Guest columnist Anila Baig discusses how the impact of the cost of living crisis is being felt by everyone, everywhere, and asks what it will take for our government’s corrupt decisions to be held accountable?
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It is the holy month of Ramadan when “the gates of heaven are opened and the devils are imprisoned”.
For Muslims, fasting during the day is a time of prayer and piety and one of the five pillars of Islam.
The Qur’an says: “But fasting is best for you if you only knew.”
Almost 1,400 years later, we are only just beginning to learn about the benefits of intermittent fasting – people are able to reverse health problems and as a result look younger and feel fitter.
This year we are free from Covid restrictions, the mosques are full of believers and we can visit friends and family. But this year there is another ominous shadow – the cost-of-living crisis.
Ramadan is not only about fasting, but also about feasting. We open the fast with a simple date and water, as Prophet Muhammad would, and then enjoy sumptuous, lovingly prepared meals.
This year, many Muslims feel hungry, not because they are fasting, but because they cannot afford to eat.
The charity Islamic Relief adds that 50% of Muslim households live in poverty and struggle to put food on the table.
We’ve always thought that poverty – actual stomach-pounding hunger – was something that happened in far-flung lands, but right here it’s happening on an unprecedented scale.
With fuel prices skyrocketing, supermarket shelves emptied by Brexit lies, and energy costs skyrocketing, “many of us are not only feeling the distress, we’re being crushed to death.”
Forget Harold Macmillan’s “You’ve never had it so good” comment from the 1950s, have we ever had it this bad?
France has capped its energy prices, but here we are still stupidly paying our MEPs’ bills. We should hit the streets but we are too hungry and too sick because Covid hasn’t gone anywhere.
What do we need to hold accountable for this government’s corrupt decisions?
It may be Ramadan, but obviously not ALL the devils have been imprisoned.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ramadan-feasts-face-extinction-people-26651416 "Ramadan festivals are on the brink of extinction as people can't afford the food if we let Tories win" - Anila Baig