The Muslim Ummah throughout the world is bracing up to celebrate another Islamic feast, Eid-ul Adha, locally called Tobaski. This is a sacred and same time a merry-making event for Muslims throughout the Islamic world with the usual obligation of slaughtering sacrificial animal - in the form of either ram, cattle or goat, ect, in that order in respect of the ability of the individual. As preparations marking the event are in high gear in The Gambia, what comes to mind is the usual heartless exploitation of people by the business community, especially those dealing with the buying and selling of goods and services needed most for the feast; such as rams, goats and other food items in our markets.
As the feast of Tobaski is just a stone throw, the price of goods and services get skyrocket on a daily basis, in our markets, lumoos and other buying and selling places throughout the length and breadth of the country. It is not rare to see the price of either ram or goat double or even quadruple during the period of Tobaski, which to a great extent indicates the heartless behaviour and actions of some of the business people in our communities. Some will even move to the extent of hoarding goods as part of efforts geared towards increasing their prices. It must be noted that the Islamic religion has strongly prohibited in uncompromising terms everything associated with greed and exploitation of people. It is high time that people, especially Muslims live and work in accordance with the preaching and teachings of the Islamic religion. It will be reprehensible for one, a Muslim in particular to totally neglect and set aside teachings and principles of the Islamic religion for worldly gains.