OF MYTH AND SUPERSTITION
‘Emberphobia – Bashir LuCas Samson Lukman
The society we live in is filled with superstitious beliefs, myths, fables that are taken so seriously that they extend to religious houses/institutions. This is the time of the year when some’ Alfas’, pastors organize special prayers to survive the ’ember months.
It is believed that September, October, November and December are scary months that abhor much evil/calamity to prevent people from entering the new year. People should not just die during these months as they would say one is a victim of the ’ember spirit.
We really need to grow up. The vigils, crusade, special prayers organized by different religious leaders to ward off evil during these months does not and will not stop nor reduce the numbers of people scheduled to die during those months. When it is December, you are just some days to a new year only if you follow the Gregorian Calendar. Anyone who is so scared of the ’ember months should switch to another calender when it is September.
If one is impavid from January to August, there is no need to be afraid from September – December. Special ‘Ember prayers are unnecessary especially FOR A MUSLIM.
As we bear witness to the reality of tests,
As we accept our fate of leaving this dunya one day,
As we pray to live long,
May Allah take us when he is pleased with us (being Muslims submitting to the will of ALLAH). Ameen.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman.