I extend greetings to the Muslim Community on the commencement of the Holy Month of Ramadan, which culminates in the celebration of Eid ul Fitr, which we will observe as a national holiday towards the end of July.
Ramadan is a month dedicated to fasting from dusk to dawn and the obligation of daily prayers, Tarawee Salaat, each night in the various Mosques.
It represents sacrifice, and challenging ourselves to deepen our spiritual appreciation for life and service to our brothers and sisters and members of the wider communities.
The aim of this month-long activity is to increase our iman, taqwa, and self-control and also to be kind and considerate to the less fortunate in our society. It is a submission to Almighty Allah.
Undertaking the fast helps us as human beings to improve our own lives through discipline. It brings the opportunity for us to voluntarily surrender what is rightfully ours, and share with our community through charity.
Ramadan shines a light on the blessings of life, which we so often take for granted. It is about our mental and spiritual purification.
We hold strongly to our appreciation for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters who have made a significant contribution to our country. Such appreciation has allowed us to be seen as a model of peaceful diversity in the world through mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance of the spirit of family togetherness by putting Almighty God in front and walking behind.
Ramadan Mubarak and may Almighty Allah shower his choicest blessing on the members of our Muslim community and the entire population of Trinidad & Tobago.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago