IT is widely accepted that religion is good for mankind. Religion nourishes the soul, gives hope for eternity and keeps mankind in good stead with the creator.
Religious scholars will have us believe that God created mankind for a purpose which is love.
It is for this reason that Muslims across the world yesterday, observed the feast of Eid-Ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramandan.
The celebration of Sallah by Muslims, reminds mankind of that love that is bequeathed to us all.
Muslims on the occasion of “Sallah” are expected to spread their love among mankind in both belief and practice.
Islam teaches the Muslim and provides guidance as to how to conduct oneself in a community and the larger society.
It is in this context that, the Times wants to remind all Muslims to be guided by the principles of religion even as they celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr festivities.
Many individuals and organisations have offered their advice to Muslims during the period of Ramadan and the Sallah on how to live productive lives.
It is common in this period when the country is preparing for general elections, to hear of youth from predominantly Muslim communities engaging in various negative acts.
Having come out of the 30-days fasting, which is one of the core pillars in Islam, and cleansed, it is expected that they would begin afresh and eschew certain activities that would disturb the peace of the country.
We believe that all Muslims who participated in the fast, have deepened their faith and strengthened their relationship with Allah, in a manner that would bring the best out of them.
It is our expectation that the youth in particular, would team up with the community leaders as well as politicians to run a clean campaign in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.
The National Chief Imam, Dr. Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu, has already warned Muslim leaders and chiefs not to intercede on behalf of any individual whose conduct goes contrary to the law.
He said poignantly that failing to punish wrong doers would embolden them to repeat the wrongs.
Although we do not wish that anyone would fall into trouble, we nonetheless, agree with the Chief Imam that wrongdoers should be dealt with lawfully.
We commend the efforts of the Chief Imam and all Muslim leaders and chiefs who continue to admonish the youth to stay on the right path.
We further thank them for their prayers for the nation and hope that this year’s elections would pass peacefully.
Once again, Barka da Sallah.