Exercise restraint, practise responsible politics

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–CIOG urges

SAYING that Guyana is on the cusp of an “economic metamorphosis” unparalleled in our nation’s history, the Central Islamic Organisation (CIOG) is urging political leaders to work together to safeguard the state.

The body reminds all across the political divide of the Prophetic Narration: “Every one of you is a shepherd, and every one of you will be questioned about those under his rule: the ruler is a shepherd, and he will be questioned about his subjects; the man is a shepherd in his family, and he will be questioned about those under his care; and the woman is a shepherd in the house of her husband, and she will be questioned about those under her care… Thus, every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for those under his care.” (Al-Bukhari)

“CIOG calls on our country’s political leaders to exercise restraint and to practice responsible politics. Guyana is under our care and we need to safeguard our country, our resources, and our people,” the body said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the religious body, Islam places great emphasis on the dignity of human beings regardless of their gender or race or status. “The Quraan says: “We have bestowed dignity on the children of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors, above a great part of our creation.” (Quran 17:70)

The CIOG said dignity comprises rights and implies duties. “Human beings have a right to life, right to freedom of religion, right to freedom of lifestyle, right to labor, right to security and right to family; these rights are secured. The Quran says that all human beings are created equal by the One Creator, and we are all shepherds of our families, our communities, and our country.

A momentous opportunity has been provided for our politicians (and their followers) to behave responsibly with morality, dignity and integrity, to be the guardians of honor and truth and right, to communicate with respect and in good faith. In so doing, they will demonstrate that they have put Guyana first and have raised the standard of political discourse in our country, and set an example for the entire world and generations to come. Let us cooperate, unite, love, and respect. This is the teaching of Islam.”