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Ramadan: Exploitation is Against Spirit of Islam, Buhari Tells Traders as Muslims Commence Fasting

• Asks faithful to refrain from all kinds of evil, transgressions that harm humanity

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As Muslim faithful commence the 30 days of fasting, President Muhammadu Buhari has warned traders against increasing the prices of goods, describing the action as at variance with the spirit of Ramadan and Islam.

Buhari said he is particularly aware of the activities of such exploitation by traders, who artificially increase the prices of their goods, including food, at the beginning of every month of Ramadan.

In a statement signed by Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Buhari, in his goodwill to Muslims, urged them to use the season “to project the best and finest virtues of Islam by personal conduct, and not precept.

“Let us use this opportunity to put the best teachings of Islam into practice, such as kindness and the love of humanity,” he added.
The president said further that “this is an occasion for deep reflection and greater fear of Allah and avoidance of all evils that harm humanity.

“The Ramadan is characterised by abstention from food and drinks from dawn to dusk, which brings both the rich and poor to share the experience of hunger together, thereby strengthening the bonds between haves and have-nots.

“As we begin these 30 days fasting season, let us not forget that Ramadan is not only about abstention from eating and drinking, but it is a reminder to refrain from all kinds of evil and transgressions that harm humanity.

“While we are observing this important occasion in the spiritual life of Muslims, let us share food and drinks with the less fortunate, because by sharing our blessings with others, Allah will multiply our rewards for good deeds,” the president added.

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