Ramadan is a time to show compassion!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The Holy Month of Ramadan is here again. This week, Muslims in The Gambia join their colleagues around the world to observe this important month in the Muslim calendar.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and therefore it holds immense importance to Muslims. The spirit of charity that forms one of the pillars of Islam is, together with respect and communal understanding, a building block of the nation we inhabit. The holy month is a time to reflect on issues that matters to us most, including the bonds of family and the essence of spirituality. It is a moment to also take stock and to think about those in need, particularly long-suffering Muslims in the country and even beyond.

During the month-long fasting, Muslims will reflect on their creed and attest to the virtues of obedience and generosity. The holy month teaches us about patience, compassion, unity, peace and forgiveness. Its teachings have to be followed throughout life. Because, if these divine message were not followed in letter and spirit, fasting becomes only a practice rather than worship and obeying commandment of Allah, the Almighty. The message of this holy month is not time-bounded. We should take into account the main message and purpose of this holy month of Ramadan.

However, as Ramadan is a holy month meant for people to show repentance and show compassion, yet it is the time when the country witnesses surge in the price of basic commodities. This reminds us about the vex question why are commodities prices always on rise during Ramadan?

It is typical of The Gambia each time Ramadan looms, the prices of different commodities such as flour, rice, sugar, oil, vegetables and fruits escalate to a record high.

Wishing all a happy and blessed Ramadan!

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.”

Simone de Beauvoir