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Monday, 29 May 2017


The holy month offers another opportunity to all to be fair and just
We are again in that holy season when Muslims, all over the world, observe Ramadan, in an annual spiritual battle against the flesh and the pleasures of unchecked consumption and mindless gratification. As one of the five pillars of Islam, the month-long fasting, which commenced on Saturday, brings an opportunity for adherents of the faith to re-evaluate how they could be better in their stewardship to man and their creator.

There is indeed a lot to be said for a religious practicewhich has at its heart a period of fasting and praying aimed at bringing about healing, repentance and renewal. And we believe that the essence of such exercise in self-denialshould not be limited to Muslims alone, especially in this season. All Nigerians recognise the fact that there are many things that are not right in our country today. We should therefore, as a people, use the opportunity of thisRamadan to examine our hearts, take individual responsibility for our failings and misdeeds, and pray for the courage and determination to do better and change our ways for the collective good of all Nigerians.

It is instructive that Ramadan this year coincided with the second year anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and the 18th year of uninterrupted democratic rule in Nigeria. With ethnic uprisings and sectarian violence threatening to tear the country apart and a mindless crave for materialism, whereby a privileged few monopolises the wealth of the nation, there can be no better time for reflection. These are infractions frowned at by Almighty God and vehemently discouraged by Ramadan fasting, the essence of which is to expose the faithful to their spiritual roots while teaching them that true humanity does not equate mere material possessions, passions or physical cravings.

Read more at https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/05/29/the-message-of-ramadan/

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