SHAFAQNA -Â Thousands of Muslims in Liberia observedÂ Eid al-FitrÂ on Friday amid calls for Muslims to be cautious of the latestÂ Ebola outbreak and help the prevention and spread of the viral disease.
â€œWe thank Allah that the start and end of this yearâ€™s fast wasÂ peaceful, unlike last year,â€ Grand MuftiÂ Sheik Abubakar Sumaworo told Anadolu Agency.
â€œBut with the new cases of Ebolaâ€¦ we all have agreed to join the fight against Ebola,â€ he said.
During theÂ Eid al-FitrÂ celebrationsÂ in the West African country, Muslims were seen shaking hands and sharing meals.
This is in sharp contrast to last year, when Muslims were restricted from doing such things due to theÂ Ebola crisis.
Sheikh Abubakar Sumaworo saysÂ the LiberianÂ Muslim community shouldÂ not to wait for the government and international community to fight the latestÂ Ebola outbreak, but rather all imams and Muslim leaders shouldÂ raise awareness of the disease through the mosques.
â€œToday we called on all Muslims to observe theÂ Ebola preventive measuresÂ by burying their dead safely and reporting sick people,â€ he said.
A mass meeting of imams and Muslim leaders in Liberia is scheduled to take place early next week, where they will form strategies on how to help fight the latest outbreak.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2014 was filled with pain and anguish, following the deaths of fellow Muslims and relatives due to theÂ Ebola virus.
â€œLast yearâ€™s (Ramadan) was painful for me, but I thank Allah that I am alive,â€ 42-year-old Amanita Kromah, who lost 16 family members to Ebola, told the press.