The Muslim world is approaching the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Muslims have observed this month as not only a period of abstinence from food and drinks, but also a period of spiritual purification in an effort to develop Allah-consciousness or Taqwa.

With this strength and energy and sense of brotherhood, Eid-ul-Fitr will mark not only a day of festivity among families and friends, but also a day of solidarity and support for all who are suffering under the yoke of oppression the world over.

The lessons learnt during this auspicious month, must not be compromised under any circumstances. Our supreme leader, the Noble Prophet, (PBUH), provided us with leadership guidelines, which he never compromised nor did he alter, no matter the challenges he faced. Many temptations were placed before him, to water down the divine message. He remained steadfast and resolute at all times.

 

The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) never negotiated his divine message for the sake of approval and acceptance, material gain or anything else. The exclusivity of the message would be lost and it would have lost its value as a clear custom on which to model all actions. This is not easy to do, as there are a lot of societal and other pressures to conform to existing norms, values and customs. To stand out as different, especially when this means to go directly against the existing system is not easy. But it is an essential criterion that distinguishes the leader from the follower.

 

The Media Review Network wishes Muslims throughout the world, a spiritually fulfilling Eid-ul-Fitr and we pray that the Exalted Creator, Allah (SWA) cascades the blessings of this day upon all of us, most especially on those suffering injustice and oppression throughout the world.

As  we engrave this message, we reflect on  our brothers and sisters in areas like Palestine, Kashmir, Rohingya, Chechnya, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan,  where life is constantly about survival. A hungry stomach is not exclusive to the fast of Ramadan

The Media Review Network.

Johannesburg.

South Africa.

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