Leaders must show morals, says Rowley
THE message of Eid-ul-Fitr is a powerful one not only for Muslims but for all, Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley has said.
In his Eid message to the country yesterday, he called on citizens to demand their leaders show moral responsibility.
The holy month of Ramadan, the lead-up to Eid, during which Muslims abstain from food and drink during part of the day, is time when Muslims seek to purify the soul, Rowley said.
This period also strengthens community and family awareness and is done joyfully. The Holy Qur'an also teaches that humans honour one another in their words and actions.
"This is a truly powerful and relevant lesson, not only for Muslims, but for each of us as individuals and, indeed, for our beloved nation as a whole," Rowley said.
"As individuals, we should honour one another as prescribed by the Qur'an, regardless of race, religion, class, colour or political affiliation. By doing what is morally right, we become stronger individuals who would build stronger communities, which enable our nation to soar to greater heights of social and economic successes."
This message of Eid is even more significant this year as Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence on August 31.
"Fellow citizens, let us realign our nation by always doing what is morally right and by demanding the same of our leaders," said Rowley as he wished the Muslim community Eid Mubarak.