PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley has congratulated the Muslim community for giving to those affected by Covid-19, even before the month of Ramadan.
In extending Eid Mubarak greetings, Rowley said: “Today, I applaud the Muslim community for what has been a month of great sacrifice but also for their generous outpouring to those, who are weak, vulnerable and in need, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I understand even before the month of Ramadan began, many within the Muslim community did not wait to extend the mandatory zakat, but began giving to those affected by the Covid-19.
“For this, the nation extends its recognition and thanks and encourages all citizens of this country to use the example of the self-sacrifice of our Muslim brothers and sisters who have demonstrated our better selves in assisting those less fortunate.”
The Prime Minister noted in his statement that the months had been a “very challenging and unusual Ramadan for the community”.
He said while it is sacred to the Islamic calendar, it unfortunately coincided with an unprecedented period in the history of the country and the modern world.
“These events around the world may have created additional challenges for the community.
“Muslims have not been able to congregate in their tradition of shared devotion with their brothers and sisters, because of the stay-at-home measures in various countries which limit the number of persons in public gatherings.
“But the community’s unshakeable belief in obedience to God, as the holder of knowledge and power, and as the Creator of a majestic universe, which continues to operate ceaselessly in order and harmony, has allowed followers to sustain their daily lives...This period, I know, will certainly help the community’s members to find ways to overcome the obstacles and earthly challenges that Covid-19 presents across the globe.”
Rowley added: “Let us all learn from our Muslim brothers and sisters that obedience to God also means the spirit of giving and caring for others.
“Let’s make sharing with others a permanent part of our daily lives, so that we can have better communities and by extension a better country with compassion for each other in our daily activities.
“For it is only through such selflessness, more so in this time of Covid-19 that we, as people, may experience the true beauty and sense of community.”
The Prime Minister said: “It is my belief that members of the community, in their spiritual quest, have deepened their faith and devotion to the tenets of their religion, that of submission, surrender, and obedience—qualities which, when shared among us, can help us all as citizens to work ultimately towards a more disciplined, productive, and tolerant society.”