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Ramadhan keeps humanity together

Saturday 19th, July 2014 / 21:21 Written byKabeer Yousuf


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By Kabeer Yousuf— The material differences on which human beings engage in wars and fights are irrelevant and in front of the Almighty, all human beings are the same. The only thing that differentiates human beings is the fact that he is dedicated to the Almighty and has fine-tuned his or her life according to the divine guidelines.
As the drums of war grow terrifically louder in some parts of the globe, the only way of salvation is putting the golden principles of Islam into practice, according to Sufiyan Khalfan, an Australian Islamic scholar who opted for Oman as his second home.

“Muslims share the fasting month along with their brothers and sisters from other beliefs across the world. It is highly unfortunate to see human beings shedding blood for selfish interests.

The only solution to all these conflicts is to practice Islamic principles in these areas”, Brother Khalfan said after attending a Sri Lankan iftar on Friday.

Muslims in Sri Lanka, the island nation that was reeling under some communal unrest, are following a strict Ramadhan regime by keeping aloof from all the food, water and other material stuff during the day time. Their fast is as peaceful as before. The Sri Lankan ambassador to the Sultanate organised a social iftar the other day for people from all walks of life to reinstate the nation’s love and respect for all their subjects.

“It has been a dream come true for me as the diplomatic representative of Sri Lanka to have initiated the iftar gathering”, Asoka Sirigahma, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Oman, told the audience at the iftar gathering. This was the third time that he has organised a gathering of Muslim believers to share their Ramadhan feelings at the most appropriate time of breaking their fast. In the last two instances, due to several appointments and job-related activities he was not able to hold a gathering. “But this year, I’m happy that with the help of my friend Namik Mohideen, we are able to come together for iftar and share the feelings as well as the Sri Lankan delicacies of Ramadhan”, the ambassador added.

Iftar in China

Although there were news that religious festivities were banned in some parts of the Republic of China, people certify that they are fasting and leading a religious life like before. While non-Muslim countries in working hours are not relaxed in Ramadhan by law, practising Muslims are still offered flexible working hours.
“It is true that I have flexible working hours during the holy month and I have been given a small corner to offer my prayers”, Faraz Nazeem, a Chinese resident and an avid blogger, wrote. “However, this ban on fasting is not a blanket ban for all Muslims across China and in fact, there hasn’t been any official communication from the federal government to enforce this ban. The only point where this ban is being implemented is in certain schools of the Xingjian province, instructing the adults to not to induce a
religious feelings in their children’s minds and let them have own
beliefs according to their choices”, he added.

“Muslims in China do observe fasting and follow a strict Ramadhan regime”, says Wu Jiuhong, Ambassador of China to the Sultanate of Oman.

“Islam was introduced in China about 1,400 years ago. Nowadays, China is home to a large Muslim population and they live in every region in China, with the highest concentration in Western China’s Ningxia, Gansu, Xinjiang, Yunnan and Qinghai provinces.
Of the 55 minority ethnic groups, ten groups are classified as Muslim. The largest Muslim groups are Hui and Uyghur. Believers from all these areas celebrate their own holidays. All these holidays take place according to the Islamic calendar. The common celebrations include performances and worshipping at local mosques. And now there are over 20,000 mosques all over the country”, the ambassador said in a note to the Observer.

After the recent unrest, Thailand is back to normal and the people are leading a normal life. Muslims in Thailand are observing the holy month just like their brothers and sisters in any other country do.
“Muslims in Thailand are fasting like anywhere else in the world and we also celebrate and provide food for iftar”, Thai Ambassador to Oman, Dr Pornchai Danvivathana told the Observer, adding, “What makes it all different is the way Muslims and Buddhists can live in harmony and share their sentiment with each other. Muslim mosques and Buddhist prayer centres are standing next to each other and are sharing brotherly bonds with each other”.

Source: Oman Daily Observer 19.07.2014