The litmus test for true belief and genuine worship is that to leads a compassionate living. Holy Quran clearly emphasized righteousness is not in precise observance of the prayer and other rituals but in acts of compassion and kindness. There are two hundred verses about Compassionate among peoples in the Quran and all these verses stress important of compassion, love and kindness among peoples.
Despite proliferations of mosques everywhere even in the markets and peoples hurriedly join prayer in congregations but in their conduct there is no much compassion, love and kindness as Almighty Allah stressed.
It’s only in Nigeria traders take advantage of every period at the detrains of customers and poor who are struggling to survive untold suffering perpetrated by this selfish traders. The mindless craving for materialism by all means, at expense of peoples hardship. I am not in anyway portraying them as evils but their conduct is similar to it.
The wisdom Almighty made fasting obligatory to all Muslims is to bring equality between the poor and the rich. Allah will is to create equal experiences between His servants by giving the rich a taste of the pain of hunger so they will become more lenient to the poor. Instead of been more lenient they blindly put people’s into abject hardship.
Sadly for essential commodities traders especially at Ramadan period it has become an annual season to subject people to underserved hardship by throwing millions of households into anguish as a result of their heartless action of hike in commodities prices.
But only for them it became a tradition of take their families to perform unnecessary lesser Hajj without considering millions of households whose their callous increment in prices has made life unbearable for. If they can curtail materialistic tendencies and pay attention to the teaching of Quran, surely society and peoples will certainly become a much happier place to live in and Allah will bless them and protect their fortune but greed will not.
To be fair, wealthy individuals, public servants, especially elected and appointees are more supportive in display compassion, and kindness in this month. In spite elected and appointees are most insulted by poor but are more supportive to them as they free million of homes from lack of assorted grains and other goodies.
It is indeed instructive for traders to recognize that this year Ramadan coincides that Inflation has hit another high record of 17 per cent with high level of unemployment in the country, which has reached an all-time high of 33 per cent.
With this twice problems of unemployment and Inflation peoples hoping that this year Ramadan assistance will be much more than last year Ramadan which the assistance rendered to neediest in the society by wealthy peoples has doubled to more than 1000 percent because its coincides with Covid 19 pandemic global shutdown which has denied them an opportunity of performing lavish annual lesser Hajj.
We should therefore, as a people, use the fasting to examine our hearts, take responsibility for our misdeeds examine our hearts, make amends and also to seeks Allah forgiveness and refrain from evil vices. Holy Quran stresses clearly righteousness is not in precise observance of the prayer and other rituals but in acts of compassion and kindness. Quran 2:178)
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Dukawa a Public affairs commentator and can be reached at [email protected]