By Amen Gajira
Muhammed Kassim, deputy chief imam of the central Kafanchan mosque in Kaduna state, called on traders not to increase the prices of their products during the month of Ramadan.
Kassim made the call during an interview with reporters on Sunday in Kafanchan, seat of the region’s local Jema’a government.
He said the appeal had become necessary given the already difficult economic realities in the country, adding that traders should not make it harder for the poor.
“Traders are expected to show love and compassion during this time of Ramadan.
“When you raise the prices, you are not helping yourself and Allah will not bless that money, but when you lower the prices, Allah will bless you abundantly.
“Things are difficult enough for the poor and vulnerable, so I call on traders not to make it difficult for them,” he added.
The Deputy Chief Imam said fasting in Ramadan was an exercise in soul-searching that required Muslims to pray to enable them to achieve self-righteousness.
He urged Muslims not to engage in empty conversations during the fast, but rather to read the Holy Quran regularly and devote themselves to doing good things.
“I urge all Muslims to read the Quran regularly while they are fasting. They are also expected to share what they have with other people.
“Moreover, the way a Muslim speaks during this holy month of Ramadan should be simple and sweet,” Kassim said. (NOPE)
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