President Carmona: Ramadan time for prayer and introspection
Friday, August 9 2013
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EID PRAYERS: With hands of devotion, two unidentified men pray during the closing Duaa at the Eid Service of the Ahmadadiyya Muslim Community at the A...
Personal accountability and restraint by citizens are being called for as Government officials acknowledge that the country has not been in a positive place.
In his Eid-ul-Fitr message to the nation, President Anthony Carmona noted that the country was “hurting.”
He said, “We are becoming a nation in which too many persons follow their baser instincts, acting with a sense of false justification, and a lack of personal accountability.”
Carmona noted that the month of Ramadan was not just about abstaining from food and drink, but was a time for prayer and introspection, and a time to be more mindful of the poor and needy. He hoped that Eid would inspire the nation to practice restraint, self-control and discipline, and that by “adhering to the message of benevolence and compassion” the country would regain its soul.
Political leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Prakash Ramadhar, also noted that “all is not well in our society, and the time to reform may be running out” he said it was the responsibility of each person to ensure a better nation for future generations.
“If reformation of a society on the basis of truth and justice, as Islam advocates, is to be achieved, we must start with the “man in the mirror” and ask him to grade himself with respect to truth and justice. In seeking this truth we may conclude that our whole society collectively may be living a lie, and as difficult as it may be, the nation must take stock,” said Ramadhar in his Eid message.
Ramadhar noted that a Muslim’s responsibilities are to Allah, himself and the rest of God’s creations.
These result in the physical, intellectual and spiritual development of the individual, the striving for obedience to God, and the cultivation of a social conscience for the welfare of his fellowman, the animals, and the environment.
“The world is stronger as a result of the way of life of Muslims: commitment to family, compassion for the weak, and respect for fellow human beings,” he said.