Assalam u Alaikum
I extend warm greetings to the Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago and around the world on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, the breaking of the fast and the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
For Muslims, Eid ul-Fitr is a significant religious holiday on the Islamic calendar; it is a joyous occasion as well as a time for reflection on the spiritual journey undertaken during Ramadan.
Over the past month, Muslims engaged in prayer, fasting, and in service to their communities. Many fulfilled their religious duty of Zakah, charity that is given for the care of the poor. These tenets of the Islamic faith of service, caring for those less fortunate, as well as personal sacrifice, discipline and generosity are values which we can all emulate.
It is truly heartening to see the outpouring of support to victims of the recent floods, and I wish to commend the members of the Muslim community, and all citizens who gave of themselves, whether it was their time, food, clothing and other necessities to those affected. In many cases, this was the only help they received in their time of need.
It is during times like these that the importance of working together in peace and harmony becomes evident, and I applaud and thank the many volunteers who have assisted their neighbours, families and friends.
As you celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, I encourage you to keep strong in your Iman, your faith, and continue the good work you have been doing in your communities. I also encourage all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to recommit to advancing our nation-building efforts. Let us undertake to be kind, and to treat each other with respect and compassion.
Let us also recommit to building our communities. I remain hopeful that together, we can build a stronger, more prosperous and peaceful Trinidad and Tobago.
It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Opposition, myself and my family, to extend to the Muslim community here and worldwide best wishes on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP