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Ramadan Kareem To You All, My Muslim Friends

Muslims during Ramadan Kareem...

June 6, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) —- As the world begins fasting for the Holy month of Ramadan, I hope this Holy month will bring in the hope for a genuine and sustainable peace and stability in the whole world. It is my cherished hope as well that those who are butchering in cold blood innocent children, elderly and women in the middle East, Gulf, using Islam and in some parts of Africa where the tenets of leadership have slipped out of the hands of the dictators or those who are trying to be so by all means just because their eyes have been blindfolded by a blood quest for wealth and power will call it quits. I also call upon those who use name of Islam to cause anarchy and lawlessness in Somalia, Libya and the so-called jihadists who terrorise and behead people to refrain from doing so.

The Islam is a religion to be revered and not to be used for unlawful killings and destruction of the world. I take this opportunity to thank my mentor and teacher Dr Abubakr Bashir Mohammed and Dr Emmanuel Jermano, both are Physicians, who taught and helped me know the ABC of medicine and moulded my behaviour and attitudes towards how I deal with and treat the patients. If there are things I know, these two men have a big hand as I am now guided by their lofty teachings and ethics. I shall be remiss if I failed to mention something about South Sudan as our Muslim brothers and sisters in all corners of the world start fasting, this country, Almighty God and through your Prophet Mohammed (PUH) along with Abu-Bakr, al sadiq (friend), has been plunged into senseless war by her own sons and daughter over power wrangle.

Many lives have been claimed and many more either displaced internally or sought refuge in the neighbouring country under deplorable conditions. We ask for forgiveness and reconciliation among ourselves .As a country enriched with natural resources with arable land, the inhabitants, instead of engaging themselves in making it a good place to live in, they opted to subject it to instability, insecurity and economic hardships. We pray with all our conscience that God, change the hearts of those at the helm of power to put the country above theirs to end the suffering we are undergoing under their nose and no any sign of remorse readable from their faces so long as they have their material wealth the mortal man needs on earth.

I shall not be shied away again to thank the Collegial Presidency for the steps they are now taking to implement the deal they affixed their signatures on, albeit, some of us may be surprised to see that some of  the things being done are not enshrined in the agreement. At least, there is a change of heart and the will to implement the agreement. It helps us to wrongly believe and understand that the whole exercise is/was more about positions rather than reforms to say the least. We pray for transparency and accountability. We are voiceless and helpless otherwise why should we allow our resources to be used by oligarchs and tribal elites who conduct themselves arrogantly?

My humble appeal to the Muslim brothers and sisters in South Sudan is to pray for our leaders and the country. La ikra fi diin goes an adage. Whatever religion we own and worship, we are at the end God’s people and God’s people are kind hearted, religious, god-fearing, hospitable and affable, the list is long’s I conclude, I congratulate Sheik Tahir Bior and the Muslim community in South Sudan on the Holy month of Ramadan and wish them good health.

Ramadan Kareem to all of you. Thank you!

The author can be reached at palcholnyan@yahoo.com

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