Kepa extends goodwill message

Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Picture: FT FILE

OPPOSITION Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has extended a message of goodwill to all followers of Islam as they observe Ramadan.She said Ramadan heralded the 40-day period of fasting and it was a reminder of the universal values that all the major faiths of this world shared — such as humanity, compassion, love, respect, penance and other qualities of righteousness.

“For Fiji, the advent of Islam since the indenture period has become part of our diverse society,” Ro Teimumu said.

“The high moral and social values espoused by the faithful has enabled us to carry out a social revolution in spheres such as education, agriculture and commerce.”

She acknowledged the roles and sacrifices of the early Islamic missionaries, the Fiji Muslim League and the Ahmadiyya Muslim League in the country.

“There is absolutely no doubt that they will continue to carry out a meaningful role and make significant contributions to the peace and reconciliation process as we seek to make Fiji a better country,” she said.

“I therefore offer my best wishes on this occasion to all those observing this auspicious month- long period of fasting with the hope that the teachings of Islam will guide and inspire you and enable you to be part of the nation building processes.”

The end of Ramadan will climax with celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, an annual feature of the Islamic calendar of events.