Maintain The Religious Discipline

As Muslims celebrate the end of
a successful month-long period of fasting, we salute and associate ourselves
with the spiritual feat they have accomplished.

We are not clerics and cannot
therefore pontificate about the merits of this important period in the Islamic calendar;
suffice it to say though that the exercise was about getting closer to God
through a disciplined way of life. The month-long fasting period instructively
is one of the five pillars of the religion.

It would certainly be out of
place to return to the bad old ways after so much sacrifice by members of the
faith.

Fasting especially during
Ramadan enables us to appreciate what it feels to feel hungry and to therefore
exhibit charity to those who have to go without food. If there is any religious
exercise which humbles the Muslim faithful it is the period of fasting and God
has a purpose for prescribing it upon members of the faith.

The spiritual upliftment which
comes with the accomplishment of the month-long period fasting is invaluable.

The lessons from the exercise
are enough to change our attitude towards one another and to impact positively
on the health of the nation.  

Clerics during the climax of
the celebration today would, during their sermon, talk about how Muslims must
maintain the sense of discipline which the period of fasting entailed. After
all, acts of indiscipline are not to be practised even outside the month of
Ramadan.

Unfortunately, however, the Eid
El Fitr celebration is characterized by acts of indiscipline by a section of
Muslim youth especially in Accra – something the clerics have advised against.
It is regrettable that after going through the abstinence from food, water and
bodily pleasures from dawn to dust and engaging in long periods of prayers to
God, we return to lives of iniquities. Fortunately, however, the ban on
drumming is still in place, and so we would not see much of the unruly conduct
on the streets of Accra Central.

Were Muslims, especially the
youth, to continue on the path of discipline as they did during Ramadan, we
would overcome a lot of challenges as a nation. We would demonstrate commitment
to the country and humanity as a whole.

Respecting constituted
authority is something all Muslims are enjoined to abide by, yet instances of
breaches of this requirement abound in our everyday lives. So bad is the
situation that the stereotyping of youth from this segment of our social
setting has become a feature of the country.

There are very good youth from
the Islamic community equally contributing towards national development but the
few bad nuts associated with such bad enterprises such as land guarding and
vigilantism have earned the religion a certain negative image. That was the
issue raised during the Ahlunsuna Wal Jamaat Muslim sect prayer yesterday.

We ask that Muslim youth in
particular continue to allow the light of Islam guide them in their
relationship with their neighbours.

Islam is a faith of peace but
unfortunately some bad nuts within its fold have not been good envoys of the
religion.

To Muslims, we say
congratulations on their spiritual accomplishment – Eid Ul Mubarak.

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