NFP: Eid a time to reflect

Muslims pray during Eid in Labasa. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA/FILE

RESTRICTIONS and health measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic should not dampen celebrations of Eid ul-Fitr, says National Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad.

In his Eid message, Prof Prasad said the festival was a significant event in this multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious nation.

“Fasting is an act of both seeking purification and making sacrifice for the blessings of the Almighty for peace, unity and prosperity,” he said.

“Thus, Eid is a celebration about seeking righteousness, taking the solemn pledge to lead a righteous life. We hope this message dawns upon all men and women as we approach a very critical juncture of our history.”

He said the festival was also an occasion to remember the pioneer leaders of the Islamic community in Fiji.

“We also acknowledge the immense contributions made by the Muslim community in the development of Fiji.

“We perfectly understand that COVID-19 and austerity measures prevent our Muslim community from celebrating Eid with fanfare and with friends and relatives like previous years.

“While it shouldn’t dampen spirits, it is important for all of us to look after our families and share what we have with those who are less fortunate and underprivileged.”

Prof Prasad said restrictions on travel must not take away the significance of Eid.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Muslim League confirmed that the new moon was sighted last night and Eid will be celebrated today.

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