As millions of Muslims celebrated Sunday `Eid Al-Fitr holiday, world leaders have started sharing warm messages to commend their commitment to Islamic principles of charity and goodwill amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a heartfelt message to the Muslim community ahead of the `Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.
“It’s time to give thanks, and show compassion and generosity to those in need. This year, many of the traditions and celebrations will be carried out at home and online,” Trudeau said.
He emphasized that despite COVID-19, “Muslim Canadians have been putting into practice the values at heart of Islam throughout Ramadan.”
“They’ve been helping their neighbors by donating food and supplies to support those less fortunate … [`Eid Al-Fitr] an opportunity for all of us to recognize the contributions they have made and continue to make to our country,” he said.
In a message from the White House, US President Donald Trump was hopeful that Muslims celebrating `Eid would find comfort and strength in the healing powers of prayer and devotion amid the pandemic.
“Over the past weeks and months, as we have fought the coronavirus, we have relied on our faith, family, and friends to help guide us through these unprecedented times,” his message read, The Express Tribune reported.
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Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sent their best wishes for a joyous `Eid.
“Now more than ever we are reminded of the reassuring peace, uplifting love, and heartening fellowship that religion brings into our lives,” the message stated.
US Secretary of State also tweeted and wished Muslim communities across the globe, a blessed and joyful `Eid.
UK’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also shared a warm message to Muslims, praising the community’s efforts.
The three-day `Eid Al-Fitr festival is one of the two main religious celebrations in Islam, together with `Eid Al-Adha.