Eid-Ul-Fitr: SaS-CaN Salutes Muslims

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Picture Credit Sentinel Assam
Picture Credit Sentinel Assam

The annual festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, better referred to as the end of the month of Fasting, is being marked today across the world by extending helping hands to the poor and deprived. For Africans in the Sahel region, this is a religious festival that comes with social gatherings between and among family members and friends but with fears about the wave of terrorist attacks in their region.

There is every reason for the governments of the Sahel countries, including Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic to stand united in their efforts to adequately foil any nefarious designs of those evil forces that are trying to destabilize Africa and the African people. Therefore, the competent authorities in Bamako, Ouagadougou, and Niamey must stay vigilant during the Eid festivities, to contain any attempt by terrorists to reign trademark on the people. The governments of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic, therefore, owe their people a duty and responsibility to fight and destroy political and religious extremism, terrorism and forces of evil.

This year’s celebration, like in the past few years, is coming at a tough and trying time for the people of the Sahel region. Foreign diplomats may hide behind the curtains and spew out some statements far away from the prevalent truth on the ground. By far the most worrying is the brutal terrorist attacks that destroy innocent lives and property.

ECOWAS’ recent security report on the situation in the Sahel for instance, puts the figure to 3, 500 terrorist attacks, which were carried out in Burkina Faso in 2023. It appears that report is not enough because ECOWAS may have on its desk intelligence reports about who the terrorists are, who recruit, train and arm with weapons, and who also, funds these barbaric terrorism against Africans in Mali, Burkina Faso and the Niger Republic.

The enemies of Africa are none but those working against peace, stability, development, and prosperity on the continent. They seem to have lost touch with themselves as their activities do not go beyond destruction, sowing discord, and looting of natural resources. For the past month, our Muslim brothers and sisters in the Sahel region have been on their spiritual quest, their internal journey. Yet, at the same time, they have not been oblivious or locked away from the challenges they are facing due to the ongoing terrorist activities in the landlocked region.

Islam preaches peace and humanity. There is just no moral argument to justify the terrorist attacks on Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic. At the same time, ECOWAS and other international instruments watch on and do nothing to stop this terrorism in the Sahel region. The good news now is that the people of the Sahel have resolved to rally behind their leaders in the fight to root out terrorism in their region, and this is admirable.

The Sahel Solidarity Campaign Network (SaS-CaN) shares the grief. It expresses its solidarity with the hundreds of innocent Africans who have died as a result of terrorist attacks in the Sahel. We call on religious heads to use their platforms to communicate in their sermons, the barbarism being used in the name of religion by these terrorist outfits operating in the Sahel region. SaS-CaN stands in solidarity with the governments of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic in their efforts to eliminate terrorism and other criminal activities in the Sahel.

On this occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, SaS-CaN remembers also the Palestinian Arabs whose hearts beat together with Africa. They are forced to observe Eid-al-Fitr under harsh conditions, violence, and a genocidal campaign spearheaded by Israel and its allies. Palestinians are also deprived of their fundamental religious rights, of their freedom and dignity to live in their God-given land and sovereignty. It is our fervent hope and prayers that the United Nations will shoulder its responsibility to end the brutal occupation of Arab lands and territories, where Palestinians are being considered sub-human beings and are treated so daily.

Eid-ul-Fitr is an Islamic ritual that brings a message of peace, affection, tolerance, and harmony to the whole of humanity. It provides an opportunity to earn sympathy and blessings. Even though Palestine is facing a dark time, a time of uncertainty and adversity, we pray and hope that with the current international solidarity, Palestinians will overcome the challenges they faced as a people and will emerge stronger, victorious, and prosperous. We call upon the people of the world not to forget Palestine on this auspicious occasion.

Sender:

Alimamy Bakarr Sankoh
Co-founder and President
The Sahel Solidarity Campaign Network
Sas-CaN

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