He said the image of Islam has for some time been bruised by some ill-informed and misguided people hence the need to re-echo the significance of the fast during Ramadam.
He said the Islamic principle of fasting during the month of Ramadan is to help enhance the foundations of moral uprightness and spiritual development; foster unity and create awareness for the underprivileged in the society; enhance discipline, and encourage peaceful co-existence amongst the adherents of Islam in the society.
Maulvi Salih said during the fasting period, Muslims are reminded on the need to abhor falsehood, indecent language and violent behaviours.
He said the nation could also adopt these values of Islam as we seek to create a society where there is responsible citizenship, tolerance, civility and mutual respect for one another.
Maulvi Salih said there was the need for every adherent of Islam to make an effort to salvage the sullied image of Islam by being careful in their pronouncements and actions.
He called for unity amongst Muslims and the need to shun any sectarian divide, saying that, with this, “we can bring our positive influence to bear on the development of the country.
Fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam. The fast period terminates when the crescent of the next solar month is cited at sunset. And it culminates in the Eid-ul-Fitr- a day of thanksgiving and joyous celebrations.