On Thursday, 14 May, Israeli Ambassador to Ghana Shani Cooper-Zubida called on the National Chief Imam, Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu.
The meeting was to celebrate with the Muslim community in Ghana as they observe the Holy Month of Ramadan and prepare for Eid al Fitr.
On behalf of the State of Israel in Accra, Ambassador Shani Cooper also donated three sheep to His Eminence to share among the vulnerable under his care.
In her interaction with him, Ambassador Cooper expressed delight for the opportunity to meet him and fulfill the commandment of Zakkah (charity), which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
She also added that in these trying times of Covid-19, all human beings should stand by each other, without differences of religion or skin colour.
In return, Chief Imam Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu shared a prayer with Ambassador Cooper and welcomed her warm gesture.
He also said prayers for peace among the world.
Israel’s Muslim population consists primarily of about 18% of the population (about 1.4 million): Sunni Arabs, who mostly live in northern Israel.
Circassians and Bedouins are members of Israel’s Muslim minority.
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which contains the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is Islam’s third-holiest site.
Another notable site is the El-Jazzar mosque in Acre.
Israel funds more than 100 mosques and pays the salaries of their imams. In addition, Israel purchases the Korans used in mosques.
The Israeli government also funds Arab schools as well as numerous Islamic schools and colleges. Arab-operated schools teach Islamic studies and Arabic, in addition to the Israel Ministry of Education’s general curriculum.