Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion sim­ply wrong

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mo­hamed Saeed

THE Ra­madaan spirit is get­ting swal­lowed by con­sumerism, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and ma­te­ri­al­ism.

Th­ese so­cially de­struc­tive and self-de­struc­tive ills are slowly strip­ping the blessed month of its spir­i­tu­al­ity and essence. Per­haps this is what Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH) im­plied by say­ing: “Many a fast­ing per­son gains noth­ing from his fast­ing but thirst, and many a per­son who stands (in prayer) gets noth­ing from his stand­ing but wake­ful­ness.” (Ibn Maa­jah).

Al­though the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of Ra­madaan is most no­tice­able in Mus­lim coun­tries like Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia and Jor­dan, where for many it has be­come a month of huge fes­tiv­i­ties and spec­tac­u­lars, I no­tice in South Africa Ra­madaan is also evolv­ing. Though to a lesser de­gree, the blessed month of con­scious­ness and spiritual re­ju­ve­na­tion has also been af­fected by con­sumerism in the Mus­lim-South African com­mu­nity.

Even though some may per­ceive it a lesser of the two evils, to me, the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of Ra­madaan is dis­heart­en­ing and fright­en­ing. I fear that due to the on­slaught of ma­te­ri­al­ism, con­sumerism and com­mer­cial­ism, we may just be slowly erad­i­cat­ing the true essence of Ra­madaan and re­li­gion as a whole. Can we re­turn to the teach­ings, mis­sion and sim­plic­ity of the great Prophet of Is­lam?. Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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