Celebrate Eid in the true spirit

2016-07-05 06:21

As Eid approaches and I reflect on the month of Ramadan, I hope we have all found time to make the adjustments in life we feel are important to us. Ramadan is a one-month spiritual training programme from which we ought to emerge as better human beings than we were before and continue to improve our lives as we experience every new Ramadan till we leave this transient life.

Ramadan gives us the incredible opportunity to really examine our lives, our habits, our speech and our behaviour, giving us enough time to break old habits and instill new ones. I hope we use the lessons we learnt during Ramadan, to re-learn and to continue to grow and become better, kinder and happier people going forward.

When I look at our surroundings, international events and humanity today, I am saddened to see so many victims of conflicts and violence, here I am reminded in particular of the displaced Palestinians and occupation of Palestinian land, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, the Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and ISIS tyranny, Congo, Burundi, and Darfur just to name a few and the many people who suffer from poverty, illnesses due to lack of medical facilities and unemployment.

As Muslims we cannot close our eyes to these lived realities, or turn away from these pressing issues, pain and sufferings. It is factual that the issues are very multidimensional, complicated and that their resolution exceeds our limited capabilities. It is crucial, therefore, that we all work together in unity to assist the less fortunate and bring about justice and equality - the fundamental values of Islamic teachings and the heart of Eid ul Fitr.

We cannot bring about reformation and transformation if we live in denial. In order to build communities imbued with the spirit of Ubuntu, greater effort must be made by all role players to create a balanced society. The recipe to make South Africa better depends not only on finance and wealth creation, but also on how we build a society that is ethically, psychologically, physically and spiritually strong.

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