The teachings offered during the month of Ramadan should be used as the foundation to guide the nation out of the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.
Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar gave the advice as she joined in extending Eid greetings to the Muslim community as it observes the holy holiday today.
She said: “It is that love, duty and reverence for Allah which our Muslim friends and family have so devoutly offered in the month of Ramadan and continue to selflessly offer on a daily basis that should form the foundation which helps us to emerge out of this grave uncertainty facing our nation due to COVID-19.”
“I have always held great admiration for the profound manner in which our Muslim friends have held to their faith in times of adversity and quite rightly so, as the Holy Quran tells us:
“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty)” Surah al-Talaaq 65:2
This verse provides us with hope that no matter the difficulties before us, such as the situation we face currently, once we keep our duty to God, He will guide us and preserve us,” Persad-Bissessar continued.
The Opposition leader also urged the nation to apply the acts of charity of the Muslim community to their daily lives, along with members of the faith’s prayerful actions.
She said this is what is needed to help the nation through this difficult period.
“Now more than ever, our nation needs us to do good for each other and to help each other. The reality is that thousands have been severely affected by the recent measures brought about by the ravishes of COVID 19 and are unable to put a simple meal on the table.
Throughout the month of Ramadan, we have seen so many acts of kindness to the vulnerable. I urge all citizens to replicate and follow these actions to help those struggling this time,” the Opposition leader said.
“I urge the national community to let the love and duty of our Muslim community to Allah inspire us out of this wave of uncertainty,” Persad-Bissessar concluded.