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Regardless of your religious per-
suasion, the traits observed by
Muslims during the holy month
of Ramadan should be the guiding
principles for all, says acting Pres-
ident Timothy Hamel-Smith.
In his message, Hamel-Smith
said that for the celebration of Eid-
ul-Fitr Muslims were encouraged
to forgive and forget any differences
with others or animosities that may
have occurred during the year.
He added: "The holy month of
Ramadan speaks to the human apti-
tude to exercise restraint by culti-
vating the virtues of discipline,
restraint and harmony for the
greater good, contrary to recent
exclamations echoed through the
media." He did not elaborate.
"Such utterances create fertile
ground for a harvest of disharmony,
with great potential for hurting our
country. Let us no longer permit
such lower instincts to subjugate
our greater sense of humanity.
"Eid-ul-Fitr is a holiday shared
by all in our nation where every
creed and race finds an equal place
and its importance should not be
trivialised by just viewing it as a
respite from work.
"I encourage us all to take this
opportunity to do our own intro-
spection, to free ourselves from the
yoke of animosity among the people
of a nation that has been described
as a rainbow country," said Hamel-
He said the significance of Eid-
ul-Fitr stemmed from the special
meaning it held for the entire Mus-
"The holy month of Ramadan is
more than just refraining from food
and drink for a period. It s also a
festival that fosters brotherhood
and interaction, renewal of faith,
steadfastness, patience, introspec-
tion and more mindfulness of the
poor and needy," he added.
Acting President's Eid message:
A time to forgive
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley says that citizens should emulate
the teachings of Islam as it would go
a long way in strengthening them-
In his message for Eid, Rowley said:
"All of us as citizens of T&T, whether
or not we follow Islamic teaching,
should be able to appreciate the
underlying messages of Ramadan and
Eid. It communicates the virtues of
self-sacrifice as the anthesis of greed.
"Moreover in today s world where
many who are looked upon as leaders
sometimes condone, facilitate and
even inspire wrongdoing, it will do us
exceedingly well to embrace the vir-
tuous lessons of Eid-ul-Fitr.
"We should endeavour in our daily
lives to do what is morally right and
we should also demand that of our
leaders. Our country deserves nothing
Rowley said that ending of the fast-
ing period culminates in the celebra-
tion of Eid-ul-Fitr which forged and
strengthened communal harmony.
"It produces and perpetuates cul-
tural and community awareness as
well as service to Allah. It is a time
to joyfully serve God through serving
our fellow man.
"As we of the People s National
Movement join the Islamic community
in celebrating, we wish all of T&T Eid
Mubarak and implore that we per-
petuate the spirit of this holy season
each and every day," he added.
Learn from Muslim
way of life---Rowley
If the country understands what
fasting means, it would enable cit-
izens to develop compassion and
concern for the poor, needy, home-
less and the hungry said Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her
Eid message yesterday.
Ramadan is the ninth month of
the Islamic calendar and Muslims
are required to fast, perform extra
prayers and give more charity.
"Fasting helps to liberate us. It
takes us away from our worldly rou-
tines and teaches us self-control. It
also helps us to overcome all types
of compulsive behaviours and addic-
"Fasting for one month during the
year provides an opportunity to lib-
erate ourselves from worldly desires
and attachments and helps us to
focus on our Creator and the purpose
of life. It helps us to recognise that
there is life beyond the material
realm," Persad-Bissessar said.
Another benefit of fasting, the
prime minister added, was to purify
and build character. This, she said,
also improved morals, increased con-
scientiousness and helped people to
be more careful in their treatment of
Persad-Bissessar said historically,
members of the Muslim community
had toiled very hard for the devel-
opment of T&T.
She said in T&T Muslims enjoyed
many privileges and were allowed to
worship freely without interference
and to establish schools and places
of worship without any hindrance,
obstruction, prejudice or discrimi-
"We should all try to emulate the
fine example set by our ancestors in
this regard. Islam teaches us how to
lead upright and responsible lives,
serve our fellow human beings, and
render service to humanity.
"Let us use this time of increased
spirituality to serve others, to make
our neighbourhoods, our communi-
ties and our country a better and a
safer place for everyone. Let God-
consciousness and spirituality guide
our efforts," Persad-Bissessar said.
PM---Fasting helps develop
compassion for the poor
Members of the La Romaine Masjid pray during Eid celebrations at the
La Romaine Secondary School last Friday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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