Ramdan and politics
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Parliamentary elections during Ramadan often bring about a familiar scene: Gossip, lies, fraud and possibly bribery, whether overt or concealed. This unfortunate reality underscores the nature of political battles, where narratives are often embellished with exaggerations and falsehoods about opponents rather than focusing on achievements.

Throughout history, politics worldwide has been built on deception. In the past, German politicians during the Nazi era famously embraced the motto “lie...lie so the people will believe you.” Truthful politicians who speak positively about their opponents are rare, as such honesty may not secure victory in elections. The driving force in politics is self-interest. Politicians advocate for democratic freedom, yet often resort to buying votes and making false promises to secure seats in the National Assembly. Justice is selectively applied, serving the interests of those in power while neglecting fairness when it inconveniences them.

Many candidates resort to various tactics to secure votes, whether through eloquent speech or behind-the-scenes bribery. As the poet Al-Mutanabbi said: “You have neither horses nor money; Let the speech be happy if the situation is not.” Some align themselves with political parties or religious groups, turning a blind eye to their shortcomings in pursuit of personal gain. The elections during Ramadan prompt reflection on the sacrifices made by the electorate. Those who support candidates based solely on affiliations risk betraying their trust. Accepting bribes, whether monetary or in the form of promises, is a betrayal of national values, especially during the holy month.

Despite these challenges, there is hope for integrity among some who prioritize principles over personal gain. Perhaps, this year’s Ramadan elections will bring about a different outcome, with candidates who uphold moral values and fear Allah. The question remains: Will politics overshadow the spirit of Ramadan, or will Ramadan prevail over political expediency? The answer lies in the choices made by both politicians and the people, and it’s a question worth pondering.

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