The Imam Baqir Islamic Centre reached out to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital with a gift package comprising drinking water, rice, toilet rolls, hand sanitizers, soft drinks, cooking oil, spaghetti noodles, detergents and other sanitary and hygiene supplies. The donation to the hospital was held to commemorate the annual brithday celebration of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth caliph of Islam and the first Imam of Shia Islam.

At the donation event, Sheikh Suleiman Nadi Bamba, Imam of the Imam Baqir Islamic Centre, commented that the donation reflected the compassionate, benevolent and generosity of the first Imam of Shia Islam. Sheikh Bamba noted that the Centre found it prudent to support the patients and staff of the hospital because it recognizes the crucial role a mental health institution plays in the lives of everyday people:

In life, we never know tomorrow, that is why we believe it is best to assist such places [i.e. mental health institutions] because one doesn’t know where they may find themselves tomorrow…. Even if it’s a little, it goes a long way to help, Sheikh Bamba said.

He appealed to every Muslim to support the cause of humanity, especially at a time when many are still battling with the impact of COVID-19. On the occasion of Imam Ali’s birthday celebration, Sheikh Bamba

We as Muslims are always striving to emulate the giving and compassionate nature of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the excellent character and virtue of Imam Ali”, he noted.

Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) Mrs. Mary Dorcas Ano of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital received the gift package with appreciation to expressed appreciation to Imam Baqir Islamic Centre. Mrs. Ano said that generous donations like the one reported provide invaluable support for the hospital and complements the government’s efforts at a challenging time. She noted that such supports alleviate the cost burdens in running the hospital and appealed to other generous companies and individuals to continue supporting the hospital.

The Imam Baqir Islamic Centre Sheikh Bamba is committed to helping the social and economic development of Muslims and the Ghanaian society by creating opportunities and programmes that will alleviate hardship and promote self-sufficiency.