Restrictions shouldn’t dampen Eid celebrations
Sunday 24th May 2020
Restrictions and health measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t dampen celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr as our Muslim community mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The celebration of Eid is a significant event in our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural 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.
Thus, Eid is a celebration about seeking righteousness and 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.
This is an occasion to also 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.
We also note the restrictions that have been put in place as travel bans and lock-downs have stranded family members and relatives in various parts of the country and the world.
But that doesn’t take away from the significance of Eid and the sacrifices made during the month of Ramadan.
We wish everyone a happy, blessed and inspirational Eid.
Prof. Biman Prasad