I would like to extend my warmest wishes and that of the entire ECOWAS Parliament to Muslims around the West African sub-region and the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it also marks a new beginning in the lives of each individual. A beginning of commitment in the exercise of faith, which is reflected in our communal relationships with one another and our brothers and sisters of other faith.
Eid celebration also provides an opportunity to appreciate the rich diversity of our traditions, local attires and decorations and the abundance of delectable food and aromatic cuisines that are spread across millions of tables in homes. While at the same time it brings us face to face with the harsh reality of many others who are stricken by poverty and displaced by acts of wars and insecurity. It is a time of deep reflection and renewed commitment that each of us, in whatever way, should extend love and care to the downtrodden and take steps to make our world a better, safer and peaceful place.
As we have exercised obedience to the teachings of Allah, I pray that the beauty of Ramadan touch the deepest cores of our hearts and bring about increase in our good deeds, which will ultimately bring peace and happiness to our region and the world. I pray we each see religious intolerance, terrorism, extremism, poverty, democratic instability and lack of respect for constituted authorities as vices that make our world unsafe and increase hardship and suffering.
May Almighty Allah, after this long period of fasting and sacrifices, appreciate our obedience, answer our prayers and bestow His Mercies and Blessings upon mankind.
From me to you, EID MUBURAK!
Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis
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