Spirit of unity

2017-07-06 06:01

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

To this end, Muslims must recollect the values of Ramadan and adopt and daily practice its philosophies in their individual and collective lives. In this regard, it is important to revive the spirit of togetherness and unity, which once epitomised and described Muslims around the globe.

The challenge that extremism, materialism, consumerism, American geopolitical and imperialist interests in the Middle East, the global conflict and bloodshed, sectarian and tribal violence and other self-destructive qualities pose to social cohesion, equality and justice, peace and unity, cannot be over-emphasised, and every effort must be made to rise against and address social ills and other destructive behaviour that is damaging to humans and the environment.

The blockade of Qatar, a member of the Gulf Co-operation Council, over unfounded and unproven accusations of funding terrorist organisations by the Saudi-led coalition of Gulf regimes and Egypt’s illegitimate President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, goes against the spirit of Islam and must be condemned.

The Gulf states must concentrate on easing tensions and must avoid making choices that could worsen the situation. Diplomacy and a negotiated solution will be better for all.

Another war in the Middle East would be disastrous. Saudi Arabia and its allies are not winning the war in Yemen. It is a humanitarian disaster and has greatly increased the suffering of the already desperately impoverished nation.

The Saudi-led aggression has killed and displaced thousands of innocent people and flattened residential areas.

According to the new International Committee for Red Cross report, nearly 50% of the civilian casualties reported worldwide come from Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Against this context, Muslims must reflect on the decaying situation in the Middle East and must find lasting solutions through a process of, constructive dialogue based on the Quran, teachings of Prophet Muhammed, truth, justice, international principles and mutual respect. Peace, security and stability in the Middle East are of utmost importance for the continuous growth and development of the nations in the region.

MOHAMED SAEED

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