Undoubtedly, the month of Ramadan brings unending happiness and blessings on every individual. It brings bounties to Muslims and spiritually exalts them. But unfortunately, today's Muslim have made it a month of income, a source of looting and a 30 day period to meet fiscal deficits of whole year. The price of edibles has doubled and the rate of items of necessities is touching the sky. It seems as if Ramadan tax is implemented on every single article you buy for your household.
Certainly, Satan is detained but the ill minds of Muslims are set free. Gone are the times when during Ramadan many people would distribute eatables free in charity and government had an eagle's eye on prices keeping in view the destitute class. But now only black money earned from the market by inflated prices is converted into white by charity.
Actually, today's Muslims have abstained from following true teachings of Islam. The sole purpose of fasting is to feel hunger, poverty and know the feeling of that suffering class who is not able to buy two times meal a day. The meaning of Ramadan is to sympathise with poor and downtrodden and help them afterwards. But alas, we Muslims have replaced the sense of spirituality with the lust of materialism.
It is very pathetic to say that being the devotees of a great religion why we are still considered as an outclass in world community. It is only because of the fact that Muslims have forgotten the true teachings of Islam, the exemplary life of Prophet PBUH and the generosity of the pious caliphs.
I want to know what image of Islam we are depicting to the world. Is it same religion practised by Prophet PBUH?
Abdullah Al Noman