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Koriteh draws near

Aug 8, 2012, 9:24 AM

In a few weeks time Muslims in The Gambia will join the rest of the Muslim Ummah in observing the Koriteh feast.

This day will, of course, mark the end of this year’s holy month of Ramadan - a month of fasting and religious piety.

Festivities on this auspicious occasion are many, and do vary. They include congregational prayers, family get-togethers, visiting friends, family members and loved ones.

People also use the occasion to supplicate Allah’s forgiveness, pray for each other, as well as the dead.

Some use the special day to forgive each other, as well as renew their friendship.

On the occasion of this feast most people, both young and old, prefer putting on new clothes.

However, one thing that is clear is that it is not mandatory for everyone to wear new clothes on this day. Though it is recommended for one to put on clean clothes, it should not necessarily be a new one.

Our concern here is that, ahead of this day, some women and children give a tough time to their husbands and parents, and even boyfriends.

They demand for expensive clothes, just because their friends and neighbours have one. This is ridiculous!

Such people often do not understand the economic condition of their families. It is imperative for such people to know that “it’s good to cut their clothes according to their sizes.”

As Muslims, we should try and maintain the good deeds we do during this month, and extend it to other months. It is a month that can transform people and make them fear Allah in all their dealings. We should bear in mind that God is with us throughout.

It is worth mentioning that during this last ten days of the Ramadan, there exist a very powerful night called Lailatul Kadir (the Night of Power).

People should also be mindful of thieves when going out for shopping, as the former also capitalize on such chances.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”

Melody Beattie