Editorial comment – Eid Mubarak

Management and staffs of Lale's ShopRite supermarket during the EID celebrations in Lautoka. Picture: SUPPLIED

Management and staffs of Lale's ShopRite supermarket during the EID celebrations in Lautoka. Picture: SUPPLIED

MUSLIMS around the country celebrate Eid today.

This is a religious festival characterised by the renewal of faith.

The festival marks a commitment to family and the community, and the forgiveness of sins and enmity.

Eid is supposed to be an occasion of happiness.

It is considered a thanksgiving, having being able to receive the blessed month of Ramadan and getting closer to Allah through his mercy and forgiveness.

It is a special day for all Muslims.

Yesterday Minister for Education Rosy Akbar wished all Muslim heads of schools, teachers, students, parents, school management committees and stakeholders Eid Mubarak.

Ms Akbar said Eid was a time to celebrate with loved ones.

Eid-ul-fitr, she said, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

After a month of fasting and spiritual reflection, Muslims, she said, renewed their commitment “to help those less fortunate, to strengthen their faith in God, and to engage in worship and fellowship with others”.

The message of love and togetherness are strongly associated with Eid celebrations.

People are urged to look past religion, and love and respect one another.

They are powerful messages that will resonate around the world on a day in which millions of Muslims celebrate Eid as the holy month of Ramadan ends.

Regardless of which religion you belong to, let us embrace the need to love and respect others, and appreciate life.

Eid is considered one of the holiest religious events on the Islamic calendar.

Like every other religion, there are many challenges for all Muslims.

However, the basic tenets of most religions focus on nurturing peace, harmony and mutual respect for one another.

We live in a very special country.

We have embraced multiracialism.

Perhaps we should take time out to learn and appreciate other religions.

Despite the many different religions we follow, and our ethnicity, we share one common factor, which is our ability to live in peace and harmony with each other.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama once said people of faith have an important role to play in the order and conduct of our society and government, as individuals and congregations.

The government, he said, must depend on people of faith as a moral compass.

Many Fijians, he said, have come to realise that religion could actually be a unifying force.

We live in a country that is diverse in many things, from religion, to tradition and culture, and racial composition.

We should be promoting love, understanding and mutual respect for one another.

Surely inter-religious harmony could have a large bearing on peace and tolerance in Fiji.

Why not consider that part of our contribution to nation-building?

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