BBC Radio Bristol Thought for the Day 14th April 2021

BBC Radio Bristol Thought for the Day 14th April 2021

Last Monday, 12th April, you might have seen the first, small slither of a crescent moon in the night sky. That new moon ushered in the Holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the
Islamic calendar, and a time dedicated to prayer, reflection and community.

Ramadan being a month of fasting, some Bristol Muslims are reluctant to have the covid jab.
While the BBC reports that the Muslim community leaders say it's safe for them to have it, the question it raises is almost as old as the moon; who has the greater jurisdiction; Church or
State?

In ancient history, every nation was ruled by a priestly caste, and religious doctrine held sway in all areas of life. Jesus suggested a wise compromise;

"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's."

During the Middle Ages, belief in notions such as the Divine Right of Kings was eroded by the religious wars of the Reformation. Today in this country, while the rule of law is paramount, we try to seek a balance by practicing religious tolerance. When you see the next crescent moon, you'll know that Ramadan has ended.