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MTN, SALAM TV HOLD SPECIAL RAMADAN DINNER FOR MUSLIM COMMUNITY

By CJ Etyang

Telecommunications giant MTN in partnership with Salam TV on Thursday held a Ramadan dinner for the Muslim community to commemorate the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting from dawn till sunset to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

 

The annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next. MTN, through Salam TV has since 2017 supported the Muslim Community through hosting a launch dinner that is followed by a whole month of distributing alms to the members of the Muslim faith as they observe the holy month of Ramadan. This year’s alms will go to the Muslim Covid-19 frontline workers.

Speaking at the dinner held at Hotel Africana in Kampala, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte said that it was a pleasure to have hosted the Muslim community once again and thanked them for being partners to MTN Uganda.

He also wished the Muslim community a fulfilling Ramadan season. “We are very pleased to spend this time with you as you begin the holy month of Ramadan, which is a very special time of spiritual reflection, redemption and increased devotion and worship. We pray that Allah accepts your prayers especially now during these unprecedented days of the pandemic. On behalf of MTN Uganda, we wish you the very best during this time,” Vanhelleputte said.

Throughout this year’s Ramadan, MTN Uganda and Salam TV will conduct various activities to engage with Muslims all over Uganda to reach out to the Muslim Covid-19 frontline workers.

Some of the targeted groups include the Muslim members in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons Services, Orphanages, Teachers and Prisoners among others. Salam TV Chairman, Kin Ibrahim Kariisa, expressed his desire to keep working with MTN Uganda in the promotion of its brand in Uganda through the KIN Group.

“The MTN brand has been a pillar of development to many businesses and a sign of support to many families that benefit from its diverse stable of products and services. We want to thank MTN Uganda for partnering with us again and we in turn commit to being partners in promotion of their brand to their target customers,” he said.

Salam TV is the first and only Islamic TV Channel in Uganda. KIN Group is the parent company of Salam TV and sister radio station Pearl FM as well as widely known NBS TV. MTN Uganda and KIN Group have been instrumental in supporting people-led initiatives over the last few years. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

The MTN CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte (L) shares a moment with some of the guests.

Prayers were held ahead of the dinner.

Hajji Kin Ibrahim Kariisa and Wim Vanhelleputte at the MTN Ramadan Launch Dinner that was held at Hotel Africana.

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