Srinagar, May 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, while felicitating Muslims on the commencement of holy month of Ramadan, has said that the month of fasting is an exercise of not only Ibadat (worship) but teaches its followers to look onto overall social wellbeing of society.

Syed Ali Gilani, who was discharged from hospital the other day, in a statement in Srinagar said, “Islam is a complete way of life which guides mankind in every sphere be it economy, politics, education or nation building, peace or war, individual or collective interests, it is a solution for every problem. But alas! Its own followers have divided and subdivided it into bits and pieces making themselves an easy prey for its opponents.”

Gilani further said, “Today’s Muslim world presents a horrible look, with death and destruction visible all around. Enemies of Islam are busy in slaughtering and brutalizing Muslims, even the innocent kids and women are not spared. Rulers of almost all Muslim countries act as puppets, just to safeguard their power. They brazenly brutalize their own people for their petty interests of luxuries and status. Their wealth and national assets are mortgaged for weaponry, which is being used against their own population.”

“Pathetic and miserable condition of Muslim Ummah is not only painful but thought provoking as well. Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is also in the ruins and presents a devastated look, disturbing and panicking our new generation. We as a nation are drifting away from our source of Hidayah, which has deprived us from the sense of differentiating between good and bad,” he said.

“If in Ramadan, fasting, taraawih, charity, recitation of holy Quran and other extra Ibadah fail to hammer our conscious to the realization of Haq and Batil [right and wrong], then this holy month can give us nothing except 15 hours long pause of hunger. It will fail to enlighten our dark days,” he added.

The APHC Chairman said this short period of 30 days is a training period for its believers, to sharpen their soul and mind and prepare them for the hardships of their life. “It prepares them for the permanent and eternal life which starts when the lease of worldly stay comes to an end and entering into the reality where everybody will be thoroughly checked of his baggage of deeds with their purity content,” he said.

“The truthful people have always been tested by harsh and life threatening challenges. Their loyalty, courage, commitment and God-fearing qualities have been put to test by rulers of their time and whosoever, stood their feet, have qualified for Almighty’s blessings and have defeated enemies of their existence and faith. This is the real and only message of Ramadan we need to pay heed to,” Gilani added.


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