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The holy month of Ramadan: Unholy Killings. Why this disconnect?

What is our maximum life span on this moral world? Not more than 100 years. Then why is there bad blood among ourselves and brutal hostility?

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Iraqi security forces and civilians inspect the site of a deadly bomb attack, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2017. Another bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad just after midnight on Monday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, hospital and police officials said. VOA
  • The holy month of Ramadan is witnessing mass killing of people 
  • On May 30, a car bomb hit an ice-cream shop in Baghdad killing 15 wounding at least 30
  • Next day, a massive blast tore apart the diplomatic quarter in Kabul killing at least 90 people

By Salil Gewali

June 04, 2017: Ramadan is a holy month for Islam which we all must respect. More so when it’s observed with the rigorous austerity, renouncing the material indulgences, dedicating this to the Almighty who is “common” to all and one. True, always through the “austerity” one’s mind, inner heart and soul can be cleansed that finally raises one’s spiritual level. Of course, throughout the holy month, those who fast should not at all be hurtful to anyone, even the non-human creatures whether through the speech or action. Also, the “mind” must not harbour anything that precipitates the negativity.

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But when this holy month is defiled by the gory incidence of blasts — the most ungodly acts, how could we link it with the holy Islam or GOD? Is it a prelude to a bigger mission that it started with the Manchester’s suicide explosion on May 22 that shattered the euphoria of the concert-goers leaving 23 people dead, 129 others grievously injured? This is followed by the May 26 episode when a scary masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Christians. The incident left 26 men dead, including many children in Egypt’s Minya. After a brief lull of four days, on May 30, a car bomb hit an ice-cream shop in Baghdad killing 15 wounding at least 30. Then immediately the next day a massive blast tore apart the diplomatic quarter in Kabul near the German embassy, killing at least 90 people, sources put the injured count at a whopping 460. Then followed another deadly carnage early Friday morning in the Philippines when a gunman burst into Manila hotel, who later set himself on fire, that left 36 people dead due to suffocation and at least 54 severely hurt. Now how many more tragedies will happen until the end of Ramadan…? Peoples are worryingly apprehensive.

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One very thoughtful friend of mine from Mumbai — Mr M. Nazeer, in a sorrowful tone, laments – These all are the heartless attacks on humanity which only sink the holy spirit of the true believers of the Allah, we are not feeling too safe on our own? I guess he is right. Of course, no one can disagree that the principle teaching of the Quran or the Bible or the Gita —  Love all and serve all should ever be allowed to be misinterpreted and harm the humanity? One strongly feels that those who kill and those who get killed, are both created by the “One Almighty”. What is our maximum life span on this moral world? Not more than 100 years. Then why is there bad blood among ourselves and brutal hostility? One feels that we should firstly determinedly practice believing that we all the children of the “same” GOD. The time is ripe that we all must introspect with all sagacity and human compassion. The merciless killing is never the way to the Almighty.

 Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘great minds on India’

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    Infidel is dangerous. Illiterate fanatic mullas should be replaced in Madrasas preventing teaching of hatred, fear and encouraging killing for a reward of 72 virgins. World should unite to eliminate the terrorism and the nations those export and fund terrorism.

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Libya’s Commander Khalifa Haftar Urges Troops to Battle Harder During Ramadan

His comments came just hours after the United Nations called for a week-long humanitarian truce following a month of fighting for the capital that has displaced 50,000 people

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Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognized government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya, May 5, 2019. VOA

Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies a lesson, because the holy Muslim month of Ramadan that begins in Libya on Monday was a month of holy war.

His comments came just hours after the United Nations called for a week-long humanitarian truce following a month of fighting for the capital that has displaced 50,000 people. Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) force, which is allied to a parallel government in the east, has not been able to breach the southern defenses of the Tripoli, which is held by the internationally recognized government.

On an audiotape released by his force’s spokesman, Haftar said Ramadan had not been a reason to halt previous battles when he seized the eastern cities of Benghazi and Derna as he expanded his power and the country collapsed into chaos after the toppling of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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Artillery shelling could be heard on Sunday coming from southern outskirts of the capital, where the LNA has been tying to breach defenses by Tripoli forces. VOA

“Officers and soldiers in our armed forces and the auxiliary forces, I salute you in this glorious days and urge you with your strength and determination to teach the enemy a greater and bigger lesson than the previous ones, as we’ve always known you to do, till we uproot it from our beloved land,” Haftar said.

In a statement earlier, the U.N. Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) appealed for a truce starting on Monday morning at 0400 local time to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan. “UNSMIL calls on all parties to deliver of humanitarian aid to those in need and to ensure the freedom of movement for civilians during this truce,” UNSMIL said in a statement.

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Artillery shelling could be heard on Sunday coming from southern outskirts of the capital, where the LNA has been tying to breach defenses by Tripoli forces. The LNA of Haftar – a former Gadhafi general – seized the sparsely populated but oil-rich south of the country earlier this year before turning on Tripoli last month.

The renewed conflict threatens to disrupt oil supplies, boost migration across the Mediterranean to Europe and scupper U.N. plans for an election to end rivalries between parallel administrations in east and west. (VOA)