T&T High Commission celebrates Eid-ul-Adha in London
The Trinidad and Tobago High Commission earlier this month marked the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha with an evening of prayer and thanksgiving in London, England.
The room was packed as the High Commission welcomed an unprecedented number of people to its annual Eid celebrations on October 19, a statement said.
High Commissioner Garvin Nicholas said he was pleased to see such a diverse audience.
“How heartening it is to see this room full of Trinidad and Tobago nationals, a greater turnout than we have had for any other Eid celebration in the past,” he said. “Many of you I know hail from varied backgrounds and adhere to diverse religious beliefs. Your presence here today is a wonderful illustration of the harmony and brotherhood our nationals share.”
He spoke of the government’s commitment to supporting the good work of the Islamic community, noting the recent announcement that donations would be made to leading Islamic organisations, as well as the hosting of Trinidad and Tobago’s first major Islamic conference in August.
He also called on the audience to take heed of the importance of faith and discipline, tenets which are central to the observance of Eid-ul-Adha.
“The passion for justice and love for his fellow man exhibited by the devout Muslim are sorely devoid from greater society today,” he stated. “As we grapple with burgeoning selfishness, corruption and violence, it is easy to fall into despair and a sense of hopelessness. However, the festival of Eid-ul-Adha must be a reminder to us of our own personal responsibility and potential to do the extraordinary in pursuit of what is right.”
The proceedings were led by Trinidad and Tobago nationals living in London. The opening prayer was delivered by Imam Rasheed Khan.