As Muslims, we thank Allah, the Almighty, creator for having kept us alive to this moment. We count ourselves lucky because we are among those blessed to observe the holy month of Ramadhan (Al-Hamdu li-llah).
To Muslims, fasting involves denying oneself food, drinks, smoking, sex, music and other acts from dawn to dusk.
The month of Ramadhan is of great significance to Muslims since it was during this month that the holy Koran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed.
Talking about observing the holy month of Ramadhan, the Quran gives the objective of fasting as to â€œlearn self-restraintâ€ (2:183). Self â€“restraint is very wide, but it can be summarised into two forms: the vertical relationship between man and God, and the horizontal relationship between man/woman and his/her fellow creatures (including animals, birds and plants).
During Ramdhan, Muslims should strive for peace and avoid conflicts since we have been availed with yet another great opportunity to preach and spread peace wide and far in our communities. In other words, we should work towards having peaceful co-existence with others (25:63).
The Koran, as a book of guidance, (2:185) is very clear on the way we are to deal with those we do not agree with.
It says, for example, â€œBut if the enemy incline towards peace, do incline towards peaceâ€¦.â€ (8:61). Let us (Muslims) during this month move an extra mile by preaching forgiveness, mercy, harmony, peace and love to all peoples of different religions. Is it not the Holy Koran that says those nearest to Muslims in love are those who say: â€œWe are Christiansâ€¦.?â€ (5:82).
It is important to note that this particular month of Ramadhan has come and it will never come back, and we do we know whether the next one will find us alive.
Therefore, the way forward is to observe Allahâ€™s laws as put down in the holy Koran and pray that the Holy month ends when we are among those who may have learnt â€œself-restraint.â€ I wish everyone a happy and peaceful month of Ramadhan.
The writer is the president-general of the Society for Peace and Development Party