Ramadan Mubarak to all our readers!

On behalf of the 5Pillarz team I pray that this Ramadan will be a month of prayer, abstinence, reflection, Quran recitation and peace for all Muslims, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih.

Whilst the prayers, Quran recitation, and peace are usually fairly simple for many Muslims, abstinence and reflection are sometimes harder to stick to. Remaining abstinent, particularly for those who are married, has its challenges and it’s harder than it sounds. But it’s important to remember that Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and water, but also sexual relations. It’s about self-reflection and contemplation and reconnecting with our spiritual side and strengthening our connection with God.

Ironically I am writing this from Cairo where the country is in turmoil after the military’s ousting of President Morsi following massive street protests.

Everyone seems to be in different camps here in Cairo – with the Muslim Brotherhood or against it, with the army or against it, with the secular, liberal parties or against them. Everyone seems to have chosen their side, no one seems to be on the fence and the truth is very hard to discern.

The situation in Cairo perhaps symbolises the wider divisions and cleavages that are taking place across the Muslim world, which are being reflected amongst Muslim communities in Britain. There are no easy answers to these complex issues but I really hope that instead of attacking each other and provoking more hatred Muslims will use this month to reflect on the futility of Muslim civil war.

Thank you!

More generally, 5Pillarz would like to thank you for your supporting our fledgling side by reading, commenting on and sharing our stories.

Our objective is to provide a professional and independent media platform which represents all sections of the British Muslim community, to promote unity while holding our community leaders to account, and to discuss sensitive political issues openly. And I really hope that you, our readers, can help us to continue to serve the community by donating to this site during Ramadan, especially as donations are our only revenue stream.

We are run on a voluntary basis and no one takes a salary for the considerable work they do. And to demonstrate that we mean what we say, we produce monthly accounts on our web-site and Facebook page. No other Muslim organization does this!

So please donate generously to our site now and during Ramadan so that we can remain independent and keep serving the community. You can now donate via Paypal but also directly by credit/debit card as well as direct debit.

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