We cannot let extremism win, or let it besmirch the good name of the true teachings of Islam
Holy Ramadan is upon us.
On this month, Muslims of the world reflect upon the true values of Islam, and practice restraint and discipline in all aspects of body and soul.
Muslims pray and fast, and focus on ways they can be better human beings towards their fellow Muslims and countrymen.
With many in Bangladesh still living below the poverty line, Ramadan teaches us to be generous with what we have, and to help the less fortunate in whatever way we can.
It is a month to leave the ego behind, and embrace the brotherhood and sisterhood of Islam.
Islam teaches peace, harmony, and equality, but all too often people stray from these ideals and do harm in the name of religion.
The horrific attack on Holey Artisan Bakery from two years ago, which took place in the month of Ramadan, showed how violence and hatred was being justified by those claiming to be religious.
But we cannot let extremism win, or let it besmirch the good name of the true teachings of Islam.
The government has made great strides in rooting out extremism from our midst, but we must continue to stay vigilant against the dark forces which seek to divide us, and mislead impressionable young people.
It must also be respected that though Bangladesh has a majority Muslim population, it is still a country which does not discriminate against minorities, and respects the faith of all citizens.
We wish Ramadan Mubarak to all our readers.