The newly appointed Ambassador of Bangladesh to Spain, Mohammad Sarwar Mahmud, presented his credentials to King Felipe VI of Spain. An introductory ceremony was held at the Royal Palace in Madrid, the capital of Spain, on Monday. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Counselor and Head of Embassy of Bangladesh ATM Abdur Rauf Mandal, Commercial Counselor Redwan Ahmed, First Secretary (Labor) Md. Motasimul Islam was present.
After handing over the credentials, a private meeting was held between the King of Spain and the newly appointed Ambassador of Bangladesh. At the meeting, the King extended his heartfelt congratulations to the newly appointed Ambassador. Ambassador Mohammad Sarwar Mahmud Raja conveyed the greetings of the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh to Felipe VI.
King Felipe VI of Spain expressed hope that the new ambassador would further accelerate the bilateral relations between Spain and Bangladesh. He praised the government of Bangladesh for providing shelter to the Rohingyas and assured cooperation.
He expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral trade between the two countries and expressed hope that trade would intensify in the future. The King of Spain, through the Ambassador, wished the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh good health. The Spanish Foreign Minister was present at the meeting.
Incidentally, Md. Sarwar Mahmud replaces the recently departed Bangladesh Ambassador to Spain Hasan Mahmud Khandaker.
Ramadan is a month of moderation and devotion. The fragrance of the purity that comes in the life of a believer through the attainment of fear of Allah through fasting spreads in the whole society. Therefore, the role and contribution of Ramadan in the formation of an ideal society is immense. The Holy Qur’an says, ‘O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become righteous. ‘(Surat al-Baqara, 183)
The importance of Ramadan in building an ideal society
Allama Yusuf Al-Karzawi (R.H.) writes that one of the aspects of the social welfare of Ramadan is to experience the hunger of the hungry and the helplessness of the helpless. The fasting person achieves this and gains this experience from the urge of the liver and nerves. Because those who have grown up in abundance, they can not feel the pain of hunger, the pain of thirst. They think, everyone is like them. There is no doubt that Allah has provided fasting for the establishment of equality and justice. He has made hunger equal for the rich and the poor. It is narrated that Yusuf (AS) used to fast more and more even after being in charge of the state’s wealth and food supply. When asked about it, he said, “I am afraid that when I am satisfied, I will forget the hunger of the helpless.” (Al Ibadatu Phil Islam, p. 26)
The role of Ramadan in building an ideal society
Ramadan fasting plays a multifaceted role in the formation of an ideal society. E.g.
1. Fear of Allah: Taqwa or fear of Allah is one of the main regulators of the formation of ideal people and society. Fear of God motivates people to avoid wrongdoing and to obey God. Ramadan is the month of fearing Allah. Allah the Almighty says, ‘O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become righteous. ‘(Surat al-Baqara, 183)
2. Abstinence from sin: One of the main demands of Ramadan is to return from sin and wickedness. It is only through the avoidance of sin that one’s fasting attains perfection. For this reason, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘There is no need for Allaah to give up eating and drinking to a person who has not lied and has not acted accordingly.’
3. Equality and Compassion: By fasting, the believer can understand the plight of helpless and hungry people. As a result, the idea of equality and compassion is awakened in him. He shares the suffering of others. Islam has encouraged us to donate more and more in Ramadan to awaken the idea of equality and compassion. Abdullah ibn Abbas (ra) said, ‘The Messenger of Allah (saw) is the most generous of people. When Jibraeel met him in Ramadan, his generosity would have increased. ‘(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6)
4. Tolerance: Ramadan teaches the believer to be tolerant. As a result, he ignores the injustice of others. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Fasting is a shield. When one of you is fasting, he should not use obscene language, speak loudly, or be angry with anyone. If someone insults him or comes to fight, let him say, ‘I am fasting.’ “(Sunan Nasai, Hadith: 2217)
5. Self-protection from injustice: Fasting not only teaches tolerance towards others, but also a way to protect oneself from injustice. Maryam (AS) was told to avoid the ugly questions and unjust behavior of the society, ‘If you see any of the people, say so, I have vowed to fast for the sake of mercy. So today I will not talk to any human being at all. ‘(Surah: Maryam, verse: 26)
. Inspiration for holiness: Fasting inspires people to live a sinless holy life. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever stays awake at night in Ramadaan with the intention of reward (Taraaweeh and Tahajjud), Allaah forgives all his previous sins.’ (Sunan al-Nasaa’i, hadeeth: 2202).
. Social Harmony: Fasting removes hatred from people’s hearts. So harmony and love are created in the society. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Ramadaan is a month of patience. Fasting for three days every month removes anger and hatred from the heart. ‘(Musnad Ahmad)
. Self-protection from fitna: By fasting, the servant is saved from fitna and chaos. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘The fitnah that people fall into when it comes to their family, wealth, children, neighbors; Prayers, fasting, almsgiving, (justice) orders and the prohibition of injustice removes it. ‘(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 525)