Eid: Time for Muslims to reflect on Global problems

2017-06-23 18:34

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 jointly and aid the less privileged. To this end Muslims must recollect the values of Ramadan and adopt and daily practise 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 the Muslims around the globe.

The challenge that extremism, materialism, consumerism, American geopolitical and imperialist’s interests in the Middle East, the on-going global conflict and bloodshed, sectarian and tribal violence and other self-destructive qualities poses to social cohesion, equality and justice, peace, unity, camaraderie and comradeship efforts cannot be over emphasised, therefore every effort must be made to rise against and address social ills and other destructive behaviours that are damaging to humans and the environment.

The blockade of Qatar, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), over unfounded and unproven alleged accusations of funding terrorist organisations by the Saudi-led coalition of Gulf regimes and Egypt’s illegitimate President el-Sisi goes against the spirit of Islam and must be condemned in the strongest possible of terms. The Gulf States must concentrate on easing tensions and avoid making choices that could worsen the situation. Diplomacy and a negotiated solution to the crisis would be a better option for all.

Another war in the Middle East will be disastrous. Saudi Arabia and its allies are not winning the war in Yemen; it is a real catastrophe, humanitarian disaster and has greatly increased the suffering of this already desperately impoverished nation. The Saudi led aggression has killed and displaced thousands of innocent women, children and men and flattened residential areas and civilian infrastructures like schools.

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

Against this background and context, Muslims must reflect on the current 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 (PBUH), 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.

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