As the South African Islamic community enters into the holy month of Ramadan, we would like to wish all Muslims well over the fasting period. Ramadan is a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and good deeds.
The practices of Ramadan are meant to purify oneself from thoughts and deeds which are counter to Islam. By removing material desires, one is able to focus fully on devotion and service to God.
To the Muslim community, Ramadan is the time of reflection and worship in reminiscence of the severe suffering of others and being charitable through fasting and prayers. Moreover, for Muslims, fasting is meant to learn self-control, showing devotion to teach empathy with the poor.
This year, the month of Ramadan is observed under unusual circumstances, where the global community is battling with the deadly coronavirus which has already claimed thousands of lives. We call on the Muslim community to pray for humanity all over the world and also abide by refulations that have been activated by governments in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
We wish all Muslims well over the fasting period.
ISSUED BY THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
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