05/24/2020 | Press release | Archived content
For the past month, measures necessary to curb the spread of the virus have prevented customary gatherings at masjids and community halls, where Muslim devotees usually meet, pray, and break their fast daily. Despite these challenges, the spirit of Ramadan prevailed as Muslims continued to exercise the values which underpin Islam-generosity, compassion, brotherhood and self-discipline. Our Muslim compatriots set the bar high for the rest of the national community as they prayed, fasted and listened to virtual sermons at home and heeded the call to be their brother's keeper, exemplified the tenets of their faith and helped to ease the burdens of countless citizens.
They supplied individuals and families hard-hit by the crisis with hampers and other essentials, contributed towards the iftars of those in need, and encouraged their members to adhere to the guidelines issued by the competent authorities.
Although present circumstances prohibit the traditional festivities this year, I have no doubt that joy will still abound as families exchange gifts, prepare meals and give thanks to Allah. At its core, Eid has always been a family affair, as people share life and draw strength from one another. The successful completion of sawm, the obligatory fast, remains a further source of jubilation and fulfilment.
As we ease our way out of this crisis, let us strive to take pattern from our Muslim brethren-their community spirit, empathy, and self-restraint-being guided by the teaching of the Holy Qur'an, which declares: 'And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.' (Quran 2:272)
I wish the Muslim community a safe, happy and healthy Eid. May Allah accept and reward your efforts.