I extend greetings to all Muslims and to all other Guyanese on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. This sacred festival commemorates the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims performed acts of abstinence and engaged in ritual fasting and prayer.
Eid-ul-Fitr reminds us of how divine worship is connected to social responsibility and personal sacrifice. It compels us to continue to demonstrate compassion and kindness to one another. These personal expressions of goodwill and concern for our fellow citizens reinforce social cohesion and mutual respect.
Eid-ul-Fitr emphasizes the values of temperance, perseverance and self-denial during the holy month of Ramadan which provided a time for devotees of Islam to engage in spiritual reflection and the reaffirmation of their faith.
Eid-ul-Fitr is significant to all Guyanese. The festival’s exuberance has been tempered this year by the social and personal restrictions which have been adopted, out of necessity, in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The pandemic has witnessed sacrifices by our medical and essential workers in their efforts to administer lifesaving care and ensure the health and safety of others.
Eid-ul-Fitr, nevertheless, is a happy occasion for both Muslims and non-Muslims. Let us all celebrate our faith and fellowship.
President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana