We should unite as one nation - President
Muslims from every corner of the country are free to celebrate Eid ul Fitr. They are delighted with this situation, as they recall the great commitment made to achieve this much anticipated freedom, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a Ramazan message.
The message: “I am pleased to send this message on the occasion of the Eid ul-Fitr festival, celebrated with much enthusiasm by devotees of Islam.
“Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting and religious rituals in the Islamic faith. It is with much eagerness and zeal that the Muslims in Sri Lanka join their brothers in faith in the world to take part in this most important festival, having observed the teachings of the Holy Quran and Holy Prophet Muhammad in their religious activities.
“The Muslims in Sri Lanka have been living in harmony with other ethnic and religious communities through the long history of our country. In so doing, they have held the guidance provided by Islam in high esteem, contributing to the country’s development as well as to protection of its sovereignty.
“Muslims from every corner of the country are free to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr today. They are delighted with this situation, as they recall the great commitment made to achieve this much anticipated freedom.
“In keeping with the teachings of Islam, we should unite as one nation to achieve prosperity.
“I extend my warm good wishes to all devotees of Islam celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr festival in Sri Lanka today.
An opportunity to promote goodwill - PM
Eid-ul-Fitr day is an opportunity to perform duties and responsibilities to promote friendship and goodwill, Prime Minister D M Jayaratne said in a Ramazan message.
The message: “It is with great pleasure that I issue this message to mark the day of equality of adherents of Islam throughout the day or Eid-ul-Fitr. “Prophet Mohamed has decreed that there should not be a single person suffering from hunger in society on Ramazan Festival Day which dawns after the month of fasting and working at the new moon.
The fasting means a customary religious observance in keeping with Allah’s decree.
”We should remember that the festival day which dawns after fasting which paves the way for a righteous and prosperous living is also an opportunity to perform duties and responsibilities and promote friendship and goodwill.
May Eid-ul-Fitr festival aimed to commemorate the month of the birth of Quran and guiding for peaceful living and co-existence be a festival which enables the entire Muslim community the world over including Sri Lanka realize their good intentions and objectives.”