WELCOMING RAMADHAAN 1436A.H.

All praise is due to Allah who has preserved us to experience yet another holy month.

I am especially happy that this year was devoid of all the moonsighting hullabaloo of the previous one. Muslims the world over agreed this time around. Perhaps we all promised like me that such lack of cooperation should never happen again.

It is yet another opportunity to rejuvenate our closeness to the Creator, render more help to the needy, be cleansed of sins and to have a better life after Eid.

The beauty of this month in the contemporary world has been accentuated by the internet and social media. Both have made it possible for everyone to see the majority of Muslims for who they are and what they can be. Images of large swathes of people having Iftar together, helping the poor, and praying together have portrayed them as being first, normal human beings with human fears and limitations. This has helped many to understand more about this religion and separate facts from myth. In all, Ramadhaan is a time when the central focus of the faith-peace-IMG-20150618-WA0000is so glaringly obvious

In light of current happenings however, we can not claim that everything is alright with our world. Violence in abominable forms have been committed in the name of Islam by a minority who have been condemned and declared deviant by the highest religious authorities. Every Muslim therefore has a responsibility to counter the narrative of such evil by being kind, gentle and wise in every situation and especially in relations to people of other or no faith.

It is only then we can have a world of peaceful coexistence and progress. This is because the gains we need to achieve in the areas of climate change, health, malnutrition,human rights, justice and opportunities for all can not come to be if we are embroiled in chaos.

To all my brothers and sisters entering Ramadhaan with the ever persistent threat to their lives and property, I salute your courage and pray succour reaches you soon.

In general, this goes to all victims of violence and repression in my home country Nigeria, DR Congo, Sudan, Western Sahara, Egypt, Libya,Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Myanmar, Charleston and everywhere else in the world. Many have been killed leaving behind grieving loved ones. May Allah keep you strong and grant you relief . Amin.

Ramadhaan Mubarak!

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