By Caribbean News Global
TORONTO, Canada – The Muslim community across the world observes the holy occasion of Eid ul Fitr. Caribbean News Global (CNG) extends warm greetings and best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters on this joyous day.
In 2020, Eid ul Fitr had to adapt significantly, with COVID-19 protocols. Notwithstanding many difficulties the spirit remains strong, in hope and faith to overcome the challenges, reflecting on their journey of sacrifice, prayer, and during the holy month of Ramadan.
“Eid provides us with spiritual enrichment and reminds us that our purpose as humans is to offer ourselves in full devotion to Allah as we work towards protecting the vulnerable in our world. It is a reminder that every hardship can be solved by supplication and dedication of one’s life to the will of Allah as he will provide strength and guidance,” said opposition leader Kamla Persad Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago.
“As our country and the global community battle the significant challenges posed by COVID-19, we must use the principles of Eid to strengthen our sense of purpose going forward,” she added. We must seek to enhance our spiritual relationship with God to become beacons of hope to the many citizens amongst us who are in despair due to the grim reality they face.”
The opposition leader thanked Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago, from all walks of life and in all sectors, “contributing significantly to our national development, and for this, we thank you. I pray that Almighty Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) accepts the fasting, the prayers, the worship and the good deeds done in the blessed month of Ramadan by our Muslim brothers and sisters. I wish you, Eid Mubarak,” she said.
Meanwhile, in Canada, prime minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement:
“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan—the holy month of fasting and prayer.
“One of the most important festivals in Islam, Eid al-Fitr is a time to give thanks and show compassion to those in need. To celebrate the occasion, Muslims will usually attend special morning prayers, share meals with loved ones, and give generously to others.
“This year, many Eid traditions and celebrations are different as we continue to fight COVID-19. Just as they did throughout Ramadan, Muslim Canadians will pray at home and turn to virtual ways to mark this special day. By following the advice of public health experts, we will get through these challenging times together.
“Throughout Ramadan, Muslim Canadians have been helping those in need with donations of food and supplies, and many of those fasting have been fighting back against the pandemic as medical and essential workers.
“For all of us, Eid al-Fitr is an opportunity to recognize how Muslim Canadians continue to shape our country for the better and to celebrate the diversity that makes us who we are.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a joyful Eid. Eid Mubarak.”