Ra­madaan in a time of con­flict

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ms Nas­rine Akoob

TO ALL read­ers, a warm wel­come to the blessed month of Ra­madaan.

Ra­madaan 2017 is here, but the Mid­dle East parts of South Asia and Africa are rid­dled with vi­o­lence and con­flict, in­stead of peace and se­cu­rity. That is noth­ing unique to this year, as wars and con­flicts have taken place dur­ing Ra­madaan in the past.

Fast­ing in Ra­madaan helps one to be more sen­si­tive to the suf­fer­ing of the poor. It helps one to feel com­pas­sion for the less for­tu­nate and un­der­priv­i­leged, since each day Mus­lims feel greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what they have as a re­sult of feel­ing hunger and thirst.

Ra­madaan is a month of in­tense spir­i­tual train­ing, pa­tience and char­ity for the world’s Mus­lims. But Ra­madaan is also a month of sol­i­dar­ity for those who are suf­fer­ing op­pres­sion, in­jus­tice, ex­ploita­tion and poverty around the world.

Ra­madaan is a time when we hear and an­swer the cries of the op­pressed, ex­ploited and suf­fer­ing peo­ple. Let us spare a thought for those suf­fer­ing po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic, racial, eth­nic and cul­tural in­jus­tices.

Ra­madaan is also a time to share our re­li­gious and cul­tural her­itage with peo­ple of other faiths. A blessed Ra­madaan to all. Dur­ban

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