For Muslims all around the world, Eid-ul-Fitr is the most auspicious occasion in the Islamic calendar.
The forthcoming holiday is a time to recall the lessons of Ramadan as people mark its passing with special prayers and get-togethers.
It is also a cultural landmark for all people in Bangladesh, as it is the year’s biggest family holiday and brings out the best of people’s innate spirit of giving and generosity.
We hope all Bangladeshis will share in the spirit of community and solidarity that Eid-ul-Fitr represents.
As we celebrate with family and friends, it is important we take time out to think of the many people suffering around the world. Ramadan teaches believers to practice self-restraint and recall the less fortunate for whom fulfilling basic needs of sustenance is always a daily struggle.
It is tragic, as the holy month asks people to remember the importance of charity, that over 27 people were killed last week in the stampede at Mymensingh during the handing out of Zakat donations.
This is a sad reminder of how far Bangladesh has to go before everybody in the nation can share in the benefits of a growing economy.
Everyone should resolve to strive better in the year ahead, to find more effective ways to improve social welfare, and help more people work their way out of poverty.
We hope everybody can benefit from the welcome break in routine and take the opportunity to revitalise our energies for the year ahead.
May everyone in Bangladesh enjoy a safe and fulfilling holiday.
We wish all our valued readers a heartfelt Eid Mubarak.
Source: Dhaka Tribune