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Ceasefire has doubled Eid joys, say Kabul inhabitants

Ceasefire has doubled Eid joys, say Kabul inhabitants

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Jun 13, 2018 - 12:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul residents, stressing the need for reconciliation in line with the teachings of Islam, say the ceasefire between the government and the Talibaninfo-icon has doubled their Eid joys.

Last week, President Ashraf Ghani declared a unilateral truce with the Taliban from the 27th of Ramadaninfo-icon till the fifth of Eidul Fitr. The truce went into effect on Tuesday.

Shaista Shaist, a resident of Khair Khana area, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Our Eid joys have doubled with the announcement of the ceasefire, I’m happy, we will celebrate the festival in a peaceful environmentinfo-icon.”

She said Eid was the right time for ending spite, hatred and hostilities. Muslim brothers and sisters, who are angry with each other, should reconcile on the happy occasion, she remarked.

Shaista added: “My brother clashed with a cousin. My mother and me plan to mediate between them during the upcoming Eid.”

Humayon, another inhabitant of Kabul, said peace offered many advantages, and Muslims must reconcile on Eid -- a day of rejoicing for Muslims all over the worldinfo-icon.

He also believed: “The ceasefire has made people very happy. The Afghans who have suffered war, poverty and hunger for decades, will celebrate a peaceful Eid this year,”

Abdul Jabbar, an inhabitant of Qargha area, said: “We are tired of conflict. The three-day ceasefire is a good omen and we hope it will mark the beginning of peace.”

Cleric Qazi Mohammad Hasan Haqyar said, according to Islamic injunctions, one Muslim could not forsake another for more than three days.

He said Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has called on Muslims to reconcile during Eid and forget their differences. One who mediates between two people will be given a reward.

Haqyar added the temporary ceasefires by the government and the Taliban had brought happiness to the people. He hoped the truce would lead to stability in the country.

Meanwhile, Sahmsur Rahman Frotan, another religious scholar, said Islam is a religion of peace, brotherhood and sympathy. Islam sets great store by reconciliation.

He added the imperative of peace had been highlighted in the Holy Quraninfo-icon and by Allah’s last messenger. Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) says: “It is haram (illegal) for a Muslim not to speak to a fellow for more than three days or to look the other way when they meet.”

He said Islam hails as champion one who reconciles with a Muslim brother and grant him rewards. He urged the people to support the temporary ceasefire which, he hoped, would lead to a permanent truce.

sa/mud

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