The holy month of Ramadan has ended. The celebration of Eid- ul- Fitr is upon us. It is thus with great joy that I extend Eid Mubarak greetings to all Guyanese but especially to our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.
I have always admired the humility, purposefulness and personal discipline that have characterized the prayers, fasting and acts of charity practised by Muslims during the Holy Month, and I know the great satisfaction that heralds the arrival of Eid.
This is a festival of immense gratitude and thanksgiving. It is my wish that all Guyanese would respectfully join with our Muslim community in celebrating this joyous occasion, one of the many important religious observances in our multi-cultural society.
As we celebrate Eid, let us remind ourselves of the many fortunes we enjoy as a nation, most of which we often take for granted. One of truly great treasures is our cultural diversity. The Muslim community is an important element in our diverse religious tapestry. There is so much for us to learn from each other. It is my hope that as a nation, we will continue to be proud of this heritage which history has bequeathed us and which we should value and cherish while respecting one another, no matter our faith, calling or station in life.
Eid Mubarak to all!