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PM, Opposition Leader call on citizens to unify

Published: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is expected to spend part of his Eid holiday today in the southland.

Rowley is expected to attend an Eid gathering at the San Fernando Jama Masjid in Mucurapo Street, following which he will go to the Macoon Street Masjid in Victoria Village, San Fernando.

In his Eid message, Rowley called for unity.

“Let us remember that it is through unity that we will be able to successfully tackle the issues that ultimately shape our nation. The celebration of the common bonds that tie us together enables the resolution of disputes and the building of strong and healthy relationships which form the basis of a functional society,” he said.

He also said called for citizens to be charitable and to practice self-discipline to better navigate challenges.

“Let us also adopt the sense of community and brotherhood. This unity of hearts undoubtedly provided invaluable support and encouragement to all those who undertook the month-long fast,” he said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her message said the celebration of Eid should be used to bring about societal harmony.

“Our nation is facing troubling times, and there seems to be no reprieve in sight, as the criminal elements rampage with apparent impunity. What is equally troubling is the attempts by some in our society to promote discord and divide our nation,” she said.

Eid provides an opportunity for all of us to promote love, peace and harmony in society, Persad-Bissessar said.

“Today’s world is still characterised by discord, conflict and misunderstanding. Though our diverse peoples have co-existed for many decades we still have not worked out a formula for peaceful co-existence as a plural society.”

She also called on citizens to continue sharing with the less fortunate and to strengthen the values of mutual respect, trust and friendship.

Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein said that people should use the Eid celebration to reflect on the contribution Islam has made to T&T.

“Eid is a day of blessing and peace, and for us not only to celebrate these blessings but to reflect and ponder the sacrifices that we have made during the Holy month. It marks a joyous end to the Holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal—Ramadan—in which we deepen our understanding of Islam and reaffirm our faith in Almighty Allah,” Hosein said.

He said Ramadan trains Muslims to practice patience, to be generous and helpful with one another.

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