Eid el Fitr: World Leaders felicitate with Muslims

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

Leaders from around the world have congratulated Muslims on the celebration of this year’s Eid al-Fitr.

President Donald Trump in a statement issued by the White House sent his “warm greetings to Muslim faithful worldwide”.

“On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” he said.

“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,”“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values,” President Trump said.

He concluded the statement with the traditional Muslim greeting “Eid Mubarak” which means “blessed celebration” and is used only during the celebration of the important holiday.

Vladmir Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin greeted Russian Muslim believers on Eid al-Fitr, the Kremlin’s press service said on Sunday.

“Eid al-Fitr is one of main religious holidays, which Muslim believers across the world have been celebrating for centuries. It marks end of the holy month of Ramadan, and bears a deep moral sense, represents the joy of renewal, aspiration for self-improvement, readiness for doing the good, for helping those in need,” he said.

The president stressed the Russian Muslims care for the rich spiritual and historic heritage of the ancestors, “respect the precepts and customs of their fathers and grandfathers and teach the younger generations.”

Speaking on the active participation of Muslim organizations in the social, cultural life of the country, in implementation of the needed charity, educational, patriotic initiatives, Putin said “And of course I would like to point to their role in support of the civil peace and accord, in development of friendship among people.”

President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran also sent separate letters to leaders of Muslim countries and congratulated them on Eid al-Fitr.

In his message, Rouhani voiced hope for boosting consolidation, peace, security and stability among Muslim countries.

He called for demonstrating a distinct image of Islam as the religion of mercy to the world.

“I am sure that by following the Islamic teachings, we can remove violence, extremism and terrorism from the Islamic countries territories,” the President noted.

He wished prosperity, honour and happiness for all Muslims around the globe.

Justin Trudeau

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also issued the following statement on Eid al-Fitr:

“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr,also known as the festival of breaking of the fast.

“Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important religious holidays for the Muslim community, and marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time to give thanks for the spiritual growth and the blessings received throughout the holy month.

“On this occasion, family and friends gather to attend special morning prayers, exchange greetings and gifts, share a celebratory meal, and give generously to others, especially those less fortunate.

“Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride. This year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we recognize the invaluable contributions the Muslim community makes to our national fabric.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

“Eid Mubarak!”

Theresa May

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has sent her warmest good wishes to Muslims in the United Kingdom, and around the world, who are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

She stated that “for more than three million British Muslims, who make a huge and valued contribution to our national life, Eid is a truly special time”.

Coming after the prayer and deep reflection of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid is a joyous occasion, to be celebrated with family and friends.

“In the UK, we rightly take pride in being an open and diverse multi-ethnic and multi-faith democracy”, she said.

She went further to say that over the last month, many British Muslims have shared with neighbours of all faiths and of none the holy practices of Ramadan – from doing charitable work to help in the local community, to coming together to break fast at the end of the day.

This spirit of fellowship and service lies at the heart of every great faith, and it is something around which we can all unite.

Sadly this month has also seen some dark and tragic events, including the truly appalling attack outside the Finsbury Park mosque.

It was the second terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city this month, and it was every bit as sickening as those which came before it.

Attacks like that seek to drive us apart, and our response to them must be to stand even closer together, united, to affirm that hatred and evil will never succeed.

So in that spirit of unity – and on behalf of the whole British people – let me wish you a happy a peaceful celebration.

Eid Mubarak.