the bonds of the family and community and increased generosity, all of which is brought on by heightened spirituality in order to transform the individual into a better human being.

"This is a lesson and an example for South Africans of all faiths," said President Zuma.