There isn’t a contradiction more soul-shattering than news of mass, senseless violence in the holy month of Ramadan. A month of worship, reflection and the strict prohibition of fighting, Ramadan calls for us to rejuvenate our characters and improve our social relationships.
Countries like Iraq and Lebanon, where Ramadan is currently being observed, have faced several bombings in recent days including one which killed more than 30 people. Meanwhile, unrest continues in many poor and poverty-stricken areas of the globe.
On Sunday night, we faced the news of the Orlando mass shooting in the USA, which claimed the lives of at least 50 people and left many injured. The year 2016 alone has seen 133 massacres like this in the US, with the debate about gun laws still on-going. Families and communities have been left distraught not only in Florida, but around the world.
There is no justification for the killing of another human being, let alone tens of people in the holy month. While some sections of society will be quick to vilify and ascribe blame to others, we must rise above hatred and acts of brutality. During this time of grief, we must stand together.
We wish you a blessed Ramadan and please remember the families who lost their loved ones in your prayers.