As the Holy month of Ramadan begins, it gives me great pleasure to warmly wish our Muslim community Ramadan Mubarak
In these unprecedented times, sadly, many of the joyous events which accompany Ramadan, such as the communal breaking of the fast (Iftar) may be hindered by the prevailing Covid-19 global pandemic. In past years, I have enjoyed meeting members of the community and sharing in these special gatherings. Although we cannot be together at this time, my heart and my prayers are with you.
This Holy month comes at a time when our world is in need of prayer, the vulnerable are in need of help and we all are in need of Allah’s grace.
As a nation, we can all find inspiration in the acts of faith, the sustained sacrifices and the kindness and generosity of our Muslim brothers and sisters. During this time of reflection, through prayer, compassion and love, all citizens of our nation will gain the strength needed to persevere through the present hardship before us and emerge more united and stronger than before.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Every action a son of Adam does shall be multiplied—a good action by ten times its value, up to 700 times. Allah says: With the exception of fasting, which belongs to Me, and I reward it accordingly. For, one abandons his desire and food for My sake.”
Thus, fasting during this sacred period is indeed a blessing for our Muslim friends as it allows them to become more conscious of Allah. For many Muslims, fasting is a spiritual act that allows them to understand the conditions of the poor and thus develop more empathy. Today, as many families are faced with difficulties, some unable to put food on the table, let us do what we can to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.
As we try to come to terms with the health crisis, let us look to our Muslim brothers and sisters and join them in praying and lending support to those suffering in our nation.
My heart is filled with joy as I know that even though many of them, like other members of the community have been selflessly giving to those in need, these acts of charity will also increase during this blessed month, especially at a time when the economic hardship within our country is increasing on a daily basis.
I take this opportunity to offer sincerest best wishes to each and every Muslim throughout Trinidad and Tobago who is about to embark upon this spiritual journey over the next 30 days. I wish you a happy and peaceful Ramadan.