‘Continue to work to ensure a cohesive and peaceful society’-President on Eid-ul-Fitr

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Eid Mubarak! From President David Granger

Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion for the entire world. It is a sacred observance for individual devotes, for the Islamic community and for the nation.

Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims strengthen their faith through acts of fasting, prayer and charity and commemorates the glorious revelation of Quran to the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Eid’s significance is evident in the attendance of congregations in masjids and amaats, the assembly of families and friends to strengthen human ties and to help the poor and needy. Islam, in this way, is an integral and indispensable element of Guyana’s cultural character.

Eid-ul-Fitr should encourage all Guyanese to continue to work to ensure a cohesive and peaceful society ― one characterised by greater compassion towards the poor, understanding and tolerance.

I extend greetings to all Muslims and to every Guyanese on the occasion of the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.

 

A message from the PPP on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims across the globe made tremendous sacrifices for spiritual advancement.

The dedication and self-discipline they continue to demonstrate, especially during Ramadan, are exemplary lessons of humility, contentment, restraint and love for mankind.

The Zakat, or charity, associated with Eid-ul-Fitr is another example of Muslims here in Guyana and across the world contributing to the upliftment of all and for the removal of societal barriers. These selfless acts of giving continue to be vital in strengthening the bonds of brotherhood in a world in which humanity face many challenges.

On this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) joins with all Guyanese in

extending greetings to our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community, both at home and overseas.

All of our religious observances in our country have universal lessons for mankind. As customary on these occasions, our Party would like to urge that we all reflect on the pertinent messages this occasion brings and which have positive influences for humanity.

Our Party would also like to take this opportunity to commend all those who made the sacrifice of observing fast during the month of Ramadan and extend best wishes for their success in the future.

 

Eid al Fitr greetings from President of the Central Islamic Organisation

Respected Brothers and Sisters, Elders, and my Non-Muslim friends

As salamu alaikum wa rahamtullahi WaBarakaatuh. Eid Mubarak Eid Mubarak Eid Mubarak! The blessed month of Ramadan in which the Holy Quran was revealed to our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) has ended, and is now followed by a time of celebration, reflection and gratitude. On this joyous day of Eid al Fitr, I wish, on behalf of the Executives and Staff of CIOG to join with you in this spiritual celebration.

Ramadan was not just abstention from food and drink. It was an exercise in patience and discipline, and it was an opportunity to spend our time praying and beseeching Allah (swt) for

His (swt) forgiveness and mercy. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran (2:183): O you who believe! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may learn self- restraint and God consciousness.

The month of Ramadan provided the opportunity to renew our relationship with the Holy Quran, and to strengthen our connection with the Lord of the Worlds through all the various forms of Ibadaat. The perfomance of Taraweeh, recitation of the Holy Quran, giving extra charity, extending a lending hand — all of these are considered acts of Ibadaat. We restrained ourselves physically and mentally, engaged in self-introspection, and subdued our egos, in order to get closer to Allah (swt). Now we celebrate.

In our celebration, let us not forget those among our brothers and sisters for whom Eid day is just another ordinary day. There are those who open their cupboards on Eid day and find them bare. There are those in hospitals who will go through a bleak and lonely day with no one visiting them. Friendless, deprived of company, they will have no one to offer solace or comfort. Let us reach out and share, let us see to it that all our brethren welcome the day of Eid with happiness and hope. Those who believe and do good deeds — the Gracious God will create love in their hearts. (Al Quran 19:96).

Today does not herald the end of worship or letting go of the concerns of the Akhirah. On the contrary, it heralds a new beginning of heightened Taqwa for the believers who have done so much during Ramadan and are ready to transform their lives as a result.  O servants of the Most Merciful this is the true cause for joy and celebration today. The fast of Ramadan reminded

us how it feels to be hungry; the Eid al Fitr shows the real meaning of selflessness, goodwill, and community.

As Muslims, we have the moral responsibility to work towards uniting our country by promoting harmony and peace. As Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran (Chapter 41:33): And who is better in speech than the one who calls [his fellow-men] unto Allah, and does what is just and right, and says, “Verily, I am of those who have surrendered themselves to Allah”?

I take this opportunity to encourage you to invite our non-Muslim brethren to join in our Eid Celebrations. It is our duty to promote the core Islamic values of co-existence, tolerance, and khidma –  to be in the service of others.

Let us decide today, and every day, to nurture harmonious relationships in our families, communities and our nation. As such, we will not only reap material benefits but we will also be grounded by spiritual and ethical values rooted in Islam.

I close with the pillar of reliance of trust in Allah

 نبس حلي كولا  م ع نو  اللّ  ا

Hasbunnallu Wa Nia’ Mal Wakeel

Allah is enough for us; and how excellent a guardian is He (swt)

I take this opportunity again to congratulate you for having fulfilled the honorable obligation of fasting in the Holy month of Ramadan.

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