- 12 MAY 2021
Prime Minister’s Message to the Nation on the Occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr 2021
Dear citizens, it brings me great joy to extend greetings and felicitations on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
As Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago I am especially happy to wish Eid Mubarak to the entire Muslim community.
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the blessed and holy month of Ramadan and is a time of joy and celebration. This year, we have observed a Ramadan whereby our normal communal practices of breaking of the fast and nightly prayers at mosques have been curtailed. Nevertheless, our commitment to the Creator and perseverance in prayer remained constant and unwavering.
The lessons of Ramadan ring eternal as the valuable lessons of discipline, self-restraint and compassion shine through. Even though we could not congregate, we know that Almighty God is still with us and knows what is in our hearts. We pray that all the sacrifices and efforts made during the month are richly rewarded.
We also pray that as a country, the lessons of Ramadan remain with us throughout our lives. Lessons such as inculcating concern for our fellow man and especially for the needy and disadvantaged members of our society. Let us therefore continue to strive to hold these teachings dear.
To the national community, I say let us all try to emulate these precious teachings of Ramadan in our lives. The Muslim community continues to be a source of inspiration in its drive towards helping the less fortunate. In our current COVID-19 reality, this is needed even more than ever.
In closing, I wish you an Eid full of joy, happiness and contentment and pray that Almighty God blesses you richly.