Ra­madaan val­ues re­flect peace

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mo­hamed Saeed

AS MUS­LIMS mark the end of Ra­madaan by cel­e­brat­ing Eid, they are re­minded that Ra­madaan was a pe­riod for self-re­flec­tion, to grow spir­i­tu­ally, build col­lec­tively and aid the less priv­i­leged.

Mus­lims must rec­ol­lect the val­ues of Ra­madaan and adopt and prac­tise its prin­ci­ples in their in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive lives.

It is im­por­tant to re­vive the spirit of to­geth­er­ness and unity, which once de­scribed the Mus­lims around the globe.

The chal­lenge that ex­trem­ism, ma­te­ri­al­ism, con­sumerism, US geopo­lit­i­cal and im­pe­ri­al­ists’ in­ter­ests in the Mid­dle East, global con­flict and blood­shed, sec­tar­ian and tribal vi­o­lence and other self-de­struc­tive qual­i­ties pose to so­cial co­he­sion, peace, broth­er­hood, unity and com­rade­ship ef­forts, can­not be over-em­pha­sised.

Ev­ery ef­fort must be made to rise against and ad­dress so­cial ills and other be­hav­iours that are dam­ag­ing to hu­mans and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Saudi-led coali­tion of Gulf regimes and Egypt, to break off diplo­matic ties with Qatar over un­founded ac­cu­sa­tions of fund­ing ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions, goes against the spirit of Is­lam. Due to fam­ily and other relations, the block­ade is dis­tress­ing for the ter­ri­tory’s peo­ple.

Mus­lims must re­flect on the de­cay­ing sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, and must find last­ing so­lu­tions based on the Qur’an, teach­ings of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and truth and jus­tice. Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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