John Mahama Promises to Make Hajj Pilgrimage More Affordable for Ghanaian Muslims

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John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana, has pledged to make the Hajj pilgrimage more affordable for the Ghanaian Muslim community if he is re-elected as president. He made this promise while joining the Ahlussuna Wal-Jama’ah group for their Eid prayers. Mr. Mahama emphasized that the current cost of the Hajj pilgrimage is a significant financial burden, making it difficult for many ordinary Muslims to undertake this essential spiritual journey.

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In his address, Mr. Mahama highlighted the affordability of Hajj fares during his previous tenure as president. He noted that under his administration, the cost of Hajj was GH¢11,900.00. He expressed his dismay at the current cost of GH¢75,000.00, a substantial increase that has made it nearly impossible for many to afford the pilgrimage. This steep rise in costs has forced many Ghanaian Muslims to seek alternative routes for their pilgrimage, often adding to their financial strain and emotional distress.

“I fully understand the significance of the Hajj pilgrimage and the importance of making it accessible to all,” Mahama stated. “I will not only work tirelessly but also strategically to make the Hajj pilgrimage more affordable for the Ghanaian Muslim community, ensuring that no one is left behind.”

Mr. Mahama’s promise reflects his understanding of the spiritual and communal importance of Hajj. The pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam, is an once-in-a-lifetime obligation for Muslims who are physically and financially able to perform it.

Mr. Mahama urged the Muslim community to continue celebrating Eid and to pray for peace and prosperity for Ghana. He acknowledged the importance of unity and communal harmony, especially during significant religious observances. Mahama also extended his heartfelt Eid Mubarak wishes to all Muslims, recognizing the festival as a time of joy and reflection.

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Mr. Mahama’s proposal includes working closely with relevant stakeholders and introducing financial assistance programs and savings schemes to help alleviate the financial pressures associated with the pilgrimage and make it more accessible to all segments of the Muslim community.

John Dramani Mahama’s commitment to making the Hajj pilgrimage more affordable demonstrates his dedication to the welfare of the Ghanaian Muslim community.

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